Reviews say that if you like the look and performance of the Tivoli Audio Model Two (*Est. $300) , but don't want to invest in a luxury table radio or have the space or need for its separate stereo speaker, the Tivoli Audio Model One might be a good fit. It's comparable to the Model Two in most aspects, but is mono only and lacks the Model Two's high-quality external stereo speaker. Many owners, especially casual listeners, don't seem bothered by this, and even experts agree that the Model One's sound quality is top-notch.
Reception is said to be very good, and the analog tuning has a smooth, precise feel. The Model One is light and compact, so it's easy to transport and doesn't take up much space. An auxiliary input allows the Model One to be used with other audio devices, and there are jacks for external AM and FM antennas. A lot of owners appreciate the wide array of color choices available, ranging from more traditional wood-grain or metal finishes to brighter hues.
For the price, however, this isn't a feature-packed table radio. There's no clock or alarm, no CD player, and no digital tuning or display. While most owners seem satisfied nonetheless, some reviewers do point out that some less inexpensive basic table radios offer comparable features and performance. User feedback turns up a handful of complaints that aren't unusual to analog radios, such as static and tuner drift. A few owners mention an annoying hum or hiss from the speaker at certain volumes, and others are disappointed that an external speaker can't be added later.
The best expert reviews we found come from CNET and PC World (Australia), both of which evaluate the Model One's performance and value. A significant volume of owner feedback from Amazon.com and JR.com helps round out the coverage.
While this review is older than some, CNET provides what's likely the most thorough coverage to date of the Tivoli Audio Model One's performance and features. Steve Guttenberg summarizes it as "a fine tabletop radio that looks as good as it sounds."
Review: Tivoli Audio Model One, Steve Guttenberg, Jan. 24, 2007
2. PC World (Australia)
The Good Gear Guide's Campbell Simpson tests the Tivoli Audio Model One himself, and justifies the editors' rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 with praise for the radio's "great full-range speaker, room-filling sound [and] static-free FM tuner."
Review: Tivoli Audio Model One Table-Top Radio, Campbell Simpson, Nov. 16, 2009
The classic/walnut version of the Tivoli Audio Model One gets good feedback from more than 160 owners, although some report a persistent hum over the speakers and a few find the bass overpowering. Other color versions get less feedback, but rate similarly.
Review: Tivoli Audio Model One M1CLA AM/FM Table Radio, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Feb. 2012
Owners can review and rate products sold by electronics retailer J&R, including the Tivoli Audio Model One table radio in its several finishes and colors. It earns high marks from most reviewers, although a few complain of poor reception.
Review: Tivoli Audio Model One AM/FM Table Radio, Contributors to JR.com, As of Feb. 2012