Conclusion: The Tivoli Audio Radio Silenz offers an articulate flat response, but the company's debut headphone pair uses noise-cancellation circuitry that doesn't quite measure up to the competition.
Pros: Crisp, quality audio performance at moderate volume levels. Classy wood finish. "Defeat" button mutes music, raises ambient microphone volume so you can better hear surroundings. Plays audio in passive mode.
Cons: Noise-cancellation adds audible hiss when activated. Noise-cancellation circuitry isn't built into earpieces, uses bulky shirt clip instead. Volume knob acts independently of sound source's volume, which can lead to serious distortion. No rechargeable battery.
If a tree falls in the woods while everyone's wearing noise cancelling headphones...
3 September 2012
Excerpt: Stylish radio maker Tivoli Audio is now venturing into the headphone world. Forgive Tivoli Audio Radio Silenz ($160) headphones their ridiculous name; they are a nice addition to the ever growing noise canceling market.
Excerpt: One of the best accessories for airplane travel is a pair of active noise canceling headphones. They drown out much of the engines' roar as well as lower the volume on nearby conversations, while effectively raising the volume of any audio you're playing on a portable device or seat-back TV––and they may even help you to sleep more soundly in your seat.
Summary: The Tivoli Audio Radio Silenz noise-canceling headphones have some likeable qualities, but they aren't worth anywhere close to $160.
Pros: The Tivoli Audio Radio Silenz headphones are lightweight, relatively comfortable for on-ear headphones, and attractively designed, with earcups that are decked out in wood trim. You can also use the headphones without engaging the noise-cancellation.
Cons: Overpriced; noise-canceling creates an audible hiss on quieter tracks and gaps in playback; sound should be more refined for this price.