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Tivoli Audio PAL Music Playback System Reviewed

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Performance
3 Stars
Value
5 Stars
Overall
4 Stars

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Damn, is this thing cute!!!! Tivoli Audio has followed the magnificent Kloss Model One table top radio with its portable equivalent, the PAL, and it's, it's - I don't know - effin' PERFECT!!!! Forgive my exuberance, but I go all warm and fuzzy when Sam, our 12-year-old, grudgingly issues even a sotto voce 'Cool' upon espying whatever I'm reviewing that day. He took one look at the PAL, gave it the current street-cred blessing, and then went back to his GameBoy.

Imagine the Model One upended, wooden sleeve removed and size reduced fractionally to 3.75x4.5x6.1in (WDH) including the knobs. The layout, turned 90 degrees, is identical to the Model One's, with one omission: to save battery life, there is no tuning light, only a green LED to indicate on/off and the state of the battery. It blinks when the battery is running down or being charged. At the back is a telescoping aerial, and - for moisture resistance - covered sockets for auxiliary, headphones and mains adaptor inputs. Although this is mono through the speaker, plug in headphones and you're listening to damned fine stereo playback!

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Moisture resistance carries over to the finish, a rubbery coating reminiscent of the 'dead skin' coverings now used on cameras. To facilitate handling, there are indents on the sides. The only downer is that, in dark colours, the PAL shows finger grease, but it is washable with a damp cloth. The review sample arrived in fetching shade of ca-ca brown. Don't worry: there are seven other less nauseating colours.
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