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The Best Little Housework Helper Ever! (the Tivoli One Radio)

Updated on November 13, 2013

Tivoli Audio – Model One AM/FM Tabletop Radio.

The Importance of Music in Our World.

While it was initially believed that song was a by-product of language, it is currently believed by many that music evolved before language. That music began when only animals roamed the earth.

The Australian Aboriginal creation myths explain that the world was sung into existence.

Music is a part of communication, recording history, religion, and celebration in every culture.

The Importance of Music in My Life.

Music has always had an important place in my life. Many years ago, almost too many to remember, I was a very busy mom. Trying to juggle raising children, going to school, holding down a job, and running a household. I had very little time for housework and very few domestic goddess tendencies. In fact, the only thing that made chores tolerable was having the radio blaring during the housewife drudgery. Scrubbing floors, turning inside-out teenager socks for the laundry, and washing dishes were all infinitely more palatable while dancing and singing at the top of my lungs. Thank goodness there were no neighbors close enough to hear. My children learned many words to many songs that most of their friends had never heard of. The kids would flit through, mouthing where they were headed and when they’d be back. They’d bust a move, sing a few lines, and off they’d go leaving me with a smile. Good times, good times.

I became older and busy in different ways. The television often became the background noise. If I played music, it was on a boombox (yes, I said boombox and completely dated myself), much to the pained consternation of the audio experts who lived with me.

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Our Tivoli Radio.
Our Tivoli Radio.

Mister’s Not-So-Subtle Hints

Time and time again, the Mister told me that we should get a “Kloss” Radio. I think he was hinting for Christmas and Birthdays. I went as far as looking them up. I was NOT going to pay over a hundred dollars for a tiny little box of radio parts when we can get a, wait for it ... boombox.... for twenty bucks.

"But it sounds great. You wouldn't believe how the sound fills the place." He'd inform.

Yah, yah, so what. “Why do we need that much sound? We live in a tiny apartment” I’d counter.

“You’d love it, I promise.” he’d bargain.

“Not at that price.” I’d respond. “My radio is fine”

He’d groan.

I also looked up Henry Kloss. He was a very prominent audio engineer and businessman who was very important in the audio world. The radio the Mister wanted was a part of that technology. Knowing that information nearly swayed me to say yes. Nearly.

Our Tivoli One AM/FM Radio.

Well, we’ve finally got one. And (shh, don’t tell him) he’s right. It sounds great. There is something special about the dial tuner that gets radio stations I didn’t even know existed. The tiny box sits high atop the bookcase and it does somehow fill the apartment without sounding grating in any way. I like the way it looks. We also connect our phone and/or IPOD to it (via an auxiliary line) and listen to our own music instead of the radio. I am once again singing and dancing cleanliness into existence.

For technical explanations and specifications, I’ll advise you to go to Amazon and to the Tivoli Official Site to read the reviews. Just know that the positive reviews (from Elle, the Boston Globe, and Forbes among all of the individual reviews) are correct. And if you buy one, know that I’ll be dancing and singing along with you.

Is music a part of your daily life?

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I love the old-fashioned look of the Tivoli!

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @amycorp: You are welcome. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @bovic21: Thanks for the visit and comment. When my kids were still home, each portion of the home blasted some different music. I grew to appreciate heavy metal, rap, country, and pop. What a combination! haha.

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      amycorp 4 years ago

      Thanks for the like! Great lens also.

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      bovic21 4 years ago

      Since our kids have grown up and moved out, my wife and I can again listen to music, and not have to fight over what station is playing. Is rap really music anyway?I like the looks of this radio.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @Sylvestermouse: My Mister likes music when he paints. So i totally understand that you like it while you write. For some reason, music distracts me when i write. I can't figure out why. I have to have background noise..unless i'm outside. So..that ends up being the tv when i'm in writing mode. I think because i want to sing or hum along..i can't do both. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Would you believe I often listen to music even when I write? Music will calm me down, help me relax and concentrate. Of course, that would not be true for all songs on the radio, so I pick my station carefully. I do agree that while I even have my music downloaded on SD cards these days, there is nothing better than the old standard radio and although I am not familiar with Trivoli, I certainly embrace the idea.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @mel-kav: I want you to have one too.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @ecogranny: Thank you so much. :)

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @smine27: Thank you. I agree about the retro look.

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I have always thought I cleaned better with music..it helped my body move and passed the time it would take to do the chores faster. Right now I don't have a central radio like this one..I will check it out!

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      ayannavenus 4 years ago

      Fabby review, tempted to get one!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      What a cool radio! I want one too!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Okay, if ever our radio breaks, I am going to look into this. My daughter and her hubby have one, so I imagine it is every bit as good as your hubby said, because music quality is that important to them too. Well done page. Congratulations on being a Daily Challenge winner. Richly deserved.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love the retro yet sleek look of it. Great choice!

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @Pam Irie: HAHA! I won't tell anyone about your boombox if you don't tell about mine. :) Thank you for visiting and commenting. :)

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @writerkath: Thank you so much for the comments. Yah, hinting around here is no good.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you! I'm very happy for your kind comments. I love your writing style so your compliment means alot. We're busting a move together, i'm so happy. :)

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you for visiting. If I'm indoors, I can't do quiet. Outdoors is a different story, but indoors, i need sound.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you for commenting. I like the old fashioned look too.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'd never heard of this radio before, but this page has piqued my interest for sure. And OMG, I'm almost embarrassed to admit we still have one of those old boom boxes. lol

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      This is a really nice review of the AM/FM Tabletop Radio, I know that I love to listen to music around the house.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Great personal story! I learned a long time ago not to "hint" for something with my hubby... I just have to tell him outright! :) Nice radio!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Way cool. I wasn't aware of these radios. Love the retro look. Fantastic review. So pleased to see you win one of those Benjamins. I'm busting a move for you. :-)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Small is good. Very unassuming in looks, but I do miss listening to music. It's too quiet here at times.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love the classic, old-fashioned look of your radio. Sounds like a great choice and a perfect gift idea!