It’s a sign of the times that internet radio is gaining ground and many people own systems without even knowing it. Any iPhone or Android smartphone is internet radio enabled and can send wireless internet radio around the house, streaming free global stations via Wi-Fi or 3G. The Tivoli Model One BT and Tivoli PAL BT have harnessed the power of internet radio via a smartphone or tablet and bypassed DAB completely, featuring a standard FM tuner for back up. Naturally, Bluetooth is able to send your iTunes and Spotify music to both radios too. And we love the way the retro dials of both models simply say ‘BT’ for Bluetooth: hassle-free tech at its best.
Before talking about the stylish hardware, it’s worth noting that of the free internet radio apps for your smartphone, Tivoli has created one and hand picked 100 stations out of the many thousands. The result? You end up with stations you want to listen to, whether that’s a Dylan one, BBC 6 Music or KGO 810 from San Francisco instead of, say, Pro Jazz Christian Moods from Texas. It’s simply called Tivoli Radio App on the Apple Store or Google Play.
The Model One BT and PAL BT go on sale in the UK during September…
Model One BT
Designed as a tabletop radio for the kitchen or office, the Model One BT is the classic Tivoli radio, upgraded with Bluetooth capability. At £199 it’s more than Pure or Roberts rivals but features excellent build quality and, crucially, that Bluetooth option. The Model One BT comes in the following colour options: Walnut/Beige, Cherry/Silver, Cherry/Cobalt, Maple/Hunter, Wenge/Bronze, Black Ash/Silver, Black Ash/Black-Silver, and White/Silver.
A smaller, rechargeable Bluetooth radio for your travels or bathroom, the twee profile of the PAL BT is perfect for your garden too. A 3.5mm headphone jack and input for an external audio connection from your laptop is the icing on the cake. The PAL BT costs £239 and comes in the following colour ranges: Black/White, Blue/White, White/White, Yellow/White, and
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