Pros Light and rich sounding with telescoping antenna and good sensitivity. No complicated buttons. Quick and accessible knobs. No learning curve.
Cons It will quickly disappoint in some contexts--namely, big rooms and out-of-doors. Lacks volume and loudness when battery dependent. Very Spartan. It won't charge your iPod or even hold it.
Summary This is a premium brand at a premium price. To see it rise from $150 (my price) to over $200 is mind-boggling. The Tivoli Model One is a far better value, offering not merely good sound and sensitivity but sound that projects and has some "oomph." Although there's no iPod charger, you would think Tivoli would provide a slot for holding an iPod with such a portable unit. I'd resell mine for 150, but I dropped it, putting a cosmetic dent in it (testimony to its durability, but enough to lower its value sufficiently to make it counterproductive for resale). I still like Tivoli products, their durability and dependability, and find the premium price of the Tivoli stereo (over a thousand), Tivoli clock radio (formerly 200), and Model One (close to 100) far more justifiable. The iPal, however, is not in the same "classic" company, even though the price would have you think so.
Pros Rich beautiful sound. Not a boom box. A clear articulator of sound. Play this continuously for 12 hours ton single charge. Take it room to room all day without ever hassling with a plug. Great looks. Small footprint.
Cons Price. I bought mine 3 or 4 years ago and the price has gone up way too much. Should be around 149 in my opinion. Having said that, I would buy it at the current price if I lost mine because there simply is nothing comparable.
Summary Non obnoxious totally portable music player and radio. Great quality and styling. Robust. Takes abuse. Sounds fantastic. If you want super high volume dont get this. If you want to fill a room with pleasant volume you will love this. I like it that it does not have a dock but uses a miniplug for the ipod because in my opinion docks often end up damaging ipods/iphones.
"Solid. Great sound from this small box. Stunning reception, great company at home."on by Jose Antonio Beitia Ruiz
Pros Great tuner, strong reception, easy to use, water resistant, good driver.
Cons Pricey! Doesn´t include an ipod dock.
Summary In my opinion this is one of the best portable radios on the market. I been using the ipal for about a year, and I never get tyred of it´s sound. At home I got Griffin´s Rocket FM, and it works very well sending music from my playlist in itunes to my ipal. Regarless were I am at my small appartment it works flawless. Piece of advice, when your stream audio with rocket fm, set the itunes and computer´s volume at 50%, them set the volume of your ipal at 75-80%, then you will get best results without noticeable distortion.
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