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Tivoli Audio PALBTGBLK PAL BT Bluetooth Portable AM/FM Radio (High Gloss Black/White)

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  • Play music wirelessly through the PAL BT
  • Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR
  • NiMH battery pack
  • Uses Bluetooth wireless technology's advanced A2DP profile for high-quality audio
  • Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) results in low-to-no noise interference with other wireless devices
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Auxiliary input and stereo headphone output
  • Sensitive AM/FM analog tuner with large 5:1 ratio tuning dial

Product Description

Color: Black

With many of today's wireless devices being Bluetooth technology-enabled, especially common electronics like cell phones, lap top computers, and MP3 players, it made perfect sense for Tivoli Audio to add this important capability to our most popular portable radio, the PAL. Tivoli Audio's PAL BT adds Bluetooth wireless technology in addition to its sensitive analog AM/FM tuner. When you're not listening to your favorite radio stations, you can listen to your favorite music from your Bluetooth technology-enabled device. Just switch to the Auxiliary position and once paired, start listening to your music. It's that simple. Before the PAL came along, portable audio usually meant poor sound. Not so with PAL BT. Thanks to Bluetooth wireless technology's advanced A2DP profile, combined with the PAL BT's trademark equalization, you'll never tire of hearing your music. And since Bluetooth wireless technology is wireless, you won't have to dig out an audio cable for your enabled-device every time you want to listen to your music through the PAL BT. But don't worry, the Auxiliary input is still on board, along with the Headphone output, so you can continue to connect those "old fashioned" wired devices. True portability requires portable power, and that's where the PAL BT's NiMH battery pack comes in. It has no memory, and fully charges in about 3 hours. Since it provides hours of cordless playback, you can spend more time listening and less time searching for a power outlet. Our most popular portable radio just made a lot of new friends.

Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.7 x 6.2 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Item model number: PALBTGBLK
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at October 30, 2012

Customer Reviews

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Censor on March 30, 2013
Color: White
If you are in the market for a bluetooth speaker, you have a plethora of options these days and a lot of them are quite worthy of consideration. The Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II - Nylon, the Sony RDPXF300iP 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock, and the Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black Diamond - Retail Packaging are all excellent choices, and they are all around the same price. You have to know what you are are looking for. Each one sounds a bit different and will be suitable for different styles of music and different aesthetic needs.

Unlike the aforementioned products, the Tivoli PAL BT is not primarily a bluetooth speaker. It is primarily a highly engineered analog AM/FM tuner that happens to have bluetooth capability. As far as portable radios go, you are simply not going to find anything that sounds better, especially if you listen to jazz and classical music. Right now I'm listening to a live performance of Verdi's La Traviatta on public radio and the voices are so clear, the orchestra so full and vibrant, that I feel like I'm sitting in the front row. The speaker and tuner are seriously that good - but this comes as no surprise. The
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By imaginists on March 10, 2014
Color: Black Verified Purchase
Some of the reviews on this product make it seem like this is a horrible radio. Its not. Its quite above par. Not stellar, but definitely better than most radios. I wouldn't say get this if the price is quite a bit more than the regular PAL, because the Bluetooth (BT) function (which is the main difference) is really annoying with iOS devices.

The Good:
Fully charged battery lasts quite a long time between needing to be recharged
Finish is gorgeous for being plastic, even though its not classy as all the other Tivoli radios, it holds its own quite well.
It feels sturdy and has a great heft
Sound is excellent. I'd say I like it better than my Model 10 stereo setup

The Bad:
Power cord has a huge transformer (aka wall wart), but luckily, you don't have to keep this plugged in all the time

The Ugly:
Here's where I knock off a star. I would consider dropping it two stars, but for the price I paid, I'm not going to be mean:
The Bluetooth function with iOS 7.x devices isn't ready for prime-time.

It took a few times to initially pair my iPhone 5S with the PAL BT. But once set up, then anytime I switch the PAL to BT mode, it does NOT automatically connect (it should if only one device has been set up with PAL).
And when you try to manually connect, there's more than 50% chance it won't connect the first time. You have to keep going to iOS BT settings and clicking on BT devices to force it to connect. You are lucky if it connects second time.
I'm hoping this is a iOS issue, so that a software update could fix it. But if its is issue specific to PAL BT, then we are out of luck :(

I love the radio and for the price I paid, I have no regrets. But if you are on fence between the regular PAL and the BT PAL, I suggest stay with the regular one, unless the BT version is significantly cheaper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on September 23, 2014
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I'm a Tivoli fan. I love their products. I have always been very impressed by their build, quality, and sound.
This radio does live up to that standard. It's solid. Works perfectly as a portable radio. The sound is clean and clear, even at loud volumes.
I purchased this radio to stream Sirius - XM from my Iphone app,through Bluetooth. When I finally get it to work, it's what I want. I listen to it while doing stuff in the garage, bbqing outside, and throughout my house.
Here's the problem: the Bluetooth feature is awful! I hate saying it because I really like Tivoli, but they really missed the mark. When I first received the radio, it would only allow my iphone to locate it and stream through it half of the time. I would spend upwards of 15 minutes trying to get my phone to connect. I called Tivoli (excellent customer service) and they had me send my radio in to them for a software "update". This was quick and simple. They provided the UPS label, and turnaround was FAST. But, even after this, I have to manually connect my phone to the radio every time I want to stream through it.I have cheap $20 bluetooth radios that automatically connect with my phone once the pairing process is complete. My car automatically connects with my phone too. It's only the Tivoli BT PAL radio, after the update, that still requires me to manually go into my BT settings on my phone and connect EVERY TIME!
I do it because I love the radio, but it's still a big pain to do.(Tivoli is aware of this issue, but blames Apple. This makes no sense to me because every other bluetooth device I own works with Apple. It's Tivoli's fault in my opinion.)
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