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Tivoli Audio iPAL

AM/FM portable radio and powered speaker for iPod® (Gloss Black)

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    Gloss Black

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    Gloss Black, back

  • Tivoli Audio iPAL

    Gloss Black, back w/antenna extended

Item# 582PALIPLB
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Great on-the-go sound from your iPod
The Tivoli iPal is aptly named — it could quickly become your iPod's best friend when you're on the go. The portable iPal features a single full-range speaker that delivers spacious, warm mono sound. Just use the provided minijack cable to connect your player's headphone jack to iPal's auxiliary input, and you're ready to party.

High-performance radio
A highly sensitive built-in AM/FM tuner lets you listen to your favorite stations for even more entertainment variety. 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 iPal'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 iPal is built to travel. The rubberized exterior ensures the case remains water-resistant, so you can even use it poolside. The iPal's rechargeable battery pack can deliver up to sixteen hours of non-stop music. And the FM antenna telescopes neatly into the back of the cabinet, turning the iPal into a compact box, ready to slip into your backpack or bag.

Highlights:

  • mono AM/FM radio
  • minijack audio input for connecting an external source like an MP3 player (cable included)
  • built-in AM and FM antennas
  • high-performance 2-1/2" driver
  • 5-to-1 ratio analog tuning dial for accurate tuning
  • 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
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  • Portable AM/FM radio (with telescoping antenna)
  • AC power supply (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • 43" Stereo minijack cable
  • Owner's Manual
  • Product Registration Card
  • Charging/Cleaning note

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

Note: The Tivoli Audio iPAL is available in a Gloss Black or White/Silver finish.

Radio Functions
Audio Features
Power Requirements

Radio Functions

AM/FM Tuner: The Tivoli Audio iPAL 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 iPAL 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 iPAL itself to align the internal AM antenna for improved reception.

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

Audio Features

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

Volume Knob: The Tivoli Audio iPAL 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 iPAL's water-resistant painted cabinet lets you listen to the radio outdoors with no worries.

Note: The iPAL 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 iPAL AM/FM radio is equipped with a rear-panel auxiliary input and headphone output.

  • Auxiliary Input: The Tivoli Audio iPAL 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 iPAL's mono speaker. A 43" stereo minijack cable is included.
  • Headphone Output: The iPAL radio is equipped with a 3.5mm headphone output for connecting a set of stereo headphones for private listening. Connecting headphones will mute the iPAL's mono speaker.

Note: You may also record from the iPAL'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 iPAL is equipped with a built-in rechargeable NiMH battery-pack (7.2V, 1400-1800mA) which delivers up to 16 hours of playback time. The iPAL 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 iPAL 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 iPAL features two charging modes based on whether the unit is turned 'On' or 'Off'.

  • Fast Charge: With the iPAL turned 'Off', but plugged in (from full discharge), the battery-pack will be completely charged within approximately 3.5 hours.
  • Trickle Charge: With the iPAL '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 iPAL 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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audio ipal

Written By Mike, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 10, 2012
 
I have had this little radio ( but not little in sound quality) for almost eight years now, and it is still going strong. i came to the site because i want to purchase another for my daughter.
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