Geneva Sound S review
Geneva Sound S reviewT3
Minimal iPod dock with massive sound
This white oblong is the Swiss company’s latest and littlest member of the boxy Geneva family and an object lesson in minimal design. It’s also a surprisingly potent sound system for your Apple iPod or Apple iPhone 4 with an FM radio built in and it’s own jog wheel to control your tunes.
Like the original and much larger Geneva L (Model S is the smallest, XL the largest and M is somewhere in the middle) it’s a perfectly smooth rectangular cabinet finished in a high gloss lacquer that’s available in white or red. The illuminated touch-sensitive buttons and motorised iPod port only become apparent when you switch it on. When you pluck your iPod from the dock, the cover rolls back over to protect the connector and switches over to the FM radio automatically.
Beneath the lustrous pearl white surface is a solidly built MDF cabinet containing two three-inch full-range drivers powered by a 2x15W Class D digital amplifier. It’s a sturdy box that’s braced for rigidity to reduce unwanted vibrations.
You can prise off the convex metal grill to see the drive units, but it looks a lot better with it on. This speaker array looks modest, but don’t under estimate Geneva’s vivacious iPod hi-fi. It produces the kind of full-bodied basslines that only improve as you dial up the volume. Even at full tilt, the treble is smooth and insightful and the mid-band delightfully expressive, while the bass is downright boisterous. In short, it’s the perfect tonal balance for dance music. Warm, smooth and engaging.
With the two speakers positioned right next to each other in this way, it’s difficult to create the stereo image of hi-fi separates, but the projection is such that this doesn’t pose too much of a problem. The sound leaps from this unit, refreshing parts of the room, most iPod docks can’t reach.
There are few additional features, but you do get an FM tuner with presets and 3.5mm Aux input for any non-Apple devices you might own. What it does have instead is a very sophisticated and intuitive menu, which is essentially a click wheel inspired by the original iPod.
If you prefer a DAB tuner over FM, Geneva will sell you the rather more expensive Model S variant for £400, which is the same in all other respects.
The Geneva scores full marks for design, but this is no case of style over substance. Its natural tone and bouncing bass are just as hard to resist.
Avaialable now, find out more at GenevaLab
iPod Touch and iPod Nano 2011 video
The iPod just got better with the new Nano and Touch 201101:23
New Apple iPod touch fourth gen luxury video
New Apple iPod touch fourth gen luxury video01:50
Apple iPod Touch 5th generation unboxing
The latest iPod Touch is on sale but what's inside the box?02:19
Best Smartphones: Reviews
HTC One M8 review
The new HTC One (M8) is the brand's new flagship Android KitKat smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S5 review
Can the new Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone blow away the competition?
iPhone 5s review
Google Nexus 5 review
Can the Google Nexus 5 trump the excellent Nexus 4?
LG G2 review
Is the G2 the best Android smartphone around?
HTC One Mini review
The HTC One Mini is a scaled down version of the popular HTC One Android phone
LG G Flex review
The LG G Flex is the maker's very first curved Android smartphone
Motorola Moto E review: Hands-on
Is the Motorola Moto E the best budget smartphone around?