Table of Contents
- 1 Important safety information
- 2 Your new player
- 3 Get started
- 4 Play music
- 5 Update the firmware through Philips Device Manager
- 6 Troubleshooting
- 7 Technical data
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1 Important safety information 2
General maintenance 2
2 Your new player 5
What's in the box 5
PC software for the player 5
Files loaded on the player 5
LED indicator and audio feedback 6
3 Get started 7
Charge power 7
Switch the player on or off 7
Automatic standby and shut-down 7
4 Play music 8
Transfer music to the player 8
Play music 8
Search for a song 8
Change the volume level 8
Switch the random play on or off 8
Philips Device Manager 9
6 Troubleshooting 11
7 Technical data 12
PC requirements 12
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1 Important safety
The translation of this document is for
In the event of any inconsistency between the
English version and the translated version, the
English version shall prevail.
• To avoid damage or malfunction:
• Use only power supplies listed in the user manual.
• Do not expose the product to excessive heat caused
by heating equipment or direct sunlight.
• Do not drop the product or allow objects to fall on
• Do not allow the product to be submerged in
water. Do not expose headphone socket or battery
compartment to water, as water entering the set may
cause major damage.
• Active mobile phones in the vicinity may cause
• Back up your les. Ensure that you retain the original
les you have downloaded to your device. Philips is not
responsible for any loss of data if the product becomes
damaged or not readable / legible.
• Manage (transfer, delete, etc.) your music les only with
the supplied music software to avoid problems.
• Do not use any cleaning agents containing alcohol,
ammonia, benzene, or abrasives as these may harm the
• Batteries (battery pack or batteries installed) shall not
be exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, re or
• Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type.
About operating and storage temperatures
• Operate in a place where temperature is
always between 0 and 45ºC (32 to 113ºF)
• Store in a place where temperature is
always between -20 and 45ºC (-4 to
• Battery life may be shortened in low
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Listen at a moderate volume:
Using headphones at a high volume can impair
your hearing. This product can produce sounds
in decibel ranges that may cause hearing loss for
a normal person, even for exposure less than
a minute. The higher decibel ranges are offered
for those that may have already experienced
some hearing loss.
Sound can be deceiving. Over time your hearing
'comfort level' adapts to higher volumes of
sound. So after prolonged listening, what sounds
'normal' can actually be loud and harmful to
your hearing. To guard against this, set your
volume to a safe level before your hearing
adapts and leave it there.
To establish a safe volume level:
Set your volume control at a low setting.
Slowly increase the sound until you can hear it
comfortably and clearly, without distortion.
Listen for reasonable periods of time:
Prolonged exposure to sound, even at normally
'safe' levels, can also cause hearing loss.
Be sure to use your equipment reasonably and
take appropriate breaks.
Be sure to observe the following guidelines
when using your headphones.
Listen at reasonable volumes for reasonable
periods of time.
Be careful not to adjust the volume as your
Do not turn up the volume so high that you
can’t hear what’s around you.
You should use caution or temporarily
discontinue use in potentially hazardous
Do not use headphones while operating a
motorized vehicle, cycling, skateboarding, etc.; it
may create a trafc hazard and is illegal in many
Modications not authorized by the
manufacturer may void user's authority to
operate the product.
All other brands and product names are
trademarks of their respective companies or
Unauthorized duplication of any recordings
whether downloaded from the Internet or
made from audio CDs is a violation of copyright
laws and international treaties.
The making of unauthorized copies of copy-
protected material, including computer
programs, les, broadcasts and sound
recordings, may be an infringement of
copyrights and constitute a criminal offense.
This equipment should not be used for such
The Windows Media and the Windows logo are
registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation
in the United States and/or other countries.
Be responsible! Respect copyrights.
Philips respects the intellectual property of
others, and we ask our users to do the same.
Multimedia content on the internet may have
been created and/or distributed without the
original copyright owner's authorization.
Copying or distributing unauthorized content
may violate copyright laws in various countries
Compliance with copyright laws remains your
The recording and transfer to the portable
player of video streams downloaded to your
computer is intended only for use with public
domain or properly licensed content. You
may only use such content for your private,
non-commercial use and shall respect eventual
copyright instructions provided by the copyright
owner of the work. Such instruction may
state that no further copies shall be made.
Video streams may include copy protection
technology that prohibits further copying. For
such situations the recording function will not
work and you will be notied with a message.
Philips is committed to improving the quality
of your product and enhancing the Philips user
experience. To understand the usage prole of
this device, this device logs some info / data to
the non-volatile memory region of the device.
These data are used to identify and detect
any failures or problems you as a user may
experience while using the device. The data
stored, for example, will be the duration of
playback in music mode, duration of playback
in turner mode, how many times battery low
was encountered, etc. The data stored do not
reveal the content or media used on the device
or the source of downloads. The data stored
on the device are retrieved and used ONLY
if the user returns the device to the service
center and ONLY to simplify error detection
and prevention. The data stored shall be made
available to user on user’s rst request.
Your product is designed and manufactured
with high quality materials and components,
which can be recycled and reused.
Please inform yourself about the local rules
on separate collection of batteries because
correct disposal helps to prevent negative
consequences for the environmental and
2 Your new player
What's in the box
Make sure that you have received the following
Quick start guide
Safety and Warranty sheet
• The images serve as reference only. Philips reserves the
right to change color/design without notice.
Philips GoGear audio player
Quick start guide
Safety and Warranty
Before using your set:
Check out details inside this booklet
PC software for the player
SOUNDDOT can work with the following PC
• Philips Device Manager (helps you get
rmware updates and recover the player)
Files loaded on the player
The following les are loaded on SOUNDDOT:
• User manual
• Frequently asked questions
• Press and hold: Switch the player on
• Press: Pause/ resume play
• Press twice during play: Switch the
random play on or off
• Press: Decrease or increase the volume
• Press and hold: Skip to the previous or
c USB connector for power charging and
• Press the hole by using the tip of a ball
pen when the player does not respond
to the pressing of keys
f LED indicator
• 3.5 mm-headphone connector
LED indicator and audio feedback
With the LED indicator and/ or audio feedback,
you can know the status of the player.
3 Get started
SOUNDDOT has a built-in battery that can be
charged through the USB socket of a computer.
• Rotate the USB connector to connect
SOUNDDOT to a PC.
» During power charging, the indicator
changes its color to denote the battery
» When the battery is full, the green
indicator lights up.
• When the battery level is lower than 15%, the red
indicator ashes and two beeps sound.
• Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge
cycles. Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by
use and settings.
Switch the player on or off
• Press and hold until the green or red
indicator lights up.
» Power on: The green indicator lights
up. Music play starts.
» Power off: The red indicator lights up.
One beep sounds.
Automatic standby and shut-down
The player has an automatic standby and shut-
down feature that can save battery power.
After ve minutes in idle mode (no play, no
button is pressed), the player switches off.
4 Play music
Transfer music to the player
You can transfer music from your PC media
library to SOUNDDOT in the following ways:
• Drag and drop music les in Windows
1 Connect SOUNDDOT to a PC.
2 On the PC, under My Computer or
• drag and drop music les from the PC
1 Make sure that you have switched on the
player (see 'Switch the player on or off' on
» The green indicator lights up. Music
» During music play, the green indicator
ashes at intervals.
2 Press to pause or resume play.
Search for a song
• Press and hold / to skip to the
previous or next song.
» One beep sounds.
Change the volume level
• Press / .
» During music play, you hear the change
of volume level.
Switch the random play on or off
1 During music play, press twice.
» You hear two beeps. The green
indicator ashes twice at intervals.
» Songs play in random.
2 To switch off the random play, press
» You hear one beep. The green indicator
ashes once at intervals.
» Songs play in sequence.
5 Update the
Install Philips Device Manager
1 Connect SOUNDDOT to a PC.
2 On the PC, select My Computer
(Windows XP / Windows 2000) /
Computer (Windows Vista / Windows 7
3 Right click on the Philips GoGear
SOUNDDOT icon. Select Install Philips
• Alternatively, click the Philips GoGear
SOUNDDOT icon. Double-click the
4 Follow the onscreen instructions to
complete the installation of the software.
• The installation requires you to agree to the license
1 Make sure that you have connected your
PC to the Internet.
2 Launch Philips Device Manager.
» A dialog box is displayed.
3 Connect SOUNDDOT to your PC.
» When the device is connected,
"SA4DOTXX" is displayed on the text
» You can nd current rmware version
of the device.
4 To check for rmware updates,
a Close the dialog box of Philips Device
b At the base of the PC screen, right
click and select Check for updates.
» Philips SA4DOTXX Device
Manager checks for updates from
1 When the rmware update is available,
follow the onscreen instructions to
download and install the rmware.
2 Disconnect SOUNDDOT from the PC.
» SOUNDDOT restarts after the
rmware is updated and is ready for
If SOUNDDOT is not working properly or the
display freezes, you can reset it without losing
How do I reset SOUNDDOT?
•Insert a pen tip or other object into the
reset hole on SOUNDDOT. Hold until the
player shuts down.
•If the reset option is unsuccessful, recover
SOUNDDOT through Philips Device
1 On your PC, launch Philips Device
2 Enter the recovery mode:
a Switch off SOUNDDOT.
b Press and hold the volume button
, and then, connect SOUNDDOT
to your PC.
c Keep holding the button until
Philips Device Manager recognizes
SOUNDDOT and enters the
3 Start the recovery process:
a On Philips Device Manager, click the
Repair button. Follow the onscreen
instructions to complete the recovery
b When the recovery is completed,
disconnect SOUNDDOT from your
4 Restart SOUNDDOT.
7 Technical data
• Power supply: 110 mAh Li-ion polymer
internal rechargeable battery
• Play time¹
Audio (.mp3): up to 6 hours
• Fast charging: 6-minute charging for
• Philips Device Manager: To update the
rmware and recover the player
• Headphone 3.5 mm
• USB 2.0 High speed
• Channel separation: 45 dB
• Frequency Response: 20-18,000 Hz
• Output power: 2 x 2.4 mW
• Signal to noise ratio: > 84 dB
Bitrate: 8-320 kbps and VBR
Sampling rates: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.050,
32, 44.1, 48 kHz
• WMA (unprotected)
Bitrate: 5-320 kbps
Sampling rates: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.050,
32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Built-in memory capacity²:
• SA4DOT02 2 GB NAND Flash
• SA4DOT04 4 GB NAND Flash
• SA4DOT08 8 GB NAND Flash
• Windows Explorer (drag and drop)
• Specications are subject to change without notice.
• ¹ Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of
charge cycles. Battery life and number of charge cycles
vary by use and settings.
• ² 1 GB = 1 billion bytes; available storage capacity is
less. Full memory capacity may not be available as some
memory is reserved for the player. Storage capacity
is based on 4 minutes per song and 128-kbps MP3
• ³ Transfer speed depends on operating system and
• Windows® XP (SP3 or above) / Vista / 7
• Pentium III 800 MHz processor or higher
• 512 MB RAM
• 500 MB hard disk space
• Internet connection
• Windows® Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
• CD-ROM drive
• USB port
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