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Tivoli iSongBook now available in black

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2006
News Categories: iPod Accessories

imageTivoli has introduced a new black version of its iSongBook portable music system for iPods. The iSongBook (iLounge Rating: B+) features a flip-down dock with Apple’s Universal Docking Station inserts, user-positionable stereo speakers, and remote control. The $330 portable system also has an AM/FM tuner, 5 station presets, blue backlit LCD display, and a digital clock with sleep timer and alarm. The black iSongBook is scheduled to ship on January 23.

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1

This looks way better than that white/silver version. Although I still prefer the PAL models (including the not-so-cleverly-named iPAL) over the SongBook.

Still, Tivoli has great sound and it’s really a great product.

Posted by Moose on January 18, 2006 at 9:13 PM (PDT)

2

Shame the ipod mount is white…Kind of ruins the effect

Posted by peter on January 19, 2006 at 4:11 AM (PDT)

3

But can you connect it to your computer?

Posted by Adrian von Gegerfelt on January 19, 2006 at 4:53 AM (PDT)

4

The iPod mount being white is Apple’s fault, not Tivoli’s. Even with the black iPods, Apple ships white universal mounts (and of course white earbuds).

Posted by Rockr on January 19, 2006 at 3:15 PM (PDT)

5

But can you connect it to your computer?<i>

Why would you want to?  It’s a (glorified) clock radio, meant primarily—though not exclusively—for your nightstand, and not as a computer accessory.

Even though it’s from Tivoli and I had high hopes for it, I don’t think the iSongBook sounds all that good <i>at all, regardless of whether it comes in black or white.

Posted by flatline response on January 21, 2006 at 5:32 AM (PDT)

6

Peter, the iPod mount is actually silver (I clarified this with Tivoli). I have a white one, and it sounds just fine - I guess it depends upon what you are comparing it to.  It is light on the bass, but you get good stereo separation with the detachable speaker.  A little heavy and must be placed on a flat surface, my only complaints.

Posted by runningman on January 21, 2006 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

7

Yes, you can connect it to your computer, or non-iPod mp3 player, or whatever, via the Auxt in plug in the back.  When there’s something plugged in there, and no iPod in the dock, the iPod setting = aux in selected.

Why would you want to do that?  Because it sounds a lot better than my ThinkPad’s tiny speakers, that’s why.

It’s not cheap, but the sound is great, FM tuner is good (although Tivoli’s Model One tuner is still better) iPod integration is great, and it’s very portable.

Posted by altcountryman on January 21, 2006 at 4:09 PM (PDT)

8

i purchased the black iHome and returned it less than 24 hours later. it just didn’t sound great, the buttons were annoying, and it felt very cheaply made.

so, i purchased the black iSongbook. it cost about $350 (with tax). i absolutely love it, but it is not free of complaint.

- there’s no Balance knob for left/right channels. why?

- um… bass? BASS?

- no built in EQ. i know the iPod has it, but what about for the radio or Aux CD or something?

- the remote is slightly less fragile than a Saltine cracker.

- the unit is designed to be placed flush against a wall… but only if you wish to use batteries with it. see, if you wish to use the AC adapter, the jack is in the back of the unit, causing the unit to be moved 3/4-inch away from the wall, which leads to…...

- ....the unit easily falls forward, especially when you remove the iPod (if you’re not careful).

so far, i’m happy with my purchase decision. it was a lot of money to spend on such a trivial device. i have the inMotion upstairs and wanted this for the kitchen. it works perfectly for that area.

it’s a well-made device that has a good, sturdy ruggedness to it. i feel confident it was last a long time.

just my two cents!

Posted by Fizz on March 27, 2006 at 5:38 PM (PDT)

9

Also from my side: A big warning for purchasing this rubbish.  I can’t believe that this ghetto-blaster get so many good tests.  The sound is dull and without brilliance. Inside working 2 cheap standard speaker with 8cm diameter and a micro magnet! All is assembled in CHINA. Why they asked for this money? The price / performance ratio is very bad!  Only design and quality of material and assembling have to get a + the rest is more than bad!

Posted by Lorenz on April 16, 2007 at 6:02 AM (PDT)

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