Summary Well, it's mono... but who cares?... I still look at it in awe - how can this miserable thing, so small, with so few features (I can't even be sure of which station I am tuning, because I don't have a precise digital reading...) how can this thing sound so good, so convincing?... It's amazing. I first bought one because my wife (who hates just about anything digital) fell in love with the looks and the simple operation. Now I have one too, we both use it in the office. Let me tell you about listening to music in the office: you gotta have the bass, the richness of sound, decent trebble - but it HAS to be available at very low sound volumes. That's exactly what this little set achieves - you can have the sound, yet have the office door open and nobody will be bothered outside. Simply amazing. Now I'm thinking about buying another one for home, on my desk, or near the place where I read. In summary, 2 words of advice: get it!
Summary I am always suprised by how many people get upset about single channel equipment. Stereo is great if the broadcast or recording is optimised for it, but 99% of todays music, doesn't even consider channel variation. Also, the volume of a table top radio isn't supposed blow you away. If you can hear it 10' away it is working just fine. For offices, cubes or apartments this is great. If you want to throw a party, buy a device intended for that use. This is a really nice for a fair price that goes for educated listener rather than the deaf one.
Pros I got one of these a couple of years back and it is one of the most useful gifts I have ever received. It has been used as a radio, computer speaker and is now the base for my motorola droid dock. Who knows what job it will have next.
Cons FM tuner is very sensitive and difficult to use in areas with many radio stations (I am in DC) I appreciate the tuner much more when I am far from the city.
Summary If this ever broke (which I doubt it ever will) I will get a new one immediately. It is built like a tank and very retro cool. It oozes quality.
Pros Nice look, very good audio, full sound
Cons Cheaply built, AM reception is very poor, headphone/in/out jacks are weak, FM selectivity is poor.
Summary I tried the Tivoli Model One in Piano/Silver (what a beautiful radio) and since most of the reviews were positive, decided to try one. Very disappointed in performance of the AM side. Very low audio and sensitivity is awful. Takes a long wire antenna plugged into the AM antenna jack to receive much of anything. The FM tuner is OK, but with an external antenna hooked to it, closed spaced stations blend into one another, although Tivoli claims their "cell phone" technology is exactly what is supposed to make this radio so exceptional! When the volume is turned all the way down, you can still hear an annoying "hiss" in the background. The front panel is plastic (not aluminum as it may look in the photos), there is no back light to see what station you're on at night, either. Someone else made the comment it looks like an 8th grade science project on the inside. They are right! I own a Sangean WR-1 (now replaced with the WR-11) which is a MUCH MUCH better radio - especially on AM - it beats the Tivoli HANDS DOWN on sensitivity and selectivity. Also, on FM, the selectivity is MUCH better - close spaced stations are easily tuned in. The Sangean also has a back lit dial - imagine that - you can see where you're tuned to. Other than good looks, the Model One is just a cheap $10 radio made in China that sells for $149. Get yourself the Sangean WR-11 and save your trouble.
Pros Decent sound from a small form factor. Fine for listening to the news or background music in a small room.
Cons Tuner section is of poor design or manufacture, hard to know which. Lower end of the FM scale becomes unusable in a year or so.
Summary There is no reason not to expect well made electronics to work reliably for ten to fifteen years, (or more). Anything less is part of the "throw away" mentality that is bringing the planet to its knees. My first Model One developed terrible scratching and popping noises when tuning at the low end of the FM dial within a year of purchase. I tried to purchase repair parts to fix it. None are available. The factory sent me another one at no charge. Nice gesture. That one failed in exactly the same way in about the same amount of time.
Model One is disguised behind its name branding as "high end". In fact it is a $10 Chinese made radio that should be sold at Walmart for $25.
I apologize for waiting so long to write this review and not helping others save their money, which I highly recommend.