The Tivoli Model 10 is a gorgeous thing to put in your home. Or anywhere. The Model 10 also sounds – for its size – terrific. There’s only a single large, clicky button on top, which serves quadruple duty for power, tuning, snoozing and menu navigation. So the 8-inch form is minimal, but the sound it pours out isn’t. I was able to fill my bedroom with loud, clear music, supported by thuddy bass. I happen to love the spontaneity of radio (NPR! Jazz! Rap DJs!), but if you don’t, there are auxiliary inputs.
It’s a $US200 radio – $US300 if you want a second, stereo unit. That’s is a lot of money to pay for a clock radio, even if it can pull double duty as a powerful, portable external speaker. The Model 10’s interface minimalism is also pushed to a fault – it looks great, but if you’re not using (or lose) the remote, it’s a pain. I found myself accidentally switching sources when I meant to power off, turning down the volume when I meant to change stations, and other tactile slipups. You’ll find yourself wishing for some extra knobs to twist. [Tivoli]