Tivoli Audio PAL Music Playback System Reviewed

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Straight out of the box, the PAL proved itself to be just what it promised: a Tivoli Model One minus dependence on the mains. It's even magnetically shielded. The PAL met its specification of running for nearly 20 hours unplugged, with playback level set at just below half-volume. Crank it up, and it may drop to 6-10 hours. Tuning worked beautifully as per the domestic version.

Aaah, the sound! Since the PAL has a marginally smaller driver and lacks the augmentation of port, the bass is less rich and the sound a shade more forward. I compared PAL with Model One, using plain voice via Radio 2 and orchestral from Classic FM. The marginal loss of low-end extension is truly negligible. Let's put it this way: if you love the Model One, you'll love the PAL. If you don't need portability, though, stick with the Model One (or stereo Model Two), as the PAL sells for 130. Oh, and for those who want to know: yes, the PAL sounds sweeter running off battery rather than off the supplied 12v wall wart!

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HTR Product Rating for Tivoli Audio PAL Music Playback System

Criteria Rating

Performance

3

Value

5

Overall

4

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