Parrot PARTY Portable Boom Box: Cue "Ain't No Party" Jokes


Bluetooth crazy Parrot showed off two new music playing widgets at the British Invasion-themed Pepcom trade show thing last night. Pictured above, the Parrot PARTY (yes, its name is in all caps; no, I don’t know why) is a small stereo boom box of sorts that hooks up to your A2DP-compatible cellphone or anything else that works with Bluetooth. Once paired with the device of your choosing, the PARTY outputs up to six watts of music per channel. There’s also a line-in jack for your iPod and whatnot. You won’t confuse it with the sound systems from Ibiza’s clubs or anything, but its small size—21 ounces including its rechargeable battery—should make it easy to the beach or park or whatever. May I suggest Armand Van Helden’s Killing Puritans?



Parrot also had the PMK5800 on display for all you non-NYC-living car owners out there. Think of it as a wireless cellphone to car sound system adapter. With Bluetooth, natch. It plugs into your car’s 12-volt outlet and then transmits whatever’s on your phone, be it a conversation or music, to your car radio. It transmits using an FM transmitter, so its success largely depends on how congested your local radio airwaves are. If there’s too many terrestrial radio stations you might have a hard time finding a free and clear frequency.

Even though Parrot showed off these devices, they’re not available just yet. Both the PARTY and the PMK5800 should hit stores in the third quarter, with the former having a $170 price tag and the latter a $130 one.