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5 stars if only...
on September 19, 2006
First of all, the PAL does sound great for its size. I could end the review there and give it 5 stars. However, to me, everything is relevant and all factors must be considered when giving a review.
Besides the sound which is superb for the size as well as the excellent reception, the unit itself is robust and well made. However, the control knobs seem cheap and plastic and not in line with the unit itself. It is interesting to note that the knobs on my Tivoli Model Two stereo table radio look much nicer with a "metal" look.
Also, seeing that this is a "portable" radio, as others have mentioned, it could use a handle of sorts. The PAL is a short, chunky brick-like size that is awkward in your hand...especially if you had small hands or are carrying other items. Considering that I will be moving this unit around to the garage, patio, driveway, beach, etc., it should have some kind of built-in handle or strap.
And last, the price is where the PAL and I part friends. Apparently PAL was originally listed and sold for $20 less than the current price. Whereas many electronic components drop in price, PAL now commands an even heftier price tag with no deals to be found. This MSRP for a glorified "transistor radio"? Alright, maybe that is a bit harsh and it is the best little radio I have heard, but my goodness, the apparent Tivoli mandated suggested retail price is rather high! Let's try sharpening that pencil and working on the numbers. At $50 less it would be pricey but acceptable. Why on earth is this PAL $30 more than the better sounding Model One? OK, its portable with a battery pack, but the Model One has a larger and better sounding speaker. Maybe the differences cancel each other out. I can see no justification for the price point.
So, all things considered...cheap knobs, no handle and outrageous price tag...3 stars. The sound quality for its size, 5 stars. But points taken for the price point!