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Tivoli announces iSongBook stereo and radio

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Tivoli Audio has today announced the iSongBook Portable iPod Music System ($329), a weather-resistant speaker and radio system built specifically for the iPod. Planned for a Holiday 2005 release, the white and gray unit measures 6.2” high by 11” wide and 2.2” deep, and promises high-fidelity stereo sound. It is capable of running off of AC or DC power, or using either alkaline or rechargeable batteries.

 

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According to the company, the iSongBook is “built around our popular portable digital radio” and “introduces a number of firsts in a dedicated ‘Made for iPod’ product.” A flip-down docking station is found to the unit’s left, a detachable speaker to its right, and an backlit clock radio, alarm, and sleep timer are found as parts of its control console. Users can “Wake to iPod, radio, or tone” with the alarm, input from non-iPod devices, and output to headphones. The unit also includes a remote with Album and Playlist controls, integrated cable management, and a built-in charger for NiMH and NiCAD batteries.

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1

Its weather resistant even though the ipod isnt great idea

Posted by j69 on July 15, 2005 at 8:10 PM (CDT)

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Tivoli’s jumping on the bandwagon as well…sell millions of iPods, get all the other electronics manufacturers falling all over themselves for a piece of the pie.  Tivoli makes some fairly decent desktop radios, and unlike a lot of the earlier amplified speaker solutions, offers additional functions that I know I’d find quite appealing.  I like the use of the detachable speaker from the second channel, which makes tailoring the stereophonic imaging a lot easier than with any of the previous single-shell concepts.  But it’s still not for me.  If I really have to have an iPod interface with fixed speakers, I’d rather just use an iCable and interlink with a regular stereo receiver/integrated amp/pre-amp.

Still…I really HAVE been thinking lately about replacing my old, hideously-expensive-but-horribly-outmoded-from-the-day-it-came-off-the-assembly-line Sony alarm clock; instead of the Boston Acoustics table radio I’d been considering, maybe I’ll have to serious look at and listen to this Tivoli…and perhaps save $170 at the same time.

Posted by flatline response on July 15, 2005 at 8:33 PM (CDT)

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well, if this sounds as good as my iPAL (and I’m assuming it would) then I suspect it’ll be a great product. The AM.FM reciever on the PAL radios is amazing, and makes radio sound near CD quality.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on July 17, 2005 at 9:40 PM (CDT)

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“built around our popular portable digital radio

Posted by Magic Rabbits on July 18, 2005 at 4:20 AM (CDT)

5

Is there digital radio that is broadcast like analog? I know XM/Sirius Satellite radio is digital, but I didn’t think there was an earth based digital radio.

Posted by croooow on July 18, 2005 at 10:07 AM (CDT)

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Well in the UK we have something called DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting). It is broadcast as radio signals just like analogue radio, except that it is digitally encoded (don’t know what codec they use) with numerous stations multiplexed together. The DAB radio receiver decodes the digital transmissions and gives you a nice menu so you can select them.

A really interesting thing is that you can buy DAB receivers that have memory, or support for SD memory cards, and can save the incoming digital stream for playback later. This is why I think an iPod-compatible digital radio would be very interesting. It could record the incoming stream directly onto the iPod’s hard drive, for later playback - codec permitting.

Posted by Magic Rabbits on July 19, 2005 at 7:46 AM (CDT)

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“DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting)”

No such animal on this side of the pond, aside from subscription-based satellite radio. To expect the FCC and all these corporate-owned radio stations here in the U.S. to adopt a newer, better standard would be asking way too much.

Posted by flatline response on July 20, 2005 at 4:13 PM (CDT)

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C’mon - what are the specs? Wattage?

Is this potentially a replacement for a tried & true 3-piece Cambridge transportable? I need to light up at least a patio and need more than a tiny, flat little 2W Altec In-motion type with no oomph. Tivoli states the wattage of their Model One radio (20W), which is a reasonable non-stereo (although they do have a 2-piece model which is) substitute for the good small Cambridge 3-piece setup, in a pinch. But they don’t or won’t reveal the power of the iSongBook on their site.

Posted by Tom Meade on October 27, 2005 at 2:36 PM (CDT)

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“digital radio” in this case means digital tuning instead of an analog twist dial. it’s correct there is no us equivalent to DAB, just the two subcribable satellite music providers.  tivoli does have both a table radio and a three-piece unit with satellite radio (sirius), not sure if they sell DAB radios in the UK or, if they do, whether they would bring this piece out with DAB.

Posted by Rodney Farva on November 16, 2005 at 8:27 AM (CST)

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