I spend a fair amount of time travelling and staying in hotels so I really enjoy having my iPod with me. It’s not always convenient to wear the head phones – have you ever tried shaving with head phones on ? I looked around for a small pair of speakers for some time until I found this unit from Philips.
The SBA290 is a relatively small all-in-one stereo speaker unit with a head phone jack that can plug into any MP3 player or PC. Despite it’s compact size, the sound is actually quite good; there’s even some bass. It comes with a travel pouch and it’s really easy to carry around in my bag. It can be powered by 6 AAA batteries and it also comes with a power adaptor.
I did get caught out on a recent trip to California with the SBA290, I plugged in the power adaptor and the sound was all broken up and unlistenable. I checked the adaptor and it needs 230v – the US uses 110v. I have put 6 Ni-Mh rechargeable batteries in it now and will make sure they are fully charged before my next US trip. It’s a shame the rechargeables don’t charge when they are in the unit and the unit is plugged into the mains, but you can’t have everything in life.