Pros Beautiful. Best sound in the 'clock radio' market.
Cons Unreliable. Beginning with good customer service, now horrible and no response from email requests.
Archaic clumsy interface.
Summary Bought it direct from Tivoli less than a year ago. Despite the archaic interface (no art, no track info) I loved it...after they replaced a faulty extra speaker amp and remote. That amp clicking problem has returned, but even worse is that I now lose stations to 'format error' and now twice lost most of my favorites, apparently reverting to an older favorite list, and cannot add any new favorites!! A call to them gets a live person but one who says, "the provider we use is going through changes and I cannot guarantee it will be fixed." A $500 wood block now.
Pros Streaming excellent without Super-Buffer, available IR Stations cover most of my interests. Setup was incredibly simple to my Airport Extreme and signal reception is excellent throughout my apartment - absolutely love the Cherry Wood construction!!
Cons It is a little bit pricey
Summary Original purchase was defective - but Tivoli dispatched replacement before I could ship original back - absolutely exception customer service!!
As this is my second Tivoli Radio (PAL was 1st) and in-spite of the original defective unit -- I am a more dedicated Tivoli fan now that I have an IR Stereo w/FM - IR audio quality is excellent considering the source and my ISP (DSL) in-spite of low IR bit rates. FM is as good as it gets from WAMU Prairie Home Companion, Classical WETA, WJZW Oldies to news on WTOP - and set up was a breeze. FM reception is great without even extending antenna.
The Tivoli IR w/FM has even gotten me away from watching TV - almost a miracle in itself!
Pros Beautiful Finish, Superior Sounds, Easy to Setup and Use
Cons Need ability to set unlimited number of alarms
Summary I owned the Tivoli Satellite Radio. Had it for a couple of years. Sound was great, reception so-so, not the best user interface.
Traded it for the Networks. The unit is beautifully made. The fact that the jacks are underneath is no problem. The cords easily fold and come out in just on place helpig to minimize cord clutter.
The controls on the back could be a pain if you don't use the handy remote control, which I assume that everyone will do, so the editor was extremely unfair ahout this feature.
On to setup. Setup was a breeze. Within 5 minutes the unit was up and running without even looking at the manual. Five funky stations come pre-set on the remote. I perform a search and find one of my favorite New Orleans music stations. It comes in clearly and in 128kb per second. Then I search for a podcast and find it right away. Set it for pre-set 5. Comes in clearly and perfect sound. Unfortunately you can't pause it or go backward. However, if you shut the unit off it will come back on when you turn it back on.
Set up WM11 on my notebook and start playing my full music libary over the Networks. It was easy and painless.
It is fairly easy to search for radio stations and podcasts. Look for Tech5 with Dvorak, found. Look for Twit, got it. Look for Diggnation, again its there. Find a Flamenco station in Spain and a Reggae in Jamica. It all works very well.
I have had a number of wifi radios including, Squeezebox 3, Logitech Duet and the Chumby. I have tested a number of others and this is by far the best from an ease of use standpoint and a sound quality viewpoint.
What's missing. I want to be able to control the unit from my PC just like I can with my Squeezebox. I want to set an unlimited number of custom alarms so I can get up everyday to different music at different times. I want a backup alarm tone if the wifi is down or the station is out. I want a failsafe alarm so that even if it can't pick anything up, it still awakens me.
I would like open source to download applets like I can for the Squeezebox. And how bout an adjustable brightness control for the read out. Right now I can either have it on or off.
Haven't tested iPod integration yet but will do so soon.
Overall, Tivoli has made the wifi radio almost as simple to use as my first transistor radio that only had a volume dial and a station knob. However, now I can get thousands of stations at the push of button. This unit brings the wifi radio state of the art several notches higher. With a few small upgrades and additional feature, this could become the gold standard.