Written by J. Kent
Some hits, some misses
The coolest thing about this CD player is that the walnut/beige version is a good match for the KLH Model Eight FM radio. The Eight was Henry Kloss's first electronic product and the Tivoli Model One (the inspiration for the CD) was his last. If you are fortunate enough to have a KLH Model Thirteen stereo adaptor you can set up a compact stereo system that bridges half a century of Kloss genius. Cool.
OTOH, if you don't want to set up a Kloss system there is little reason to buy the Model CD. It is fairly expensive for what it is--a cheaply made CD player. Yes, it looks very elegant but I've had a couple of them conk out after very gentle use. Took one to my favorite tech who told me it was very cheaply built, not worth fixing, and he could not get parts for it anyway. Tivoli HAD a policy of taking dead units back and for $50 sending out a refurbished one. Not bad. But now they no longer do that for units over 2 years old (or without proof of purchase). What you get instead is a 50% off coupon, so if you want to replace the Model CD it will now be $150 (or 112.50 for a refurb).
The guys at Tivoli are great. When I sent my first Model CD in for exchange they agreed to give me a different color (walnut/beige). And they are right on top of emails and phone calls.
Bottom line: If you're a Henry Kloss nut (like me) and want a design that fits with your vintage KLH radios, the Model CD has the right "look." But for any other situation there are plenty of good CD players for half the price.
I rated everything 5 stars except "overall" which I only gave 3. That may seem illogical but factoring in build quality, durability and cost, the rating goes down. Sorry. I WANTED to love this player.