Tivoli, maker of fine old-fashioned radios with new-fashioned guts, has finally got with the game and added Bluetooth to its classic Model One and PAL lines. So now, in addition to beautiful, warm-sounding (mono) radio and music piped in over the wire, you can also hijack grandma’s favorite program wirelessly.
The PAL is Tivoli’s upright radio (which briefly took the name iPAL when it first shipped in white at the height of iPod fever), and sounds great, for a mono speaker. Inside is an AM/FM receiver, plus a NiMH rechargeable battery, plus the quaintly termed "Bluetooth® technology-enabled device."
The Model One is pretty much exactly the same, only it lays on its side, has no battery and comes wrapped in a wooden frame. This is the speaker you keep on the mantelpiece, or playing BBC Radio 4 all day long in the kitchen.
I kid. I seriously pined for one of these speakers back when I used a white, clickwheel iPod, mostly because they do sound really great and — in the UK at least — there are still a bunch of radio stations worth listening to. And this was the time before the great John Peel died, making a radio something of a must-have for any self-respecting young hipster.
Both Tivoli radions are available now, for around $250-$300.