Tivoli Model Satellite (Sirius) review: Tivoli Model Satellite (Sirius)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.6
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good AM/FM/Sirius Satellite radio tuner; real wood cabinet; rich sound; excellent AM and FM reception; flexible connectivity options.

The Bad Crowded button layout; expensive; you'll need to purchase separate speaker for stereo sound; no bass or treble controls.

The Bottom Line The world's first Sirius satellite table radio also offers AM and FM radio, as well as enviable sound, style, and connectivity.

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Tivoli Model Satellite

Tivoli Audio's specialty is high-quality table radios, so we were more than a little curious about its new Sirius radio, the Model Satellite ($299 list). It's also the first satellite radio we've tested that receives AM and FM radio, and it doesn't hurt that the Model Satellite is a beautifully built component. As with all such products, a $12.99-per-month Sirius subscription is required to access satellite programming.

The Model Satellite measures a compact 4.5 inches high, 8.4 inches wide, and 5.25 inches deep and shares the handsome styling and real cherrywood cabinet of brethren such as the Model One and Model Three AM/FM radios. Its proprietary AM/FM tuner and smooth-turning tuning dial are likewise identical to the sort featured on the other Tivoli radios, but the big, blue, easy-to-read Sirius display, which keeps you informed about the Sirius channel, artist, and song title in play, is a clear departure.

The radio can store up to 20 Sirius presets, in four banks of 5 each, but it can't store AM/FM presets. When you turn the radio off, the display reverts to your choice of a digital (numeric) or analog alarm clock. A 3-inch speaker is mounted in the on the top panel, under a protective metal grille.

Its front panel is crowded with a bunch of buttons and knobs--17 to be exact, and we found the controls' labeling and frequency markings barely legible under low-light conditions. Curiously, the included remote controls only the radio's Sirius related functions, not volume or AM/FM tuning.

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Tivoli Model Satellite (Sirius)

Part Number: MSATTPE Released: Dec. 1, 2004

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Dec. 1, 2004
  • Functions radio
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type Sirius satellite/AM/FM radio
About The Author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.