Written by Samuel Chell
The rare mediocre and overpriced Tivoli Product
My wife and I first became enamored of the sound of the Tivoli Model One radio. Soon we had the Tivoli Clock Radio and next the 2nd speaker for stereo. Then my wife gave me the Tivoli "High Fidelity System," costing at the time over a thousand. At first I was dubious, but not after side-by-side tests with the currently most acclaimed speakers and speaker-dock systems. To discerning ears, the Tivoli system's was most 'faithful" (demonstrating the highest fidelity) to the original sound source. I'm shocked to see this superior system (better than Bose) going for half price (admittedly, design and controls are conservative and not always quick and user-friendly--but the sound!!! unequaled!).
My only disappointment thus far has been the Tivoli iPal. Though not stereo, the audio is superior to most cheap stere systems. But it's not truly a personal speaker to be taken wherever one goes. And when played at full gain outside, its deficiencies are all too noticeable. It falls on its face, the sound simply failing to project with undistorted clarity and power for more than a few feet. I'm incredulous that this little device has gone up in price (from 150) while the Hi Fi System has come way way down (from 1000-1500) to close to 500. it's in the Tivoli High Fi System where the best value is to be found.