Philips ShoqBox SB7200 Bluetooth Speaker – Review

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The Philips ShoqBox SB7200 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker shows how this genre of speakers is evolving. The original Bluetooth portable speakers were designed for indoor use. Now they are made durable enough for outdoor entertainment as well.

Pairing

Pairing the speaker to my devices was a breeze. The speaker initially asks you to choose a language, then informs you that it’s ready for pairing. There is a confirmation tone once your device has been paired. So far, this has been the easiest speaker for me to pair with. Even my second gen iPod Touch (though it states from 3rd gen on) and my old LG Optimus phone paired with it in seconds, and I sometimes have an issue pairing them with newer devices.

Testing

I tested the ShoqBox for sound quality of music and video playback as well as voice on the speakerphone on both the speaker and receiver ends. I listened to diversified sources to test the frequency range, and noise ratio of the speakers. The content came from files and streaming sources from iPod Touch, iPad and mobile phone. The MP3′s bit rates ranged from 128 – 256 kbps.

The volume is adjusted with a large dial on the top or the side, depending on how you place it on a surface. If your mobile device is connected via cable, you must control the volume from your device. If you press the power button twice, you can pause and skip a track forward or reverse with the swipe of your hand over a sensor on the speaker. This eliminates fumbling for control buttons.

You should only use the included power cable to charge the speaker. I accidentally grabbed my phone charger and it took twice as long to charge it half way. You’ll notice the power button flashing red and blue if this happens.

I intentionally dropped the ShoqBox from three feet, which is about the height of a table or the distance from your hand to the floor/ground without blemishes or sound quality issues. I also splashed it with water without problems.

Audio Playback

This little speaker handled everything I threw at it. I played classical, jazz, new age, R&B, pop, hip hop, and reggae. Starting with the mid-range, it sounded a bit muddled, but this is typical for many speakers this size. The highs weren’t too sharp, and the bass, while not tight, is deep and would satisfy most.

The two drivers deliver 4-watts per channel, making the volume quite impressive. I cranked up the source and the speakers to maximum, and I walked around a 5,000 square foot house with an open floor plan with no other sounds present. I could hear the music playing everywhere through open doors, except for some remote spots. However, there was a little distortion at the highest level depending on the content. Turning it down just a notch made a difference. The volume was higher while using Bluetooth vs. being connected with a cable. Happily, there was very little noise for a Bluetooth speaker.

This was fantastic using outside while dining or entertaining. I chose my playlist and enjoyed the music all afternoon and evening. Having it stand vertically used a smaller footprint on my table. It was also great poolside and at the beach, and was affected by sand or water.

The test playlist is below. However, I played other music for hours without listing the songs. Playing the volume at half the loudness gave me about eight hours of listening time.

  • Amazon Cloud Player: David Garrett – He’s a Pirate (Pirates of the Caribbean), Makiko Takeda – Japanese Roots, John Mayer – Gravity
  • Music App: Gyptian – Hold You, Boccherini – Minute in A, Op. 8/2, Shakira – La Tortura, Alex Clare – Too Close, Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie, Flo Rida – Good Feeling
  • Pandora: Spyro Gyra – The Voodooyoodoo, Robin Thicke – Complicated, Andreas Vollenweider – Night Fire Dance

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Video Playback

The Philips ShoqBox can be used horizontally (for better L-R stereo sound) as a sound bar with your laptop, tablet or phone. It allowed me to really enjoy watching movies on my mobile devices. Considering the drivers are so close to each other, there is a nice bit of stereo separation with enough ambience to create simulated surround sound depending on how the audio was mixed.

  • ABC Player666 Park Avenue
  • Amazon Prime Video – The Avengers
  • Crackle – Wasabi
  • HBO GOAnna Karenina
  • NetflixThe Hunger Games
  • Trailers – Thor – The Dark World
  • USA – Suits
  • YouTube – Katy Perry – Roar

Gaming

My gaming adventures were also taken to another level thanks to the ShoqBox. I was in the zone when playing Angry Birds, Blue Skies, Cut the Rope, Tap Tap Revenge 3, and Touch Sports Tennis. This will really enhance your gaming experience without feeling bound to headphones or earbuds.

Noise-Canceling Speakerphone

I had someone call my cell from a landline and had a conversation. The voices were loud, but somewhat muddled over the speaker. The noise-cancellation did a great job on the other end, allowing a good sound listening from the landline. The sound was not at tinny like from the speakerphone of many mobile phones.

PROS

The Philips ShoqBox SB7200 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker comes in black, white, purple, and green, and has a rubberized exterior. It’s fantastic for kids, teens, and adults for both indoor and outdoor use, and is great for travel or at home. It has a speakerphone for higher quality conference calls. The design allows for easy volume and selection control, and it’s loud. Take it to the beach or camping, use it around the pool, in the backyard hanging from a market umbrella with a carabiner clip, in a hotel room, for business conference calls, or clip it on your belt for trekking or mountain climbing. Playing at lower volumes left me with a half full battery after nine hours.

CONS

The bass isn’t tight, and the mid-range is a bit muddled, so it’s not for audiophiles.  A couple of other colors would be nice. Playing at full volume only gave me 4 hours of use.

CONCLUSION

This is a good choice for multiple uses, especially outdoors. TIP: ShoqBox SB7200 can be used in a car for those without a built-in Bluetooth connection, but this is better for city driving (highway driving is too loud). Also, if you have two ShoqBox speakers, you can use them together for great stereo separation, plus get better coverage/louder volume in larger spaces. I rate the Philips ShoqBox SB7200 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker 4.1 out of 5.

Philips has provided me with this complimentary speaker for the purpose of a review. While it has NOT influenced this review, I believe in full disclosure.

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One Response to “Philips ShoqBox SB7200 Bluetooth Speaker – Review”

  1. www.mightydwarf.com Says:

    Very good and thorough review of the product. You do very nice work. The speaker looks like a very interesting product and I will be sure to look into it further.

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