The audiophile’s choice
Felt I had to post this to balance the negative reviews as it is great at what matters most to me - the sound quality!
But first, to address the negatives:
Yes it won’t fill a large, noisy job site. But it is plenty loud enough for a large room or two, or say a decent sized yard. Don’t bother cranking it too high or it will lose its great sound quality. In terms of loudness, Makita’s twin speaker radio (dmr105, which I also have) is more effective. I deduct no points for this as this wasn’t what I bought it for and there’s other products bett...er for that. Horses for courses. I do deduct points for its Bluetooth though. Relax, using my iPhone it is not terrible by any means, it just could (and should) be better. DeWalt advertises something like 30 meters range for theirs while Makitas is only the standard 10. That means you need to basically keep your phone with your speaker if you are walking around (which of course you will be). That kind of sucks, although at least you can charge your phone at the same time. Also it doesn’t always automatically reconnect, which could also be improved. Now onto the positives. Makita says high quality audio was an objective and hallelujah they achieved it! Good job Makita for delivering on your promise. No it is not audiophile quality (what Bluetooth speaker is, let alone one built like a brick sh1thouse?), but an audiophile can at least listen to it and appreciate its competence. Of course, it is a little bright in the treble and warm in the bass compared with a large reference quality speaker, but it is perfectly engaging and listenable to, and Makita has avoided the Bose trap of overly exaggerating and consequently muddying the sound to make it initially seem better than what it physically can be. Instead you get a decent sized and heavy enclosure with what seem to be good quality two way mono speaker and amplifier components resulting in relatively tight and deep bass, smooth (if slightly excessive for my tastes) treble and the ability to actually hear detail in the midrange. As I said, hallelujah! Pretty much anyone should like the sound for a cheap and durable job site style speaker - it never sounds bad and on some songs it will have you stopping what you are doing just to enjoy it. If they made a stereo version I’d almost be tempted to put one in the house for vacuuming, working out etc.
Purchased in March 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $139.00.
Rubbish, don't do it
Hi, I've had my Makita DMR 200 for around a year. Goodish sound and although other people have criticized the Bluetooth I had no issues with mine (with i phone)
HOWEVER! for some unexplained reason, and without warning it just stopped working. No lights no response at all. New battery used, nothing I also tried the plug in charger it came with... still dead.
I went to Bunnings for warranty they said no you have to go to Makita and if you don't have the receipt don't bother turning up. I didn't have the receipt.
The DMR200 has had very little use as well, maby once a week for an hour or two only.
Purchased in January 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $160.00.
Waste of time
I bought this so that when I'm out in the middle of nowhere and am unable to get a radio signal to my radio I can always listen to the radio via the internet using this Bluetooth speaker. It was a nice idea but the Bluetooth signal fails after a few minutes - guaranteed. The only way to use this speaker is to connect with an aux lead. What's the point in Bluetooth? May as well just advertise it as a speaker which connects to your phone.
Purchased in October 2018.
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Good for indoors only
The lousy 10 watt speaker crackles when you turn the volume past 1/4. It has a nice sound, but not on a building site. Im going to try put a 30 watt speaker in mine. May as well just use the phone on its own. At least I can turn that up without distrortion.
Bluetooth range is terrible. Died in under 6 months.
Pros-Has good sound as bluetooth speakers go & good battery life with the ability to carry extra makita batteries if you have them.
Cons-Terrible bluetooth range. Anything in between your phone & the speaker & it starts skipping. Cheap crappy online no-name bluetooth speakers have soooo much better range. Spoke to makita about it who would not admit to crappy range even though bunnings bloke told me that their makita rep. openly admitted the bluetooth range is terrible.
The whole unit failed in 5 months of very light use. No lights & no sound...
Questions & Answers
I just bought this today 16.05.19 I have it on level 10 and it has a distinct sound like interference my phone is iPhone X and is less than half a meter away
Mate, this is distortion. The piddly 10w speaker gets to about 4 on my iphone before this happens. Worse on talk back radio. Bring it back for a refund. This is sub standard for a "building site" speaker and not up to Makita usuall standard. I have just spent $100AU on a AOMAIS GO which rated #1 on top 10 bluetooths (and the cheapest) It is a ripper. Loud, exceptional bass, fantastic stereo, and water & shockproof to boot. The sound compares to a bose or even my B&O active speakers. Worth every cent. This is what a Makita speaker SHOULD sound like.
Cheers Joe for the advice, I just purchased one (AOMAIS go) can't wait to test it on my building site
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