Excerpt: I admire the courage that some companies have to launch “iPod only” products, at first that seems to be the case with the Geneva Sound System XL because it contains an iPod Universal Dock, but don’t be mistaken by that small detail, the speaker can actually work with other MP3 players. Besides being a huge speaker for digital audio players it also features FM radio and a slot-loading CD. As for the form factor, I [...
Excerpt: It’s not just cheese cubes the Swiss are famous for. In case you were wondering, it’s a hi-fi system. You can plant your iPod atop it, you can drop CDs into it, you can receive FM radio through it. What’s different with the four available Geneva systems (here we review the XL, the second largest) is that there is just one box. So no trailing cables (except mains), no wiring up. It sounds perfect. Can it be true?
Excerpt: One person's brilliant is another's ridiculous, and both words have been used in equal measure when reviewers have come face-to-face with the Geneva XL for the first time. One thing's for sure; it certainly provokes a response. But then, how many other gigantic, 38kg, square iPod docks are out there?
Pros: Huge-scale sounds with plenty of pace and detail from the mid and treble, lovely styling if you like that sort of thing
Cons: Ridiculous styling if you don’t like that sort of thing, DAB wouldn’t go amiss, stand costs extra, bass could be a touch more controlled
Summary: One person’s brilliant is another’s ridiculous, and both words were used in equal measure when the Stuff team came face-to-speaker with the Geneva XL for the first time. One thing’s for sure: it certainly provokes a response. But then, how many other gigantic, 38kg, square iPod docks are out there? Premium stand You could place the XL on a table-top, but it would have to be the kind of granite affair used by lake-wading kings to support the weight.