It is very hard to look for a portable speaker that is perfect for both indoors and outdoors use. The truth is many portable speakers today that are being offered in the market only sound good when you are indoors. It sounds really great, clear, and loud when you are using it inside your house but what happens when you are already outdoors? That portable speaker just falters.

So you want to have a portable speaker that performs really well be it used indoors or outdoors. Among all portable speakers out there, what would be the best option for it?

Well, we have one that can be a good recommendation. Check out the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker!

The Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker is a perfect audio buddy anywhere you go, be it indoors or outdoors. It has this rugged design that makes this portable speaker to be very sturdy and durable. Aside from that, the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker is designed to have two selectable sound settings. With these selectable sound settings, you can either choose the indoor mode or outdoor mode, both of which have different sound performance.

Philips SB5200B-37
To know more about this interesting Philips speaker, read the full review below


Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – Performance

We mentioned that the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker has two selectable sound settings. This feature makes the portable speaker to produce two different kinds of sound production, depending if used via indoor mode or outdoor mode.

When the indoor mode is used, the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker is set to deliver a crystal clear sound and strong bass. Choosing the indoor mode, we tested this portable speaker in our office and we observed it to have a fairly decent sound quality. The sound was clear, detailed, and considerably loud that it filled the entire place. Aside from that, the bass was also impressive. The bass output was very powerful, without any distortion while it is being produced.

For the outdoor mode, Philips claims the SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker to deliver maximum loudness and power of sound. We want to know if Philips tells the truth about it so we tested it outside, specifically in the park where it is expected to be very noisy and many people are around.

Surprisingly, the outdoor mode of the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker was effective. Compared to portable speakers that don’t have this setting, the sound that the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker produces via outdoor mode was really loud and powerful, clear and crisp as well.

Although, at some point, especially when used at maximum volume level, distortions are being heard from its sound. So for you to maintain a clear, crisp, and detailed quality of sound, you should control its volume up to 70% only.

For its power, the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker is built with a 1350 mAh rechargeable Lithium ion battery.

For us, this portable speaker lasted to us for up to 6 hours. To recharge, the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker comes with an AC adaptor. You can also recharge this portable speaker via a micro-USB cable although you need to provide one for it.


Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – Design

The Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker seems to be a rugged portable speaker because of its design. It is made to be very sturdy, quite big for its size, heavier than any other portable speakers out there, and lastly it has unique design such as a rubberized cover and a cord strap.

It measures 8.3 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches and weighs 1.1 pounds. It is quite big and heavy compared from other audio speakers but for us, this one is still very portable and handy. The Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker is similar to the shape of a brick, that’s why it is also called as the BR-1X.

The Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker also has a very rugged look and feel and it is because of its all hard plastic case, with rubberized enclosure that seems to be changed, and it has a cord strap that makes the portable speaker to be very convenient when it comes to carrying and handling.

In front of the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker is where the speaker grille covering two speaker drivers, the power button, volume up/down buttons, the Philips logo, as well as two different ports dedicated for an Audio input and Audio output (both are used to daisy chain multiple Philips SB5200B/37 or BR-1Xs together to produce bigger and louder sound system).

On its upper right hand side is where the cord strap is placed. While on the back of this speaker is where another speaker grille is placed, a button for the Indoor/Outdoor mode, button for resetting Bluetooth history, as well as the ports for the AC adaptor and micro-USB.

The Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker is available in multiple color options.

Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker – Connectivity

The Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker can be connected with devices via Bluetooth or 3.5mm Audio Input.

Bluetooth pairing was a very smooth and easy process. Connecting our devices to the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker was not an issue at all. Wired connection was convenient too. A 3.5mm audio jack comes with the package and this one can also be used to daisy chain multiple Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speakers.

Summary

PROS CONS
Impressive sound quality Distortion can be heard if used at maximum volume
2 selectable sound settings: Indoor Mode and Outdoor Mode  
Rugged design  
Affordable  
What’s good with the Philips SB5200B/37 Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker? It has an impressive sound quality both coming from its featured 2 selectable sound settings, the Indoor Mode and Outdoor Mode. It also has a durable, sturdy design that makes this portable speaker to look and feel rugged. Lastly, you can get the most out of it for an affordable price of $72.97 only!