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Old 08-25-2006, 04:01 PM   #15
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This might not be quite small enough for you. We just purchased a Philips system that plays DVDS, CDs, MP3s, etc. It has inputs and outputs for additional systems. Obviously it works well with a flat panel TV. The system includes 2 bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer. Sounds great. Looks great - mirrored front mini-components go well with your Airstream. $200 at Sam's club. It won't solve your wire problem.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:52 PM   #16
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We love our Tivoli Model Two (with subwoofer). Sounds fantastic, works on 12v, and works well with our ipods and tv/dvd player. Plus it just looks cool!
The Tivoli was designed by the same guy (Dr. Henry Kloss) that designed most of the original Cambridge Soundworks components. He had a HUGE influence on stereo design starting in the 60's and was the driving force behind KLH, Advent and several other ground breaking companies.

The Tivoli is actually an updated version of the old KLH Model One table radio that had a single, great sounding speaker and the FM-only vernier tuning dial found on the Tivoli, all wrapped in a furniture grade walnut box.
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:57 AM   #17
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good ideas

hi- all these ideas sound good, though still wondering if there is anything inherently "cheesy" about using a standard car stereo-cd player with mp3 input, and maybe using a better quality speaker system than standard car speakers? It seems to be the smallest unit going for am-fm-cd-mp3, and runs on 12V. What's wrong with these?? -tim
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:01 AM   #18
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I don't see anything wrong with using this system as long as you're happy with the results. I've heard some of the car audio systems and was blow away by their performance. Whatever suits your style and meets your expectations, I say go for it.

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hi- all these ideas sound good, though still wondering if there is anything inherently "cheesy" about using a standard car stereo-cd player with mp3 input, and maybe using a better quality speaker system than standard car speakers? It seems to be the smallest unit going for am-fm-cd-mp3, and runs on 12V. What's wrong with these?? -tim
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Nothing wrong with car audio, but in my past experiences, you have to spend large to get the sound quality of some of the portable systems like the CS Model 12. It also works on 12VDC, has multiple inputs and sounds fantastic. Plus, you don't have to leave it in the A/S....just pack it up and take it somewhere else!

To duplicate the sound quality, you are talking subwoofer and amp, in addition to 2 or 4, 2 way high quality car speakers. By the time you get all of this stuff, you're way over $1000.
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:40 AM   #20
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thanks Brad, and Lew- exactly what I was wondering. I will look at the Tivoli and Cambridge products, as well as the Bose "executive" system- and see what Costco or Sams has to offer. Bose and Philips would only be 110V, I assume- so no music while boondocking. (which is fine) Will continue researching, hope more folks jump into this...-tim
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Very happy with My Tivoli with Sirius and iPod hookups. It has AMAZING sound. They have some cool portable units too -- might be more durable than the walnut box for camping.

Sirius is awfully nice to have out in the wilderness or in the car for long drives where radio leaves a lot to be desired.


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Old 08-26-2006, 06:55 PM   #22
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Ipod blows 'em all away. And I'm a stereo freak
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:40 PM   #23
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yes, philips is only 110. no luck while boondocking
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:01 AM   #24
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Now I am faced with more choices, never realized some of the options. I got a look at a Tivoli Model one . I like the size and 12v option. Unfortunately I did not get to hear its sound. If you want stereo sound do you have to get a Model two?

I'm not sure if I get the Tivoli , what to hook into for playing CDs. Not being the most " electronic literate" I am not real familiar with the I-pod technology. How do I get my CDs loaded into an I-pod if I go that route ? As you can see I truly am trapped in the '60s when I have questions like that. Have to admit the Tivoli has the right look for Airstream.
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Your CD music collection is downloaded to the iPod on your computer with iTunes. A free Apple application which you download right off the web. Works with either Mac or PC. Personally, my Mac has become the home stereo system by creating playlists within iTunes which are also transferable to the iPod. You'll find it extremely easy and wonder how you did without it for so long.

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I'm not sure if I get the Tivoli , what to hook into for playing CDs.
If you don't want to go the ipod route, Tivoli also offers a cd player. It will take up considerably more room, though.

If you don't have a tv yet, you might also consider a tv/dvd/cd combo. Ours is a Toshiba, folds up like a laptop, and we use that if we want to play a cd. It hooks into our Tivoli system for bigger sound, too.
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Old 08-27-2006, 07:18 PM   #27
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Sounds like we've come full circle..I have a cd/player..and a Toshiba 13'/combo vhs tape player..also have a Toshiba 13"/combo cd/player that I can use in the Safari..either would work!
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hi- well the Tivoli model 2 with sub-woofer showed up yesterday, from Amazon, I went this route after being assured it would work on 12V as well as 110. I took it all out to the coach, plugged it all in- and WOW! It does have amazing sound for such a small unit, and is very easy to plug a portable CD player, or MP3 player, into it. The FM receiver is sensitive and easy to fine-tune, with a simple rotary dial. I noticed that the On/Off/Standby light on the sub-woofer did not work, and that, combined with the fact that the model 2 sounds great without the sub turned on, and the additional tangle of wires, will have me sending the sub back for a refund. So my advice would be: Get the model 2, and skip the sub-woofer for such a small space as a travel trailer. And no, I didn't just listen to NPR- I cranked "The Donnas" on CD and that coach was Rockin'!! Good tip on the Tivoli- thanks all! -tim P.S. in the pic, the beer can is for scale only....
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