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Tivoli Audio iYiYi Generation 2

AM/FM clock radio and powered iPod®/iPhone® speaker system (Black/Silver)

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  • Tivoli Audio iYiYi™ Generation 2

    Black (iPhone not included)

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by Ralph Graves
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The iPod speaker for radio lovers
Okay, it may have a funny name, but when it comes to music, the Tivoli Audio iYiYi is all business. This powered speaker system features a built-in iPod dock and two 3" drivers for clear, detailed sound. Plus, it has Tivoli's hallmark high-performance AM/FM tuner built in, making it a perfect choice for "radiophiles."

Outstanding radio performance
You'll enjoy warm sound from your favorite radio programs. The precision digital tuner lets you quickly lock onto the station you want to hear. It even displays RDS (Radio Data System) info, so you can see station call letters, song titles, and artist names when you're listening to an FM station that transmits this data.

Highlights:

  • compatible with 160GB iPod®, 6th generation iPod nano®, and 4th generation iPod touch®
  • compatible with iPhone, IPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • two 3" high-performance full-range speakers
  • two bass ports in rear to enhance low frequencies
  • AM/FM digital tuner
  • 5 FM and 5 AM presets
  • auxiliary line-level output
  • auxiliary stereo minijack input for other portable devices
  • auxiliary headphone stereo minijack output
  • remote
  • digital clock with selectable alarm source (AM, FM, or iPod/iPhone)
  • 13"W x 7-1/2"H x 8-3/16"D
  • weight: 6.5 lbs.
  • AC power adapter
  • warranty: one year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • AM/FM stereo system (for iPod/iPhone)
  • 10' AC power cord
  • Remote control (with installed CR2025 3V lithium battery)
  • 7 iPod adapter inserts
  • FM wire antenna
  • 2 Cable clips
  • Owner's Manual
  • Customer Information Warranty Card

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Overview: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi high-fidelity stereo system for iPod features a built-in AM/FM tuner and integrated iPod/iPhone dock. The Tivoli Audio iYiYi also includes an auxiliary input and headphone output. In addition, the iYiYi offers alarm clock and sleep timer functions. The Tivoli Audio iYiYi includes an IR wireless remote control for added convenience. The iYiYi operates off of AC power.

Note: The iYiYi high-fidelity stereo system for iPod is available in high-gloss white or high-gloss black.

Audio Features
Radio Functions
iPod/Aux Connection
Remote Control
Alarm Clock
Power Requirements

Audio Features

Stereo Speakers: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi high-fidelity stereo system for iPod features two 3.0", video-shielded, full-range drivers for great stereo sound.

Dual Ported Enclosure: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi features a bass-reflex enclosure with two rear-firing port for added efficiency and bass response. The bass ports also double as internal heat ventilation.

Volume Knob: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi features a rotary volume control knob which operates the volume level for the unit's stereo speakers and headphone output. The volume display range is 0-30.

Headphone Output: The iYiYi high-fidelity stereo system for iPod is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm headphone output for connecting a set of stereo headphones for private listening. Connecting headphones will mute the unit's stereo speakers.

Record Output: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi's rear-panel 3.5mm record output (fixed) lets you record music from the high-fidelity stereo system to a connected tape-deck or CD recorder. You can also use the iYiYi's record output to the connect the system to your home entertainment system.

Placement: Place the stereo speaker system on a solid, flat, stable surface. The system is shielded and may be used in close proximity to a computer monitor or television. Placing the iYiYi sound system in a bookcase, corner, or flush against a wall or other flat surface will restrict the output of the bass ports, yielding an unnatural bass sound.

Radio Functions

Digital AM/FM Tuner: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi high-fidelity stereo system for iPod features a built-in digital AM/FM tuner with manual, auto, and preset tuning.

Manual/Auto Tuning: The system's built-in AM/FM tuner lets you manual or auto tune stations, using the front-panel controls or included remote control.

Station Presets: The precise digital tuner offers five FM and five AM station presets, which can be accessed directly from the unit's front-panel controls or scrolled through using the included remote control.

RDS Display: TheRadio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

AM/FM Antennas: The Tivoli Audio stereo system's internal FM and AM antennas provide good reception in most applications. Locating the stereo system near a window will provide better reception. The unit is also equipped with an external FM antenna connection and comes with an external FM wire antenna to provide better reception.

  • Internal/External FM Antenna: An alternative to the tabletop clock radio's built-in FM antenna, is the supplied indoor external FM wire antenna or optional FM dipole antenna (sold separately). Also, connecting your cable television 75-ohm coaxial cable to the radio's external FM connection may provide clearer local FM reception; although you must usually request activation of this service through your cable company.
  • Internal AM Antenna: When listening to AM, rotate the Model Three itself to align the internal AM antenna for improved reception. There is no external AM antenna connection.

iPod/Aux Connection

iPod/iPhone Dock: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi high-fidelity stereo system for iPod is equipped with a front-panel integrated iPod/iPhone dock and comes with seven iPod adapter inserts. The Tivoli Audio iYiYi supports audio playback, music navigation, and charging of select iPod/iPhones with dock connector.

  • Audio Playback: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi supports music, podcast, and audiobook playback from your docked iPhone or iPod.
  • Music Navigation: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's menu, using the included IR remote control. The iPod nano (6th generation) only supports basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Skip (next/previous).
  • iPod Display: The iYiYi's LCD will display "iPod" when you select your docked iPod/iPhone as a source. All song/artist information will still need to be viewed from your iPod/iPhone LCD screen.
  • Charging: A docked iPod/iPhone will be charged whenever the iYiYi sound system is powered 'On' in any source mode, except AM (so as not to compromise AM reception).

Note: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi includes the following iPod dock adapter inserts - iPod w/ dock connector (10/15/20/30/40GB), iPod w/ clickwheel (20/30/40GB), iPod w/ color display (20/30/40GB), and iPod mini (4/6GB). If your iPod or iPhone does not already come with an iPod/iPhone adapter insert, it is highly recommend you purchase one from the Apple Store for a proper fit.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of Nov. 2010).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info  Track Info
dock connector 3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
clickwheel
color
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
 mini 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB Y N Y Y N N Y
 nano 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
5th Y N Y Y N N Y
6th Y N Y Y N N Y
 touch 1st Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd Y N Y Y N N Y
4th Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G Y N Y Y N N Y
3G Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS Y N Y Y N N Y
4 Y N Y Y N N Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Auxiliary Input: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external device (such as your CD player or MP3 player), so you can listen to audio from the connected device through the system's speakers.

Mix Input: The iYiYi's rear-panel 3.5mm mix input lets you connect your computer's (or other device's) audio output to the unit, so you can hear audio mixed-in with either the tuner, a docked iPod/iPhone, or a connected auxiliary device. The volume level of this input must be adjusted at the source.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi high-fidelity stereo system for iPod includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the stereo speaker system and your docked iPod/iPhone.

Alarm Clock

Digital Clock: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi high-fidelity stereo system for iPod features a blue backlit LCD digital clock display (12-hour).

Alarm: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi features a built-in wake-up timer. When the alarm is set to wake, it will activate the last source and volume level used prior to the iYiYi being turned off. If the iYiYi was last used in auxiliary mode, a beep will sound when alarm activates. The volume level of the beep cannot be changed.

Sleep Timer: The iYiYi can be set to turn 'off' automatically after approximately 20 minutes (fixed).

Power Requirements

Detachable AC Power Cord: The Tivoli Audio iYiYi operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied detachable AC power cord (120V AC - 60Hz/45W).

Power LED: The iYiYi features a front-panel LED which illuminates green when the system's power is 'On'. It briefly glows bright green when receiving a signal from the remote control.

 
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No Adapter for 4th Gen IPod Touch...disappointing!

Written By Jamil A., Duncanville, TX on Sunday, December 26, 2010
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The main reason I purchased this for my daughter was for her to be able to use her 4th generation (latest) IPod Touch with it. But, she is not able to play her new IPod Touch on it. It comes with 7 different adapters for various versions of IPods, but not one for the latest version of IPod Touch.

In the manual Tivoli states that the reason for this exclusion is that all of the new IPod Touches come with the docking station adapter. This is incorrect. I bought a 64GB and a 32GB Touch for my family for Christmas, and neither came with a docking station adapter. This is a small, but important oversight by Tivoli, not a reflection on Crutchfield's service, which is always great.

In the big scheme of things, I suppose this is a minor issue, because I can probably find an adapter somewhere pretty easily. But, for the money I paid, and the disappointment on my daughter's face on Christmas day, will keep me from recommending this product.
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