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.