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The BlackBox isn’t the saviour of Bluetooth as a music delivery format, but for convenience and travel options it provides a useful solution to streaming tunes from your PC. Gear4 itself says you’re to “sit back and enjoy We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. Each speaker driver is mounted on either end of the Blackbox, producing quite a wide sound, but it does seem to somewhat negatively impact the overall quality of audio reproduction.

Hands-on with Gear4’s Blackbox wireless speakers

A stellar on-ear headphone. Its top-mounted touch-sensitive controls glow an attractive deep blue when pressed — a very complimentary colour to the all-black exterior. Gear4’s new Blackbox wireless speaker system has blackox Bluetooth, it’s got flashing lights and it’s got an enthusiastic thumbs up from us in terms of appearance. Not having a dock for the world’s most popular music player — the iPod — means ‘Pod owners will have to use an extra blackboox to hook up their Apple-tastic audio archive.


Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. You’d be forgiven for thinking a minimalist designed this system, given its apparent ‘less is more’ attitude.

What Hi-Fi?

Pairing a device over Bluetooth was easy and must be done within 3 minutes of being switched on. A lack of extra functionality does somewhat limit how useful these speakers will be. Wireless technology is the connectivity of choice in today’s prisons since, unlike Ethernet, it’s virtually impossible to kill yourself using Wi-Fi.

Someone, somewhere, got paid to make this decision. Its most recent Bluetooth speaker systemthe Blackbox, is a rectangular, touch-controlled, 24W, glossy black speaker system.

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Don’t show this again. Our Verdict Attractive and easy to use, but lacking in bass. For some reason, Gear4 requires you to use a screwdriver or coin to unscrew the fastener locking the battery compartment. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.

Gear4 BlackBox Wireless Speaker System | Product overview | What Hi-Fi?

While this means it’s compatible with iPods, it’s no reason to call this an iPod-compatible system. The trippy LED visualisation on the front of the system looks pretty neat in our opinion. The mobile world might finally get exciting again in Furthermore, it’s one ger4 the first iPod-focused stereos we’ve seen that doesn’t look like a speaker, so it fits into any room decor. Wires and wired connections are for old people, the mentally challenged and the Amish — all the cool people are using wireless stuff.


For Simple to set-up Distinctive design Convenient. Apple MacBook Pro inch Don’t show this again. CNET’s best of Gear4’s new Blackbox system aims to provide a wireless speaker solution in a snazzy package. Anyway, it’s a solid, well-built set of portable speakers, though it’s hella prone to fingerprints and smudges.

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We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. Any Bluetooth-enabled audio device will work with the Blackbox, as long as it’s able to pair with other devices.

Although best powered with the mains adaptor, the system can be run from four size C batteries. The Good Design; ease of use; price.