The Parrot Party is a wireless portable stereo speaker that works with A2DP Bluetooth mobile phones.
Complete with two 6W speakers and a rechargeable built in NiMH battery - Parrott claims offers four hours of listening time - the Parrot Party speaker system is 9in long and weighs just over half a kilogram, so it will easily slot into your bag and can be easily taken anywhere.
Tracks are sent by Bluetooth from a mobile phone or PC, if its Bluetooth enabled, straight to the Parrot Party speaker system, through which they are amplified. If your mobile phone doesn't support A2DP Bluetooth, then a USB 2.0 dongle, available separately from Parrott, can be used to pair your phone with the Parrot Party.
Alternatively a CD player, radio or other audio device can be plugged into the Parrot Party's auxiliary line-in jack.
So far so good, but we encountered problems when we tried to insert the battery, which took quite a few attempts and was very fiddly. After charging the Parrot Party, we switched it on with our mobile at the ready, intending to start terrorising the PCA office with some pumping dance tunes.
But there was a slight snag - our nine-month old test Motorola phone wasn't compatible with the Parrot Party and we weren't in possession of a USB 2.0 dongle. After much begging in the office, we managed to borrow a more up-to-date phone to start the fun.
First the two devices must be paired through the Bluetooth menu on your phone. After inputting a pin you can start playing tracks on your mobile phone, which are then amplified through the Parrot Party.
According to Parrot, the portable wireless speaker combines Virtual SuperBass and Stereo Widening technology to ensure the sound from the device will successfully fill a room while also strengthening the bass so it can actually be felt. The Parrot Party did offer a very good and reasonably loud sound, but we wouldn't consider using it for a full on party – more quiet background music.
Both effects can be turned on and off and while we did notice a difference with the Stereo Widening technology, we didn't think the Virtual SuperBass mode did much to enhance the bass.
The Parrot Party Audio software, which is bundled with device alongside a hand-strap, carrying pouch, jack and manual, allows PC users to broadcast tracks from their PC over the speaker system, providing you have a compatible Bluetooth link. With the software users can also adjust the volume, update the speaker systems' software and change the pin that Parrot Party uses to connect to Bluetooth devices with.
Not so much of a party as a gathering. The Parrot Party is a great idea and certainly offers a better sound than most mobile phones but at £75 its expensive for what it is and useless if you don't have a compatible phone.