RADIO & SMART SPEAKERS FROM TIVOLI
30th July 2021
This month, Tivoli Audio offers three new smart speaker/radios: the Generation 2 Music System Home, Gen 2 Model One Digital and new Model One+ DAB radio
For the Gen 2 Music System Home and Model One Digital designs, Tivoli is adding Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2 built-in alongside DAB/FM radio and Bluetooth.
The Gen 2 models will stream audio from all Airplay 2 and Google Chromecast supported apps such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, TuneIn, etc. Meanwhile, the new Model One+ adds DAB/DAB+.
MUSIC SYSTEM HOME GENERATION 2
This one includes “furniture grade” wood cabinet. That apparently means the highest grade of wood suitable to cabinets like these and aluminium panels front and back.
You’re given a four-driver configuration. That means two 3.5-inch woofers and two 0.75-inch tweeters driven by four amplifiers (two 8W and two 20W).
You get play, pause, skip tracks or change station controls with one push/rotary dial to select a source and adjust the volume.
When you stream app-based services via Wi-Fi, you can use your phone as a remote control. For everything else, you need to press the nav controls and presets on the supplied remote.
Optical input or Wi-Fi options will support video, the 3.5mm auxiliary input will connect wired audio devices, and an Ethernet port allows connection to a wired home network. Automatic firmware updates are part of the package.
MODEL ONE DIGITAL GENERATION 2
A smart radio supporting the usual music services via smartphone control, it has built-in support for Chromecast and Airplay, as well as Bluetooth and a choice of FM/DAB radio.
Finish combines eco-friendly fabric with a sealed furniture-grade wood cabinet and aluminium front fascia/controls.
Power arrives via a class A-B amp driving a single long-throw 3.5-inch full-range driver.
Operation is via push/rotary controls, that smartphone I mentioned or the supplied remote. You get the same 3.5mm auxiliary input and automatic firmware updates.
This also arrives in a hand-made ported wood cabinet, a single large tuning dial joins source-select and volume controls. Five preset buttons and a scan button are included, while a single top-firing, long-throw, DSP controlled driver pushes out the sound.
The radio is supplied with a remote, which allows access to additional features, such as alarm clock and display settings.
The Model One+ offers DAB/DAB+/FM radio as well as Bluetooth connectivity.
For wired listening, there is an auxiliary line input and headphone output.
Music System Home Gen 2 (Black Ash/Black; Walnut/Grey or White/Grey finishes): £799
Model One Digital Gen 2 (Black Ash/Black; Walnut/Grey; White/Grey finishes): £299
Model One+ (Walnut/Beige; Grey/White; Oak/Black finishes): £219
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