Where performance and simplicity are paramount but space is sparse, the Tivoli Audio Model One mono table radio fits the bill. With just three knobs, it is the antithesis of today's ever more complex electronic products. But behind the Model One's simple, innocent appearance, hides a multitude of technology facilitating higher sound reproduction and better reception over anything else near it in size or cost.
The furniture-grade, handmade wood cabinet is not just for appearance sake, but also doubles as an acoustically inert housing. A heavy-magnet, long-throw 3-inch driver is allied with a multi-stage frequency contouring circuit that adjusts the speaker's output over half-octave increments. The result is musically accurate tonal balance and bass response.
Instead of a standard, off-the-shelf integrated circuit, the Model One uses a state of the art, discrete-component FM tuner featuring GaAs MES-FET mixers. Originally developed for cellular telephones, the Model One was the first radio to adopt this technology for better FM reception and increased clarity on closely spaced stations.
Discovering those stations is a joy thanks to the large analog tuning knob. Its geared-down 5:1 tuning ratio permits easy and accurate tuning. The amber tuning indicator lets you know when you've achieved proper tuning. Built-in AM and FM antennas provide satisfying reception, while a rear 75-ohm jack allows connection of an external FM antenna in difficult reception areas. Also provided is a headphone jack, auxiliary input to connect a portable CD player or other device, and a record output for recording, or to use the Model One as a high-quality outboard tuner.
Stereophile magazine lists the Model One as a Recommended Component and declared it has "a richness, a warmth, a generosity of tone, and a clarity that made for enjoyable listening." MSNBC advises, "If you're looking for the best sounding AM/FM table radio ever made, then you should check out Henry Kloss' latest and greatest invention - the Model One." The Model One has made numerous appearances including NBC's today show and an MTV music video. Henry said his Model One was "the culmination of more than 40 years of bringing music into people's homes via products they tend to keep and enjoy." With external FM antenna and 9 foot power cord included. These radios have been discontinued by Universal Radio, but are available elsewhere.
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