Reviews and Problems with Tivoli Audio Model One Radio / Model One BT
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Robert E Samson, Amazon
7 July 2013
Summary: Let me be very clear about why I purchased this radio. It was to replace my old Radio Shack "Realistic" radio that I had been using for many years in a remote location with an external high gain FM antenna. I thought the new Tivoli would give me a much better quality audio that the old radio. I was very disappointed with the Tivoli after installing it. Its sensitivity was terrible.
Summary: I picked up a couple Tivoli Audio Model One radios at my local Target when they were closing them out -- apparently budget-conscious shoppers weren't buying them at the retail price of $120, so they reduced them to $20 apiece to get rid of them. For that price, they are impossible to beat. For the new retail price that Tivoli has set, which is even higher now ($150), I would advise looking elsewhere.
Summary: Whatever you may have heard, this Tivoli product is NOT the Apple of radios. I in fact didn't even take the wrapper off so I cannot comment anything about functionality or radio performance. I paid $150 because I expected a very high end product with nice wood and a classy appearance. The wood looks like cheap pine (mine was maple/hunter) and the overall look is idential to a child's toy that they would get for a gift. I returned it same day.
Summary: Four stars for the retro styling, and for the overall fit and finish; zero stars for the sound quality. Even played at low volume, the radio has a chesty, muddy sound whose ponderous mid-bass poisons the midrange and high frequencies. This problem can be improved slightly by plugging the bass-reflex port on the bottom, but still, a chesty and unenjoyable sound that makes all kinds of music sound ugly.