Truly, this is the golden age of job-site music. There are a multitude of devices, some very sophisticated, to fill the gaps between hammer reports and circular-saw screams.
As a rag-man electrician (the lowest rung of the union ladder), I noted how each trade had its own half-crushed radio tuned to a different station in its supply area. That tinny music was a relief valve and a pacesetter, but it wasn’t pleasant.
Now there’s the ION Tailgater Bluetooth music player and amp, which retails online for $140 and up. The Tailgater looks like a very small musician’s amp—black, boxy, metal front grille, aluminum bumpers on all eight corners and small control knobs.
It’s not clear how well the Tailgater would compare to Dewalt’s rugged yellow radio-and-charger product, but it is sturdy. And it plays better with mp3 players, smartphones, and tablets.
The Tailgater, which is powered by a rechargeable 12-hour lead-acid battery, has an integrated dish on top to hold players of various sizes at a reclining angle. You can also pair Bluetooth devices with the Tailgater, which means one fewer cable to lose (although it comes with just such a cable, which serves as a recharging cord, too). You also can take a call on your smartphone, for instance, without worrying about a tether.
Other portable players require you to use a short cable and to lay your device on its back in a small tray on top.
Like some similar products, the ION Tailgater Bluetooth has an AM/FM radio, but the Tailgater’s sound is far superior. It’s bassy at low volumes and holds the signal together at least two-thirds the way up its power range.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Ion’s site rocker is the microphone that comes with it. You might only use it once—at the party you hold at the end of your project, as you stand beaming before family and friends, and maybe even your contractors. It will be a memorable address.
Visit ION Audio for more information.
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