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Gear4 BassStation review: Gear4 BassStation

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You'll notice that the BassStation is more prominent in the mid-range, but lacks clarity in the high end. There's also no real separation between the left and right speakers, producing a pseudo-monaural soundstage. Also, hard metal with brutal distortion and pounding drum tracks is not the sort of thing you'll want to pump through these speakers. Material this complex is out of the system's reach.

That's enough negativity. The BassStation, despite lacking the ability to output tumultuous bass lines, can vibrate floors at high volume. When listening to Taio Cruz's Come On Girl, the powerful kick drum reverberated through our chair and through the walls around us. If you crank it up, you'll hear the bass causes distortion in the mid-range. Unless you're rocking out in your pyjamas or marigolds, it's perfectly fine for bedrooms and kitchens.

This system also proves its ability as an ideal party boombox, evidenced in our listening to Ingrid Michaelson's beautiful track Glass. True, the bright qualities of her unique voice were lost, and the crystalline tones of steel-string guitars weren't audible. Still, the song was delivered powerfully for an affordable set of speakers and we enjoyed the experience.

It's true that for £99, you're not getting audible hi-fi finesse. What you're getting is a convenient all-in-one, with good enough performance to hit some high volumes. If you're after more of an audiophile iPod setup and don't mind sacrificing power output, check out the Klipsch iGroove SXT.

If you're a teen who wants to hear the current top 10 and you don't care much about sonic accuracy, feast your eyes -- and ears -- on this affordable, bedroom-friendly boombox.

Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday

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