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By Thomas McKinnon 30 October 2008

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We are not inclined to you use the word that best describes this portable radio. In fact this word is used so often and, in so many cases, used ­incorrectly. The word that best describes the Tivoli PAL Portable Radio is “Retro”. There, we wrote it.

The PAL (Portable Audio Laboratory) has three dials and a speaker. The dials: tune a radio, make things louder and softer and let you choose AM or FM. That’s it. It does nothing else. It does have a mini-jack so you can plug your MP3 or CD player into it, if you wanted to.

Then there’s the price: R1875 (incl VAT). That is pretty steep for a radio. But what a radio! Tivoli is not some no-name brand company that brings you a great price-tag by using sub-standard ­components and slave labour. You can turn the volume dial all the way up to full and there will be no ­distortion. None. The PAL is a beautiful product, and, yes it’s very expensive, but we want one so very badly.

For more info visit www.tivoliaudio.co.za or call them on 011-253-9977.

PROS
It has a mini-jack so you can plug your MP3 or CD player into it and it is portable as it uses a rechargeable battery.
CONS
The price is a bit steep for a radio and it doesn???t support stereo output.
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