Tivoli Audio Model One (classic walnut)
Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio Part number: M1CLA
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CNET editors' review
price range: $149.00 - $149.99
- Reviewed by: Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 12/14/2004
The good: High-end tabletop radio; rich sound; excellent AM and FM reception; auxiliary line-in (doubles as an iPod speaker) and line-out.
The bad: Mono-only sound; no clock or alarm function.
The bottom line: It may not be portable like the PAL, but Tivoli's original table radio delivers a full, rich sound.
At last, a *radio*
by pyrotas on March 10, 2011
Pros: Sound quality is excellent, high precision tuner, great style
Cons: None I can think of
Summary: I fell in love with this radio from the very first moment I saw it at my friends' place. The strongest point about it (and the weakest point of the "...
Summary: I fell in love with this radio from the very first moment I saw it at my friends' place. The strongest point about it (and the weakest point of the "official review" in my opinion) is the utmost simplicity of this object: no frills, no bells&whistles, no clock, no alarm, no built-in coffee machine of what the heck. A knob to switch on, select band or aux in, volume pot and a big, largely de-multiplied tuning knob. Anyone who enjoys radio listening could not probably care less about clocks, bells, whistles...So I consider this as one of the strong points of this radio which, by the way, impresses for the build quality and solidity. Real wood and brushed metal for the panels. The case makes an excellent housing for the loudspeaker. A bottom aperture provides the much-needed resonance for enhancing basses. As a result, sound quality is astonishing with cristal-clear high frequencies and lively low freqs. Tuning-wise, this little beast is awesome! The tuning wheel action is really smooth and precise and the tuning circuit makes wonders to pick up even the weakest signals. Did I mention this radio has also an outstanding style fitting in almost any environment?
I got this radio as a present, I am not paid by Tivoli neither I am an endorser. All this enthusiasm comes from the pure joy of dealing with a *top-quality* object, built to last in striking contrast with the cheap plasticky crap which abounds on the shelves of "mega-stores".
Spectacular reception and great sound
by jpokorski on December 10, 2008
Pros: This is the only radio in my house (SW Virginia) that can lock into the NPR station that's 30 miles away and across several mountains - and without using the included antenna! It fills a large room with warm, detailed, but not overpowering sound.
Cons: Shouldn't have to spend this much money to get a simple radio that does what this does so well.
Summary: I was a little hesitant to spend this much on an analog tuner, but it works as advertised. It locks onto stations equally well in remote mountains or congested cities, ...
Summary: I was a little hesitant to spend this much on an analog tuner, but it works as advertised. It locks onto stations equally well in remote mountains or congested cities, and has particularly good, balanced sound. Compared to the Boston Acoustic Receptor HD, the bass is tighter and much better balanced. I've taken to bringing it with me when I travel - few hotel room clock radios can pick up stations reliably or fill the room like this does.
Great sound and design...except potential defect
by jddten on December 6, 2008
Pros: Great sound, great look...did I mention great sound!?
Cons: Defect in volume control has basically left my Model One radio useless.
Summary: I purchased my Model One radio back in September 2007. I immediately loved it. My work office is in the middle of nowhere and significantly affected my XM satellite radio'...
Summary: I purchased my Model One radio back in September 2007. I immediately loved it. My work office is in the middle of nowhere and significantly affected my XM satellite radio's ability to get stations (it was basically useless). I tried a regular am/fm radio and it failed miserably (unless you like listening to static). I was shopping at Target and saw the Model One. I went home, conducting some research on it, and decided to give it a try and see if it could pick up stations at my office. It is quite pricey for a simple am/fm radio, but if it could do what Tivoli said it could do, I figured it would be worth it to help me get through the work day. Well, it worked great and decided that slapping down approximately $100 for a radio was worth it. I used it for about 2 months and then I deployed to Iraq for 6 months. I came back and started using the radio again. Within weeks, I would notice the volume would drop to basically mute levels after a few minutes. I connected it to my computer speakers and it made no difference. I originally thought it was the fact that I was in the middle of nowhere and the sketchy reception was the cause (even though the reception light was bright, signaling strong reception), so I decided to try different spots in my office. I tried various placement of the radio and antennae for a few weeks to no avail. I left for a training mission for about a month, and then came back and decided I would bring it back to my apartment where getting reception would not be a problem. Unfortunately, the volume issues persisted. The volume would continue to drop regardless of the volume level the dial was on and without me manipulating the dial at all. Clearly, something was wrong with the radio. I am 2 months past the year warranty and although I've submitted a request for a repair, I'm not confident Tivoli will grant my request and fix it. So, after about 2 good months of using the Model One, the rest of the time I've owned the radio (minus the 7 months I was deployed and in training) has been a wash and headache. If you're willing to roll the dice on this radio, the sound is great while it lasts. However, in my situation, I spent about $50 a month on the 2 good months I had with it. If Tivoli decides not to grant my request for a repair, it should make a nice paperweight in my office! I'd look into other Models or the comparable Bose radio before going with the Model One. I should have known better in that you should NEVER buy the first model of any piece of electronic equipment!
Great little mono
by connada123 on May 14, 2008
Pros: Good sound, looks great,
Cons: If all you're looking for is a nice little mono table top radio, there are no cons.
Summary: This is a nice high quality mono table top radio. It's not stereo, it doesn’t have an alarm clock, it's not satellite radio, and it doesn't ...
Summary: This is a nice high quality mono table top radio. It's not stereo, it doesn’t have an alarm clock, it's not satellite radio, and it doesn't have HD radio. It's just a simple mono radio that works well. It has a powerful tuner which picks up stations easily. It delivers rich powerful sound (for a mono). It appears to have a high build quality. It’s nothing to write home about and you won’t be showing it off, but I assume you’ll be pretty happy with it over the long run. Personally I love it's simplicity.
I use this unit in my bedroom and it's more than enough. I don't think I'd use it in my living room for a party, but for a nice radio in the kitchen, bedroom, and office, it's hard to beat. It’s not a “Friday night” type radio, I think of it more as “Sunday morning”, playing in the background as I eat my pancakes and bacon while reading the newspaper.
It also has an auxiliary input to plug your ipod (or whatever mp3 player you might have) to it. Works great.
Compact design, Great sound
by mitcheyster on February 18, 2008
Pros: sound, size
Cons: no HD capability
Summary: I was a bit hesitant to pay $120 for a radio, but after trying and returning a Sony XDR-S3HD (HD Stereo, with disappointing sound and huge power brick) I decided ...
Summary: I was a bit hesitant to pay $120 for a radio, but after trying and returning a Sony XDR-S3HD (HD Stereo, with disappointing sound and huge power brick) I decided to try this tivoli model one. I was surprised at the full sound and depth that came in a box smaller than most of it competitors (the sony and the boston acoustic HD receptor radio). The auxiliary port is nice and works well with my 60gig ipod. The power cord also disconnects from the back of the unit so you can put it on a bookshelf without running the cords down the front of the shelf. The sound is not as good as my bose docking station, but for a small mono radio, that's less than half the cost of the bose system and smaller, the sound is excellent.
The price I paid for this unit is worth every penny and I don't say that too quickly. This is based on looking at and listening to several units. I would also say that I am very picky about the sound that comes from my equipment and I would have returned it, if I was even slightly dissatisfied with the sound. While this unit is obviously not going to have the best sound in any unit, it is the best I've found for any mono system and it's better than most stereo systems in its class, especially for the price. I would recommend this unit to anyone.
The best radio--and Tivoli, period.
by caponsacchi on November 8, 2007
Pros: Sound quality; sensitivity, selectivity, style.
Cons: None, though the initial price entry ($99.99) looked friendlier.
Summary: I've listened to all of the other high end radios--some have bigger bass, more loudness, and most have more controls. But over time you can't help but become ...
Summary: I've listened to all of the other high end radios--some have bigger bass, more loudness, and most have more controls. But over time you can't help but become addicted to the balanced, tight, rich, warm, and "present" sound of this unit--whether classical music or jazz or speech. Soon everything else sounds artificial and slightly "canned," especially if you're a musician. Add the satellite speaker (Model 2) for a more stunning effect (forget the sub-woofer--not needed at all). Since then I've purchased 3 other Tivoli products, each a disappointment in terms of value. The iPal has no power (distorts beyond medium volume); the Model 3 has a deficient alarm system; the Tivoli one-piece stereo system is simply overpriced with a bewildering array of buttons on the front panel. The Model One represents this company's shining moment.
Elegant Simplicity, Superior Reception and Sound Quality
by stephen.philips on August 7, 2007
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 ...
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.
Does what it says, and does it well.
by topamo on February 3, 2007
Pros: Great sound; good tuner
Cons: No pre-sets, for those who juggle stations
Summary: The machine's an attractive, clean design that works perfectly well. No regrets.
Summary: The machine's an attractive, clean design that works perfectly well. No regrets.
Someone at Tivoli studied Bose style marketing
by wagesofweirdness on January 26, 2007
Pros: build, AUX in, line out
Cons: mono, costs more than it's worth...a lot more
Summary: I purchased two of these back in late 2004, before terrestrial radio's last dying gasp. It has served it's purpose well, however the one that I've kept ...
Summary: I purchased two of these back in late 2004, before terrestrial radio's last dying gasp. It has served it's purpose well, however the one that I've kept is used only as an external speaker for my iPod and Sirius Radio.
The walnut cabinet *is* nice. And, supposedly, the tuner is of high quality. I do recall enjoying the 'feel' of that part of the radio, and it was easy to dial in stations.
There are two major problems with this radio...
1. Through no fault of Tivoli, there's absolutely NOTHING of substance on terrestrial radio, in my opinion. If I enjoyed conservativist vitriol, then it'd be just about right for my nightstand. However, I do not listen to that type of "entertainment". Tivoli does make a Sirius model, and that device would be of interest to me, if it didn't carry a $300 price tag.
2. Like Bose products, this unit is cleverly marketed to make uneducated customers (yes, I realize that I'm placing my self in this category) believe that it's of greater quality than it really is. I think that it's exorbitant price tag actually *helps* to sell the product! One good, hard look at one of these will tell you that it's not worth the cost. Plastic knobs? C'mon...at least make them *look* expensive!
If I had the choice to make today, I'd purchase a higher quality external iPod speaker setup. Then again, if there was still quality content on the free airwaves, then I might just buy this unit again, if one of two things happened: Either the unit came in Stereo, or if the price were dropped by at least $25.
Sturdily built, good sounding mono table radio
by Tevis on January 8, 2006
Pros: Good mono sound, Easy to set up and use, You can connect your Ipod, Economical compared to other well known brands.
Cons: FM radio reception could be better (This is a variable depending on factors like geography & type of home structure).
Summary: The wood enclosure is a large part of what makes this a good sounding radio. This radio is better suited to someone older who does not like their music extremely ...
Summary: The wood enclosure is a large part of what makes this a good sounding radio. This radio is better suited to someone older who does not like their music extremely loud. It is a great bedside or kitchen radio!
- Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
- Part number: M1CLA
- Description: Where performance and simplicity are paramount but space is sparse, the Model One mono table radio fits the bill. With just three knobs, it is the antithesis of today's ever more complex electronic products. But behind the Model One's simple, innocent appearance, hides a multitude of technology facilitating higher sound reproduction and better reception over anything else near it in size or cost. The furniture-grade, handmade wood cabinet is not just for appearance sake, but also doubles as an acoustically inert housing. A heavy-magnet, long-throw 3-inch driver is allied with a multi-stage frequency contouring circuit that adjusts the speaker's output over half-octave increments. The result is musically accurate tonal balance and bass response. Instead of a standard, off-the-shelf integrated circuit, the Model One uses a state of the art, discrete-component FM tuner featuring GaAs MES-FET mixers. Originally developed for cellular telephones, the Model One was the first radio to adopt this technology for better FM reception and increased clarity on closely spaced stations. Discovering those stations is a joy thanks to the large analog tuning knob. Its geared-down 5: 1 tuning ratio permits easy and accurate tuning. The amber tuning indicator lets you know when you've achieved proper tuning. Built-in AM and FM antennas provide satisfying reception, while a rear 75-ohm jack allows connection of an external FM antenna in difficult reception areas. Also provided is a headphone jack, auxiliary input to connect a portable CD player or other device, and a record output for recording, or to use the Model One as a high-quality outboard tuner. The Model One looks right at home whether perched on a kitchen counter, in a dorm room, bedroom, at the office, vacation home, on a workbench, or even in an RV or boat (using the 12V input).
- Product type Radio tuner
- Width 8.4 in
- Depth 5.2 in
- Height 4.5 in
- Weight 5.1 lbs
- Color Classic
- Sound Output Mode Mono
- Speaker(s) 1 x Speaker - Built-in
- Driver Details Speaker : 1 x Full-range driver - 3 in
Digital Media & Network Players
- Digital player type None
DVD / Blu-ray
- DVD/Blu-ray type None
- CD type None
- Tuner Type Radio tuner - AM/FM - Analog
- Tuning Display Tuning scale
- Antenna Form Factor Built-in
- Type None
Inputs & Outputs
- Connections 1xFM antenna(F connector)-Rear,
1xHeadphones(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)-Rear,
1xAudio line-in(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)-Rear,
1xAudio line-out(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)-Rear,
1xDC power input-Rear
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Remote Control Type None
- Included accessories Power cable,
- Cables Included 1 x Power cable - 9 ft
- AV Furniture None
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
Specs: Radio tuner,
Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
Specs: Radio tuner,
Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
Specs: Radio tuner,