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If you are looking for a portable speaker then is probably one of the best ones that I have come across. I did not buy this myself, it was a birthday present, arriving in time for a family trip to our caravan which was perfect so we could have some music in the tent. The speaker is nicely designed, small and sleek looking. This is very portable as it has 30 hours of continuous play when installed with new batteries. You also get a carrying pouch to protect it when not in use and the wire that connects the speaker to the phone/mp3 player becomes a lanyard for you carry it around. The speaker contains a digital amplifier that eliminates mobile phone interference so you can listen to music uninterrupted. Mobile phone shielding is a must with portable speakers but not that many have it because they are sold as MP3 player speakers and if they do not mention that you can use a phone then they don't need to include this necessary piece of technology. The speaker is not of the range in mini speakers and it features a dynamic bass boost which gives a really rich and deep bass. The amplifier is a Class 'D' Digital Amplifier which gives high quality sound. The speaker has Incredible SurroundTM which is a Philips concept and sounds like the speaker is much bigger than what it is. This is so good and the carrying pouch is really smart, it has a zip up fastening and makes the speaker uber portable. The speaker uses a 3.5mm connector so it will work with most digital players. It is so portable and perfect for trips away or for use at work where we have a battered old radio but no facility to listen to any other music. We use this a lot of work and it means different people can plug their devices in and share music, it really is an impressive machine and even in a large room, the speaker does a good job of conveying the sound. I think this is such a cool machine and it costs £40 which is a lot and as it was a present up until now I was unsure what it cost. I would probably have guessed it was around £25-£30 as most people do not want to spend that much more than that on a portable speaker. You are getting top of the range technology though here, you will be surprised about the quality. If you manage to see a demo model of this in a shop, give it a go as it is really impressive.
my boyfriend bought me this speaker as we have been travelling for the last year and i love listening to my music on the go. the main reason i love it is because it is wireless and just takes 3 AAA batteries, meaning i never have to worry about charging it (i already have so many other products to worry about charging!!). i have been using this product for the past two months and i haven't had to change the batteries yet. it is sleek and smart looking, as well as being small, compact and light, which means i can just chuck it in my bag and take it anywhere, with never too much hassle. As an amateur i think the sound quality is perfect, it goes very loud, and the sound quality doesn't seem to be affected too much which suits me just fine as i like my music loud particularly! i think it is great value for money, and perfect for just having kicking around the house.
After the death of our Gear4 Street Party speaker dock which decided to stop working after less than 4 months use I found myself once again searching for a portable speaker unit for camping trips and holidays. The Philips SBA1610 is a triangular prism shape shaped speaker unit (think Toblerone shape!)which roughly measures 16cm x 5cm x 5cm and weighs around 500gm. The speaker unit is light, slim and very portable so it fits easily in a bag or jacket pocket without taking up much room making it ideal for travel use. The unit runs on 3 x AAA batteries which will give around 12 hours use but sadly there's no mains power option so you better have a steady supply of rechargeable batteries if you want to use this for home as well as travel. The unit is designed to work with smartphones, MP3 players or Ipods and has a built in 3.5mm jack pin which will fit the standard headphone socket found on most MP3 players or smartphones so there's no need for extra cables to connect your device and it also acts as a stand for your player. The built in jack pin pivots out from the main unit to allow you to connect your device and then can be pushed back into the recess when not in use so there's no sticky out bits that are likely to get easily damaged or broken off when packed in a bag. The unit is simple with silver plastic grill on the 3 sides and black plastic at the ends but it's good looking in an understated way. There are no controls on the speaker unit itself it turns on when you connect your device and a light shows underneath the plastic grill to show it's on but all volume and controls are done through the player. Sadly in my opinion the sound quality is a let down for such a well designed unit. At 2W RMS this speaker unit was never going to be loud but I did expect better sound quality based on previous experience with the Philips brand. The sound is severely lacking in the bass department and I find it lacks depth and definition across all levels and is only slightly better than using the on board speakers on a smartphone. I also had a problem with an occasional crackle from the speaker mainly when I changed tracks or adjusted the volume but occasionally for no reason at all. I tried the unit with 3 different players a Samsung Galaxy 3 smartphone, a Creative Zen MP3 player and a Sony MP3 player but there wasn't much difference between them although some tracks can sound reasonable played through this unfortunately many ended up sounding like I'd amplified my smartphone in a Quality Street tin. When I purchased this unit the packaging was already slightly torn and the instruction leaflet looked a bit rough at the edges which makes me wonder if I got an ex display or a unit someone else had already returned even though I paid full price and there was no note on the unit advising it was ex display. After a day of using this I ended up returning this to the store for a refund as I wasn't happy with the sound quality or the crackle although I have read reviews on other sites praising the unit so I do wonder if perhaps I got unlucky and ended up with a dodgy one. For anyone considering buying this I would recommend taking your player to the store and asking to try before you buy or making sure the store will refund if you return it. The Philips SBA1610 costs around £16-£18 and is currently available from Argos and Tesco as well as online retailers such as Amazon.