I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Bluetooth wireless transfer and streaming is one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread. A PMP or DAP with Bluetooth only enhances functionality and provides users with much more than just an audio/video experience.
While Philips’ GoGear range has been faring quite well in the Indian market, the company's latest SA5245BT (Bluetooth-enabled) PMP attempts to increase its popularity further. Whether it will or won’t is a moot question, so let's seek some answers...
For menu navigation there's a five-way nav-pad bedside the display. You have a return key near the nav-pad as well as a very handy quick access options key. A small LED with the Bluetooth symbol is located just above the nav-pad to indicate if the BT radio is on or off.
The company has included a leather case for the SA5245BT to keep the screen safe. Although I’m not a fan of the canal earphone design, I must admit the bundled earphones are comfortable enough and help enhance the overall sound experience.
Playlists can be created only via Windows Media Player 11, so if you have an older version you’ll have to upgrade. Thankfully, Philips has provided the same on the bundled CD. You can also create playlists on the go on the device itself. A quick-access menu allows convenient access to audio and Bluetooth settings without the need to navigate back to the main menu and the settings folder. You can also set a maximum level for the volume, and rate tracks.
The integrated FM radio works quite well, even on city commutes. Of course, you can’t expect crystal-clear sound, but it’s not too bad when compared to some of the other players out there. A recording feature is available, in addition to the voice recorder that has really good range.
In the bigger picture, SA5245BT’s audio experience isn't too bad. Aside from the slightly sharp high frequencies there were no other issues. It’s loud, it’s quite clear, and if the EQs are adjusted well enough, you won't ever need the volume to be peaked to drown out the noise – and still get a kickass bass line. For a truly great audio experience get yourself a good Stereo Bluetooth headset.
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