Well, here's my very biased opinion, as I respect, like, and relish Tivoli design—I love the bloody thing! That was easy...

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on October 30, 2006 at 4:51 PM (PDT) Comment 1

I am sure Kloss is rolling over in his grave. Inelegant only begins to describe this and pretty much every product coming from Tivoli nowadays. I am sure they are switching to these plastic monsters to try and save a few bucks...

Posted by akatsuki on October 30, 2006 at 6:31 PM (PDT) Comment 2

I still love my iPAL. I'd be interested in hearing this though. I love the way Tivoli radios sound. (A shame they wouldn't do this with a wood finish cabinet though.)

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen on October 30, 2006 at 6:45 PM (PDT) Comment 3

There have been many products from Tivoli Audio that I have lusted after, but this certainly isn't one. I can't even imagine how good this would have to sound for me to put one in my home.

Posted by steve1911 on October 30, 2006 at 7:07 PM (PDT) Comment 4

iPal- cool.

iYiYi- FUGLY. Not so cool.

Posted by mraarons on October 30, 2006 at 11:29 PM (PDT) Comment 5

Why is it that I think iYiYi is a more than apt name for this thing?

At least I certainly hope this thing is sonically better than the last iPod-friendly Tivoli I tried and then promptly barfed on, the iSongBook. I still cringe over remembering the nasal-congested nonsense that Tivoli loosely classifies as audio quality that spewed out of that one.

Posted by flatline response on October 31, 2006 at 2:52 AM (PDT) Comment 6

Big and clunky like an old shortwave radio (except bigger!), will probably have the added bonus of being really really expensive too!

Posted by DaveK on October 31, 2006 at 9:58 AM (PDT) Comment 7

Looks like fun, but I don't know if it is really more fun than a SoundDock. I have 2 Tivoli radios, a Model One and a PAL and frankly I don't know how they wind up with such hyperbolic praise. Yes, they are nice radios with decent sound, but reviews would have you believe that they are holy grails of audio.

The Model One is chesty and boomy in most locations, and I have grown very tired of it. Reception is frequently marred with multipath issues even here in the city. The PAL is a great iPod accessory but it produces a relatively small sound field only suitable for close range listening in mono. Bass? Keep dreaming.

Frankly my Bose Wave CD/radio clobbers them both for reception, volume and audio quality. I might buy more Bose stuff but for now I am done with Tivoli.

Posted by BradPDX on October 31, 2006 at 1:53 PM (PDT) Comment 8

Shame that the nice design and use of wood of the older Model One (which I preferred to the Bose Wave) has been forsaken for the fugliness of the curent design.

This product should be so much better.

Posted by mattwardfh on October 31, 2006 at 4:08 PM (PDT) Comment 9

Jon Schwartz from Tivoli Audio here. I thought these comments from Peter Skiera Tivoli Audio's Senior Product Manager may be of interest:
Many thanks to iLounge for its generally favorable review of our new iYiYi high fidelity stereo system for iPod.

The iYiYi system's appearance was designed from the outset to compliment the high gloss black and white finish of the iPod. Tivoli did not forsake wood for plastic. All of our other radio models are compatible with iPod, including the just-released, hand-lacquered Music System, if a wood-bodied product is desired.

Tivoli Audio has consistently forsaken tone controls to avoid their clumsy affect on sound quality, thus allowing users to enjoy the sound we designed straight out of the box. The iYiYi system's full range drivers with dedicated amplifiers produce a satisfying sound across the musical spectrum, avoiding the holes in response typical of multi-driver systems with crossovers. As the iPod includes an extensive user-adjustable EQ, listeners can additionally tailor the sound of their music through their iPod without affecting the sound of the iYiYi system's other sources.

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Posted by JonSchwartz on November 14, 2006 at 4:02 AM (PDT) Comment 10

Jon Schwartz from Tivoli Audio posting continuation from prior comment above:

The simple design of the user controls make them much more intuitive to see and use. There are no menus to navigate through. The iYiYi system also uses an internal transformer, as opposed to a larger than brick-sized external power supply that is not only bulky, but could negatively affect radio reception. A stereo headphone output and mixing input were lacking on other systems. Also on board is interstation muting while tuning, which the other systems did not provide. On the AM band, the iYiYi system includes a large, internal ferrite rod antenna that allows it to receive at least as many stations as other systems with an external antenna.

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Posted by JonSchwartz on November 14, 2006 at 4:08 AM (PDT) Comment 11
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