Tivoli Model One Digital: a retro past re-imagined

Tivoli Model One Digital music centre

In the early years of the 21st Century, we started to see Tivoli radios in not only audio stores, but also in design stores. Its first product was the Model One, an old-school face of dials, a speaker grille, all in a Scandi-style wooden box. It looked and sounded great.

More products have been added in the years since, and Tivoli Audio’s founder Tom Devesto has moved on (he sold his company to a Canadian private equity fund in 2015).

Cut to now, and Tivoli has gone back to the future, and rebooted its first product, with the Tivoli Model One Digital.


As you can see in the pictures, gone are most of the old-school controls – as expected, after all it isn’t called the Tivoli Model One Analog!

The control knob that is on this device is a multi-operational dial that you use to call up operations as displayed on the digital navigation screen. Plus it is the volume control

And what can you navigate and listen to?

  • FM radio
  • Audio files via your wifi network, and Bluetooth devices
  • DAB / DAB+ digital radio
  • Streaming music from Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, and more
  • Or plug a music or storage device into the 3.5mm auxiliary input on the back

There’s also a free downloadable app for iOS and Android that will allow control of the Model One Digital over a home Wi-Fi network, and to configure playback options.

Tivoli Model One Digital music centre white closeup

Tivoli Model One Digital  price and availability

The Tivoli Model One Digital will one day be available in Australia, but not just now. Asked when it might be available here, the local distributors could not put a date on it.

How much might it sell for when it does arrive? In the USA the Model One Digital sells for the same price as Tivoli’s Model 3 BT, and the Model 3 sells for $499.99 RRP here.

In the USA it’s available in three colours, Walnut/Grey, White/Grey, and BlackAsh/Black. It measures 11.5 x 22.2 x 14 cm (H x W x D), and weighs 1.55 kg.

We’ll let you know when the Model One Digital does make it here!

26 June 2017 update

The Tivoli Model One Digital has been greenlit for Australia, and I’m told it will be in selected stores “later this month”. The Australian RRP is $449.