Product Type: Philips speakers
Newest Review: ... be loud but I did expect better sound quality based on previous experience with the Philips brand. The sound is severely lacking in the bas... more
Nice design shame about the sound
Philips Portable Speaker SBA1610
Member Name: SJ2011
Philips Portable Speaker SBA1610
Advantages: Small light and portable, No need for extra cable to connect your device
Disadvantages: Sound quality isn't the best I've found in portable speakers
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
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.
Summary: Nice design shame about the sound quality
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