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Philips GoGear SA2820 2Gb MP3 Player

by Philips
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Enjoy MP3 and WMA playback
  • Make voice recordings
  • Fast downloads from your PC via USB 2.0*
  • Up to 20 hours' music playback
  • Simply drag and drop your songs - no software needed
  • Plug and play data storage
  • Equalizer for optimised sound to suit your music style
  • Folder view to find songs in a simple, fast way
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 4.1 x 1.5 cm ; 27 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: SA2820
  • ASIN: B00170ITVO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 31 Mar 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,094 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Philips Full SoundDigital music - anytime with FullSound for superb audio quality
Featuring Philips patented FullSound technology, the Philips GoGear digital audio player SA2820 brings the best possible audio quality to your music. Enjoy your MP3 and WMA music with this fun-sized audio player on the go. 4Gb version SA2840 also available.

What is it?
Philips’ patented FullSound technology is based on an audio post-processing algorithm. It combines Philips’ renowned expertise in music reproduction with the power of the latest generation Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The result is enhanced sound that carries the rich details, impact and emotion that would otherwise remain unnoticed in MP3 music.

Why do I need it?
Rediscover your MP3 music in enriched and enlivened sound that will touch your soul and move your feet. With FullSound, the extensive sonic details of your music are fully revealed, while ensuring perfect clarity and balance.

Benefits of FullSound:

Fuller bass with greater depth and impact
Restored sense of spaciousness that is lacking in compressed audio
Enhanced sound precision and detail

How does it work?
FullSound’s Digital Signal Processor analyzes the music signal and dynamically enhances its frequency spectrum and definition. It reprocesses the signal, performing over 10 million operations per second before delivering perfectly enriched sound to your earphones or speaker. What you will hear is fuller bass with more depth and impact, a boost in clarity of voices and instruments, as well as energized, true-to-life sound. With FullSound, you can enjoy rich and immersive sound from even the smallest sound system.

Interface and navigation
Find that tune in seconds! SuperScroll provides fast and precise navigation to your favourite songs. You can choose to move through your playlist one song at a time or just press and hold down a little longer to SuperScroll swiftly to your desired track.
Enjoying your GoGear device is simple with PlaysForSure which ensures compatibility with Windows Media Player and Windows XP. Using Windows Media player you can easily manage music on your GoGear digital audio player and auto-synchronize your PC music collection.
Check out Philips’ range of sleek flash audio devices for all your entertainment on the go. Not only are they convenient and attractive but they are also slim and lightweight to easily fit in your pocket. SA2820 dimensions (WxDxH): 41 x 41 x 15.
MP3 accessories
Philips offers a variety of optional accessories to add further versatility to your GoGear experience. From an extensive range of headphones to docking solutions and from portable speakers to carry cases.
Up to 20 hours audio or 4 hours video play time on internal battery. Rechargeable via USB, batteries included.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and perfectly formed 10 Oct 2008
This is a great little mp3 player:

- appears as a drive in Windows, drag and drop your music, no need to install anything

- radio works well

- three line display puts the ipod shuffle to shame; it's quick to boot and you can find the music you want to listen to in a snap.

- the sound quality is excellent, far better than I was expecting (included headphones are, as exepected, rubbish).

It's pretty small, well built and comes with a neckstrap; I bought this for running with, no need to buy an extra arm band with this player.

The included firmware is now solid - previously it was sold with poor buggy software. A new version is available for download (v.5) though to be honest I found the update procedure to be difficult and haven't noticed any benefits with the update.

If you're after a small cheap mp3 player in the 'shuttle' class I'd highly recommend this. The only real downside I can think of is lack of iTunes support.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You say good buy and I say hello 18 Oct 2008
By Cheshire Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
I have not yet bought this, but my hot-off the-press consumer magazine dated November 2008 decribes says that this offers exceptional value, rating it 73 out of 100. (Other models in the MP3 (not the more expensive MP4) category were rated lower at 57, 54, 51, 51, 49 and 47). It's described as lightweight, tough, and with a battery life of a little over 44 hours. The magazine says it's cheapest at Amazon. I also can't find it anywhere cheaper than Amazon, but the price is not as low as is stated in the magazine. Hope that helps - if this gets past the Amazon guidelines. But I HAVE paraphrased and used my own words!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this as an gap-filler purchase after my iRiver died and despite my hasty selection I am quite pleased.

On the positive side, the player implements USB Mass Storage and so mounts as a removable disk in any OS. I have used it with Linux and OpenBSD. The sound is also quite acceptable though there is no option to modify the output. The FM radio is excellent when there is a decent signal though often this requires stretching-out the headphone cable to its maximum extent. The player is also small, 4 cm in length and breadth and 1.1 cm deep, which means than it is perfect for use when out running. The cell charge is quick and lasts for at least eight hours, though it is important to perform a five-hour deep charge prior to first use.

The included headphones are indeed worthless but there are three other niggles which spoil my enjoyment of this player ( firmware 3.00 ):

- The unit will power-off when paused for two minutes, which is understandable, but will only resume from the pause point when it is turned-on again within a few minutes. Otherwise the track resumes from the start. This is illogical and infuriating particularly when listening to a long podcast.

- The player incorporates controls around its perimeter which are well-placed when one wishes to use them but on other occasions can be inadvertently actuated. For example, it is difficult to engage the LOCK slider with one hand without impinging on another control.

- The fast-forward function has two speeds; slow and slower. Probably acceptable for short music tracks but inadequate for long podcasts, especially when the player loses the resume point.

As hardware the unit is very well built with a good solid feel and tight tolerances and it is much more reliable than my previous iRiver T60. As a result I can ( just about ) live with its quirky behaviour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for 'First time' user 30 Dec 2008
New to the concept of MP3 players I received this little gadget as a Xmas present and I am delighted. Easy to use and download from Amazon.co.uk went without a hitch.
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The Philips GoGear MP3 player has a built in battery that cannot be changed. Once it needs replacing, you have a worthless lump of plastic. My MP3 player still works fine, but only for a few minutes, even after days of charging. If I could change the battery I would have no need to buy a new one.

Well I will buy a new one, but I will never buy Philips again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best MP3 player ever! 25 April 2010
By Roy
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I bought this player more than a year ago and it is still living in my front jeans pocket even though my cellphone has mp3 player as well. It's because I can easily control it without taking it out of my pocket with a touch of it's front screen which acts like 4 way button.

It's internal battery is perfect, still going and it's year already. It charges through microUSB. 2 Gig's are perfect for just music purposes.

*rechargeable through USB
*it's front screen is huge 4 way button, that is you can press the front surface of the player - it's possible to easily change songs through jeans layer using winter gloves.
*very durable - bounces well from the carpeted floor or walls without problem because it's plastic.
*it is so light that I tend to carry it by the cord sometimes.
*black glossy screen. Overall build quality is very high as with most Philips gear.

*takes 10 seconds to startup (same time takes to wire the earphones under clothes)
*bundles earphones are terrible (just get some Seinnheisers)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny. 22 Oct 2009
I picked this up in the local supermarket. I need a mp3 to go jogging and did nt want to spend a fourtune. This little device turned out to be a belter! Its easy to use, has great sound quality, and takes a good bashing! I use it every day and its never let me down. There are better Mp3's out there,but if its value your looking for, look no further. Plus its rechargable! Happy days!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Update
Bought this some time ago for my wife who is the ultimate technophobe. Anything electrical or technical and she will break it in quick time. Read more
Published on 21 July 2009 by M. F. McDonough
4.0 out of 5 stars Philips GoGear SA2820 2Gb MP3 Player
Bought this for my 9 year old daughter. The MP3 player is compact light and simple to use. When you consider the purchase price this really is excellent value for money. Read more
Published on 13 July 2009 by Mr. Hd Longland
5.0 out of 5 stars small & lightweight
I was quite surprise by the sound system..not too bad. the overall performance is good and i love the design and shape. Something different from what i have been looking so far.
Published on 12 July 2009 by jennifer ng
2.0 out of 5 stars mp3
It does not have any of the usual accesories ie dock or charger.
It faqiled after 3 weeks and needed replacement
head set poor and a new one had to be purchased
Published on 5 Jun 2009 by S. James
5.0 out of 5 stars PHILIPS GO-GEAR SA2820 MP3 PLAYER
Published on 23 May 2009 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little player
I was impressed by how compact but easy to operate this little MP3 player is. Very easy to transfer files from PC and I was also able to transfer all the music files from my... Read more
Published on 19 May 2009 by Nannie Madge
4.0 out of 5 stars SA2820 2GB MP3 Player
Excellent, basic, no frills, MP3 player. Does everything claimed very well. Lightweight but rugged and capable. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2009 by Music Master
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