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Philips SBA290 Portable Speaker System

by Philips
27 customer reviews

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  • Built-in speakers featuring XSL Acoustics for dynamic sound
  • Dynamic Bass Boost electronically enhances the low tones
  • Incredible Surround " enhances the sound stage
  • Universal use with all portable entertainment equipment
  • Ultra slim mono body fit easily into pockets and bags
  • Carrying pouch protects your speakers when not in use
  • Cable neatly stored when not in use
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 798 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 821 g
  • Item model number: SBA290
  • ASIN: B000ALVUOY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Aug. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Powerful stereo sound stage. Powerful XSL Acoustics. The slim mono-body of the SBA290 portable speaker system slips easily into your pocket or bag. Share the powerful and realistic stereo sound stage with friends wherever you are and experience amazing rich bass quality even at low volume. Powerful Sound Built-in speakers featuring XSL Acoustics for dynamic sound Dynamic Bass Boost electronically enhances the low tones Incredible Surround ™ enhances the sound stage Take your music with you Universal use with all portable entertainment equipment Ultra slim mono body fit easily into pockets and bags Carrying pouch protects your speakers when not in use Always ready to go Cable neatly stored when not in use

Manufacturer's Description

The slim mono-body of the SBA290 portable speaker system slips easily into your pocket or bag. Share the powerful and realistic stereo sound stage with friends wherever you are, and experience amazing rich bass quality even at low volume.

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Customer Reviews

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "drmedic" on 4 Jan. 2006
I was a bit nervous about buying this portable speaker, as no-one had reviewed it, but I'm so glad I did is it it such a gorgeous little thing with great sound!
Not only is it sleek, shiney and black on the front panel (silver on its behind), with a minamilist look, but it matches my black sony NW-A1000 an absolute dream! It has a little stand bit at the back to pull out, so that it stands on its own. It is fully compatable with the sony NW-A1000 and I'm sure many other MP3's as you only have to plug it into where your headphones would normally go. I was thinking about getting one of the speakers with a dock, but sony's one is mega expensive and the other so-called compatable speakers are really only for ipods, as sony's ones tend to fall out of the docking port.
Looks aside, the sound is great, and easy to use, with 4 buttons on the top which all seem to pump the bass up - for such a little thing , I really didn't expect much sound, but you can blast this baby up to party volume! If you do have a sony MP3 like the NW-A1000/A3000, then I would advise that you find the code sequence off the internet to unlock the volume , so that you can turn up the sound on your MP3 player and the speaker set - really loud!
The case for it looks nice too - only down side is, that I don't think you can fit the adapter into it too. I got it so there are some great deals around for it - espcially good for peeps who don't like the Ipod and have a different MP3 player.
A fab portable system to slip into your bag, or carry room to room in your house (great for girls on getting ready to go out!)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gooch on 30 Jan. 2006
Well, i have just opened up this puppy and it is immense. First off, it looks the business. Its very sleek, and looks and feels durable and well built. It is perfect size, not too big that it is chunky, and not too small that it is pointless. Comes with a very nice carry case too.
The best thing though (and the reason why you have to buy this) is the incredible sound! I was sceptical about what this could really do in reality but i am amazed. It sounds just as good as my Logitech Z3 speaker system (which has a huge sub) and im not joking! I have no idea how it does it.
Can be powered by battery (6 AAA's - which is quite a lot really!) or by AC/DC input using the supplied adaptor.
For £24.99 i guarantee you wont be dissapointed...i am thoroughly satisfied.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Aug. 2006
Was having a difficult time searching for some reliable portable speakers to go with my non-apple mp3 player. read user reviews on Amazon and ordered it. I can say i've not been let down by the sound coming out of them considering what I paid. Took them on holiday and my mates couldn't believe the sound that was coming out of such small speakers. nice and lightweight - the only drawback is you have to choose between filling it up with something like 6-8 AAA batteries or take the heavy AC adaptor with you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 13 Jan. 2008
Bought this for my Sony NWZA816 and works great. Has it's own volume, but if you turn the volume up on your MP3 player it sounds more powerful. It's really neat and light, only the size of a small pencil case and fits into its case like a glove. Has a mains adapter but you can also use 6 AAA Batteries. Perfect for when we go on holiday, it is well worth the money I paid for it which was not a lot.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "mvastenavondt" on 8 Feb. 2006
This amazing little wonder is an awesome gadget. The sound that it is capable of producing just blows you away. Although small, its "Digital Dynamic Boost" and "Incredible Surround" buttons really add a new dimension to the sound that emerges from its tiny speakers. It can be made very loud and still retain a very decent sound quality (with only the bass sounds slightly stretched).
I have to admit though that it is not ideal for listening to the more bass-dependent musical pieces (e.g. disco or dance numbers) for one has to keep in mind that there are just two speakers on a little system that fits on your hand. Even so, the amount of bass one feels is very decent considering its size. Given its compact and lightweight design, along with carrying case and stow-away audio jack (which fits neatly in the compartment for the batteries (6x AAA - although I tend to use the supplied adaptor)) this works for bringing along to provide entertainment at any small gathering. My friends and I use it for movie night (i.e. to watch a DVD movie on a laptop) and one actually forgets that the sound is coming from this cute little thing.
Truly awesome. Stylish, compact, portable, awesome quality of sound (beats laptop speakers hands down), loud enough to penetrate walls, provides a sound that fills the space of the room and all at a very affordable price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Syrett on 22 Nov. 2006
A really good little speaker with excellent sound quality. I use them with my laptop to watch films and listen to music. BUT the speaker cable is to short. What a pain. A shame really Philips really missed a trick here as the speakers are in the way if you want to work and listen as well. In fact I think they are lucky to get 3 stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2006
Ok, I never usually get round to writing round reviews, but on hearing this speaker I just had to. I have done my research on portable speakers and it seems that no matter what you buy, a small speaker can not generate good bass.......until now!
I came close to buying a set of Altec Lansing IM4 flat speakers for my Philips mp3 player, but they are twice as expensive and not as compact. When I read the reviews on this and for the great price I decided to try it...I'm so glad I did.
For a start - it's small, comes with a carry case and is virtually pocketable. But when switched on, the sound is superb for such a small unit. The bass is vibrant, punchy and gives the sound a deep resonance, the speaker does not distort at higher volumes, it is clear and the surround sound feature works pretty well (it's like listening to stereo speakers). For the money - this is an excellent portable speaker - highly recommended.
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