Philips ShoqBox PSS110: test and review

MP3 players are convenient, but are extremely personal. How about to broadcast your music in any room? Rather than offering a set of external portable speakers, Philips has integrated speakers in a flash player 256MB result ShoqBox PSS110 Personal Sound System. In his brilliant white plastic enclosure, measuring 5.7 x 5.3 x 18 cm to 350 g, the ShoqBox features a LCD flanked by two small speakers and front panel playback controls. It thus resembles a miniature stereo. Undeniably attractive, it would be an ideal travel companion, if offered greater storage capacity and better audio quality.

SOURCE button to choose your collection of music files, FM radio or an input source. The hatch has the back of the unit allows access to USB ports and entry, as well as headphone jacks and external supply. ShoqBox seems sturdy and good design, its silver buttons are durable and reagents. Readable, backlit white screen produces a sufficient contrast display in sunny environments. It displays information about the current song, the EQ and the title of the next song.

ShoqBox the playback controls are what you can expect from a basic MP3 player. MP3 mode offers menu options for shuffle and repeat, a sleep timer, alarm function, basic system settings and equalizer. While playing a song, you can press the left navigation arrow to view your music library by playlist, artist, album, etc. You can also create shortcuts to switch between different EQ settings, shuffle and repeat modes or other information about the song. ShoqBox using Musicmatch Jukebox (included on the installation disc) to transfer songs, in other words, you can easily sync with playlists created in this application. It supports without problem the DRM protected WMA files. Unfortunately, the device stores only 256 MB of songs (about 64 MP3 files) not expandable. 1GB would be more appreciated.

The input jack allows you to use the ShoqBox as portable speakers for a CD player, for example. However, it is impossible to record from an external source. ShoqBox includes an FM tuner, but you must connect the included antenna twisted on the headphones to activate this mode. You can manually or automatically set up to 10 presets, but it’s your only option: you can not manually search for an FM station.

The volume can be strong enough to disturb the people who are close to you, but do not expect to shake the windows with ShoqBox at your next party. You have five EQ options (Rock, Hip-hop, Jazz, Dance, Funk) but no custom mode. Unfortunately, each of these options virtually eliminates any bass response or treble. Just above the volume controls on the top of the unit, there is a serious optimization button, which actually absorbs all sounds. The sound quality is significantly higher with headphones, but it is not the main purpose of this product.

Transferring music is certainly simple, but you will take your troubles patiently before completing this unit. ShoqBox posted a time of average transfer 0.19 megabytes per second, which is endless even for a USB 1.1 connection. Without headphones, the internal lithium-ion allowed us to listen to music for 14.5 hours continuously, more than 10 hours announced by Philips. With headphones, autonomy amounted to 21.1 hours.