In many ways, the Model One is the culminating achievement of famed audio engineer Henry Kloss’s long career. Designed from the ground up by Kloss, who passed away in 2002, the radio exudes understated class and elegant simplicity. The Platinum Series Model One features a hand-lacquered, high gloss dark walnut cabinet that is simply gorgeous. According to Tivoli, the genuine wood casing isn’t just for looks as it provides “an acoustically inert housing” that maximizes the speaker’s sound quality. At just over 8 inches wide, 4.5 inches high, and 5.25 inches deep, the Model One is about the size of a toaster turned on its side– plenty small to fit on a desk, dresser, or nightstand. The Model One’s single rotary dial handles tuning for both AM and FM stations. It feels sturdy and smooth in the hand. The dial is designed to move between stations at a speed that is a bit slower than the speed at which the user turns the knob– a 5 to 1 ratio, to be exact. This “ratio” dialing technique makes it far easier to tune stations accurately and quickly. It’s a nice touch that sets the unit apart from other desktop radios. The Model One’s single, 3″ driver is protected by a handsome metal speaker cover. Tivoli adds that the speaker is enhanced by a “multi-stage frequency contouring circuit that adjusts the speaker’s output over half-octave increments.” The result, Tivoli claims, is “musically accurate tonal balance and bass response.” $150 at Canoe.
One night while Elizabeth was out of town, I was up late working on something at my computer. I was becoming tired, and decided to lay on the couch. I fell asleep and awoke at around 6AM to pee. I had left my internet radio on whilst I slept, SchwarzeWelle, a ShoutCast Station. As I was laying back on the couch, the song playing caught my attention. It was so dark, epic, and haunting. I was entranced by it. It produced images in my head; post-apocalyptic wastelands, urban environs, rubble, darkness, a train station, people in hiding. I immediately jumped up and raced to my computer to get the title and artist. I wrote them down and went to sleep. The next morning all I could think of was that song. I scoured the internet, finally purchasing the song through iTunes. I have listened to it innumerable times, even on repeat. I love it! Listen to a sample on Amazon.
Like a British Katie Perry. Ran across her song “Fuck You” – Amazing, check it out. I got her album “It’s Not Me, It’s You” – It is fantastic.