Pros Easiest radio to use. If your looking for a touchof the past and sound of the future this is it. I get the best reception even in Lower Manhattan where it was the hardest even with a Sony. If you want a radio that will play day after day with a smooth
Cons Upgrade with Aux Switch on Front
Pros Everything you need, nothing you don't. Amazing FM tuner performance in terms of sensitivity, selectivity and noise rejection. This is the best sounding table radio I have ever listened to.
Cons None - Henry Kloss nailed this one!
Summary I have owned my Model One for over five years now and this is what a good table radio should be. If the look and feel of this radio appeals to you - get one! If you feel you need quartz locked PLL tuning, station presets, stereo speakers, a digital display with a clock, CD/MP3 player etc., then you don't really want a good table radio. Get yourself a boom box or one of those "executive" desk systems instead.
The Tivoli Model One is a RADIO, distilled down to it's essential elements. What you get for your $99 bucks is:
* One of the best FM tuners ever made at any price,
* One (and only one) unbelievably clear and rich sounding speaker,
* One large, easy to use and oh-so-silky-smooth tuning knob,
* One three position on-off/input selector switch (off/FM/AM),
* One volume knob (no balance needed - it's a mono radio),
* One truly useful and amazingly intuitive signal strength light,
* One beautiful, wood veneer cabinet that holds everything together.
That's it - everything you need to listen to the radio and nothing you don't.
Did I mention how good the Model One's tuner is? A little Internet research shed some light on how the great departed engineering genius Henry Kloss worked this minor miracle of RF design. It seems that Kloss came up with a novel and simple RF (radio frequency) circuit that takes advantage of the special properties of MESFET (Metal-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) technology to increase the Model One's sensitivity. This combined with the lessons Kloss learned when he designed his legendary Model Eight radio earlier in his career resulted in an affordable radio that will cleanly bring in low power distant signals that sit next to strong local stations. Although the Model One works great using only it's AC power cord for an antenna, try connecting a high quality external FM antenna to the 75 ohm input on the back panel and see for yourself just how good this little radio really is!
Did I mention how good the Model One sounds? Not only was Henry Kloss one of the best RF circuit designers of his time, he also invented the modern acoustic suspension loudspeaker. Look up his classic Acoustic Research Model 1 (AR-1) speaker - still a benchmark of high fidelity sound reproduction. Henry knew how to voice a speaker and he applied this knowledge to the Model One's three inch speaker driver and the resonance tuned speaker enclosure that also serves as the Model One's cabinet. Human voices in particular come through beautifully on this radio. So beautifully that I now listen to my favorite morning and weekend news/talk programs exclusively on my Model One.
Though I also own a good surround sound system I prefer to listen to talk programming via the Model One while enjoying a cup of coffee in my kitchen or on my back porch. I'm fortunate enough to be able to bring in two Jazz stations at night with my Model One. The sound even through the Model One's single three inch speaker is glorious. If I were forced to choose but one radio - the Model One would be my choice without hesitation.
By the way, even though the Model One was designed to be first and foremost a mono table radio Henry Kloss thoughtfully provided a STEREO out headset jack on its back panel. The tuner receives stereo signals and you can access them via the headphone jack. Though I have tried using headphones with my Model One I much prefer to listen to it as Henry Kloss intended.
If you enjoy news/talk programming or listen to Jazz or acoustic music via the radio on a regular basis get yourself a Tivoli Audio Model One table radio. You'll discover the simple pleasure of listening to your favorite programming on a simple, really good radio.
Pros Looks good, feels good, sounds good.
Cons Difficult to turn on or off with wet hands. Need to keep beautiful wood cabinet out of greasy kitchens and wet bathrooms.
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