Reviews and Problems with Tivoli Audio iPAL / PAL / PAL+
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15 July 2014
Summary: I've had an iPal for several years now. The sound is great, but it's hard to hold an FM station sometimes. It flickers in and out from perfect FM reception on a particular station to none at all. Something in the dial isn't working maybe. The plastic volume button keeps coming loose. I have to push it back in all the time.
Summary: I wanted one of these for years so I finaly nutted-up and dropped $200 so I could listen to NPR out on my patio without having to drag a corded radio out. First impression: Cheap and plastic. Not the solid feel of a "Tivoli Model One" I assumed it would be. Especially for the price. Sound is good for talk radio and tuning is nice with sensative dial but....again, not worth the price. I missed my return window so I'm stuck with it.
Summary: Our first PAL was a family favorite and saw constant use for more years than I can count. I can't recall what finally failed but we'd replaced several batteries and antennae: it was something else. The deep red model we'd bought had been discontinued and the name changed to iPAL. Sadly this new unit has never worked as well, because the antenna gets a bit loose in the case and loses continuity.
Summary: If this is your fist Tivoli, consider the unequaled "classic" models with wooden cabinetry first. The Pal and iPal provide the same Henry Kloss design, audio quality and tuning, but are more vulnerable to inconsistency, depending on source material in iPods, strength of FM signal, placement of the speaker (outdoors severely limits audio projection of sound).
Summary: Purchased for radio listening and playing mp3s from my phone on my deck. In Chicago, reception for wbez is great. As the manual notes, lowering the antennae, provides better reception in dense areas, allowing me to listen to wfmt, 98.7. I was unable to pick up the College of Dupage's radio station, 90.9, which I had picked up, though somewhat fuzzy, from my ex-girlfriend's Boston Acoustics Duo I plus. I got it refurbished for the same price as the Tivoli PAL.
Summary: Overall, I have been very satisfied with this radio and have had none of the battery, connection, etc. problems of other reviewers, possibly because I have only had it for two years, it receives light use, and is only plugged in when it needs charging. It is great for getting respectable sound out of any electronic device that has a standard small headphone jack. Bass and volume are lacking, but that is to be expected for a unit this size.
Summary: Useful PAL accessory to carry the PAL around together with an ipod in the side pocket. Why just 3 stars? 1. It's just a bag, of course, hardly anything to get excited about. 2. It's a pity that the power supply doesn't fit in a side pocket.
Summary: This is my second pal radio. The audio is great, the battery life is great. My previous pal was one of my favorite possesions. This time I got a gloss blue/silver one. The printing on the blue for tuning stations almost exactly matches the color of the unit, you can only see the printing as a reflection, like a smudge on a clean car. Under CFL lighting, or pretty bright halogen the printing on the unit has such low contrast it's invisible.
Summary: This is a great little radio, but it has an annoying design flaw. In order to make things supposedly more simple, the designers decided that the OFF/FM/AM switch should also be a battery charging mode selector switch. If you plug it into the mains when the radio is switched on, the battery will be charged slowly (also known as "trickle" charging).
DrD "The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. --Piper", Amazon
22 April 2006
Summary: I have become, over the past few years, a bit of an audiophile. I tend to do a lot of research (and a lot of returns too :-) Anyway, I recently decided to bite the bullet and buy an iPAL for the bathroom. Here's my summary: Is it a good, small, desktop radio? Yes, I think it is about as good as it can get for a 2.5'' speaker in a portable radio. It's fairly rugged (except for the antenna).