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´╗┐Tabletop radio doesn't quite deliver the goods

This is not a deal breaker. I will buy the antenna and no doubt reception will improve. I just find it strange that my 15 year old, cabinet mounted GE radio (that cost roughly $100) has crystal clear reception in the same location, as does the old Sanyo portable at my office ($15 at a yard sale), while this $250 radio doesn't.

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This latest model, launched late in January, is lightweight and cordless.

There is a little display light that dims and brightens, depending on the strength of the signal. But try as I might and as bright as that light got there was always a mild, static like crackle that wouldn't go away no matter where I positioned the radio.

Dyson vacuum cleaners have had more than their share of coverage in this column. There is no question that the vacuum works better than any on the market and is a quality build my first Dyson, reviewed back in 2007, is still going strong and I've written about a newer model Skechers Dual Lite

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There is a work around, of course. Using the Tivoli's Bluetooth, I can listen to streaming radio through CBC and VOCM apps (which both work fine) on my iPhone. The streaming radio sound is fantastic and showcases the unit's full audio potential. However, streaming audio for eight hours per day can chew up a lot of data and possibly exceed the monthly limit.

since then.

I decided to take the unit home to Conception Bay South and try it there. The Mbt Mens Shoes Size 14

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My original plan was to use the Tivoli at my workplace, a second floor suite on Duckworth Street. However, when I powered up and tuned in, I was frustrated and ultimately disappointed by the radio's inability to get cleanly "on station."

Guess what I gave myself for Christmas? That's right: a Tivoli, in this case the Model One Bluetooth ($250 at West End Electronics). When I heard the display unit in the showroom I was impressed by its deep and rich sound, due in part to the electronic components, speaker quality and wooden case. It had a resonance that reminded me of my parents' old multiband radio, which served as the soundtrack for my childhood (whenever I was in the kitchen, at any rate).

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Now, the Bluetooth feature worked perfectly well. You only need to "find" the iPhone (or other device) once and it locks on instantly after that, allowing me to play iTunes until the pigeons come home. Music sounds good on the Tivoli, though not as good as my reliable Logitech S715i. Besides, I was most interested in the radio feature, since I listen to talk radio all day long.

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Wrong. There was the same static. I moved the radio from my preferred location on the kitchen counter to the Vans Gray Gum Sole living room, where no other appliances could possibly cause interference. Still a weak signal.

So, when Dyson asked recently if I'd like to review their latest model, I was hesitant until the publicist convinced me that this really was a significant new development.

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Now, you need to pause and think about that. My only real complaint with Dyson to date has been their bulk and heft. The more recent "ball" vacuum features a lot of machine up front, sometimes getting in the way of itself, and it is heavy to carry up and down stairs. And wireless? This is a concept that hadn't even occurred to me until now but, come on, who hates unplugging the machine every five minutes to move to the next cleaning zone?

reception would have to be better, right?

was no AM antenna. Odd.

Any serious radio listener knows that a crackling signal is the kiss of death. I'd rather listen to pigeons cooing on the windowsill.

There are inputs on the back for AM and FM antennas. The latter antenna was included with the unit and this did improve FM reception, but there Vans Black Bone On Feet

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