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.
Excerpt: Underneath there’s a socket for an FM aerial (a string is supplied), plus one auxiliary input using RCA phono sockets (there’s also a minijack input next to the topmounted iPod dock). There’s also a long multipin connector labelled ‘AIR’, corresponding to an AIR button on the remote; this is for undisclosed future functionality, says distributor Audio Dynamics, mysteriously. With the stand assembled and attached, the supported unit stands 79cm high.
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.