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Dewalt DWST17510 TSTAK Portable Bluetooth Radio with Charger

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This TSTAK Portable Bluetooth Radio with Charger provides premium sound with a bass resonator and Bluetooth connectivity. It's jobsite tough, featuring IP54 water and dust resistance. A convenient phone storage compartment protects your device. A fast USB charging outlet and Aux audio output provide added convenience. This unit runs on and charges 12V MAX, 20V MAX, and 60V MAX batteries, including FLEXVOLT. Stack it with all other TSTAK boxes in your system. This is the perfect upgrade to your jobsite storage.
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Features:
  • Clear sound with 4 full-range speakers, 1 active subwoofer, and 1 assisted bass resonator for loud, high-quality sound
  • Bluetooth connectivity for cordless streaming of music and audio content from your mobile device
  • Color flip screen and touch-sensitive buttons for exceptional user experience
  • Cordless operation and charger functionality works with and charges all DEWALT 12V MAX, 20V MAX, and 60V MAX batteries, including FLEXVOLT
  • IP54 rating for weather and dust resistance
  • Large compartment featuring single-hand operation to safely store your phone
  • Fast USB charging outlet and AUX port
  • Stacks with any TSTAK module using side latches
Includes:
  • 1 Portable Bluetooth Radio with Charger (DWST17510)

Specifications

Series: TSTAK
Cordless: Yes
Length: 20.85 in.
Width: 15.6 in.
Height: 20.85 in.
Weight: 17.16 lbs.
Amperage: 2
Batteries Included: 0
Battery Type: Li-Ion
Bluetooth Compatibility: Yes
Case Included: No
Charger Included: No
Display Type: Digital Display
Power Source: Electric - Corded,Electric - Cordless
Voltage: 12V/20V/60V
Wifi compatibility: No

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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (1)
Pros
Easy To Use (1)
Powerful (1)
Best Uses
Frequent Use (1)
Heavy Duty Requirements (1)
Small Projects (1)
Home Repair (1)
This an awesome radio and connects to my phone
I bought this a few months ago I don't leave home without it . Make sure the home owner is gone before you turn this one on your about to rock the house
July 17, 2019
Originally posted at
Amazing sound quality!
I bought this about a year ago I’m so happy with it I take it to every job site can’t work with out it
This review was collected as part of a promotion
June 26, 2019
Originally posted at
Best Radio !!
I was looking for a radio for a wild to take to the job site but I wanted something tough durable and all-around good quality then I saw that the STAK MAKES a radio to connect to my boxes that was a no brainer I was very surprised with the quality and sound of the radio very good radio highly recommend it the only downfall not really liking the charger but that’s why I always carry extra batteries around I think that was the only downfall
May 6, 2019
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Looks great, it's a gift for my grandson.
Great Radio, well built.
April 6, 2019
Recommendations
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Pros
Easy To Use
Powerful
Best Uses
Frequent Use
Heavy Duty Requirements
Small Projects
Home Repair
Jobsite
Tstack connect Job site Radio
Excellent tools happy to have it..
March 24, 2019
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7 months ago
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Worst radio ever
I bought this two months agao and the the subwoofer seal came unglued and sounds like horrible.
March 14, 2019
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Excellent sound and features
Received and tested 11/12/2018. No problem syncing to my 2 yr old LG G5 phone and radio buttons advance songs or back wards to previous song. Also tried my real old Sansa mp3 player. Hooked it up to the usb, which also charges it while playing. I have to use the sansa controls to play music. Great sound with separate electronic controls for bass, treble and midrange. Pretty heavy, so this puppy should last a while. The speakers sound great. I am hoping they used some heavy speakers because of the weight. I have it in the garage and can pick up Vancouver Island, CA. FM 103.3..one of my favorite rock stations. I am in Mukilteo,WA about 80-90 miles from the border. I used to have an old pioneer stereo with a couple BIC speakers. It died, so I got this. That was some real good sound, I can't tell the difference and only have to crank it up 1/2 to 3/4 volume. All in all I am pretty, pretty happy with this new box.
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November 16, 2018
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Tough loud and quality
Got this beauty about 4 weeks ago it comes packaged to the eyes balls but good to know it's well looked after protective film over screen. So I work on roofs and scaffolding and it had padding on the corners a lot like shoulders pads and trust me it gives you lots or reassurance when working at heights. I use a 4 amp 18v battery witch I tested to see how long it would run with-out a charge and it will go just short of 3 days roughly 8-9 hours a day on DAB it's a must have to add to your dewalt collection
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November 14, 2018
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Best jobsite radio currently available
Crisp high frequency, amazing low frequency. Easy to use, even easier if you download the app. Quickly connects to bluetooth. Battery latches into radio unlike the other radios. I have owned all previous radios, as well as milwaukee and makita. this is hands down the best sounding, and most feature packed. Even takes the 60v flexvolt batteries.
November 2, 2018
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Improved Connectivity, Disappointing Radio Tuner
The TStak Connect is the brand new for 2018, more compact counterpart to DeWalt's ToughSystem Music which was released in 2015. The TStak is compatible with the modular dockable toolbox systems including the VersaStak sold by parent company StanleyBlack&Decker. At the time of this writing, both are current products so I will be making comparisons between the two.

In short: If you're looking for a device to charge high-capacity FlexVolt batteries, and use primarily as a wireless or auxiliary speaker, you'll enjoy the multiple device capability as well as the 2-way control via Bluetooth on the TStak Connect. If you are looking for an excellent AM/FM radio tuner, and use regular 12 or 20V MAX batteries, I feel the ToughSystem Music is still a better choice.

The TStak Connect has a redesigned storage compartment that is now a single release handle instead of the 4 latches on the ToughSystem. This makes it much easier to access - and now the battery, mobile device, and power adapter storage is all located in the same space. Some rugged phones or cases do not fit, and the USB is for charging only, with no media support. This compartment has a seal to provide the IP54 weather resistance rating when closed. The battery compartment is larger, to support the dimensions of the high-capacity FlexVolt battery packs, which do not fit in the ToughSystem Music. There is a revised clip to retain the battery pack rather than using adhesive foam bumpers as on other DeWalt radio models. From a user interface perspective, it has a full colour graphical display which automatically rotates depending on if you have the unit laying flat or standing up. There are 6 context-sensitive soft keys and the jog dial doubles as the power button, along with home, back, and the dedicated seek up/down buttons that were missing from the ToughSystem. Volume settings are remembered per input.
Even with all these many more pixels on the screen however, there is no more 8-segment battery state of charge icon as with the ToughSystem, instead it is replaced by a tiny multi-colour LED to indicate 3 states going from green, to yellow, and then red as it discharges, and then flashing red for charging or error. I feel like the high-resolution colour graphical display could be put to much better use by retaining the "status icon tray" that many people are familiar with in consumer electronics these days. Display brightness and auto-dim can be selected in the menu.

The mobile app is functional, but needs refinement at this time. I tested both Android and iOS variants of the TStak Connect Radio app, released in May 2018. The app allows for remote control of the TStak's volume, standby/power, and you can also control a TStak that is receiving streams from another Bluetooth device, which is a big plus for some audio accessories that can't run apps (such as standalone Bluetooth audio senders. DeWalt no longer claims a wireless range for the TStak (it was 100ft for the ToughSystem) but it is expected to be a Class 1, maximum allowable by the specification - but difficult to guarantee as it really depends on the chipset specifications and implementation of the corresponding paired device. In practice - real-world differences in range between products were negligible. The TStak's Bluetooth chipset offers 3.0 (audio) and 4.0 BLE (control) capability to paired devices. BT 3.0 reveals A2DP and not HSP, so phone call audio won't accidentally get blasted across site.
There is also a very basic media player built in to the app that attempts to index supported local media files on the device, but you can also use the media player or platform of your choice (including streaming apps) of course.
This model was originally released for the European market first, so the app defaults to settings catered for that market's model - which includes a DAB+ digital radio tuner as well as 50kHz FM tuning step. The North American model we are reviewing here does not have a DAB+ tuner (nor does it have any iBiquity IBOC or "HD Radio" features which is the prevalent digital broadcast format in the USA, Mexico, and Canada) and the front panel offers a 100kHz FM step, but the app often gets confused and shows a DAB option and allows for tuning to 50kHz which is not relevant to this market and could cause confusion. In addition, FM presets can be recalled and modified from the app interface. Meanwhile, AM tuner control capability appears to be completely absent from the app interface, and can only be adjusted from the device front panel.

If the absence of AM from the app is any indication that the feature is basically an afterthought, I was disappointed to find that the excellent tuner electronics from the ToughSystem Music did not carry over to the TStak Connect. The internal electrical noise makes the AM tuner deaf to all but signals with the highest field strength, ie. if you are in the broadcaster's primary 25mV/m contour region. Furthermore, there are several frequencies across the range where the TStak generates internal "birdies" or products of internal mixing, which severely impact receiver performance within its operating band - in fact, while reviewing the two DeWalt radio models side-by-side, merely bringing a TStak switched on in close proximity to the ToughSystem would wipe out both of them. This was noted when the device was operating on battery pack, as well as by its power adapter, with the noise getting even worse when the unit was in charging mode. There is no graphical signal bars meter displayed as with the ToughSystem. Finally... the AM tuner section does not remember the last tuned frequency between power/standby cycles, and always defaults to the bottom of the band at 520kHz when powered on. Using a preset would be a workaround to this.
The FM tuner is more immune to the noise issues described earlier, and is otherwise functional. The auto-scan is very fast and there is a search function to populate all preset slots in the order they are discovered. Stereo is fully automatic when 19kHz pilot tone is detected, with no mono override.
RBDS, or Radio Broadcast Data System, is partially implemented on the TStak Connect and it decodes the PS (Program Service) field up to 8 characters maximum. Oddly enough, it does not reset the PS when changing frequencies, meaning if you tune from a station that has an RBDS subcarrier, to a station that does not, it will still retain the last decoded message on screen. If you then subsequently save that preset, you'll end up with the wrong label for the station. In comparison, the ToughSystem decodes both PS and RT (Radio Text) fields and displays them both simultaneously.

Moving on from my critical review of the radio functions, the sound on both devices is otherwise very good and there is no audible apparent differences between the TStak and the ToughSystem audio systems, even if the TStak has a slightly smaller pair of active subwoofer driver and passive resonator. This part is very well done, and the TStak continues to offer the 3-band equalizer, although with fixed Q and it is global across all sources (eg. no way of setting different EQ per source type). For the intended market and application, these are designed to be loud but not necessarily a flat response. In that theme, there appears to be a loudness contour that is always enabled, which further boosts low frequencies at low volume levels and then weans it off as the volume is increased, this is also to manage internal amplifier power. The internal DSP processing introduces a very slight delay, in the range of milliseconds to the audio, which is not an issue with Bluetooth but may be noticeable or distracting if you have the radio operating with others tuned to the same program, in the vicinity.

Powering the TStak is still accomplished by a 24-volt DC adapter, and the only visible change is the right-angled strain relief connector to allow the new adapter to fit snugly into the TStak's storage cubby. Although I would have preferred this to be an internal power supply with a male NEMA 5-15P recessed in the chassis to attach any commercially available extension cord (like their area light and outdoor equipment products), I understand the use of an external power adapter allows the product to be easier adaptable to worldwide markets. Time will tell how durable the DC connector is with repeated use.
Recharging certain battery models like the DCB203 and DCB120 on the TStak turned out to be hit-or-miss on my particular unit. It would often show the 'faulty battery' symbol on the display and fast flash red until the battery was re-seated, and/or the DC power cord detached and re-connected. The same batteries charge without any issue - every time - on the ToughSystem, DCR015, DCB113, and DCB101.

In conclusion, evaluating this product as the next evolution of toolbox radio products from DeWalt, I feel there were some important improvements with the TStak while some other features were poorly implemented, or not necessarily thoroughly tested before going to market. This product is brand new for the North American market at this time, and so there may still be running improvements along the way. I noticed the app had implemented a device firmware update capability, which allows software upgrades to be implemented after sale by the user without sending back to depot or an authorized service centre. Most of my commentary revolves around improvements to the product that could be easily implemented in software, so this could very well change in the future, should they devote some resources towards it. StanleyBlack&Decker has just recently submitted an FCC regulatory application for the Craftsman-branded counterpart to this TStak Connect, apparently virtually identical except for the colour scheme, so I feel they are actively working on this model yet.
September 5, 2018
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