Tivoli Audio Model One Review

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Updated June 27, 2022

Part of what Tivoli calls the Tivoli Audio Art Collection, the Model One could indeed be considered a work of art as a designer, high-end tabletop radio. It’s impossible to exclude it from our best tabletop radio list with its level of quality. Speaking of quality, take a look at what some of the best speakers have to offer.

Why We Like It – Tivoli Audio Model One Review

The Tivoli Audio Model One is the tabletop radio for the FM radio connoisseur of the modern era. With exquisite FM reception, sound quality, and design, the Model One makes radio trendy again. You can find similar tabletops by reading our Panasonic RF-2400D review and our Uniden BC365CRS review.

Pros
  • State of the art sound from a small speaker
  • Gorgeous, handmade wood cabinet
  • Crisp, clear reception, and precise tuning
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Limited functionality besides radio

Performance

When you’re investing in a radio like the Tivoli Model One, you’re looking for high performance. You certainly get it here, with crisp, full sound and excellent, precise tuning. You don’t want to listen to this radio with the volume on max, but it’s smooth as butter at normal and mid-range volumes.

Related: If you like this radio, you might be interested in our Nova Mini Portable Speakers review.

Design

As soon as you hear that this table radio was designed by famous audio engineer Henry Kloss, you know it’s going to be excellent. It’s also a lesson in the design school of “less is more,” with only three dials on the front: on/off dial, volume knob, and tuning dial. The tuning dial is precise.

In addition to the sound, this Tivoli is encased in a gorgeous, handmade wood cabinet. Not only does it look amazing, but it also enhances the acoustics of the speaker’s sound. For other great speakers, you’ll want to read our JBL JBLCHARGE3BLKAM waterproof portable Bluetooth review and our JBL Jr. Pop speaker review.

Value

The Tivoli Model One is for a radio lover who also loves high-end furniture pieces in their home. You can get a good-looking radio like the Sangean WR-11 Wood Cabinet, but this is the next level up. After all, the Model One Radio is part of the Tivoli Art Collection.

If you’re looking for more versatility, you could go with the Tivoli Audio Model One Digital, which, as its name suggests, is the digitized radio version of the original Model One (like a Soundance SDY019 radio on steroids). The Model One Digital has Wi-Fi capability and is more geared for streaming music, featuring compatibility with streaming services like Spotify Connect.

Related: Also check out our Tunebug Shake Portable Speaker review.

Tivoli Audio Model One Review Wrap Up

Take your Panasonic RF-2400D camping with you, then come home to the artful sound of the Tivoli Audio Model One. If you want the best in sound, reception, and looks, this has to be your choice. It’s a choice you’ll pay a high price for, but you won’t regret it if you love listening to the radio.

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