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Tivoli Audio Model One

Henry Kloss table radio (Walnut/Beige)

10 Reviews

Item # 582MODEL1W

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Overview

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Remember the great-sounding, beautifully designed radios you listened to 30 years ago? The late Henry Kloss, audio pioneer and the designer directly responsible for many of the radios we loved, brings that timeless, sound-focused style back, with the Model One table radio.

Remember the great-sounding, beautifully designed radios you listened to 30 years ago? The late Henry Kloss, audio pioneer and the designer directly responsible for many of the radios we loved, brings that timeless, sound-focused style back, with the Model One table radio.

The 3-inch speaker handles highs, mids, and lows with amazing ease. It's mono — rather than cram two tiny, cheap speakers into one small enclosure, Kloss prefers to provide crisp, rich sound from a single, well-designed speaker. You won't believe how good it sounds!

High signal sensitivity is achieved with a discrete-component FM tuner featuring the same innovative signal-detection technology found in cellular phones. The large analog tuning dial is geared down to a 5:1 ratio, so that turning the knob results in smaller, more precise movements of the tuning mechanism. Stations come in loud and gorgeously clear!

The design is the finishing touch. The small, solidly built wood cabinet offers classic looks and impressively clean sound. Plus, the simple colors complement any decor. (Available in walnut with a beige face, cherry with a cobalt blue face, maple with a hunter green face, or white with a silver face). Just put it down, plug it in, and enjoy.

Product Highlights:

  • mono AM/FM table radio
  • built-in AM and FM antennas
  • 5:1 ratio analog tuning knob
  • green LED glows when station is tuned on center
  • 3" driver
  • minijack audio input for connecting external source
  • minijack audio output
  • mini headphone output
  • built-in AC power supply
  • 12-volt jack for use in a camper, car, or boat (adapter not included)
  • 8-3/8"W x 4-9/16"H x 7-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Mono AM/FM tabletop radio with analog tuning
  • 9.16' AC cord
  • FM wire antenna with non-threaded "F" type connector
  • two self-adhesive clips for wire antenna
  • owner's manual
  • safety instruction sheet
  • customer information/survey card
Reviews

Tivoli Audio Model One Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(10 Reviews)

Impressive

Jon from League City, Texas on 1/21/2008

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Outstanding sound quality for such a small package. We were impressed enough by this product that we will be purchasing the alarm clock version (with the added second speaker/alarm control for second nightstand) for our master bedroom. Good value for the dollar? Well, not so much in my opinion. Seeing that it was manufactured in China, I know from work experience that the cost of manufacturing the product is well below the selling price and the cost of research has long been paid for. Even with that, we would still buy another. Similar sound quality radios can cost much more than this particular product. Reception quality is what was expected. While urban areas are saturated with radio signal, intermodulation and "picket fencing" can affect reception. The addition of the small wire antenna increased clarity for our particular application.

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AM Reception Needs Improvement

cathy from Albany, NY on 1/22/2007

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We have a portable Tivoli radio and are very happy with it. I bought the Tivoli Model One radio for my mother for Christmas - she listens only to AM radio. Unfortunately, the radio doesn't pick up any of the stations she listens to, in fact it only picked up 2 AM stations. She lives in an urban area - so that's no the problem. The radio she currently uses is a cheap, 20 year old model and the reception is much better than the Tivoli. I'm very disappointed in this radio, plus it turned out to be a lousy Christmas present. I'm giving it a 2 only because the FM sound is good.

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Almost Perfect

Anonymous from Harlingen, Texas on 10/26/2006

I currently have three of these radios in three different locations (TX, MD, WI), plus two other Tivoli models --Songbook and Pal.<BR><BR>I do wish the receiver were more sensitive. As someone else has pointed out, if you are in the sticks reception isn't great unless you use an external antenna. The sound quality, however, more than makes up for the average sensitivity.<BR><BR>The only worry I have is that my oldest unit -- about 4 years old (or whenever they were first introduced) -- has some dial noise. That is, when turning the volume or tuning dial there will be some scratchy noise caused by the turning. I assume it is due to minor corrosion of the contacting sufaces. I'm sure this could be remedied by spraying some tuner cleaner on the surfaces, but that would require taking the cabinet off, and I'm lazy.<BR><BR>Despite the above, it is the best straight-forward AM/FM radio I've owned in my forty years of radio listening.<BR><BR>It is not made in the U.S.A. It is made in good ole PRC (China).

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Top Notch....

kensley from Cocoa, Florida on 10/11/2006

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This is an excellent radio. I bought one as a gift last year for someone and they love it. This is my second Model One and this time it's for me. It is perfect for an office or small room. The sound and reception are both very good. As always, Crutchfield did a great job with fast shipping and great products!

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Great Little Radio with Great Big Sound

Howard from Long Island, NY on 9/19/2006

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I rec'd this radio from Crutchfield last week and all I can say is WOW! I purchased this for our new kitchen (the green even matches our decor, I digress) because we installed a Sony under-cabinet radio which sounded terrible and had poor reception. My wife's first comment was how small it was. But, once we plugged it we were both blown away by the clarity and fullness of the sound. It is simply amazing. Adding the included external FM antenna brought in near and distant stations crisp and clear, without any static. We both love the simplicity of the Tivoli's design and operation. There is something so nice about the retro type controls and analog tuning. Just a selector switch, volume control and tuner is all that is needed. The sound is so realistic and perfect that tone controls are unnecessary. There are inputs and outputs so I can actually play my iPod through it. A truly beautifully designed radio with great build quality and big audiophile sound. And did I mention that it is actually made in the good ole' USA. I highly recommend it, and at this price it is a steal - buy it.

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Great little radio

MC from Baltimore MD on 7/19/2006

I bought this little radio for a friend and have had several opportunities to appreciate it myself. It is a good value for the price and looks and sounds great. <BR><BR>FM sensitivity is adequate for local stations if one plays with the antenna; I haven't tried it with AM stations.<BR><BR>It's a good choice for someone who wants a simple, attractive, good-sounding radio without bells and whistles. The auxiliary input is a nice little extra feature for connecting a CD or MP3 player. Very nice!

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Great little radio AAAA++++

ratcity from Seattle, Washington on 4/7/2006

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I bought this radio because my wife could not pick up a FM station were she works from other radios. We bought two differant radios and she could not get a clear signal from all the florissant lighting. So I read that this radio had an FM external antenna and a very good tuner. My wife pluged this radio in a put the antenna up in her office and has never had such good reception.<BR>Also,Crutchfield was cheaper then anyone else in town. Even with shipping.

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Great Sound/Mediocre Reception

Bob from Ulysses, KS on 3/23/2006

I also work in radio. I bought this because it claimed to be a "super receiver". It is not. If you truly live in the sticks and are hoping to pick-up some of the fringe stations, you are better off with a cheap radio.<BR>It does have exceptional sound for its size, and the quality of the components is impeccable. I bought it for my parents and every radio they owned and every radio I owned picked up more stations than this. If you are listening to the average local stations you will love this. But, like I say, if you are hoping it will improve reception of some of the fringe stations that are weak on your normal radio, this will not get it done. I hate to berate any product, but I do know a thing or two about radio reception and what a "good" reciever will pick up. This didn't get the job done. I will also repeat that the product is of the highest quality, and has great sound.<BR><BR>I returned the radio with no problem. I love Crutchfield, their products are high quality, their salespeople are knowledgeable, a return is never a problem, and Crutchfield is MY Electronics Store.

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Very Simple, Very Good

William from Milford, MI on 2/9/2006

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If you are looking for a radio that does it's job well without all of the unnecessary bells and whistles, then this is the one for you. I bought it for my wife for Christmas and she thought I spent way too much until she plugged it in and heard the wonderful sound. The cheaper radios from Best Buy, Target, and other discount stores just don't compare. The rich sound allows you to listen for hours without fatigue. The ported enclosure does get a bit boomy at times but you quickly overlook that to get such a big sound out of such a small package. Having only the most basic of analog controls reiterates that this radio is designed to do only one thing, and do it very well. Highly recommended!

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Much better than the expen$ive brand - for 1/4 the money

Don T from Ft Walton Bch, FL on 5/21/2005

Let me first start off by saying that having worked in the radio/recording industry for 25 years and realizing the quality of any sound producing device is purely subjective, I must claim that this is the best radio receiver you can buy for the money. Nothing against the expensive brands, (I've heard both with a critical ear) but the technology that Kloss insists on integrating into both Models 1 and 2 is remarkable at 1/4 the price, and the sound quality towers over the expensive brand. The sensitivity of the reciever is supurb and the analog tuning is a breeze. Going on two years, my Kloss continues to impress daily. And the retro style, simply awesome.

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Overview

This unit is a small, tabletop mono FM/AM radio designed and engineered by Henry Kloss, who is a legendary inventor and audio designer. It is easy to use, it provides very good sound quality, and it has the ability to pick up more radio stations than typical table top FM/AM radios.

Features

Cabinet: This unit has a real walnut cabinet and a beige face plate.

FM Tuner: This unit uses a discrete-component FM tuner with GaAs MES-FET mixers for better reception with increased clarity on closely-spaced local and far-away stations.  The tuner is an analog tuner which uses a geared-down tuning dial for accurate, easy selection of the maximum number of stations. 

Speaker: This unit uses a heavy-magnet, 3", long-throw speaker in a ported enclosure design (the port opening is on the bottom of the unit).

12 volt jack: The unit has a 12 volt jack on the back (12-16VDC, tip positive) allows you to use a separate DC power supply (not included) for portable use of the unit in cars, campers, etc.  Note that it requires 0.8AMP minimum for proper operation.

Controls and Connections

Front of unit:

  • Volume control: rotary volume knob
  • Power light: green LED illuminates when power is on
  • Tuning indicator: amber LED which appears brightest when best tuning is achieved.
  • On/Source knob: can be set to Off (turns the unit off), FM or AM
  • Tuning Dial: A large, geared-down tuning dial which changes frequency when it is turned to the left or right.  FM frequencies are marked on the top of the dial from 88 to 108 MHz and AM frequencies are marked on the bottom of the dial from 550 to 1700 kHz

Rear of unit:

  • Internal/external antenna switch: This unit includes built-in AM and FM antennas.  If desired, this switch can be set to external antenna for improved FM reception.
  • External Antenna input: Threaded "F" type connector (75 ohm) for use with the supplied wire antenna or other external FM antenna.
  • AC jack: Used to connect the supplied AC cord.
  • Aux input: This minijack input allows you to connect an optional external source such as a CD player. When a cable is plugged into the Aux input, this unit automatically switches to the external source, and the audio from the external source will be in mono.
  • Headphone output: Minijack output.  When headphones are connected, the unit's speaker will automatically turn off.  Although this is a mono output, it will provide mono sound to both earpieces of stereo headphones.
  • Rec out: Mini jack output allows you to use the tuner in this unit as a separate tuner by connecting it to an input on an optional receiver, powered speakers, etc. or to record by connecting the unit to a recorder.  Note that the signal put out by this unit is mono.
  • 12-16 VDC input: Allows you to operate this unit from an optional DC Power supply

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