What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Wed, 15 Aug 2007, 12:00pm

Tivoli iYiYi (radio/dock)

Tested at £275
80100
4

Very good, but it needs a price cut

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For

  • Great sound that puts it up there with the best

Against

  • Too expensive
  • silly name
  • looks

Tivoli's new iYiYi has a lot to prove in this company. Yes, it sounds great for a dock, but its looks are an acquired taste, it's hardly cheap, and that name? Sheesh…

The unit comes with a universal dock, and the ability to charge your iPod. The radio offers both RDS FM and AM channels, with a built-in antenna, meaning less clutter. There's the obligatory alarm clock, as well as a reasonable selection of connectivity, including record out and auxiliary in. The iYiYi also has rubberised knobs, which will be handy for those slippery bedroom moments. The remote control gives good control over the system.

Quality to take on the best docks
Sonically, the iYiYi is very good indeed, and better than most products in its class. The sound is detailed, the bass speedy and clear, while the treble is more than adequate. We tried Jacques Dutronc's Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi on it and the timing held up well, as did the midrange. Overall, it's a winning sound.

Still, we're not entirely convinced about this system: the looks we can just about live with, but that hefty price-tag is an issue. If only it was a little cheaper…

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