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Forum topic by vulgarviking posted 06-20-2016 02:00 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2016 02:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: music radio

This site is a great resource for its countless reviews, however I couldn’t find anything on shop radios or sound systems. I know that the latter isn’t really a shop tool, but it’s just as important as any shop tool in my opinion.
Right now I’m playing an older ipod through a Bose sound dock. It sounds great, but cannot handle the rigors of a shop environment. So, because of that, I’m put in a situation where I should now invest in a shop radio. Does anybody on here have one that they love? Because I have a broad range of music taste (from Elton John to Norwegian Death Metal) I’m big into sound clarity.
I’ve had my eye on the Dewalt Tough Systems one, but it seems there’s no easy way to wall mount it and get the most out of the sound.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 06-20-2016 02:26 PM

I have this as the speaker and it’s loud and sounds great.

For an internet radio I have this plugged into it. Let’s me play iheartradio, pandora or xm/sirius over the internet.
So far, I haven’t had any problems with either one in my shop.

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#2 posted 06-20-2016 02:26 PM

I have Dish Network for my tv in my home, since I cannot get any radio reception in my shop,(metal siding) I had sat tv installed in shop, Dish has Sirrius radio as part of their offerings, so I get my radio this way. works out pretty good.

-- Smitty!!!

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#3 posted 06-20-2016 02:34 PM

I use an inexpensive sound bar in the sawdust portion of my shop. It’s powered by Directv or the Playlist and Pandora from my laptop which sets in the cleaner part of my shop.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 06-20-2016 03:23 PM

Old computer speakers, playing Pandora from my phone

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#5 posted 06-20-2016 03:31 PM

I agree with the shop environment being hard on our sound systems. You’re probably going to have to do what most of us do, build your own. I wanted shop/job site radio. Having the same sound requirements which you’re seeking lead me to purchase a powered speaker system. Then I built a frame for the speaker system along the same concept as typical job site radios. That being tunes and the capacity to recharge batteries for my cordless tools and electronic devices.

I didn’t go the extreme route when making the unit as compact as possible but it is still an easy to handle size. Because of the type of job sites I frequent and my shop environment, my system was mounted on a furniture dolly. This allows me to easily move it about the shop or other places for listening to music or laptop viewing. Most of the time it is rolled just out a door and turn it around and blast my tunes back into the shop.

After nearly a year I still do like the speaker system and the good news is it now cost less since purchased. It now comes with Bluetooth ( I had to add Bluetooth to mine). It offers sound clarity from a known name in high fidelity speaker systems. Seldom have I turned to volume past half way even when running my table saw. The planner, that’s another story. But the speakers do work well offering a good sound even at lower levels required for normal conversation with another person.

More info available on my project page,
Good luck.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 06-20-2016 09:26 PM

I have two old 14”x14”x24 stereo speakers from my College days hanging up high on the wall (blown drivers have been replaced 8^) along with an old Marantz receiver. Usually I’ll plug an iPod into one of the AUX in jacks. Sound is great! I’ll occasionally use compressed air to clear dust out of the receiver.
I also have a Airport Express which is a WiFi device that has an audio out jack. Simply, it allows me to put the receiver on the network so I can play music from one of the computers in the house.

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#7 posted 06-21-2016 12:59 AM

I use a Harmon Kardon onyx blue tooth speaker streaming from my phone. The sound quality is fantastic.

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#8 posted 06-21-2016 01:41 AM

My old boom box got to sounding terrible. Did some research and choose a Sangean RDS and some lithium ion batteries. Great sound, runs for a week on a charge and I use it in the shop and many other places.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#9 posted 06-21-2016 12:03 PM

I listen to an old surround sound amplifier with input from an old I-phone that I stream Pandora through. But the best music investment I made was this little Bluetooth device. I plug this into the bottom of my earmuffs. It automatically connects when I turn it on, so 20 minutes on the sander or saw or whatever, I never have to stop steaming the music. And the best part is no wires to get in the way. Works great.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#10 posted 06-21-2016 12:29 PM

Dewalt sells a Bluetooth adapter that you can plug into your job site radio. I just connect to it via my smartphone and listen to my tunes that way.

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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#11 posted 07-23-2016 04:39 PM

Thanks all for your feedback. I was torn between The Ion Job Rocker that AZWoody recommend and the Dewalt Tough Systems. But I picked the Dewalt because it fits nicely in the space I have available and there’s a charger for all my tools too. Once I have it mounted and dialed in, I’ll post a review.

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