Here at Anglia Tool Centre we stock a variety of DAB & Bluetooth radios. Having both of these functions gives you the best of both worlds when choosing what to listen to on the job.
Makita recently joined a number of big brands in releasing their first DAB & Bluetooth radio – which we reviewed here – joining the likes of Festool, Makita and Hikoki. We take a look at their respective radios and the features they have to offer. Firstly, however, what are the main benefits of DAB & Bluetooth connectivity?
DAB & Bluetooth radios – benefits
Though well documented by now, it is still worth mentioning that DAB gives you a greater choice of stations. From BBC talk shows to commercial radio music channels and everything in between, you will always be spoilt for choice with DAB radio.
Add Bluetooth to the mix and depth goes up another notch. Connecting your mobile device to the radio gives you ability to customise your playlists and podcasts to your heart’s content. There are even some brand-specific apps designed to enhance your listening experience.
Festool 202112 BR10 radio
- Various receiving and playback options via Bluetooth and AUX-IN interfaces – available as analogue or digital radio
- Excellent sound in a compact, modern and robust design
- Intuitive operation via large buttons and colour LCD display
- Bluetooth interface with hands-free function
- To play your favourite music from your phone, MP3 player, notebook, etc. via the AUX-IN interface or Bluetooth
- Receives analogue (FM) and digital (DAB+) stations
- Suitable for the construction site, workshop and free time
One of the Festool BR10 radio’s bonuses is it is very lightweight. It won’t get in the way of your work. Combine that with its compact design and flexible, unbreakable antenna and it’s fair to say it represents fantastic value for money.
Makita DMR112 radio
- Capable of receiving DAB/DAB+ Radio Stations
- Equipped with Bluetooth class 2 to wirelessly connect your mobile device for playing music with a range up to 10m
- Dual power source: AC or Makita batteries
- Soft grip carry handle swivels 90 degrees
- Elastomer bumpers protect against rough handling on a jobsite
- AUX-IN jack for connecting to external audio source (connecting cable is not included)
- AC adaptor jack
- Easy-to-read digital tuner with LCD display
- Foldable antenna
- Two large 89mm diameter speakers provide high-quality sound
- Flat top surface to stably place mobile device
- Digital Amplifier
Additionally, the DMR112 radio is extremely robust and therefore able to endure tough environments, while its IP64 rating means it can easily withstand construction site conditions, including dust and rain.
Hikoki UR18DSDL radio
- Control your phone with the radio buttons when attached via Bluetooth
- Back lit buttons for extra visibility in low light
- Robust build quality, splash proof and dust proof
- Auxiliary input connection for MP3 player (lead not included)
- 10 presets for DAB radio stations
- 10 presets for AM/FM radio stations
- 2 types of alarm (radio/ normal)
- Powered by any 14.4v – 18v Hitachi battery or 240v mains via the included AC adaptor (radio does not charge batteries)
The compartment in the centre of the Hikoki radio protects your smartphone and keeps it in place, whilst allowing the user to control functionality through the buttons on the radio. This feature along with an easy to use interface provides greater music integration and control, whilst keeping your smartphone protected from dust and breakage on the job site.
Dewalt DWST1-81079 TSTAK radio
- 6 (4 + 2) speakers, producing 45W output
- Onboard battery charging
- DAB radio for a greater choice of stations
- Dynamic sound control with independent bass, mid and treble control
- Bluetooth connectivity – Play music from your existing playlists and apps, or through the new dedicated app
- XR + XR FLEXVOLT compatible
- TSTAK compatible – TSTAK boxes can be combined in a variety of ways so you can stack, store and transport your workshop with you
- Tough Guaranteed – Rubberised impact zones for guaranteed tough durability
- Splash and spray resistant with IP54 rating
Furthermore, the TSTAK radio was the first job site radio to offer dedicated iOS and Android apps giving you remote control from the palm of your hand, providing great convenience to the user. Its compatibility with other TSTAK items only adds to its appeal.
In conclusion, the four DAB & Bluetooth radios mentioned above are all in demand for good reason. As well as boasting both popular functions they share other impressive features, including USB ports to charge phones and other devices. There are also enough subtle touches from brand to brand to give each radio its own identity.