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Old 11-13-2009, 08:12 PM
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Philips GoGear Aria MP3/Video player

Review:
Phillips GoGear Aria is a 4GB MP3/video player with a impressive 2 screen in a appealing black color.

It's also known as SA1ARA04K (for the 4GB model).

Packaging and accessories:

GoGear Aria is presented in a neat carboard box, with the player in a plastic section, the accessories at the rear.

Philips has gone for a mini CD to hold the supplied software, plus has stopped supplying a USB cable.

The supplied in-ear headphones feature turbo bass air vents and a angled acoustics design.


Design:

The GoGear Aria has a hold switch on the bottom and volume controls at the top (similar to the SA6145).

The controls are completely different from previous models, with separate back and options buttons at the top next to the screen , with next/previous buttons around the right side.

A up/down navigator is in the center with a play pause button in the middle.

The screen is very beautiful-2.0" and is quite bright.

Interface
Philip's GoGear interface is quite nice-revamped for 2009 models , with graphics reminiscent of iPods (white on black background)-all features are displayed neatly.

Thankfully, Philips has done away with the he left and right button type navigation to move between menu screens-unconventional but quite easy to master.

One neat feature is SuperScroll-described by Philips as:
"Double action search keys allow easy speed control when scrolling through large libraries. You can choose to move through your playlist one song or video at a time or just press and hold down a little harder to SuperScroll swiftly to your desired file."

This makes scrolling through the song list very fast.


Music:

The GoGear Aria plays unprotected (non-DRM) MP3/WMA music files-2 popular file formats for digital music and also Audbile audiobooks.

Playback features are good-the basics of playing selecting songs is familar if you’ve used other players.

Information displayed is artist/album/song name and album art.

The song display looks a lot like the iPod's.

Photos/Videos:

Photos are displayed in a full screen view and are viewed in a landscape orientation,slideshow feature is basic but is effective in use.

When viewing photos you can use the up/down buttons to rotate the currently displayed image-a novel touch.

Video playback is good with smooth motion and frame rate at 30fps.

Movies can be transferred to the GoGear Aria-you need to convert to the SMV format with the supplied Media Converter for Philips software.

Transfer and charging:

A standard mini-USB cable is used (unlike with 2008 models which had one in the box, for 2009 models you need to supply your own this time around).

Windows is the only OS supported officially by Philips-so you can use Windows Media Player.

A setting in the settings menu (PC Connection Preference) has the option either MTP or MSC/UMS.

But, helpfully when the GoGear Aria is connected a message appears allowing you to choose from "connect & transfer" or "charge & play".

The former mounts the GoGear as a UMS device-which 2008 models, like the SA6145 only mounted as a MTP device.

This can be extremely hanmdy if you'd like to transfer songs to it on say a Mac for instance.

It'll charge on other OS but won't appear in the Finder on Macs for instance.

There’s also a program called “Philips device manager + Philips Media converter” which can be downloaded from support.philips.com or installed from the supplied CD.

New this year-a video downloading application that works with Philips GoGear Aria.

Philips device manager can be used to perform firmware updates or do a player recovery.

Sound Quality:

The Philips GoGear Aria's sound quality is excellent, with very nice sound reproduction across mids and highs there’s a good EQ selection-presets plus a customizable EQ.

The sound was amazing clear and all ranges and virtually distortion free.

A option for Philips FullSound is present-provides a CD quality like listening experience.

Other:

You can listen to radio with 20 presets and voice recording. Auto tuning in radio presets is very quick.

A text and voice recorder is included-the former new to the Philips GoGear range .



Overall:

It’s a beautiful MP3/video player-I was quite impressed at the Philips GoGear Aria, especially for its 2" screen and its included premium headphones

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Old 11-14-2009, 06:42 PM
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Nice review. Glad you like it.
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They really should supply a ubs cord though.
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They really should supply a ubs cord though.
Union Bank of Switzerland is making computer cords now?

@OP: This Philips looks pretty slick, nice review! Philips is big in Asia/Europe but not so much in US...too bad...my HDTV is Philips and I love it...
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:27 AM
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Philips is a niche player in the electronics products and gadgets. Recently they have added more value to their new range (GoGear) of inexpensive mp3 players or portable media player range by introducing Philips GoGear Aria. The 8GB version of GoGear Aria would cost $80 whereas the 16GB model would cost $100 only.
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They sell this player at The Source in Canada and i briefly looked at it when shopping around. It seemed cheap but this review seems like perhaps I underestimated it.
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:35 PM
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People gave me hell for posting a deal on the 16gb versions (for $49) in the general forum. I would say sound quality is on par with my old View (RIP). not as good as fuze, but better than other players i've used (old archos, created HD based players, ipod...).

You can't browse by genre...that's about my only complaint with the OS. Otherwise it's very responsive and i think well put together. I actually prefer the default os to that which comes with sansa players. It's nice to make playlists on the go etc. I know rockbox fixes these problems, but the average user is not interested in installing a third party firmware and risking screwing up their player.
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:33 PM
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Default Philips Ariaz

Bought new Philips Ariaz 4gb.
Good quality earphones are included.
I like its tactile buttons & stainless steel body (second only to Angelina Jolie )
FM is with RDS.
Sound quality is very good (By using Fullsound mode I have not felt any "subwoofer in ear" effect as mentioned in some Philips players review).
Nice player.I like its sound more than Sansa clip(may be because of good quality stock earphones & responsive equalizer).
Firmware, it seems, can only be upgraded through Philips songbird software.
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:13 PM
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Thank you. I'm glad to see a new device like this Philips. Happy that's it's not coming from an unknown exotic manufacturer also.
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Bought new Philips Ariaz 4gb.
Good quality earphones are included.
I like its tactile buttons & stainless steel body (second only to Angelina Jolie )
FM is with RDS.
Sound quality is very good (By using Fullsound mode I have not felt any "subwoofer in ear" effect as mentioned in some Philips players review).
Nice player.I like its sound more than Sansa clip(may be because of good quality stock earphones & responsive equalizer).
Firmware, it seems, can only be upgraded through Philips songbird software.
is the playlist support good?
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There are 3 play lists on the go.
You can create custom play list by right clicking & drag n drop tracks to play list window in the browser (how many I do not Know).
See screen shot of play list created with name "My favorites".
It does not play .m3u play lists however.
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Alright, thanks man
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:48 AM
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I got the newer version of this player....

Ariaz 16GB off amazon.

I was left so disappointed I put it up for sale on ebay the very same day!

Main gripes -

Sound isn't just loud enough!

Sound quality was good but it just wasn't loud. Yes I was using the US FW. Updated the FW as well. No Luck.

Not to mention the only way you can update the FW is through their software SongBird. There is no other way!

The interface was a mess.

You had to hold the down button to get a specific artist...there was no fast scrolling or scroll by letter.

You had to play a file first to add it to the "On-The-Go" playlist. Couldn't do it without playing it!

Just a clunky interface...would be my last Phillips mp3 player.

SongBird software is a bigger P.o.S than iTunes....not to mention my Anti-virus gives me warnings everytime I launch it!

Build quality though was Excellent....one of the best I've seen but usability was an epic failure!
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Sound Quality:

The Philips GoGear Aria's sound quality is excellent, with very nice sound reproduction across mids and highs there’s a good EQ selection-presets plus a customizable EQ
I had both Philips GoGear ViBE and Ariaz and what I can say about the audio quality is that there's no perceptive differences between these two at all - what changes the perceptive sound quality is that each bundles a different headphone. I didn't quite like the in-ear phones that bundles the Ariaz version - the mids and highs are not that good on this pair.

All in all, it's a good portable player for those who are looking for a glossy-big screen but maybe not meant for those who are mainly looking for audio quality only. I'll be looking to sell my Philips GoGear Ariaz as soon as possible and try for a SanDisk MP3 player instead.
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