DeWALT Jobsite Speaker Review

A basic speaker that delivers good sound, is easy to carry around, and is reasonably priced

DeWALT Jobsite Speaker

DeWALT Bluetooth Speaker



At 4-3/4" x 5-1/2" x 7" and weighing just 4-1/2 pounds, the DeWALT DCR006 is about as small and compact a workshop/jobsite speaker as you're likely to find.  

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The body is made of a durable PVC plastic and it has a rubber overmold that wraps around both sides and down over the feet, which provides protection from errant knocks. It's well balanced without any tendency to tip over. 

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There is an integrated handle at the back of the unit, though it's a mighty tight fit but all for the smallest of hands. 

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On the left side of the speaker you'll find three outlets, protected by a rubber cover – an AUX In port for connecting an MP3 player or other non-Bluetooth device, a 1A USB port that you can use to charge your mobile device, and a DC port for running the speaker off a 120V outlet with the supplied AC adapter.

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The DCR006 is powered by any DeWALT 12V/20V MAX battery (or via the AC adapter). The battery is exposed, which makes it more susceptible to damage, and I found that it can be inadvertently dislodged from the port if the bottom of the battery knocks up against a solid surface. 

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Pairing the DCR006 is very easy, and once a connection is established and locked into your mobile device, it will automatically connect when the speaker is turned on.

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While there are separate buttons for controlling volume  (- and +) and pausing (||) there is no control for song progression (though that feature can be controlled through your mobile device).

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With a 20V 4.0 Ah battery I was able to get over 40 hours of playback time, with the volume set at about 65 decibles.There are two 2-1/2" 3-watt speakers that produce very good sound at low to medium sound levels. However, as volume increases I began to notice some sound distortion. With a clear line of sight it has a wireless range of 100 feet. Once you get much beyond that limit you'll notice some audio stream skipping. I carry my smartphone suspended in a protective case on my belt, and when more than about 40 feet from the speaker I notice occasional skipping. 

The DCR006 doesn't have an IP (Ingress Protection) dust and moisture rating, which might impact its long-term performance in a particularly dusty workshop or jobsite environment.

Still, if you're looking for a basic speaker that delivers good sound, is easy to carry around, and is reasonably priced, then the DeWALT DCR006 just might fit the bill.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Power source: 12V/20V MAX DeWALT batteries or AC power
  • Size: 4-3/4" x 5-1/2" x 7"
  • Wireless range: 100 feet
  • Speakers: Two 2-1/2", 3W
  • Read handle
  • Rubber overmold
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Includes: AC adapter

COMPANY:DeWALT
MODEL:DCR006
PRICE:$89.99
MADE IN:China
SOURCE:Retailer Search

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Author: 
Carl Duguay
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