Reviews and Problems with Tivoli Audio Model One Radio / Model One BT
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bad bluetooth connection
12 November 2013
Summary: Radio is really beautiful, but the bluetooth connection is really bad. I am using it connected to my Mac Book Pro, less than 3 meters distance and the connection fails all the time. The same if I try to connect it to my iphone.
I own two of these guys... But and this is a big but
C. Cassidy, Amazon
26 October 2013
Summary: The reception is very very poor on the AM band. Example... I live about 70 miles from a very large AM station that puts out the legal limit 50,000 watt signal. KKOB at 770kc in New Mexico. The Tivioli tries to get this station and sometimes it does if the following conditions are met. The radio is correctly aimed at the station The station is broadcast during the daylight hours This is a sad state of affaires for an AM/FM radio.
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.