It’s only been a couple of generations ago since families would gather around a radio to listen to broadcasts—both for information and for entertainment. Relatively recent advancements have allowed that role to be filled by television and, on the audio side, by streaming services. Still, there’s something nostalgic about having a radio to listen to, and that’s where Tivoli Audio is making a real impact. The brand’s PAL BT radio uses a retro design to provide nostalgia, but these handy additions rely heavily on modern tech to provide excellent audio performance.
The Tivoli Audio PAL BT radio offers 16 hours of battery life, so you won’t be tethered to a wall with a power cord. It also offers Bluetooth 5.0 pairing, so you can listen to any content you want, not just whatever comes over the airways. The nostalgic factor comes in with an AM/FM dial that lets you tune in to your favourite station. This tuner is so accurate that you’ll discover channels that you’ve never heard before, even if you do turn on the radio whenever you get into your car.
In terms of design, your grandparents and perhaps even your parents will recognise the look and feel. The large tuning knob resides about to smaller knobs used for input source and volume. The speaker is below that. Speaking of the speaker, you’ll get mono sound out of it, but a sound quality that is still impressive, even if it’s not stereo or surround sound. The audio is crisp and the bass full and rich.
Picking up radio stations is accomplished via a telescopic antenna, though you can also make use of the auxiliary inputs for other sources of content. Tivoli Audio offers the PAL BT radio in black, white, red, and blue. The speakers are priced at AUD$299—which may seem a bit pricy for an old-school radio, despite the modern tech backing it up. Still, the quality is there, and the experience is worth the investment.