Written by Brett
Outstanding sound, design, service
It says "table radio," but my Model Two is my main stereo system. When I moved into a small downtown condo, I downsized my stereo system too. I'm a classical music critic, so accurate acoustic sound is very important to me, and the Model Two supplies all the strength, warmth and clarity I need in listening to classical, jazz, rock and every other kind of music. It easily fills the space with gorgeous sound.
I connect it directly to my computer, or run it remotely via an old Apple Airport Express router, which essentially converts the Model Two into wireless speakers controlled by my computer, iPad or iPhone via the Remote app. That makes the lack of a remote control less annoying.
In a small space, there's no room to hide ugly stuff, and the fact that the Tivoli colors and minimalist midcentury mod design match my adjacent Mac setup and other decor is a welcome bonus, but really, it's the rich sound that matters.
Finally, budget buyers should realize that you're buying not just a radio and stereo / computer speaker set up -- but also responsive customer service. I originally ordered my refurbished Model Two from Tivoli's Outlet Store, but the right channel wasn't working when it arrived. Tivoli immediately emailed me a prepaid return label, and a few days later, a brand new, not refurbished, Model Two arrived, and it's working beautifully.
With so many people moving back to the city these days to enjoy its cultural offerings, the Tivoli Model Two provides the ideal combination of power and clarity for smaller living spaces.