Festool SYS-Rock Radio
Festool 200184 SYSROCK BR10 Bluetooth Radio Review
Festool SYS-Rock Radio
Model number: 200184
Power source: AC / DC [10.8 -18 V Li]
It features FM Radio reception, blue-tooth streaming, hands-free calling, aux-in, a 2.5″ 10 Watt 8 Ohm Neodymium speaker and Digital Sound Processor (DSP). Probably the most interesting new feature on the radio is its ability to use the radio as a hands free phone, through blue-tooth functionality. A built-in microphone lets you take calls from your phone hands free.
FM Radio and More
The Festool SYS-Rock Radio features “Radio Data System” (RDS) which provides data from FM broadcasting stations to provide song information, artist, and time of day.Four (4) station presets allow you to store your most frequented stations. An antenna fold up and stores down out of the way when not in use. Signal strength and other feedback features are displayed on the radio screen.
Festool SYS-Rock Radio Durability
The Festool SYS-Rock Radio has an IPX3 Rating making it splash resistant. It has sufficient rubber over mold and a carry / storage bag to keep it protected during transport. The top of the SYS-Rock has a large green on/off button and just behind this power switch with is a rubber cap that protects the Aux / MP3 cable.
The speaker screen is robust and durable as is the SYS-Rocks outer housing.
The SYS-Rock can be hung from its internal hanging hood or mount on a tripod. It features a 1/4″-20 threaded insert to easily make this tripod connection. The hook adapter is only able to be used when connected to AC power. This hook adapter is actually removed when attaching a battery to the SYS-Rock.
Festool SYS-Rock Radio Run-time
I ran the Festool SYS-Rock Radio on an 18 volt battery and got approximately four  hours. This time will vary depending on the changes in volume and functions. I’d like to see Festool stretch this run time number to 8 hours.
Festool SYS-Rock Radio Specification and Features
- DSP – Digital Sound Processor (auto adjusts bass as volume increase)
- RDS – Radio Data System (Artist, Track are displayed from FM)
- 18 V (5.2 Ah Li Battery)
- 10 Watt 2.5″ 8ohm Neodymium Speaker
- AUX in for use with non-Bluetooth devices
- IPX3 Rating (splash-resistant)
- AC Adapter
- Carry Bag
- Aux-In Cable
- FM frequency band (VHF) 87.5 – 108 Mhz
- Battery interface (FESTOOL slot-in) 10.8 -18 V Li
- 4 Station Memory
- 4.1 Bluetooth standard
- 3.5 Aux-In socket
- 1.8 lbs Weight (without battery)
- Dimensions W x H x D 3.93″ W x 5.9″ H x 4.13″L
The Festool SYS-Rock Radio sells as a bare-tool for $119 and will be available this April 2017.
I really like the size / weight ration compared to the sound quality and volume capacity that the Festool SYS-Rock Radio has. I’m a fan of lightweight tools and efficiency, these days there is no reason to be carting aground a huge anvil sized radio.
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