Conclusion: Thinking of the Geneva Sound System Model L as a powerful contemporary-styled mini system wouldn't be far off the mark. Its sound quality and ease of use will make it an attractive addition to the living rooms of the tragically hip (and wealthy).
Geneva Lab GenevaSound mod. L & XL - active speaker with CD player, FM tuner and iPod docking station
16 January 2009
Excerpt: Foreword Exactly two years ago I reviewed an active sats + subwoofer system, with Class D internal amplification, namely the Aux Out by Kuller/Outline. During these last years TNT-Audio has reviewed a couple of "all-in-one" audiophile -oriented systems like the Audio Analogue Enigma and the Arcam Solo . These systems include a CD player, a tuner section and an amplifier. Only speakers are missing, in order to get a really complete stereo system.
Excerpt: (1 items) Judged on size alone, the $599 Model L might seem expensive. However, consider that Apple's iPod-only iPod Hi-Fi is $349; for $250 more, the Model L gives you a CD player, FM radio, and significantly better overall sound quality. Add to that a sleek and stylish design that will inspire conversation but won't dominate your listening room.
Excerpt: (1 items) Most “iPod stereos” are based on the theory that, since all your favorite music is on your iPod, you don’t need any other audio sources—just a way to play your iPod’s music in high fidelity. Swiss audio manufacturer Geneva Lab , on the other hand, realizes that many of us still have CDs, and that some of us still like to listen to the radio—at least once in a while.
Pros: Easy to set up and use, Complete stereo system—iPod, CD, and FM—in a single unit, Outstanding fit and finish: exceptional sound quality for a one-piece system, Attractive design
Cons: Little low bass extension, Remote performance could be better, Stand is a $99 option, Stereo imaging good enough to use for TV and DVDs, but size/design makes such use difficult
Summary: Dropping a four-figure sum on an iPod dock may not be your bank manager’s idea of sensible spending, but then he probably hasn’t heard the Model L. At first glance, Geneva’s rather large system looks like an oppressively size centre speaker. But fortunately for all our sensibilities, it’s rather more than that, combining an iPod dock, CD player and FM radio.
Summary: This is the big brother to the recently reviewed Geneva M (18/07/08), there is an even larger unit (to big for my place) the XL full details on their site. So what does this large unit have to offer?
Excerpt: £850 (plus an 'optional' £150 for a stand that should probably be considered 'essential') seems a fair bit for what, at first sight, looks to be an oppressively sized centre speaker. Fortunately for all our sensibilities, the Geneva Model L is more than that. It's an iPod dock, a CD player and FM radio. It has amplification rated at 50W per channel, which drives two 1-inch tweeters and a pair of 5.25-inch mid/bass drivers.
Pros: Thoroughly enjoyable, pacy sound from iPod, CD or FM, sturdy build, glossy finish
Cons: Brutal looks, you will need to buy the stand