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TIVOLI AUDIO MODEL ONE DIGITAL EVALUATION: BIG SOUND FROM A SMALL FOOTPRINT


If you took a look at Como Audio's Duetto tabletop radio and couldn't swallow its $399 price, Tivoli Audio's Model One Digital sounds about as great and costs $100 less. The Tivoli does not have a variety of features compared to its rival, however you might not miss them.

Like the Duetto, the Model One Digital is equipped with an FM radio, however it's mainly created for streaming digital music. There's Bluetooth support, of course (although aptX support is noticeable in its lack), or you can link it to your Wi-Fi network and play the music you own through a DLNA server.

There's also support for the majority of the significant streaming services, consisting of Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, and the lesser-known (in the U.S., at least) QQ Music. There's TuneIn support for Web radio stations, but Apple Music is not supported, and neither is Apple's AirPlay innovation.


You control the radio mostly from Tivoli's app, which is readily available on Android and iOS gadgets. You can likewise carry out standard functions with the volume/power knob and the aluminum ring surrounding the radio's 3-inch display. Turning the ring modifications stations and presets on terrestrial radio, and scrolls through playlists on streaming media. Pushing the ring in resumes a stream and pauses.

I anticipated to encounter a bit of play in the larger ring, but the method the volume control knob wiggles under your fingertips feels disappointingly sloppy. The rest of the radio feels so accurate in comparison.


As does Como, Tivoli has its own multi-room audio community, with several other speakers that can be networked and controlled from the app. The Model One Digital has a "party mode" button on its back that can instantly stream the exact same music to all the compatible speakers simultaneously. It's on this point that Tivoli offers a substantial benefit over Como: Purchase Tivoli's $60 ConX, and you can change any speakers into a Tivoli network node. Or you can utilize the exact same gadget to stream music from any audio gadget-- a turntable. That's quite cool.


Functions Como deals that Tivoli does not.

This is a great time to summarize the features that Como Audio consists of in the Duetto that you will not find on Tivoli's radio: I have actually already discussed two of them: aptX codec support and the capability to display album art on the radio itself. The Design One Digital also does not have NFC support, for quick-and-easy Bluetooth pairing; a headphone output; an optical digital audio input, a line-level output (there is an analog Auxiliary input); a USB port for playing music from USB storage, which can also be utilized to power a Chromecast dongle or an Amazon Echo Dot; and hardware radio pre-programmed buttons.


You'll need to choose for yourself, but that's a great deal of features to give up to save a hundred dollars. Luckily for Tivoli, it doesn't compromise audio quality. The small Design One Digital sounds incredible, reproducing music in high fidelity at volume levels that are completely out of proportion to its size: Crisp highs, a distinct midrange, and surprisingly robust bass action, thanks to a 3.5-inch slot port in back. I no longer have the Duetto to make an A/B comparison, but passing memory, I 'd say audio quality is a tossup at worst. Having said that, however, I believe the Duetto makes its price premium.

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