Tivoli Model 10 AM/FM Stereo Radio, 2011 Edition

      Date posted: October 10, 2011

Tivoli Model 10 AM/FM Stereo Radio, 2011 Edition

Sugg. Retail: $249.99 to $399, depending on finish & configuration


Distributor: Lenbrook Industries,

Some time ago we reviewed the Tivoli Audio Networks Radio/compact audio system, which included access to internet radio broadcasts in addition to the typical radio and input functions. Here is the 2011 version of the AM/FM/Aux Tivoli Model 10, with both radio/left-channel speaker and right channel speaker packaged together in one compact box. It includes AM and FM stereo radio with full RDS display, as well as a mini-plug-accepting Aux line input, and line out for an optional subwoofer There are also mini-jack Record Out and Mix In mini-jacks, all of these on the back panel of the left speaker/amplifier. A mini headphone jack is also provided.

The latest Model 10 also comes with a credit-card remote control that allows selection of the 5 presets, level and input control, and station scrolling. There are also Power, Mute, and Mono buttons. The preset buttons are duplicated on the left speaker rear panel, in case you lose the remote, and there is also a volume control on the top of the speaker/amp unit. The FM antenna connection is a 75-ohm screw terminal, and an adjustable stainless steel telescoping antenna is provided to attach to it. The FM presets are set by holding down the desired preset button for 2 seconds with the intended station tuned. The system also operates as clock and clock radio, showing too the date and day (just like your Rolex).

This Tivoli  system is a nice package that provides compact Hi-Fi in a very elegant style, Cherry and Walnut veneer finishes available, along with “Ocean Blue, Carmine Red, and Midnight Black” on veneer, with trendy acrylic-like “Frost White” (shown, with matching CD player), Anodized and Aluminum looks also available. Optional add-ons include the CD player and iPod dock, as well as a subwoofer.

The FM tuner brought in 27 stations on our outdoor antenna, with good stereo separation on most. I would say it’s a tuner for urban folk, not DX fans. A portable CD player plugged into the Aux input sounded lively and detailed, with plenty of dynamics and good drive, though with limited bass extension (hence the optional sub). Set up in a smaller room with furniture on which to place it, the Tivoli Model 10 system can provide very detailed and pleasant sound. For our listening, I liked the Treble at 0, and Bass at +4, which seemed to provide a good frequency balance. These little speakers do image very well, and this system can provide an excellent secondary music source.

I enjoyed listening to Jazz FM 91.1 (CJRT Toronto) especially on the Model 10. CDs auditioned included some I hadn’t heard in a while, Willie Nelson’s Across The Borderline, Mary Black’s No Frontiers, and the classic and rare album, Sandy, by the great (but unfortunately late) folk singer, Sandy Denny. The Model 10 also seemed very musical with light classical music with controlled dynamics. My wife, who’s not big on large audio systems, commented favourably on the Tivoli  sound while passing through my studio to the laundry room.

If you are looking for a system that is very compact, attractive, as well as excellent sounding, have a good  listen to the Tivoli Model 10.

Andrew Marshall

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