A Little Room For Improvement
I would really like to see some rubberized caps around both ends of this speaker. With the roll cage design, the reinforced frame, and the IP54 rating, it seems like the icing on the cake would be a little buffer between the composite plastic material and concrete that youll set it on.
As it turns out, the radio easily scuffs up on masonry. Im sure the functionality wouldnt be impaired by impact, but Milwaukee could really ensure that by adding some overmold on future generations of the speaker.
Milwaukee M18/m12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker
The Milwaukee® M18/M12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker delivers the loudest and clearest sound on or off the jobsite. The premium six-speaker design provides unmatched clarity of sound with booming bass, clear mids, and sharp highs. Paired with a 40W dual channel digital amplifier, the speaker produces big sound to fill any room or work environment.
Nothing But Heavy Duty construction features impact-resistant side caps and a reinforced honeycomb grill to withstand drops and abuse. The latest Bluetooth® technology ensures easy pairing with a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices from up to 100ft away.
Compatible with all M18 and M12 Batteries or able to run off of AC power, the M18/M12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker maximizes versatility, functionality, and performance to set a new standard in high-definition jobsite sound.
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Bluetooth Pairing Much Easier Than Dating
Pairing is about as simple as it gets. I even managed to pull it off on the first try without reading the manual, a source of pride I share with many Home Fixated readers and writers who only read manuals as a last resort. I powered the speaker on, pressed and held the bluetooth button until it started blinking. I then grabbed my phone and opened up the bluetooth settings. Select the Milwaukee M12 M18 Speaker option and boom, your paired and ready to rock!
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M18/m12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker
The Milwaukee® M18/M12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker delivers the loudest and clearest sound on or off the jobsite. The premium six speaker design provides unmatched clarity of sound with booming bass, clear mids, and sharp highs. Paired with a 40W dual channel digital amplifier, the speaker produces big sound to fill any room or work environment. Nothing But Heavy Duty construction features impact resistant side caps and a reinforced honeycomb grill to withstand drops and abuse. The latest Bluetooth® technology ensures easy pairing with a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device from up to 100ft away. Compatible with all M18 and M12 Batteries or able to run off of AC power, the M18/M12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker maximizes versatility, functionality, and performance to set a new standard in high-definition jobsite sound.
Milwaukee M18/m12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker Key Features
- Industrys loudest, cleanest sound system
- Stream high definition music wirelessly with Bluetooth from over 100 feet
- Compatible with the M18 and M12 systems featuring over 200 tools, or power with AC adapter
- Two passive radiators maximize clarity and volume of bass
- Two high definition mid-woofers maximize clarity at loudest volume
- Two high range tweeters drive greater range of treble
- IP54 water and dust protected
- Impact resistant roll cage
- Protected 2.1 amp USB power outlet and 3.5 mm auxiliary input
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Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker Fueled By A Wall Outlet M12 Or M18
Milwaukee gave you just about every power option with the exceptions of nuclear fusion, Hydrogren fuel cell, and solar. You can plug the speaker into a wall outlet using the included power adapter, or use an M12 or M18 battery. Keep in mind, its not a battery charger, so dont plan on plugging it in AND charging your batteries. While the power options are great, I think they should have left the M12 option off the speaker.
The M12 input is off to the side of the recessed battery space at the back of the unit. Inserting an M12 battery is easy enough, however removing it is awkward. Theres very little space around the M12 battery to depress the tabs to release the battery. And, if you throw in a high capacity XC M12 battery, its even more awkward to get out. The M18 battery access doesnt suffer those same issues, simply slide the M18 Battery pack of your choice in or out, easy-peasey. I even plugged in a 9.0 AH M18 and it fits, no problem. If youre plugged into AC power and then insert a battery, you can remove the AC plug and the speaker will even retain power for uninterrupted tunes.
Testing The Range My Neighbors Are Annoyed And Think Im Crazy
Milwaukee says this speaker is good for 100 feet of range. Indoors, I had to get a couple rooms away and on another floor before the playback started to get choppy. The house we tested in isnt huge so we literally could not exceed the range on the same floor. Indoors, Id say if youre far enough to exceed the range of the speaker, youre probably too far away to actually be listening to it too.
Outdoors, we decided to not only test the range, but also to test our neighbors noise-tolerance. After carefully considering Beethoven or another similar option as the music selection that my potentially noise-sensitive neighbors might be less likely to complain about, I settled on a soothing track from Metallica. I put the Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker in the hands of my trusty assistant, and cranked up the Metallica. I then backed away, cell phone in-hand and moved across the street and up the block. At right around 110 feet, the audio started to cut in and out. When I inched a few feet closer, then we were rockin Metallica and pissing off neighbors again. The range is highly dependent on line of sight vs obstructed. I had the Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker blasting in the backyard and when I went about 25 to 30 feet away and around the house, the music started to cut in and out.
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Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker Extreme Sound Quality Testing
After using Metallica for the neighbor relations / outdoor distance test, I decided to do something crazy to test the sound quality. Something thats probably NEVER been done before on a jobsite speaker. Something inconceivable. Yes, I tested it with mellow, ambient electronic music. A good friend of mine, David Helpling, is a popular composer and ambient electronic artist. When he composes his material, he takes it into sonic ranges that most sound systems and speakers arent even capable of replicating. And while I wouldnt expect the Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker to precisely replicate the highs, mids and lows of Davids music I thought it would be a great test for clarity and sound quality. After all, if youre listening for distortion in Metallicas music, youll find it whether the audio is whisper quiet or Spinal Tap, set it to 11 loud.
The Milwaukee Wireless Jobsite Speaker has a 40 Watt Dual Channel Amplifier coupled with two high definition mid-woofers, two high range tweeters, as well as two passive radiators. I cranked up David Helplings and Jon Jenkins Sun Racer from their album Found, and took a careful listen. The above-mentioned components all combined to produce very crisp sound quality without sounding thin or overly heavy on the bass, even when set at full volume .
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Milwaukee M18/m12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker Review
- Feature Set9.5
MIlwaukee’s latest jobsite speaker might be on the high end of the price range at $149, but the sound quality and crispness are well worth a few extra bones, especially since the premium speakers are so well protected inside the roll case design with water and dust resistance.
I admit that I often work in silence on my indoor jobsite in front of the keyboard since I assume the words come more easily that way after the testing is complete. But I think Im in the minority since many of us, regardless of jobsite type, prefer to have some kind of music or talk playing while we work. We find ourselves to be more productive that way. Modern options like the Milwaukee M18/M12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker make the hours go by more quickly.
Now, dont get me wrong, I surf the sound waves the rest of the time, whether Im getting ready for the gym, tinkering around in the workshop, or winding down before bed. But with the handsome Milwaukee M18/M12 Wireless Jobsite Speaker to review, how could I resist breaking the silence of my jobsite and carrying the speaker with me everywhere else besides?
I cranked it up to see if it hit the right notes.
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Milwaukee M12/m18 Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker 2891
- M12/M18 Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker 2891-20
- Industry’s Loudest Clearest Sound System.
- Stream high definition music wirelessly with Bluetooth from over 100ft.
- Compatible with the M18 and M12 systems featuring over 200 tools or power with AC adapter.
- 2 Passive Radiators maximizes clarity and volume of bass.
- 2 High Definition Mid-Woofers maximizes clarity at loudest volume.
- 2 High Range Tweeters drives greater range of treble.
- IP54 water and dust protected.
- Impact resistant roll cage.
- Protected 2.1A USB power outlet.
Powerful Sound With Ip54 Protection In An Impact
When I first started working on the jobsite, the only music we had available was via a radio in an open truck door and blown speakers inevitably, we ended up with a dead truck battery. We were blown away when we got our first radio because we could listen to whatever station came in best and keep the radio close to where we were working.
In 2011, I tested a number of jobsite radios for Tools, and a few since. The way we listen to music has changed a lot since then. I used to bring an Ipod with a work playlist. Now I stream Google Music ad-free. We can pick an artist or song or mood and find a playlist to match what we want to listen to. One of our favorites is a station based on Whos That Girl by Madonna: lots of great upbeat 80s music that makes bad weather bearable.
Since 2014, weve been using the Milwaukee Radio/charger, and it has held up well. We use the top compartment to keep all our commonly used driver bits.
Last spring, I asked to review the Milwaukee M18/12 Jobsite Speaker because we have a lot of Milwaukee batteries and dont really use the radio feature of the other model.
Features. First off, this is just a speaker it doesnt charge or have a tuner to listen to radio stations. You can connect a device through Bluetooth or an auxiliary cable. Whether is plugged into an outlet or running off an M18 or M12 battery, itll charge your device through a USB port.
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When Metaphors Go Bad
I plugged in a freshly charged M18 4.0Ah battery, powered the speaker on, and pressed its Bluetooth button until it blinked, indicating that it was in pairing mode. At the same time, I let my phone search for nearby Bluetooth devices. It only took a few seconds for the two to find each other, like an electronic device with Bluetooth capabilities and a wireless speaker in the night. I immediately searched for a podcast about improving ones metaphorical writing.