In June 2021, Philips launched three new portable speakers on the market. One of them is the Philips S7505, which will have the mission to rival LG and JBL models. With a suggested price of R$ 1,199, the device has 30 watts of power, Bluetooth 5.0, can serve as a power bank and has a battery for up to 20 hours of playback.
Philips points out that the new speaker has a premium look and water certification, so you can take it with you at the beach and in the pool. Now, is it worth paying more than R$1,000 for this model? I rated the Philips S7505 to answer this and other questions in this review.
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Design and Connectivity
In its communication, Philips says that the S7505 is a premium box and, right from the first impressions, I could see exactly that when analyzing the design. It is all covered in fabric, plastic and rubber that appear to be of good quality and are very pleasant to the touch. The most impressive thing is that the fabric “mixes transparent wool” to let the sound pass without too much interference, explains the company.
Although large, 23cm high, 8.5cm wide and weighing almost 1kg, I must say that I really liked the rectangular design of the product. Philips even put some rubbers on the body, allowing the S7505 to stand or lie down. Both at the bottom and at the top there is a hole for the user to place a string to transport the speaker. On the side, there is still a cover that hides the conventional USB and USB-C inputs, for power.
For those looking for a speaker that can withstand going to the beach or the pool, like the JBL Xtreme 2, the Philips product is IPX7-certified, meaning it is water resistant but not dust resistant. Even the upper part, which has a smooth plastic material, appears to scratch easily, requiring a little more care on the beach.
Regarding the controls, there are six physical buttons on the gadget for you to turn the speaker on and off, pair with your devices and control the tracks being played. They all worked very well in my tests. In connectivity, it has Bluetooth 5.0 and I was able to quickly pair it with my cell phone and notebook. Philips S7505 doesn’t have a dedicated app for configurations like the LG Xboom Go PL7, but the company allows you to connect the device to another S7505 box for a stereo sound experience.
Sound quality and battery
Since we’re talking about sound, let’s get down to business: this model has 30 watts of power and, although it’s not 360 degrees (which is a shame), the power that Philips delivers makes the box sound very immersive. , filling large spaces, such as a living room, and small ones, such as a bedroom. The performance is even very similar to that of the LG Xboom Go PL7, which we have already analyzed here in Techblog.
Since there’s plenty of room for the low frequencies, the Philips S7505 plays pop, hip-hop and electronica with energy, and the beats sound impactful. I Did It, by DJ Khaled, is reproduced at maximum volume without distortion, the power of the bass makes even the sofa shake and the vocals of the other participants reverberate with stability, without strident or embolism.
Already seduction, from Disclosure, which has a more EDM feel, with several nuances, plays this box with plenty of life without losing balance. When putting a rock, you can feel that the S7505 values more the beats of the instruments, the mids and highs are even felt, but can be lost in some moments due to the space of the bass. In conclusion, Philips has done an excellent job, delivering impeccable sound performance.
In autonomy, the brand says that the S7505 can play for up to 20 hours, that is, four hours less than the PL7, from LG, but five hours more than the new JBL Xtreme 3. In my tests, connected to the notebook and playing at 50% volume, the box remained on for two days—an excellent result. The other good news is that the USB connection is available for you to charge other devices, as the box also works as a power bank.
Philips S7505: is it worth it?
The Philips S7505 is a premium Bluetooth speaker and, just by having this status, you can imagine that it hits stores with a high price. That’s exactly it. But, analyzing the work as a whole, the brand has done a job so well done that it’s hard to say it’s not worth it. Currently, I wouldn’t pay the $1,199 that the company asks for, but during retail promotions, the S7505 can be very advantageous.
The construction of the product is excellent and you can see that Philips chose quality materials, which already makes the device more expensive. In terms of sound, I confess that this model surprised me for its power and balance; you will hardly find limitations when playing pop, hip-hop, electronica and even rock. Again, Philips is to be congratulated.
However, considering the category it’s in, I missed more connectivity features. Sony has speakers with NFC, and LG and JBL provide an application for you to customize the device and the sound. I really hope the next generation Philips S7505 brings these experiences, because with that, the chance of it getting a 10 is pretty high.
Philips S7505 Bluetooth speaker box
- Impeccable sound quality, with balanced bass, mids and highs
- Design brings quality materials that are pleasant to the touch
- Product is versatile, being able to stand up, lying down and has two holes
- It lacked a dedicated app with extra features