Makita BMR101 Job Site Radio with DAB
Posted by Mark Hunter - December 30, 2010
Some say the best things in life are worth waiting for. But, of course, statements like that are completely subjective and hard to define; who decides what's "best"? How do you rank the "thing" you're waiting for, thereby establishing it's "worth". Etc etc.
Instead we want to talk about something we know some of you have been waiting for.
As Neil says in the video below, you may be thinking it's just the same as Makita's previous iteration of job site radio, the BMR100. After all, it comes in a choice of two colours (white or blue), it has an auxiliary input, it has a chunky, tactile volume control and it's suitably buffered against job site mishaps, including being shower proof.
At first glance it may appear as if all Makita has done is add a '1' to the product number.
However, that '1' stands for so much.
Why is this good news for job site radio-heads?
Firstly, DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) is incredible. For starters you're going to have access to loads more radio content, depending on your locations. Plus, because the DAB radios receive digital signals, the quality of your audio experience on the job site will be amazing.
No more mornings listening to muddy-sounding MW tuned stations. No more twiddling your knob, trying to pick up a slightly less muffled and scratchy sounding Jeremy Vine Show. The audio is going to sound great as soon as you turn the BMR101 on.
That's because DAB is more robust with regard to noise and multipath fading for mobile listening, since DAB reception quality first degrades rapidly when the signal strength falls below a critical threshold, whereas FM reception quality degrades slowly with the decreasing signal.
Other great features of DAB include "radio text" from the station giving real-time information such as song titles, music type and news or traffic updates.
That means no more arguments over "who sang that song" and no more waiting until the next travel report before deciding when to venture out into traffic when you head home.
Of course, you can't keep all of the people happy all of the time, no matter how many digital radio stations you have at your finger tips. So, it's good to know you can over-rule everyone by simply plugging in your mp3 player to the BMR101's audio input jack meaning you can play your mp3 playlists to everyone's joy...
"Compact" and "rugged" are two words that have to be used when describing the BMR101. Makita have constructed a job site radio that is light enough to lug around and compact enough to have in even the smallest work areas. No, it doesn't have some of the fancier features such as 3-D sound and it won't charge your power tool batteries.
Talking about power tool batteries, while the BMR101 won't charge them while you listen to Coldplay on Radio 2, it will run off them, allowing you to unplug from the mains and have the radio in the most remote areas of the job site.
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