Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker Review

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Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker

Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker (2891-20)



The Milwaukee 2891-20 jobsite speaker has a sleek 7" x 14" octagonal shaped body that is made of a durable PVC plastic, and weighs in at just over 5 pounds. It has an IP54 water/dust resistance rating which means that while it's not completely dust proof, the internal operation of the speaker is sufficiently protected from dust. It's also protected from water splashing against the unit from any direction for at least 10 minutes. So, water resistant, but don't leave it outside during a downpour.

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On both ends are reinforced side caps (with a flush mounted handle on one end), while the internal speakers are protected by a reinforced grill covers. The caps are very rigid though I'm not convinced they'll be as impact resistant as a rubber overmold if you were to drop the speaker on a hard, concrete shop floor. 

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The  2891-20 consists of a 40-watt dual channel amplifier that drives two high definition mid-woofers, two high range tweeters, and two passive radiators. While you're not going to get audiophile quality sound from this speaker – as you won't from any jobsite speaker or radio – you will get really clear sound with decent bass at just about any volume level. I'm thinking that most users will be listening to something akin to The Tragically Hip's 'Little Bones' rather than Beethoven's 'Symphony No. 3'.

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I like that the unit can stand upright on either end – handy when you don't have a lot of surface space on with to set it down. 

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You can power the 2891-20 with any Milwaukee 12V or 18V battery, or by plugging into a standard 120V outlet (an AC adapter is included). The 18V battery does protrude from the back of the unit, making it susceptible to being knocked when moved about the shop or work site,or damaged if dropped onto the floor.

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On the back of the case, adjacent to the battery garage, you'll find a 5V, 2.1A USB port, which enables you to charge your mobile device, an AUX In port, so you can connect an MP3 player or other non-Bluetooth device, and a DC port, for running the speaker off a 120V outlet. The cover attaches securely, but I don't like that it can't be closed when you plug in any of the cables.

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Control buttons (power on/off, Bluetooth pairing, AUX, and volume up and down) are intuitive and easy to manipulate. To the very right of the power button is a low battery indicator which will illuminate when you need to switch batteries.

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Pairing is a snap, and once it's done, all you need to do is start playing music on on your mobile device, and then turn the 2891-20 on – it connects instantly. With an 18V 5.0Ah battery I was able to get just short of 17 hours of listening time – your time will vary, depending on the volume setting you use. The wireless range is great – with nothing between my smartphone and the speaker, the connection only dropped at about 120 feet. Sound quality, to my ears, is stellar. There wasn't any degradation of sound quality at any sound level. 

There is no on-board storage for your mobile device, which I don't mind. However, the 2891-20 lacks two handy Bluetooth profiles that I've come to like: AVRCP, which enables control of media playback and HPP, which enables two-way wireless speakerphone. However, if these aren't crucial to your workshop or jobsite listening experience, then the Milwaukee 2891-20 is definitely a Bluetooth speaker worth considering. And, the sleek shape, light weight, and excellent sound also make it a great speaker to use in and around the home.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Power source: 12V or 18V Milwaukee batteries or AC
  • Size: 7.5" x 14" (nominal)
  • Wireless range: 100 feet
  • Speakers: (2) mid-woofers, (2) tweeters, (2) passive radiators
  • Speaker maximum watts: 40
  • 2.1A USB power outlet
  • Aux input port (cable not included)
  • IP54 water/dust resistance rating
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Includes: AC adapter

COMPANY:Milwaukee
MODEL:2891-20
PRICE:$199.00
MADE IN:China
SOURCE:Where to Buy

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Author: 
Carl Duguay
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