- Attractive design for iPod users, Dual Speakers provides a wider area of sound, Good value, Bass Boost works well, Included Carry Case
- Takes 6 AAA batteries (not included), No included AC Power Adapter, Dual speaker design can be awkward at times, Some distortion at higher volume levels
The SBA220 sports a unique two-speaker design that has its advantages and disadvantages. At this price, we can’t complain about the sound quality though, so it’s a good buy.
Price$ 79.95 (AUD)
The Philips SBA220 is a portable speaker system that can be used with most of portable multimedia players on the market today. It employs a unique two-piece design and provides reasonable sound quality for a cheap price.
The SBA220 is the first device of its type that we've seen that essentially uses two separate speakers - much like the front speakers of a home theatre system set up. The two speakers are connected via two cables - one linking the speakers together and the other an audio source which plugs into the headphone jack of your player. This design has its advantages, the main one being that you can position the speakers to provide a wider source of sound. We'll give points to Philips for trying, but at times the dual speakers can be fairly bothersome and awkward to carry or move. Thankfully, Philips has provided a convenient carry case which makes the SBA220 easy to transport, so this problem is somewhat alleviated.
The SBA220 is quite clearly attempting to woo over the popular iPod market - sporting a white and silver plastic finish, with silver controls. The design does look quite attractive and if you are one of the multitudes of people who do own the famous iPod, you'll surely be pleased with the SBA220 - at least the look of it, anyway.
Philips has also gone out of their way to ensure their new design does work efficiently. We were pleased to find a fold out stand on each of the speakers, which sees that they stand up on a flat surface without much effort. The battery compartment is also fairly well hidden - the rear of the left speaker easily clips open housing a whopping six AAA batteries. This is quite excessive and unfortunately Philips has failed to include an AC adapter in the sales package, which means you'll have to purchase one separately should you wish to use standard power.
Once again, Philips has frustrated us with their use of difficult controls. As seen on the SBA290, the Power and Dynamic Bass Boost switches require excessive force to slide if you don't have long fingernails. Even the volume wheel is awkward, as it is sunk too low into the unit itself - making it uncomfortable to use.
The SBA220's Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB) function was quite pleasing to use, and we didn't ever turn it off once we used it for the first time. While it won't provide over-the-top raw bass power, it does tend to make the unit a more pleasurable listening experience by eliminating the normally tinny sound output that many of these devices provide. At this price, the SBA220 is pretty good value. Like most of these products, it isn't going to make your jaw drop, but the sound it produces is ideal for travelers and those looking to cart their music along with them. We did experience some distortion at higher volume levels, and we were disappointed with the lack of treble and bass adjustment controls, but apart from that we can't fault the sound at all.
Join the newsletter!
There are so many different options for cloud (online) storage.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 2 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 3 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 4 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 5 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Apple TV will serve as hub for remotely controlling HomeKit devices
- Sony Smart B-Trainer headset gives runners vocal advice
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
- Apple shows off iPod touch, nano updates
PCW Evaluation Team
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
- Everything we (already) know about the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+ and Galaxy F
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies