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Tivoli Audio PAL

Portable AM/FM radio

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by Ralph Graves
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Simple design, great on-the-go sound
There's an art to simplicity. The Tivoli PAL isn't a complicated machine — it's just one of the best portable radios around. The PAL features a single full-range speaker that delivers big, warm mono sound. There's also an auxiliary input for your iPod®l or smartphone for even more listening options.

High-performance radio
A highly sensitive built-in AM/FM tuner lets you listen to your favorite stations. And that large retro-style analog tuning dial isn't there just for looks. Many digital tuners have a hard time bringing in stations that aren't exactly on the frequency. This is especially true of distant stations, because the signal can drift slightly as it moves through the atmosphere. The PAL's 5-to-1 ratio dial lets you "fine tune" the reception. An LED light changes intensity as you tune, ensuring you get the strongest possible signal.

Made to move
The PAL is designed for travel. Its rubberized exterior is water-resistant, so you can even use it poolside. The PAL's rechargeable battery pack can deliver up to 16 hours of non-stop music. And the FM antenna telescopes neatly into the back of the cabinet, turning the PAL into a compact box you can slip into your backpack or bag.

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Highlights:

  • mono AM/FM radio
  • built-in AM and FM antennas
  • high-performance 2-1/2" driver
  • 5-to-1 ratio analog tuning dial for accurate tuning
  • minijack audio input for connecting an external source like an iPod
  • water-resistant cabinet
  • minijack headphone output
  • rechargeable NiMH battery pack provides up to 16 hours operation
  • AC power adapter
  • 3-11/16"W x 6-3/16"H x 5-15/16"D
  • weight: 2 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Portable AM/FM radio (with telescoping antenna)
  • AC power supply (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Product Registration Card
  • Charging/Cleaning note

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Overview: The Tivoli Audio PAL is a portable, weather resistant AM/FM radio. The PAL radio has a friendly exterior, with its small stance, simple controls, and weather-resistant/rubberized cabinet. The Tivoli Audio PAL offers great AM/FM sound for around the house, in the outdoors, or at office. The PAL also features an auxiliary input and headphone output. The PAL portable radio operates off of battery and AC power.

Radio Functions
Audio Features
Power Requirements

Radio Functions

AM/FM Tuner: The Tivoli Audio PAL is equipped with a Henry Kloss analog AM/FM tuner for precise radio station tuning.

Automatic Frequency Control (AFC): The FM tuner's Automatic Frequency Control (AFC) locks on to the center of the station for the lowest distortion and best reception. The result is better reception with increased clarity on closely-spaced local and far-away stations.

5:1 Analog Tuning Dial: To take full advantage of the AM/FM tuner's high sensitivity and selectivity, the PAL uses a precise analog tuning system with a geared-down 5:1 ratio analog tuning dial for accurate, easy selection of the maximum number of stations. The 5:1 tuning gear ratio provides easy, accurate tuning.

Telescoping FM Antenna: When listening to FM, adjust the radio's telescoping FM antenna and position it for the best reception. The telescoping antenna extends from 4.875" to 21.75".

Note: The telescoping FM antenna has no affect on AM reception.

Built-in AM Antenna: When listening to AM, rotate the PAL itself to align the internal AM antenna for improved reception.

Source Knob: The PAL portable radio is equipped with a 3-position source knob - AM, FM, and Off.

Audio Features

Full-Range Driver: The Tivoli Audio PAL features a single 2.5" treated, magnetically shielded, full-range driver for great AM/FM sound.

Volume Knob: The Tivoli Audio PAL features a rotary volume control knob which operates the volume level for the unit's mono speaker and headphone output.

Water-Resistant Cabinet: The Tivoli Audio PAL's exterior rubber coating is designed to be water resistant and provide a non-slip grip, so you can listen to it outside with no worries.

Note: The PAL is weather resistant, but it is not weather proof. It should not be immersed in water or held under running water. It also should not be exposed to extreme temperatures.

Audio Connections: The PAL AM/FM radio is equipped with a rear-panel auxiliary input and headphone output.

  • Auxiliary Input: The Tivoli Audio PAL features a 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 PAL's mono speaker.
  • Headphone Output: The PAL radio is equipped with a 3.5mm headphone output for connecting a set of stereo headphones for private listening. Connecting headphones will mute the PAL's mono speaker.

Note: You may also record from the PAL's headphone output to a tape-deck or CD recorder; or use it as a high-quality stereo tuner by connecting it to your home entertainment system.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery-Pack: The Tivoli Audio PAL is equipped with a built-in rechargeable NiMH battery-pack (7.2V, 1400-1800mA) which delivers up to 16 hours of playback time. The PAL uses a sealed battery-pack of 6 high-capacity Nick Metal Hydride (NiMH) cells. NiMH batteries have no memory effect and provide a longer operating time.

Note: The built-in rechargeable battery should be charged before initial use.

AC Power Adapter: In addition, to the PAL radio's built-in NiMH battery-pack, the unit can operate off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter (Input: 120V/60Hz, Output: 12V/500mA). The AC power adapter also charges the radio's battery.

Charging Modes: The Tivoli Audio PAL features two charging modes based on whether the unit is turned 'On' or 'Off'.

  • Fast Charge: With the PAL turned 'Off', but plugged in (from full discharge), the battery-pack will be completely charged within approximately 3.5 hours.
  • Trickle Charge: With the PAL 'On' and plugged in (form full discharge), the battery-pack will be completely charged in approximately 24 hours.

Note: It may take up to 4 charge/discharge cycles before the battery-pack is operating at full capacity.

Front-Panel LED: The front-panel green LED serves both as a power indicator, as well as battery power and charge status indicator.

Low Battery Status: The unit's front-panel LED will blink rapidly to indicate the batteries are in need of being recharged. The remaining playback time from the moment the blinking begins until the PAL shuts-off is estimated between 20 minutes and several hours.

Battery Replacement: Replacement battery packs may be purchased directly from Tivoli Audio.

 
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4 out of 5

versatile performer

Written By ChetE, DelCo., PA on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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The Tivoli PAL radio is a terrific audio device with multiple applications. I use it as a powered speaker to play music files through my laptop; it's with me in the kitchen playing NPR while I prep dinner; on vaction, I will have it by the campfire so I can listen to ball games. Also, when big storms roll through this summer, I will have a reliable battery powered radio when the electricity goes out. The sound quality and the OTA reception are first rate.
Pros:
versatile good sound quality for size good OTA reception
Cons:
expensive
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5 out of 5

little guy with rich sound & long charge

Written By Rick, Le Sueur, MN on Friday, June 29, 2012
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GREAT radio. Overall sound richness and volume is impressive with such a small unit (deep sound, not tinny)!! Turn the volume to the max and it doesnt distort - its balanced nicely. Absolutely perfect for the back porch, around the fire pit, beach, etc. Battery longevity after charging is impressive. And I love old time "dial in tuning" - remember when you would dial in to find the sweet spot on your favorite station as far as reception - this unit allows you to do so for terrific reception (heck with that digital tuning stuff that is hit and miss on further out stations). Nice product!
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5 out of 5

low volume listening

Written By garyf, Westminster, Vermont on Monday, June 27, 2011
 
I woudnt change a thing about this radio. The tone is beautiful and even at low volume you can clearly pick out each instrument. Its not a boom box and wasnt meant to be. Its a great bedside radio which is what I use it for mostly but I also use it in the kitchen and bathroom. Easy to carry around and use on battery power all day and plug in at night.

You wont be sorry you bought this radio.
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