Tivoli Audio reveals its tech-packed, yet simple-to-operate clock radio
London, UK, September 2013 – Tivoli Audio announces Albergo+, the Bluetooth–equipped digital radio complete with superb sound and supreme usability.
Keep it simple, stupid… that is the ‘KISS’ design principle noted by the US Navy over 50 years ago. This rule also perfectly encapsulates the approach taken by Tivoli Audio when creating its latest beautiful radio, the Albergo+.
Equipped with DAB, DAB+, AM, FM, and impressively executed Bluetooth streaming technology, the Albergo+ is rich in features. It also houses a digital clock, sleep timer, snooze button, independent dual alarms, and the option (due later in 2013) of an additional stereo speaker. Yet it remains defiantly simple to use.
Initially conceived as a radio exclusively for the hotel sector, the Albergo (the ‘+’ in the UK model name signifies DAB and DAB+) design demanded supreme simplicity – hotel guests stay typically just one night, meaning there is little time for them to figure out the ways of an unfamiliar sound system. But as the project progressed, Chief Designer Tom DeVesto soon determined that the Albergo’s effortless usability was not only ideal for hotels – it was perfect for homes, too.
The front panels are minimal and the display prompts users with instructional ‘hints’ while using certain features, such as alarm setting. In moments you can set the dual alarms, and activate the sleep timer without reaching for the manual or the remote control. Accessing the Bluetooth wireless technology is equally simple, requiring just a push of a single button.
Simple to use, yes, but not at any detriment to audio performance; the Albergo uses the same 3” full range, long-throw driver found in the highly acclaimed Tivoli Audio Model One radio, meaning you get terrific sound from its remarkably compact cabinet.
The cabinet itself is available as standard in White and Anthracite finishes, meaning it will beautifully blend any room décor. Drawn-up at Tivoli Audio’s design centre in Como, northern Italy, the Albergo name is a nod to that early hospitality sector brief – ‘Albergo’ is Italian for ‘hotel’ – but fully expect to see and hear this delightful radio gracing homes, as well as hotels, throughout the world.
The Tivoli Audio Albergo+ launches this September at an SRP of £199.00. It is available to buy from select high street UK stores, including Harrods, and also direct from John Lewis.