Bosch Power Box 360
With their 3rd upgrade of the Power Box, it's very possible that Bosch has arrived the world's most complete job site radio (even if it does look like an 8-bit space monster from an Atari 2600 game).
Other than swapping out a CD player for an MP3 port, the major difference between this version and the fantastic 2nd version is that it has 360 degrees worth of speakers. Now there is absolutely no escaping the guy who insists on listening to sports radio all day long.
There are going to be two versions available, the PB360S and the PB360D. It sounds from the press release like the D is the souped up model with a back lit display, more power output and a connection for satellite radio. Both versions come with the cool ability to play songs directly off of a thumb drive, so you don't need to worry about bringing your iPod to work and having it stolen by the sketchy painter who refuses to make eye contact.
PB360S at Amazon.com. It looks like the PB360D isn't available yet.
Read the full press release for more details and functionality after the jump.
The award-winning Bosch Power Box™ immediately became one of the manufacturer's hottest selling products when it was first introduced in 2004 and, again, when it was upgraded in 2006. With its unmistakable roll-cage design, the original Power Box became the standard by which all others would be measured. Even four years later, the Bosch Power Box still enjoys best-in-class status. Later this year, however, Bosch Power Tools & Accessories will once again turn the category on its ear when it launches the next evolution in the series, the Bosch Power Box™ 360.
One glance at the Power Box 360's premium 360-degree speaker configuration alone indicates the new Power Box is unlike anything else in its class. The five-speaker design with an integrated subwoofer - an industry first among jobsite radios - projects high-quality, enriched sound in all directions. That means no more jobsite bickering over the placement of the radio.
Not only does the Power Box 360 offer outstanding premium sound but Bosch also made the sound more powerful than the previous PB10-CD. The PB360S model offers more than 2X the sound power output of the previous version, and the PB360D model offers up to 5X more sound power output. Advanced digital signal processing delivers optimized AM/FM reception and quality, for crisp, clear radio sound. Enhance the music listening experience further by selecting from four preset equalizer settings, or customize the music by programming separate bass and treble controls.
Prefer to take your personal digital media player with you? No problem. The Power Box 360 features a weather-sealed digital media bay that offers secure storage and protection from moisture, dust and debris. Simply plug your digital media player in, close the door and get back to work. Not sure you want to take your expensive media player to the job site? The digital media bay also features built-in SD memory card and USB ports so you can play your favorite MP3 and WMA digital music files right from your SD memory card or USB thumb drive device.
The USB port also doubles as a powered USB port so that you can also charge most USB-enabled devices. The PB360D model even features a built-in SIRIUS™ Dock & Play port for connecting select SIRIUS satellite radio devices (device, antenna and subscription sold separately). Care to play your portable CD player, other satellite radio device or any other digital media device? Both versions of the Power Box 360 feature external auxiliary ports as well as a line out port for connecting your Power Box 360 to another unit.
Turn the Power Box 360 around and there's a built-in battery bay. Plug the unit in and conveniently charge Bosch 14.4V or 18V lithium-ion power tool batteries inside the Power Box 360. If there's no access to electrical outlets, those same batteries can be used to power the unit, which makes the Power Box 360 ideal for on-the-go or outdoor use.
If users do have access to electrical outlets, the Power Box 360 also serves as a power center. The PB360S model features built-in four-way power outlets and the PB360D model features four-way GFCI outlets so you can power or charge anything from corded power tools and small shop lights to cell phones and laptop computers. Both models also feature a 12V DC (car charger) outlet for more even more versatility.
When it comes to controlling all that power and functionality, Bosch has made that easier too. The new illuminated LCD display on both models is angled upward for easier viewing and large, easy to see buttons and knobs make controlling and programming the unit nearly effortless. The PB360D model features a fully backlit front control panel for easier viewing in the dark and exclusive remote control with onboard storage for users to control the Power Box 360 from up to 40 feet away.
Of course, the Power Box 360 retains the distinctive and rugged aluminum and rubber roll cage design. By using precisely positioned rubber bumpers to suspend the radio inside the protective cage, the Power Box 360 is isolated from the shocks and impacts commonly encountered on the toughest jobsites, so the music never skips a beat and the Power Box 360 stands up over time.
The Power Box 360 will be available in two versions later this year through authorized dealers nationwide - the PB360S, launching in June, and the deluxe PB360D shortly thereafter. To find out more or to locate a dealer, users may visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 6, 2010 5:10 AM
The 360 series are very durable and sounds great ! My favorite feature is having the radio run off the battery !
But there's only two internal sources , radio and digital media
Which would be fine , except the digital media kind of stinks !
Here's why , ok you can only use 4 g of memory either USB or sd card ( you won't find that in any literature not even the manual but its straight from the company that I got this recommendation )
Ok so 4 g that's not so bad what can you fit on there 800 -900 songs cool my iTunes has much much more but I can work with that ...... Ok almost there
Random play only plays songs 1-200 99.9999999% of the time
So if I have t on of kick as rock out with your socks out music , it don't matter because random play only plays ten albums or so of it ..........
And since no one wants to keep multiple sd cards and be changing them ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE
The set it and forget it option of the digital media is gone
At best it's something to fall back on when no radio signal is present
The aux in also not an option of preference more like hey can I hook up my phone to play music kind of deal ...... Again nice but not a main option
Also let me just add there are no folders allowed so you can not just choose a whole Metallica disc set or what have you and just play that way
Again no one is going to come into WORK and want to play with the radio for five minutes before they can get to a good song
So that means always start at one and hit random
Hey I have an iPod and an iPhone but unless I'm on my job solely
I won't use them , I'm a guy with a lot more the 4 g of music
And it be nice to have my whole iTunes library both
BACKED UP COMPLETELY in my radio
USEABLE , without manual scrolling through songs to get to 200 plus
Since there is no longer a CD player KIND OF A BIG DEAL
I can only HOPE they will update this units capabilities but other then that
It's a glorified AUX IN1/4 inch jack radio receiver / 200 songs capacity digital media player.....
Not the power house station of rock and roll heavenly bliss I anticipated .... Although it does sound good