The market for portable speakers has grown a lot in the last years. Major brands like Beats Electronics released products in varying sizes and colors (e.g. the Beats Pill 2.0.). Most of them are quite big for being considered a portable product.
In contrast, the Philips BT100 is a real portable Bluetooth speaker, it’s the smallest version of the Philips BT–Series.
Philips (original: Koninklijke Philips N.V.) was founded in Eindhoven in 1891 and is one of the biggest technology companies in the world. In addition to audio products they produce healthcare and lighting products as well.
Due to the rise of Apple and other electronic lifestyle brands, Philips has lost their position at the top. After several years of loss and company re-constructions, Philips managed to turn a profit of 411.000.000 € in 2014.
The packaging of the speaker is nothing special. It’s basically a grey box with light grey typography and blue pictograms. Nothing fancy, very plain. The package is very similar to other consumer electronics in this price range with a main focus on the features and product descriptions. Here it becomes very obvious that these speakers are something for the mass market and not for design lovers.
PHILIPS BT100 BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
The speaker comes with a very clean look. I prefer the white color which is actually surprisingly pure. White is not always white, sometimes those products tend to go into some grey shades or the worse they tend to turn a bit into a mix of white and yellow.
In addition to the white version you can buy the speakers in black, red, blue or even violett but the white matches best with the gold of the logo.
The size of the box is pretty modest for a mobile speaker (2.5 x 2.5 x 3.2 inches), and light compared to other models on the market (170g).
Like most Bluetooth speakers, the Philips BT comes with a standard built-in rechargeable battery for music playback anywhere. The battery offers more than seven hours of music.
Next to the Bluetooth function you can also connect via audio-in. When connected, the speaker also works with a with a built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls – you will actually never use this.
First of all, this is not a Bose system or anything comparable. But for the price of about 30€ the sound is very satisfying. The mid and the high tones are very smooth even in the louder areas, thanks to the anti–clipping function. In contrast, the bass is almost nonexistent. That is a minus, but also not surprising given the size of the body.
I have never been a fan of Bluetooth. It’s just not good enough for permanent undisturbed music sessions. This is nothing against Philips, but rather against the Bluetooth technology in general. (If you’ve ever had the chance to enjoy Airplay you know there is no real rival.)
The sync with the signal is very easy and works without any problems most of time. Also the connection is limited to 10 meters, but potentially less due to walls or anything else interfering with the connection.
The best description for the look of this speaker is minimalistic. There is just a solid square body with round corners – nothing unnecessary or distracting.
All in all, the look is very decent and calm. The box almost disappears in a modern equipped room.
On the top of the white box is the „golden“ grid for the audio out. Unfortunately the gold is more beige than anything else. Gold, as used in the logo, would’ve been a perfect fit.
In addition to the logo we see an LED light on the front. White is for „on“, blue for „connected“ and „yellow“ for low battery. I really enjoy that easy way of color-coding – unmistakable.
On the backside of the speaker we can see a slide switch for turning the box on and choosing between Bluetooth and AUX. We can also find the line-in for micro-sub and the audio-in. On the backside is also the button for the hands-free phone calls.
To sum it all up, I really like this product. It’s well made and for this price point, definitely a product to recommend. The materials are well chosen and high quality. Once again, it is not a Bose or Sonos sound system but something you can appreciate music with at a picnic or during a quick presentation that requires amplified sound.
All photos were taken by myself with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 with a Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN lens.
I made this honest review for my own purpose, Philips hasn’t paid or booked me for this.