Tivoli Audio is a company that makes quality table radios and other audio products. Most of its products are very minimalist in design, such as the Model Three clock radio. I’ll explain to you why the Model Three radio is a great radio for virtually any room in your home or office.
Let’s talk about the radio’s design first. It is made of a real wood cabinet and overall has an appealing “retro” look to it. It is available in several colors and types of wood. One of the first things that one notices is that there are no digital displays and very few buttons or dials. The Model Three (as with most of Tivoli’s other radios) is completely analog, and designed to be very simple to use.
The Model Three allows you to play music from several sources. For starters, has an AM/FM radio tuner built in…after all, it wouldn’t be a table radio without the tuner, would it? The tuner picks up a variety of stations very well with its analog tuner. Additionally, there is an auxiliary input that allows you to play music from an iPod, MP3 player, CD player, or virtually any other device with a headphone jack. There’s even a “mix” input, which allows playback of sound from another device in addition to the AM/FM or auxiliary. For example, you can play sound from your computer while you listen to the radio.
Now we’ll talk about the unit’s alarm clock functionality. As with the unit’s radio tuner, the alarm clock is also completely analog. There’s a dial that you can use to set the time on the analog clock that you wish to wake at. You simply turn the radio on, set the time you wish, hit the “alarm on” button, and you’re ready to go; there’s also a 20-minute sleep timer to allow you to fall asleep with your music on. Because of the design of the dial, the time you wake up may end up being a couple of minutes off. However, any drawbacks are made up for by the sheer simplicity of the Model Three’s alarm clock mechanism.
How does it sound? One could describe the Model Three’s sound as very rich and warm; any genre of music or spoken word will sound great. Its sound will easily be loud enough to fill almost any room in a home or office. All things considered, the sound is certainly impressive for such a small unit. You can’t expect extremely low, thumping bass (if that’s your thing) from such a small unit…however, Tivoli does sell the “Model Subwoofer” if you want better bass. And remember that there is only one speaker in the Model Three…but one can purchase an external right-channel speaker from Tivoli for stereo sound. I have one attached to mine and would say it is certainly worth it.
The Model Three’s retail price is $299. It’s a bit expensive, but it’s worth it. And if you look around online, you can likely find one for a good bit cheaper. Overall, with the Model Three you get incredible sound quality, great minimalist design, and ease of use that few other radios on the market provide.