When it comes to designing a construction site radio, Bosch took the task seriously with their PB360C Power Box. This upgraded version of the original Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox is packed with features and speakers that deliver sound from all directions. Recognizing that not everyone works directly in front of the radio, Bosch aimed to fill the entire workplace with exceptional sound. In this article, we will explore whether the PB360C lives up to its promise.
The PB360C Power Box offers a range of advantages, making it a valuable addition to any worksite. These advantages include:
- Wide coverage: The speakers in the PB360C are strategically positioned to ensure that sound reaches every corner of the workplace.
- Versatile functions: This radio comes with a multitude of functions, making it suitable for various purposes.
- Built-in battery charger: The PB360C features a convenient built-in battery charger, allowing you to power up your Bosch batteries while enjoying music.
- Multiple outlets: With four GFCI 120V outlets, this radio can also double as a power distribution center for your tools.
- Bluetooth Audio + App Enabled: The PB360C offers Bluetooth connectivity and is app enabled, providing seamless integration with your mobile devices.
- USB charging: You can conveniently charge your USB devices using the USB port on the radio.
- Accommodates larger Bosch batteries: The PB360C is capable of accommodating larger Bosch batteries, ensuring extended playtime.
While the PB360C Power Box has numerous advantages, it does have a few shortcomings to consider:
- Heavy: Weighing over 25 pounds with batteries inserted, the PB360C is heavier compared to other models in its class.
- Expensive: The PB360C is priced higher than some of its competitors.
A Unique Speaker Configuration
Unlike traditional front-facing stereo speakers, the PB360C utilizes a unique speaker configuration. It features four 1-3/4-inch drivers that emit sound in all directions simultaneously, while a 4-1/2-inch recessed woofer delivers enhanced bass. Placing the radio in the center of the workplace ensures that everyone can enjoy the music.
Impressive Sound Quality
The PB360C Power Box delivers a full output of 94 dB SPL, regardless of the listening angle. While it may not be the loudest radio when facing the front, its sound performance when listening from the side or back is remarkable. This makes it a truly inclusive radio that caters to everyone in the room, regardless of their location. The only challenge now is agreeing on the music!
All buttons on the PB360C are rubberized and glove-friendly. The backlit buttons make it easy to navigate even in low-light conditions. While the tuning and volume knobs could be more responsive, they are still simple to use. To avoid tuning through the entire range, you can save your favorite stations to the memory slots. However, unlike some other job site radios, the PB360C does not automatically switch between active sources, requiring manual selection.
Input, Output, and Power
The PB360C Power Box boasts a multitude of features on each side. The left side houses the Aux 1 input, line out, 12V DC (1A) port, and a hinged compartment. Inside the compartment, you’ll find a 250V/1A fuse, an SD card slot, a USB port, and an Aux 2 input. Additionally, carabiners are included for easy attachment of your MP3 player to keep it protected.
This radio also functions as a USB charger for your portable devices when connected to a 120V power source. If you have a favorite playlist, you can store it on a 4GB drive and plug it into the USB slot, providing a week’s worth of music.
At the back of the radio, you can attach an FM antenna (included) and a Sirius antenna (optional). The integrated 18V Li-Ion battery charger is also located here, allowing the radio to be powered by a Bosch 14.4V or 18V battery.
Four GFCI Outlets
On the right side of the PB360C, you’ll find four covered 10A GFCI outlets. These outlets make the radio a convenient power distribution center for all your tools, except for the most power-hungry ones. Bosch has thoughtfully provided outlet covers to protect against dust and dirt when the outlets are not in use. Additionally, the top of the Power Box features a carrying handle that doubles as storage for the included keychain remote. This remote provides easy access to volume, skip, source, power, and mute controls, and can be clipped onto a keychain or belt loop.
Bosch PB360C Listening Test
We were extremely pleased with the sound quality produced by the Bosch PB360C radio. It delivers loud and clean sound, with bass that sounds more realistic compared to other systems. The multi-directional speakers, combined with the radio’s robust design, effectively isolate the central radio from its surroundings, enhancing the overall audio experience.
The Bosch PB360C Power Box construction radio has set a high standard in the industry. Its only drawback is its weight, being approximately 8 pounds heavier than the heaviest model from competing brands. Nevertheless, with its comprehensive features and exceptional sound quality, the PB360C is worth considering. Priced at around $199, it offers great value for those in need of a powerful and fully functional construction site radio.