I purchased my Tivoli PAL about 4 years ago for $130. It's a great radio with an automatic recharger. But its price has skyrocketed. As I write, it goes for $219. If you don't need an iPod auxiliary port and need a reliable, strong-performance radio for the outdoors and want to save $171, you might take a look at the Sangean MMR-77 Emergency Radio. You can power it by winding its crank or plug it in. No, it does not substitute the PAL; however, it is a cheaper portable radio that is not dependent on AC power. If you're just chillin at the beach or going fishing, I doubt you want to take a $219 radio along. Also it seems wise to carry a high quality emergency radio in your car trunk. You never know when you might need it.
As far as the MMR-77's quality goes, here Herculodge reader Tom Welch writes the following:
The Sangean MMR-77 emergency radio has strong crank mechanism, well built, sized for portability, and gives decent AM/FM performance when you consider its intended function and design limitations (antenna less than 12"). My friends have purchased Eton and Kaito competitors; they have all been disappointed with mostly the build quality and durability of their emergency radios. A neighbor has owned the Sangean MMR-77 for 3 years and the radio is still in great shape despite heavy use including camping trips and cross country RV travel. About 30 seconds of cranking the dynamo gets you 3 hours of radio listening time. I like the tuning and charging LEDs, water resistance, buzzer, and illumination lamp is pretty handy in an emergency situation. IMHO, Sangean has done a nice job in picking the right features for most emergencies while delivering a product at an affordable price point for consumers.