If you're looking for excellent sound quality and classic design, the Tivoli Audio Model Two is a superior -- albeit pricey -- option. Unlike most table radios, true stereo separation can be achieved because an additional stereo speaker is included. Reviewers love the retro but updated aesthetic, and build quality is solid. However, don't look for many features beyond terrific sound.
Excellent stereo sound. The Tivoli Audio Model Two table radio comes with a separate stereo speaker that can be placed up to 15 feet from the base to deliver true two-channel sound. Experts and users agree that sound quality is excellent, delivering a rich, full soundstage that can easily fill a bedroom with sound. Judging from owner reviews posted at Amazon.com, reception is very good overall, although some say AM performance can be spotty. A handful of users also report that the analog tuner tends to drift, and needs some tweaking from time to time. Most users say the geared tuning knob works well, letting you pinpoint on stations easily.
Impressive design. Reviewers rave about the Tivoli Audio Model Two's compact design while praising its stylish aesthetic. Build quality is solid, with Amazon.com owners saying the wooden enclosure seems first-rate and feels substantial. The speaker and rotary knobs take up most of the room on the base unit; there is neither an LCD screen nor any sort of clock. This may be a deal-breaker for some, but audiophiles who are chiefly concerned with sound quality may appreciate the uncluttered approach. The companion stereo speaker follows suit design-wise, although without on-cabinet controls, and its aforementioned cord should be plenty long for most small-room setups.
You'll buy this radio for its sound quality. Despite its somewhat premium price tag, the Tivoli Audio Model Two doesn't offer much in the way of extras. There is an audio input selectable from the front panel that will let you play back audio from an external device like an iPod. There's also a headphone jack, but that's pretty much it as far as included bells and whistles. However, some extra-cost add-ons are available: The Tivoli Audio Model Subwoofer (Est. $160) gives the radio even more low-end presence and the Tivoli Audio Model CD player (Est. $300) is a CD deck that mates perfectly with the Tivoli radio.
In this dated but still relevant evaluation, writer M. Wiley reviews the Tivoli Audio Model Two. Analysis is detailed and includes hands-on testing with and without the optional subwoofer. The Model Two comes "highly recommended."
Review: Tivoli Model Two Radio Review, M. Wiley, Feb. 21, 2002
In this follow-up to a January 2001 article, Nick Triano rates the new-at-the-time Tivoli Audio Model Two, saying "it's the best sound you'll find short of a full-blown stereo." The write-up is more than a decade old, but the information is still accurate. The radio earns a Geek.com pick.
Review: Table Radios Part II: Henry Kloss Model Two, Nick Triano, June 27, 2002
More than 80 users give the Tivoli Audio Model Two an overall score of 4.2 stars out of 5 at Amazon.com. Most comment favorably on the table radio's sound quality and design, although there are some reservations regarding the analog tuner.
Review: Tivoli Audio Model Two AM/FM Table Radio with Stereo Speaker, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
This in-depth review of the Tivoli Audio Model Two and Model CD Player includes a historical background of the Tivoli Audio Co. The Model Two wins Phil Gold's "firm recommendation," but he says the Model CD "seems like an afterthought."
Review: Tivoli Henry Kloss Model Two Radio and Tivoli Model CD Player, Phil Gold, March 2005