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Tivoli Audio PAL® BT

Portable AM/FM radio with Bluetooth® audio streaming (Gloss White/White)

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    Gloss White/White

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    Gloss White/White - front

Item #: 582PALBTGR
 

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Tivoli Audio PAL BT

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A portable speaker that delivers

The portable Tivoli PAL BT is a compact, elegantly simple device that delivers big on audio entertainment options. It features an AM/FM tuner, as well as a Bluetooth receiver. That means you can listen to the broadcast of the big game, then enjoy music from your smartphone — without having to make a single cable connection. A built-in long-throw mono speaker delivers warm, clear sound with plenty of detail.

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. The PAL BT's 5-to-1 ratio dial lets you "fine tune" the reception by slowly dialing it in. An LED light changes intensity as you tune, ensuring you get the strongest possible signal.

Bluetooth convenience

Rather hear your own music instead of the radio? No problem. The PAL BT lets you make a wireless Bluetooth connection from your smartphone, tablet or other portable player.

Made for travel

The PAL BT'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 BY 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
  • streams audio from Bluetooth-enabled devices like smartphones and tablets
  • high-performance 2-1/2" long-throw driver
  • 5-to-1 ratio analog tuning dial for accurate tuning
  • minijack audio input for connecting a non-Bluetooth portable player
  • minijack headphone output
  • rechargeable NiMH battery pack provides up to 16 hours operation
  • 3-11/16"W x 6-3/16"H x 5-15/16"D
  • AC power adapter
  • weight: 2 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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

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Features

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

Full-Range Mono Driver: The Tivoli Audio PAL features a single 2.5" treated, long-throw, full-range driver and acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet for great sound.

Henry Kloss Analog AM/FM Tuner w/ 5:1 Analog Tuning Dial: The Tivoli Audio PAL BT is equipped with a Henry Kloss analog AM/FM tuner for precise radio station tuning. 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. 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. 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". When listening to AM, rotate the PAL itself to align the internal AM antenna for improved reception.

Built-in Bluetooth (A2DP): The Tivoli Audio PAL BT offers built-in Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR technology with advanced A2DP profile for high-quality wireless audio streaming from your Bluetooth-enabled device; such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, laptop, or other device. The PAL BT also incorporates Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) which result in low-to-no noise interference with other wireless devices. You will continue to control playback of your Bluetooth connected device from the device, itself (not the PAL BT). You can pair up to 8 Bluetooth-enabled devices, but only one can be used at a time.

Notes: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the PAL BT.

Audio Connections: The PAL BT is equipped with a rear-panel auxiliary input and headphone output.

  • Auxiliary Input: The unit 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 BT's mono speaker.
  • Headphone Output: The 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 BT's mono speaker.

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

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

Rechargeable Battery-Pack: The Tivoli Audio PAL BT is equipped with a built-in rechargeable NiMH battery-pack which delivers up to 16 hours of playback time. The included AC power adapter charges the radio's battery, as well as provides a power source. The unit offers two charging modes based on whether the unit is turned 'On' or 'Off'.

  • Fast Charge: With the PAL BT 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 BT 'On' and plugged in (form full discharge), the battery-pack will be completely charged in approximately 24 hours.

Front-Panel LED: The front-panel green LED serves both as a power indicator, as well as battery power and charge status indicator. 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 BT shuts-off is estimated between 20 minutes and several hours.

 
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4 out of 5

PAL BT

Written By Seth, Wichita, KS on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
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This is a good portable radio. Reception is excellent, both am and fm. The sound is very full and the bass surprisingly low for such a small unit. It can get loud without distortion. The battery lasts for hours just as the manufacturer claims. I can take it to and from work and still get good reception wherever I'm listening. My only nitpick would be the blue tooth connection. I have had to turn the knob from off to BT a couple of times to get it to connect to an iphone. This is not a huge deal just takes a little extra time. When connected the sound is better than other wireless bluetooth speakers I have heard. It's a little pricey but well built.
Pros:
Good sound, good battery life. Crutchfield always ships quality products.
Cons:
The bluetooth can be a little finicky.
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1 out of 5

Major Dissapointment

Written By Anonymous, LI, NY on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
 
Purchased the PAL Bt in the fall when I had my iPhone 5. Unit worked great. As soon as I switched to the iPhone 5S it has been a disaster. It stopped linking. Called Tivoli and they said Apple made changes and they could not guarantee that it would ever work like it did with my old phone. They said they could only "improve" the performance if I shipped it back to them which I did. After receiving it the radio still will not auto connect. When I manually connect it may work on the first try, sometimes the fourth try, and sometimes not at all! Tivoli's excuse I mean solution is for me ship it back again! Really how many iterations is fair on an expensive radio before the best solution is to chalk it up as a new paperweight and move on. Needless to say given my experience, and it may just be my unit, and the fact that there are so many other exceptional vendors this will be my first and last Tivoli product. Oh and the new undocumented feature is the battery now lasts for less than 1 minute. Can't wait to call Tivoli about that.
Pros:
Nice Design.
Cons:
Not designed/engineered to be technically relevant over time.
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5 out of 5

PAL (BT)

Written By Rick, Gaithersburg, MD on Sunday, December 29, 2013
 
love it!
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5 out of 5

TIvoli BT Pal

Written By J., Williamsburg Va on Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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The Tivoli Audio PAL BT is everything you want it to be -- easy to use, clear, deep sound (for all kinds of music: Christmas, Classical, Rock, and Pop). Played off an iphone seconds after opening it for Christmas with no fuss. Plays sound from youtube videos and netflix streamed films. Works from distance; perfect indoors and out. Get it in a bright color -- it deserves to be recognized (it's about the size of your hand).
Pros:
Sound, simplicity, size.
Cons:
Price -- $50 less would be great. But, you forget the price five seconds after you hear it.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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