M18 DIGITAL CONTRACTOR RADIO. The product is easy to use. The product is durable. The product is manufactured in China.
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The hardest part about reading reviews is putting it in context of the reason why the reviewer bought the product. At let's be honest, everyone has different requirements for why they want something. I have a large garden and I like to listen to music. A lot. I don't like headphones because I like to be aware of what is happening around me. All my music is on mp3 players - I use multiple SanDisk Clips - so really what I wanted was an amplifier and speakers that works off batteries. So that meant some type of boombox. And it needed to be loud. And audio quality is not critical when you're moving around outside. After scouting the internet almost all of the 'few' (i.e. had an Aux input) boomboxes seemed to rule themselves out in the reviews I read as just not punching their weight. Oh, yeah, and I didn't want to keep cost to between $75 - $150 which I thought reasonable for what I wanted. So pretty much ended up with the following options
I used this radio today at the small job shop factory where I work. Today's task was in an isolated area, so it was a perfect opportunity to test out my new Milwaukee radio's power with my iPod without bothering anyone (I listen to 1940's-1950's pop--Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Pied Pipers and all that; not everyone's cup of tea). Putting this up against the collective noise of a large Pines tube bender (bending 1-1/2" x 2" rectangular tube with 1/8" wall, so this thing is BIG), with two loud 3-phase motors running the hydraulics, a small CNC vertical milling center (Mori-Seiki MV-35, for the record), and an old 60+ year-old rattletrap of a Delta drill press, it performed brilliantly. At 1/2 volume on the radio (iPod itself cranked to full power), I was able to hear my tunes very clearly above the din, even from 15-20 feet away! The 40-watt amplifier is certainly no slouch! At 3/4 volume, still no distortion, and I could hardly bear the volume level, even amidst the other...
Have it.No problems,does have an audible thump when you turn it off. It does sound great though.Sat it side by side with the dewalt dc012 [with an ipod bugged in] This was better hands down and the compartment protecting the ipod is a good thing to have on a construction site. I would have bumped it up another star if it charged the batteries. Charger feature would probably jack the unit cost up significantly and people are very price sensitve in this economy. Very happy with this radio so far.
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