DeWALT Bluetooth Speaker
At 4-3/4" x 5-1/2" x 7" and weighing just 4-1/2 pounds, t
he DeWALT DCR006 is about as small and compact a workshop/jobsite speaker as you're likely to find. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).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