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Tivoli Audio NetWorks Review

By on May 22, 2011
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A worthwhile jack-of-all-trades?

Good: A lot of features and options for customization, Pretty much every internet radio station you can think of, Community portal allows for further addition of stations, Easy to use, Rich and sweet sound, Looks simple and practical
Bad: Remote control has stiff buttons, Surfing through stations can be a daunting task, Need to be positioned properly for good bass
Price: AED 2,800
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

I have a select few stations that I listen to regularly, all of which were in the list of available stations. You can actually search for stations by genre, sub-genre, country and then quality type. All of this makes it very easy to navigate and browse to a station of your interest. The great thing here is that there are so many stations, that you can try and select random stations in a specific genre or country and then decide whether it’s something you’d want to listen to. This is a wonderful way to discover new music, or at least dabble in a genre you were interested in but were never sure about.

The flip side to this coin is that there are too many stations, and it can be easily overwhelming to try and listen to them all in a dub-genre, let alone a full category or country. Tivoli Audio has their own portal where you can connect to their Tivoli Audio community, search for various stations in an easy manner, and even suggest channels that you’d want to listen to that aren’t already part of the NetWorks. I honestly couldn’t think of any station that I wanted to listen to that wasn’t already there.

Interestingly, the NetWorks also allow you to listen to podcasts. Since I only listen to gaming podcasts, I searched for some of my favorite ones, and lo and behold the latest ones were there for my listening! I honestly didn’t think much of this until I actually tried out this feature. Another little feature I want to talk about is music playback via network sharing. Once the Tivoli NetWorks are connected to your home network, you can even listen to songs stored on your pc/mac that you have shared. Oh and let’s not forget the fact that you can simply plug in a USB stick and play back songs off of it. So yeah, like I said before, the NetWorks is feature filled to the brim.

Given the size of the NetWorks, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of “loudness” from these small shelf speakers, but I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely the volume scaled up to the highest end. The mid-range and high notes were crystal clear, and the stereo effect was pleasantly played out. The NetWorks were lacking on bass, but proper positioning in a room can do wonders, and you may actually not feel the need for a subwoofer.

The thing is, as much as I’m impressed with the Tivoli Networks, with all of its various connectivity options and the ease of use (except the remote) and the ridiculously large library of radio stations, to which I’m sure new additions are being made regularly, the price tag is a little hard to swallow. Everything the Tivoli Audio NetWorks represents can be had with a regular computer and a decent pair of speakers. So if you have a small apartment with naught but a tablet PC or netbook to get by in life and have a thirst to listen to radios on a small yet decently powerful and clear pair of speakers, the Tivoli NetWorks are the speakers for you!

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