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Philips PSA232 Active Range Sport MP3 Player with FM Tuner (Silver/Orange)

by Philips
2.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Compact MP3/WMA player with 512 MB of built-in memory designed for active, on-the-go use
  • Holds up to 128 MP3s or 256 WMA files; includes mini Secure Digital card slot for additional storage
  • No-look rocking lens provides discreet and easy access to controls without disrupting workout
  • Built-in stopwatch relays time info through headphones; 5 preset equalizer settings and digital bass boost
  • Built-in FM tuner with 10 presets; measures 2.5 x 1.04 x 2.5 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Philips
  • Model Number: PSA232/37
  • Supported Standards: MP3, WMA
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Component Type: MP3 Player, FM personal radio, Equalizer
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Product Description

Product Description

Megagoods, Inc is a distributor of consumer electronics. We pride ourselves on reliable fulfillment and superb customer service:. Great Selection of Brand Name Items & Fast and Efficient Processing. Our goal is to dedicate ourselves to providing you with excellent service and quality merchandise.  . Rocking lens control for easy file access. USB connection stores documents and data. Built-in talking stopwatch. Mini SD card slot for memory expansion. Uses 1 AAA battery (not included). Includes armband

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Designed for active music listeners who work and play hard, the Philips PSA232 MP3 player stores up to 128 MP3s or 256 WMA files in a round and robust body that holds up to heavy use. The player's controls are built on a "no-look" rocking lens, which provides discreet and easy access to multiple functions without disrupting your workouts. Simply tap on the guiding points of the rocking lens--all of which are marked with a small bump for convenience--to play songs, skip, adjust the volume, and perform a host of other tasks, all without glancing at the player. It's great for jogging, snowshoeing, stair stepping, and any other on-the-go activity.

Songs are stored on the player's 512 MB of built-in memory, which is teamed with a mini Secure Digital (SD) card slot for expandability. By itself, the player holds around 15 hours of music, but thanks to the memory card slot, the MP3 player's capacity is restricted only by the number of SD cards you own. Another nice bonus is the ID3 tag support, which reads the album title, artist name, and track title from encoded MP3s and transfers them to the backlit 96 x 64 LCD display.

The PSA232 is no slouch from an audio perspective, either. The unit's digital bass boost pumps up the low-frequency response for a fuller overall sound, while the multiple equalizer settings (R&B, rock, hip-hop, classic, and jazz) deliver several listening options based on genre or personal taste. Should you tire of MP3s and want to catch a favorite music or news show, turn to the FM tuner, which not only picks up the entire FM spectrum (87.5 to 108 MHz) but also includes 10 station presets for easy channel surfing.

And no sport MP3 player is complete with a built-in stopwatch. This particularly model includes a talking stopwatch, which relays elapsed running time through the headphones. No need to look at the display, or even turn off the music for that matter. To activate the stopwatch, simply press the strategically positioned button on the top left of the player. It's that simple.

The device is compatible with PCs running Windows XP and includes a copy of Windows Media Player 10. It also requires a free USB port, Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, and a sound card to function properly. And at 2.5 by 1.04 by 2.5 inches (W x H x D), it takes up only a tiny amount of space. The unit comes with a single AAA battery and a USB cable and is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
MP3 player, armband, AAA battery, software CD-ROM, USB cable, headphones, user's manual.


Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Philips
Item Weight 12 ounces
Product Dimensions 9 x 4 x 9 inches
Item model number PSA232/37
Power Source Type Battery
Number of Items 1

Additional Information

ASIN B000DCP7W6
Customer Reviews
2.5 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,729 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Players
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available December 20, 2005

Customer Reviews

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The Philips PSA232 is not the worst MP3 I've ever encountered, but it's certainly far from good. I purchased this model (on clearance, not surprisingly as it turns out) and returned it three weeks later. The main problems: 1) As everyone has mentioned, the battery life is terrible. Even rechargable batteries often lasted only 3 hours. 2) Using a miniSD card to increase the storage introduces its own problems. I often had to reformat the card after songs had been transferred because Windows Media Player crashed during a transfer. 3) The player can be very picky about ID3 tags. If they are too long, or have unsupported data tags, the songs will not play on the device (even though the files are clearly listed on the player). So save yourself the aggravation and shop for a better model.
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Its consume 1 battery for 4hours of music, i think that is so much. The FM also has very bad quality.
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I love the size of this player and it's easy to use features. However, the main problem I encountered was downloading purchased songs to it. It kept freezing up and scanning through all the songs without playing them. I bought several songs from Rhapsody that I wanted to put on my mp3. Even though Rhapsody songs are listed as being compatible with this device,...no such luck. My husband had to convert all my Rhapsody songs (which was a huge pain in the butt), burn them to a cd, and then move them to my mp3 player. Since then, it's only frozen once and we had to delete everything off and start again to fix it. :-/
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I purchased three of these MP3s--One for me and two for my two children. One of the battery covers did not fit correctly and within one month of purchasing it, it fell off the product and got lost. I called Philips to try to purchase a new battery cover. I was told they do not sell it separately and the best they could do would be to exchange the product "out of warranty" for $75!! That was almost what I paid for the product! Also, the battery life is TERRIBLE. Even with rechargeable batteries, we go through them like water. I would avoid this product like the plague!
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This Mp3 Player does have alot of problems but those can be fixed.

1. The battery life does suck but after you buy yourself one of those 15 minute rapid chargers that really is not a problem anymore.

2. It sometimes does not let you play your music. After this happen to me i went out and bought a ipod which i did not like and took back. When this mp3 player frezzes on you all you have to do is use the Phillips Device Manager after you hook it up to your computer it takes only a minute to repair it but when it does repair it erases all of your songs that were on the player.

I paid 30 dollars for it and it has lasted me since April 2006. Another plus about it is that it is very sturdy i dropped it tons of times and it still works.
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I use mine when I am on the tredmill or when I jog. The battery life is not that bad and if you register it when you first get it they will replace the back if it falls off. I like it and I only paid $60 for it. Not for the hardcore music fan.
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I have used this MP3 and find it fairly easy to use although the cradle for the player is difficult to seat the player itself into without hitting the buttons on the side. Other then that inconvenience it works very well.
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Pros:

I like the talking stopwatch.

Sound quality is OK, I like the EQ & Bass level options.

Headphones stay in place.

Pretty durable. I've had mine over a year, it's been dropped lots and still works.(see arm bracket mounting issues below.)

But, Oh, the CONS:

Battery life is HORRIBLE. I'm lucky if I get two workouts per battery.

They need to use more than one AAA battery for this thing.

Never could get the mini-SD card to work. Won't play songs from it even IF I get lucky and can even get songs on the card in the first place. My card works fine on other devices.

Customer service could not fix the card issues & seemed clueless about them. To their credit, they did answer the phone & try hard.

Hard to use w/ the arm bracket. It's OK once it's in there, but you have to remove the headphones to mount it. Plus it's tricky to get it seated right & I've dropped mine lots in the process. I usually accidentally push buttons when mounting & turn it off/on when I don't want to.

Hard to see the display outside.
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