Tivoli Audio NetWorks Radio
Retro looks with modern capabilities.
- Great style, easy to use
- Ugly screen, mediocre sound
Thanks to the Tivoli NetWorks radio there is now no need for you to sit at your computer to listen to streaming Internet music. It does have to make a few compromises, however — in design and sound quality.
Price$ 979.00 (AUD)
Tivoli’s NetWorks Radio means you no longer need a computer to be able to access Internet streams. However, it doesn’t blow away the competition, and it struggles in a few key areas.
Tivoli Audio has been making ground-breaking radio products for a few years now, with the original Model One released in 2002. That model had great looks and didn't compromise on sound quality.
It’s something of a niche market: with the advent of easily accessible Internet broadcasting, the traditional mantelpiece radio is a dying breed. This hasn’t deterred Tivoli, though, which has adopted an “if you can’t beat them, join them” attitude in releasing the NetWorks Radio.
It combines the functionality of a traditional FM transistor radio — no AM reception, unfortunately — with the features of a Digital Audio Broadcast-compatible network receiver. This bridging device is fantastic: it opens the doors to an incredibly diverse range of radio stations worldwide, from Armenian folk music to ultra-hip New York jazz.
It has a decent range of inputs as well. There is a line input for a portable audio player, as well as a recording output and a subwoofer output for connecting additional devices. The bundled remote is relatively simple but it gets the job done.
We tested the Stereo version of the package, which comes bundled with a second speaker. Only a few connections needed to be made, and all necessary cables are included.
There is not too much agony involved in setting up wireless access, either. The show is controlled by a scroll-wheel on the top of the unit and all network settings can be adjusted without drama. The process of inputting a long password takes some time, but at least it only has to be done once.
The radio is preloaded with five Internet radio stations, and it's easy to switch between them. While there’s only space for five presets, unlimited stations can be set as favourites. Don’t add too many, however, or scrolling through them all on the limited screen space can become troublesome.
This leads to one of our main concerns with the unit. The screen is quite low resolution, with only three lines of text visible at one time. The font used is also quite blocky and long station names can run off the edge of the screen. If you’re a user that likes to quickly flick between stations or tracks you might find the limitations a little vexing.
If you do have a computer connected to your home network, there’s also the option to set up the NetWorks Radio as a media streaming device. It’ll find and play any music that you’ve got shared, functioning in the same fashion as Logitech’s Squeezebox line of products.
The sound from the unit is slightly disappointing, given the fantastically involving sound we’ve heard from other Tivoli products. It’s simply a little too muffled and muddy for our tastes. Separation between the two speakers was good, however, allowing for plenty of immersion in audio tracks.
There is a lot to like about the NetWorks Radio. It combines (most of) the old functions of a tabletop radio with the abilities of the latest digital audio streamers. There are a few compromises made, of course — as well as a few shortcomings — but we couldn’t help but like the overall product as a whole. It’s a nice retro piece that would look at home on any mantelpiece.
Join the newsletter!
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
cloudandco Smart Cane
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Google Daydream View VR Headset
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Xbox One X
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Foxtel Now's new streaming device launched weeks after TelstraTV
- Logitech announce new MX Sound speakers
- Telstra looks to solve 'Entertainment Exasperation' with new 4K Telstra TV
- Sonos reveals Sonos One, an Alexa-enabled speaker that will support AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant
- Bose Introduces Tiny New Bluetooth Speaker
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCSystem Analyst - AxwayNSW
- CCAxway DeveloperQLD
- FTDesktop / SCCM EngineerOther
- CCData Center Infrastructure Specialist - Wintel / VMwareWA
- FTTM1 Application Management AnalystOther
- FTCloud Test Engineer - AWS/Azure - IaaSOther
- TPBusiness Analyst | AO6 | Government ContractQLD
- FTJunior Project ManagerACT
- FTRigger TechniciansOther
- FTJunior Business AnalystACT
- FTTechnical Business Analyst / Application Support AnalystOther
- FTFull Stack .Net DeveloperQLD
- FTFinancial AdministratorOther
- CCWorkforce Capacity Analyst - Contract with Large Telco in Pennant HillsNSW
- FTDisaster Recovery Technical Business AnalystOther
- FTSenior Software EngineerOther
- FTFront End Developer l HTML5 , SCSS, Bootstrap, KnockOut, MVVPNSW
- FTMid-Level Drupal Developer (Brisbane Location)SA
- FTHadoop DevelopersOther
- FTMiddleware Engineer/ Tibco ActiveMatrix or other ESBOther
- FTSenior Software Engineer - ContractOther
- FTProject Manager - Develop Strategy. Need RISI card, Rail bckgrdOther
- FTNetwork Support EngineerSA
- FTTechnical Product ArchitectQLD
- FTNetwork Engineer, Voice & DataOther