Tivoli PAL BT Continues Its Tradition Of Retro Designed Bluetooth Sound

Pal BT Speakers by Tivoli

Pal BT Speakers by Tivoli

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If there is one thing we can count on when it comes to 21st century technology it's the availability and variety of portable Bluetooth speakers. If there's one thing we can count on from the 20th century, it's our affinity for terrestrial radio. Put them together and you have the latest iteration of the PAL BT from Tivoli Audio.

Some version of the Tivoli PAL radio has been around since the company was founded nearly 20 years ago. Its been one of the more well received portable radios on the market. It has also maintained its retro design through whatever technical changes each version has offered. This latest re-engineering of the PAL BT focuses on enhanced sound performance, simplified Bluetooth connectivity, improved radio reception and longer battery life.

What those technical upgrades mean is up to 16 hours battery life, Bluetooth 4.1 pairing and a very sensitive AM / FM tuner. Apparently the days of radio are long from dead (though you wouldn't know it when listening to the local classic rock station that is playing the same 20 songs it was playing 20 years ago) as the tuner on the PAL BT was picking up both FM and AM stations that I've never heard on the car radio dial.

Frankly, I didn't listen to the radio bit long enough to figure out where those stations were coming from, because radio is generally horrible. I'm not exactly sure why you'd want that feature in any Bluetooth speaker, or any device for that matter. Terrestrial radio has its place, and that place is in the 20th century. Yet, the PAL BT wouldn't look or feel the same without that feature, so there it is.

Tivoli doesn't shy from classic mid-century modern design, take its Model One BT Bluetooth radio for instance. It's the epitome of nostalgic aesthetic. The PAL BT carries that design sense vertically, with a large tuning knob above two smaller knobs for input source and volume. The speaker itself sits below and delivers adequate sound for a mono speaker.

A lot of Bluetooth speakers like to bill themselves as stereo surround speakers, the PAL BT doesn't bother, as it shouldn't. It's a mono, single driver speaker, as most Bluetooth speakers are. You can't compare this to an actual stereo or dual Bluetooth speaker system, it has to be taken and assessed for what it is. The PAL BT is a portable Bluetooth speaker with aux inputs and a telescopic antenna that has a sound output that is commensurate with its price.

The PAL BT won't blow the socks off your grandma from two rooms away, but it does deliver fairly crisp audio over the Bluetooth connection with considerations to the ranges of whatever audio you are playing. With deeper bass tones, there is some shakiness, which is to be expected. This causes music you are streaming to almost sound like music that is originating from a dialed-in radio frequency. It's a bit odd but kind of retro cool.

Mid-range and high trebles are handled very well by the mono speaker. I found that playing any type of music with intricacies outside the low hertz ranges resulted in a moderately crisp and detailed output. Songs with more musical depth were a lot clearer than a lot of smaller, cheaper Bluetooth speakers. There wasn't any clear distortion, unless there was suddenly a wicked bass drop. It does get fairly loud at full volume (on both the device and your connected Bluetooth volume control) and speaks to its intention as an outdoor chill-at-the-beach speaker.

At $179.99 the PAL BT isn't the cheapest Bluetooth speaker on the market, but it's one of the most well designed speakers out there with Bluetooth audio that keeps up with the current standard and doesn't slouch in sound delivery. Sure, it's not perfect, but what Bluetooth speaker is? There's still a long way to go with this technology and you can rest assured that the unique design of the PAL BT will be there to engineer it into its weather resistant, highly portable design.

A review unit was provided by the manufacturer.

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If there is one thing we can count on when it comes to 21st century technology it's the availability and variety of portable Bluetooth speakers. If there's one thing we can count on from the 20th century, it's our affinity for terrestrial radio. Put them together and you have the latest iteration of the PAL BT from Tivoli Audio.

Some version of the Tivoli PAL radio has been around since the company was founded nearly 20 years ago. Its been one of the more well received portable radios on the market. It has also maintained its retro design through whatever technical changes each version has offered. This latest re-engineering of the PAL BT focuses on enhanced sound performance, simplified Bluetooth connectivity, improved radio reception and longer battery life.

What those technical upgrades mean is up to 16 hours battery life, Bluetooth 4.1 pairing and a very sensitive AM / FM tuner. Apparently the days of radio are long from dead (though you wouldn't know it when listening to the local classic rock station that is playing the same 20 songs it was playing 20 years ago) as the tuner on the PAL BT was picking up both FM and AM stations that I've never heard on the car radio dial.

Frankly, I didn't listen to the radio bit long enough to figure out where those stations were coming from, because radio is generally horrible. I'm not exactly sure why you'd want that feature in any Bluetooth speaker, or any device for that matter. Terrestrial radio has its place, and that place is in the 20th century. Yet, the PAL BT wouldn't look or feel the same without that feature, so there it is.

Tivoli doesn't shy from classic mid-century modern design, take its Model One BT Bluetooth radio for instance. It's the epitome of nostalgic aesthetic. The PAL BT carries that design sense vertically, with a large tuning knob above two smaller knobs for input source and volume. The speaker itself sits below and delivers adequate sound for a mono speaker.

A lot of Bluetooth speakers like to bill themselves as stereo surround speakers, the PAL BT doesn't bother, as it shouldn't. It's a mono, single driver speaker, as most Bluetooth speakers are. You can't compare this to an actual stereo or dual Bluetooth speaker system, it has to be taken and assessed for what it is. The PAL BT is a portable Bluetooth speaker with aux inputs and a telescopic antenna that has a sound output that is commensurate with its price.

The PAL BT won't blow the socks off your grandma from two rooms away, but it does deliver fairly crisp audio over the Bluetooth connection with considerations to the ranges of whatever audio you are playing. With deeper bass tones, there is some shakiness, which is to be expected. This causes music you are streaming to almost sound like music that is originating from a dialed-in radio frequency. It's a bit odd but kind of retro cool.

Mid-range and high trebles are handled very well by the mono speaker. I found that playing any type of music with intricacies outside the low hertz ranges resulted in a moderately crisp and detailed output. Songs with more musical depth were a lot clearer than a lot of smaller, cheaper Bluetooth speakers. There wasn't any clear distortion, unless there was suddenly a wicked bass drop. It does get fairly loud at full volume (on both the device and your connected Bluetooth volume control) and speaks to its intention as an outdoor chill-at-the-beach speaker.

At $179.99 the PAL BT isn't the cheapest Bluetooth speaker on the market, but it's one of the most well designed speakers out there with Bluetooth audio that keeps up with the current standard and doesn't slouch in sound delivery. Sure, it's not perfect, but what Bluetooth speaker is? There's still a long way to go with this technology and you can rest assured that the unique design of the PAL BT will be there to engineer it into its weather resistant, highly portable design.

A review unit was provided by the manufacturer.

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