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We're downsizing our stereo gear. The large speakers etc are gone. What we need is a compact unit, realizing we're giving up sound quality. I'm not looking for something that will fill the whole house with music, just one room. Something along the lines of the Bose radio although I think the Cambridge Soundworks is its equal for less money. What I really want is something that will pick up internet stations including Pandora. It would be nice if it had an Ipod dock although not absolutely necessary. Any suggestions? So far Cambridge Soundworks is the leading candidate but if someone has another suggestion let me know.
01-26-2010, 12:53 PM
Take a serious look @ Tivoli Audio (http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php). I own their Model Two table radio and I have owned it for 7 years now and I love it. I also have the Model Subwoofer for it. I love music and quality and for the money it is hard to beat. My unit is made of real cherry. I hope this helps. By the way, I took my radio to a local Bose shop a few years ago because they told me that there was nothing out there that could touch a Bose wave radio. The salesman after hearing my unit emailed me personally and asked me where he could buy a Tivoli Model Two.
By the way, I paid $159 for my Model two back in 2003, the prices have gone up. They are still one of the best you can buy for the money.
Here is a review I did about the radio on Amazon back in 2003
Tivoli Review (http://www.amazon.com/Tivoli-Audio-Stereo-Speaker-Metallic/product-reviews/B00006I5WM/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_5?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addFiveStar)
Thanks for the tip. I found a local dealer who has the Model two in stock and I'll stop by this week to listen to it. How far apart did you space the speaker from the radio? I have less than three feet that I can space them and I'm sure that performance would be better if I could get them farther apart but I have to work with what we have. It doesn't have all the features I would like but if the sound quality is there I'm still going to be interested in it.
01-27-2010, 02:13 AM
The Squeezebox Boom is the best net-integrated all-in-one stereo available right now, for my money. An incredible amount of care went into the design of the amp, speakers and DSP.
A Squeezebox Classic, with an integrated amp or receiver and a small pair of bookshelves would be larger, but preferred for pure audio quality at the expense of space.
Squeezebox Boom website (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/wireless_music_systems/devices/4707&cl=US,EN)
In my opinion,
Bose is an advertising company that happens to sell audio gear.
Tivoli products are beautiful but overpriced for their features and performance.
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