Reviews and Problems with Tivoli Audio iPAL / PAL / PAL+
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Ease of use 10
Sound quality 6
The rare mediocre and overpriced Tivoli Product
Samuel Chell, tivoliaudio.com
16 January 2013
Summary: My wife and I first became enamored of the sound of the Tivoli Model One radio. Soon we had the Tivoli Clock Radio and next the 2nd speaker for stereo. Then my wife gave me the Tivoli "High Fidelity System," costing at the time over a thousand. At first I was dubious, but not after side-by-side tests with the currently most acclaimed speakers and speaker-dock systems.
Summary: I initially ordered this device for listening to my iPod out on the deck last Summer. I was a bit concerned about just a single mono speaker but in reality the music comes across with a very full and clear sound. Half the time I ended up listening to the radio, especially baseball games, which was a pleasant bonus. I always keep it charged up and find it is a great radio or iPod speaker to take anywhere around the house.
Summary: For such a small radio, this has GREAT sound. I find it pretty convenient as a radio and for hooking up my iPod or other external audio with a cord. I also love being able to just unhook it from the power cord and carry it out back for grilling or hanging out. Really works as my kitchen radio.
Pros: Durable, Great design, Portable, Sound Quality, Versatile
Summary: I bought the older version of this radio which is functionally identical except the new one has an iPod cable connector. The Tivoli Pal is high quality. The controls are excellent. Though not stereo, the sound is excellent. It stands up to abuse, except the finish on the older Pal tended to chip a little. You can plug in an external source via a common "audio in" jack. No USB port, no iPod dock.
Summary: When I set out to purchase an AM/FM-only radio, everyone tried to talk me out of it because of all the new technology around but the Tivoli PAL is exactly what I needed and wanted. I couldn't be happier with it. The small footprint takes up minimal room anywhere I use. The rubberized coating keeps it from sliping out of my hand when carrying it. But the best thing about it is the audio clarity of both the AM and FM reception and the sound it produces.
Summary: I've had this for about a year or so. In general, it's been an excellent choice for a portable. It's rugged, sounds very good (though it's a little bass heavy at times), and has very good reception. I would prefer separate knobs for AM & FM, and the battery is slowly getting weaker, but I enjoy being able to plug my mp3 player into it.
Summary: The FM reception is quite good since the unit has an external antenna. Sometimes though it seems like even FM reception is impacted by the cords from the power adaptor and head phones. But AM can be spotty because there is no antenna for AM. What might be helpful is to add external antenna capabilities.
Summary: I've owned my PAL for several years and have used it both at home and as a travel radio. I also purchased the optional carry bag, which I believe is no longer available. This radio definitely has style. Tuning is accurate due to the turning ratio on the dial. Battery life so far has been excellent. Sound quality is very full and balanced. This isn't a big air-moving speaker and won't produce sound you can feel, nor is it a small-sounding cheap tinny speaker.