Tivoli Audio Henry Kloss Model One review: Tivoli Audio Henry Kloss Model One

3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good High-end tabletop radio; rich sound; excellent AM and FM reception; auxiliary line-in (doubles as an iPod speaker) and line-out.

The Bad Mono-only sound; no clock or alarm function.

The Bottom Line It may not be portable like the PAL, but Tivoli's original table radio delivers a full, rich sound.

6.7 Overall

Tivoli Audio Model One series

Tivoli Audio is a small, Boston-based audio company with a worldwide reputation for producing high-quality table radios for buyers who put a premium on performance and simplicity. With just three knobs, the Model One, which retails for $120, is the antithesis of today's ever more complex electronic products.

The Model One's smooth-turning tuning dial adds a retro flair, while its AM/FM tuner, using technology originally developed for cellular telephones, produces better FM reception and increased clarity on closely spaced stations. Up front you'll find a 3-inch speaker housed behind a protective metal grille. The Model One is available in a range of colors--including beige/walnut, green/maple, black/silver, cobalt/cherry and silver/white--all encased in handmade wood cabinets. The radio is 4.5 inches high, 8.38 inches wide, and 5.25 inches deep. Style-conscious buyers should check out the Platinum Series Model One: it's available in high-gloss piano-black or dark walnut/beige finish, rather than the standard wood-veneer cabinet, for $80 more.

Yes, the Model One's single speaker produces monaural, not stereo, sound. Nevertheless, AM and FM radio sound quality is remarkably good. The bass is rich; the treble is detailed but never harsh. The Model One easily bests the tinny sound of plastic department-store radios. Reception is also above par, and after we experimented with the included FM wire antenna, the Model One picked up our favorite low-power college stations.

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