Tivoli Audio Model 10+ review

A good table-top offering with the bonus of upgradability to a stereo unit

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

A good table-top offering with the bonus of upgradability to a stereo unit


  • +

    Nice finish

  • +

    Good sound

  • +



  • -

    Not the most intuitive to use

  • -

    Slightly tubby bass

Why you can trust What Hi-Fi? Our expert team reviews products in dedicated test rooms, to help you make the best choice for your budget. Find out more about how we test.

The Tivoli Model 10+ is a stylish looking alarm clock DAB+/FM radio. It’s well made and it produces a suitably impressive sound.

What’s more, the Model 10+ is upgradeable to become a stereo unit with the addition of a matching speaker for another £40 (pictured below, not tested along with main unit).

You can also add a source (CD player, MP3 player etc) via an auxiliary input. Plenty of options, then.

Sound quality

This single unit, though, can be yours for the same price as Tivoli’s smaller offering, the PAL+. For us the Model 10+ is comfortably the better option – unlike the PAL+, it isn’t portable (it needs to be plugged in to the mains) but it sounds noticeably better.

That may have much to do with its size. The bigger, 7cm drive unit in the Model 10+ seems more able to take things in its stride, and it deals with both voices and instruments with an easy nonchalance that is appealing.

This means it’s targeting the right aspects of the tonal range for a radio, but still it has to be said that there’s a slight muddiness to basslines.

This can be somewhat alleviated by a quick tinker with the EQ settings (for treble, bass, loudness and balance), but it never quite quickens those low notes to the pace of the very best.


The Model 10+ is a sleek unit, and buttons are kept to a minimum. There’s a rotary control on the top, via which you access all the functions.

All other inputs and buttons are on the rear of the unit, including five preset buttons, the auxiliary input and the output to the optional slave speaker. A handy credit-card sized remote control is also supplied.

It has alarm functions, so the unit can be used as a bedside device, with dual alarms working via radio or a tone, and an adjustable sleep timer and snooze function.

The Model 10+ has a couple of quirks, too: as we’ve mentioned, the five preset buttons (so you get five station presets per band) are on the rear of the unit. This might make for a clean-looking unit, but it does seem odd.

Fumbling around the back of the radio to change stations seems a bit too much like hard work to us – having to reverse our fingers for the appropriate press, we weren’t completely confident which button was preset one, and which preset five…

And controlling the unit by the single wheel on the top is by no means intuitive.

As with anything, the more you practise the easier it gets, but we found ourselves having to think a little too much, rather than just ‘doing’.

A good job, then, for both mentioned foibles, that there is that remote control unit. Without it, we’d have struggled a bit. With it, this radio becomes a delight to use. Just don’t lose it…


Ultimately, this is a well-built unit at an acceptable price. Originally priced at £160, it's now dropped down to £100, making it a quite a good deal.

It sounds good for almost all radio requirements – especially with the human voice – and you shouldn’t discount the upgradability to a full stereo system that comes with that extra speaker.

The Model+ falls down just a touch, though, in ease of use, and that slightly tubby bass means that there are some better-sounding units out there.

MORE: Best DAB radios

Follow whathifi.com on Twitter

Join whathifi.com on Facebook

Find us on Google+

What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London, Reading and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.

Read more about how we test