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Philips Philips SA178

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews of Philips Philips SA178. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and design. The size and sound are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the memory.

usability, sound, size, design, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Philips Philips SA178 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 user reviews of Philips Philips SA178 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People really like the price and design. The portability and sound also get good opinions. Views are divided on the battery.

usability, sound, portability, design, price

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips SA178 Solid State 512 MB Rechargeable MP3 PlayerPhilips SA178 Solid State 512 MB Rechargeable MP3 Player

Jun, 2018

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MP3 Player with Speakers


There aren't many simple MP3 players with speakers out there. This has good sound for something small. Kinda sounds like a good clock-radio. Of course with limited bass, since it doesn't have the size to push air like a sub-woofer. Cannot delete via...

I think it's over-priced for 512MB, but it has speakers. Cannot simply drag-n-drop music using Windows Explorer, otherwise it'll treat it as just a data file. Need to use MusicMatch Jukebox on your computer to manage music, so it NOT a stand-alone...

Aug, 2006

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How is it?


I would like to buy this product i'm 13 and i'm a hip hop dancer so having music on the go is what I need my problem is that i always loose them and some times not all my songs download is it a good product? You tell me.... If you would like to give me...

Very cheap

Kinda small

Apr, 2008

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Love It Already!!!!


I have only had it for a little while but I love it. It is very easy to set up. Actually all you have to do is put the usb into the usb port and there you go. Go to Windows Media and throw down. I love music and I love this product. Also be careful...

Easy To Set Up, Great Sound, Reliable Performance, Simple Controls, Sleek/Compact

Mar, 2008

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Replaceable Battery


Although Battery Life Is pretty short, the player isnt trash after the rechargeable battery gives out.

Easy To Set Up, Reliable Performance, Tough

Insufficient Storage

Feb, 2008

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Good Product


Bought this player for my wife as a Christmas gift. First player of this time we ever used. The sound is crystal great and transferring the music is simple stuff. I been using it more than she has listening to music and recorded church sermons and...

Easy To Set Up, Great Sound, Lots of Storage, Reliable Performance, Sleek/Compact, Tough

Confusing Controls

Jan, 2008

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IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


it comes with a usd port

Easy To Set Up, Great Sound, Lots of Storage, Reliable Performance, Simple Controls, Sleek/Compact, Tough, Unbreakable Screen

Dec, 2007

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looks really cool


it is used everywhere in the car when your walking too school its pretty cool

Easy To Set Up, Great Sound, Reliable Performance

Dec, 2007

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lots of storage backlit screen goodprice


great price light up screen

Lots of Storage

Difficult to Set Up

Dec, 2007

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Favorite Tech Item of the last year


The Shoqbox is my favorite tech item.

Good sound Great battery life Ease of use (playback) Third Party Applications for loading music

Small memory size Hard to load music Unreliable

Jun, 2007

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Excellent portable music source/speaker system


I purchased this recently for my wife (mother's day) and she loves it.

very small and portable, excellent sound - especially audio files with DBB, quick customer support

limited storage space, not expandable

May, 2007

Product Specifications

Enjoy superb sound with powerful bass at home or away with the uniquely portable ShoqBox. Savor 120 MP3 or 240 WMA songs in dynamic sound with XSL acoustics. Your ShoqBox with built-in speakers is small enough to carry or fit anywhere!


Built-in speaker(s):N / Y
Built-in speakers:No / Yes
Channel separation:35
Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer bands quantity:6
Equalizer modes:Classic, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Frequency range:20 - 20000 / 30 - 18000
MP3 bit rates:8 - 320
MP3 sample rates:8 - 48
RMS rated power:2
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):80
WMA bit rates:64 - 320
WMA sample rates:8 - 48

Audio Input


Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Functions:Radio/Radio / Voice recorder/Voice recorder
Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital voice recorder/Digital player / Digital voice recorder / Radio/Digital player / Radio
Sound Effects:Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB)
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player/Digital player / radio


Run Time (Up To):10hour(s)/12hour(s)


Built-in camera: No
Second camera: No

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None


Color of product:Black / Blue, White
Volume Control:Digital

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:ADPCM / MP3 / WAV / WMA/MP3 / Protected WMA (DRM) / WMA/MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Backlight: Yes
Display:LCD / OLED
Display number of colors:Monochrome
Display number of lines:2
Display Resolution:128 x 64 / 128 x 96 / 32 x 128
ID3 Tag display: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

Battery performance:1600 / 300
Battery Technology:Alkaline / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:10 / 12
Rechargeable: No


Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:6 bands

File formats

Audio formats supported:MP3 / MP3, WAV, WMA / MP3, WMA

Flash Memory

Installed Size:1GB/512MB


Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Country Kits:Canada / United States/United States
Model:SA178/SA2310/ShoqBox PSS120
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips/Philips GoGear


Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm

MD System

Type: None

Other Features

Audio system maximum sampling rate:48
Backlight display:Y
Bit rate:32-320 kbps & VBR(MP3); 5 - 192 kbps(WMA) / 8-320(MP3), 5 - 192(WMA) / MP3: 8-320 kbps and VBR; WMA: 5 - 192
Blister dimensions (W x D x H):135 x 38 x 195
Compatible operating systems:Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me, XP / Windows 98SE, 2000 (SP4 or above), ME, XP (SP1 or above)
Dimensions (WxDxH):1.24 x 0.906 x 3.06 / 2.28 x 2.09 x 7.17 / 3.18 x 1.17 x 0.563
Display resolution (numeric):32
I/O ports:Aux in: 3.5 mm / Headphone 3.5 mm
Lead-free soldered product: Yes
Mass storage class compliant: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:50
Output Power:2 x 5mW
Playtime external battery:10
Power Requirements:AC: 100 - 240 V, 50 - 60 Hz
USB powered: Yes
User Guide on CD-ROM: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Musicmatch Jukebox
Headphones: Yes
Headphones included:Y
User guide: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:1.5
Package height:7.68
Package type:Clamshell
Package width:5.31
Packaging type:Clamshell


Firmware upgradeable: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Interface:USB 2.0
Line-in: Yes


Battery Capacity:1600 / 300
Battery Technology:Alkaline / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:10 / 12


FM band:87.5 - 108
FM band range:87.5 - 108
FM radio:No / Yes
Preset Station Qty:10/30
Preset stations quantity:10 / 30
Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported
Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Record Modes

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording:No / Yes

Remote Control

Type: None


Card reader integrated: No
Music memory capacity (songs):460
Player media type:Flash-media
Total Storage Capacity:0.512 / 1

System Requirements

Internet connection required: Yes
Minimum RAM:128 / 96
Minimum system requirements:-CD-ROM drive \n-Sound card \n-Free USB port / CD-ROM drive: yes \nSound card: yes \nUSB: Free USB port / CD-ROM, USB
Optical drive required: Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows ME, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Technical Details

Backlight display: Yes

Weight & Dimensions