"Premium price for premium radio with Spartan features"3.0 starson by caponsacchi
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.
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