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Small box, big sound

Philips has shrunk what it calls the ‘boom-box concept’ down to a new miniature size with the introduction of a portable digital audio device called the ‘GoGear ShoqBox’ personal sound system.

Philips has shrunk what it calls the ‘boom-box concept’ down to a new miniature size with the introduction of a portable digital audio device called the ‘GoGear ShoqBox’ personal sound system.

Effectively a svelte mini speaker unit with built-in MP3 player functionality, the ShoqBox in finished in high-tech (or iPod-like) white, and fits easily in the palm of a hand.

Also known by its product number, PSS110, this solid-state product’s speakers have been enhanced with Philips’ XSL Acoustics system, a technology that the firm claims ensures precise tuning between the speaker driver, the small acoustic architecture and the circuitry.

In terms of getting music onto the device, the ShoqBox can be connected to a notebook or PC via USB connection and with its 512MB of internal flash memory can store up to eight hours worth of MP3 tracks (or 16 hours of WMA – Windows Media Audio format – music).

Last but not least, in addition to being a mini boom box for full room audio, the ShoqBox also features a headphone jack, which means it can be used as a PC speaker system too, for instance for bringing multimedia presentations to life. Power wise, it is both USB rechargeable or can be operated on batteries. Expect to pay approximately US $136.

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