Written by Samuel Chell
Traditional Kloss quality in portable package
If this is your fist Tivoli, consider the unequaled "classic" models with wooden cabinetry first. The Pal and iPal provide the same Henry Kloss design, audio quality and tuning, but are more vulnerable to inconsistency, depending on source material in iPods, strength of FM signal, placement of the speaker (outdoors severely limits audio projection of sound). If the original classic Tivoli products are inappropriate, take note of your needs along with the radical revolution that has brought us near-universal internet radio, wireless (Bluetooth, Air Play) connectivity, and of course the Clouds made possible by internet sound. Only then would I consider plastic, and with the awareness that the audio of internet and Bluetooth is not the equal of traditional full-frequencied sound from non-compressed sources, whether LPs or CDs or FM. One key point: rechargeable batteries to not last forever. Depending upon use, some will last longer than others. But it's surprisingly easy to disassemble the iPal and Pal and to replace the battery with a new one (readily available on the internet) for $20.