- Brand Name: Tivoli Audio
- Model Number: PALBLK
- Tuner Technology: Analog
- Power Source Type: AC & Battery
- Item Height: 4.5 inches
Tivoli Audio PAL (Portable Audio Laboratory) AM/FM Radio, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
- Adjustable stainless steel telescoping FM antenna
- Weather resistant magnetically shielded driver
- Auxiliary Input for CD player, MP3 players, & more
- Headphone Jack
- Adjustable Telescoping FM Antenna
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Post Script: After owning the PAL for two years, I've come across some pros and cons:
1. Can be used with an Ipod.
2. Rechargeable battery and rubber casing make it good for outside use.
3. Speaker sound is good for radio of its size.
1. No digital tuning so it's not always easy to know what station you're on.
2. AM (MW) sensititivy is only average. (The best AM available is ironically on the cheaply priced GE Superradio III which boasts an 8-inch interal AM ferrite antenna, twice the size of all competition.)
3. For 50 dollars less you could get an Eton S350 Deluxe which has analog tuning and no presets but features SUPERIOR FM sensitity.
Strange that I could think so fondly about a radio.
I've seen this product in catalogues and thought, "Yeah, yeah, yet another designer radio." Then I saw a sedate black one sitting on a friend's kitchen counter and asked if she liked it. She gushed. I became that little bit more persuaded (still gasping at the manufacturer-regulated price).
Yesterday I took the plunge and today (normal delivery even!!) my new best friend arrived. I'm in love. Out of the package, Fast-Charged for about 2 1/2 hours (although you can trickle charge while listening with no deleterious effect on the battery) and I am at long last on the receiving end of a crystal clear, static-free aural relationship with NPR. Didn't even have to extend the antenna!
You can plug it in and listen. You can charge the internal NiMH battery and listen. You can use it with your iPod (plus one of those FM transmitter gadgets) for headset- or earbud-free enjoyment of your iPod's collection either at home or at large. There's a headphone jack. And there is an auxiliary input jack that lets you plug in a portable CD player or mp3 device and listen through the radio's speaker. Attached rubber caps protect the jack inputs when you aren't using them.
It's cute in a simple, elegant way. The size and shape suit my cluttery available spaces. It's much heavier than you'd expect ... feels as solid as a tank. Rubberized exterior? Don't think iPod skin, think something more like a velvety soft metal that doesn't show fingerprints (your finger nail tapping on the surface will say "metal").Read more ›
When my home alarm clock broke, I took the office one home (its' alarm is super cool...) and bought this one. I have to say I've been completely surprised and impressed at it's performance.
It receives the signal much better, and the sound is astonishing clear and crisp coming from that one little speaker! It's a joy to use. The tactile sensation of turning that knob...so retro yet in a supremely modern package. Ergonomically, it's just about perfect.
The front has, besides the speaker, a large tuning knob, a volume knob, and the on/off/AM/FM knob. That's it. That's all you really need.
The back has the extendible antenna, mini-jacks for AUX IN and headphones, as well as the power cord. All the connectors thoughtfully come with attached rubber plug-covers to prevent exposure from unwanted elements.
It feels rugged and solid in construction, and I can't wait to start using it elsewhere...out by the pool, washing the car...I just might have to go buy another one or two...
In all seriousness, having owned many radios in the past...Sony, Bose, etc...so far I'm happiest with this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tivoli Audio refuses to fix out of warranty radios. Wish I would have known about this before I bought one.Published on April 22, 2014 by mr. greives
I use this radio daily. It's true lay fantastic. The battery last a long time. I charge it about once a week. I also plug my iPhone and iPad into it for that great full sound. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Pistolero
I have had three of these, two of which broke after 3 - 4 years of use, so there is a significant quality issue for something at this price level, and throughout the Tivoli line. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by John F Dickens
A coworker has a vintage papertrapper with a tiny fm radio built into the front, and it blows the tivoli away. I must have gotten a defective unit. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by JR
It seems wrong that Tivoli asks for another $50 to repair it - for such an expensive radio they should stand by their product for more than a 1 year warranty. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Real Customer
Bought this item in early 2006. This radio has spent many days at the beach, on the boat, and in the yard. It has been on the back porch most of this past summer. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Travis Delamar
I've had this little Pepto-pink radio for years and it's one of my favorite things. Using a mini jack to mini jack cable, I plug my iPod into it and put on iHeartRadio all day at... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Joy3141
Got this as a gift and was very enthusiastic: excited to be able to listen to music or news coming out of a good, small, quality system while doing the dishes or cooking. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by dagmac
I have had a radio like this for 10 years, but wanted a second radio for the kitchen. The clean design, ease of operation, ability to hold a broadcast station's signal with out... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by James Sheppard