Summary: I like this radio a lot for all the reasons cited by other reviewers. Its Achilles Heel and fatal flaw is a cheesy switch for the On/Off/Freq selection which fails prematurely. I found only one other review which cited this problem. I have had two of these radios (one an out of warranty replacement for a $75 fee)and this switch failed gradually after about a year on both.
Summary: We got one of these some years ago for about $130, and though that seemed a bit steep, this has been a swell little radio: easy to carry around the house, goes a long time on a charge, sounds good for its size. But $220??? What changed to make it cost $90 more? So 5 stars for performance, but 2 stars due to plain greed on the part of the manufacturer.
Radio sounds great but the quality of the parts and materials is terrible
24 February 2011
Summary: I bought this a few years ago and initially was delighted with it. But after the warranty period expired, it developed problems. The rubberized coated started peeling and flaking off. OMG! My radio has leprosy! Keep in mind this has been babied and gently handled at all times. I am the only one who uses it so I'm sure of this. The AM/FM/OFF switch started causing problems.
Summary: I have to admit it, I am, or was, a sucker for Tivoli products. The design is wonderful. The ethos behind the design seems sound. Lots of folks rave about this stuff. I own two PALs and one Table Radio. All devices use the same single speaker system which regularly praised for it's deep bass (for its size). Bass, well, for a small speaker bass is good. Problem is, it ends there. The mid range is muffled and the highs just aren't there, at all.
Summary: Just a year ago this product was 100-130$. Good for the price but when I went to purchase a second one and saw a price hike on old technology in no way will I buy a second one. This is way overpriced for what it is.
Summary: It seems this company has jacked up the prices on all their products. The iPal used to cost $130 but now it's $199? That's insane. If you look at their other stuff everything is $50-$100 more than they were last year. How do they justify these huge price hikes? I bought the Tivoli Model Two radio from Amazon last year for $160 and now it's $300. Shame on you Tivoli.
Summary: I was pleased with the sound quality and FM reception of my iPal, but the antenna broke off the first week I had it and now, 2 months later, it has begun shutting itself off (losing power) a few minutes after being turned on. As well designed as it might be, it's still made in China!