Inspired by the classic travel clock, it comes in a sturdy leather-like clamshell case that flips open to deliver rich and detailed sound. Closed, it’s a stylish accessory small enough to slip into any briefcase.
Never before has a Hi-Fi system been integrated into a case designed for a travel lifestyle. Geneva Sound System Model XS solves this problem with simplicity and elegance. It hides the speakers, amplifiers, radio, and alarm clock inside the case, covered in a choice of Geneva’s trademark red, white or black finishes.
Once opened, a compact yet powerful Hi-Fi system is revealed. The digital amplifier and stereo speakers play mid and high frequencies with absolute accuracy. The woofer is capable of producing robust bass response below 80Hz. The Model XS features an integrated digital FM tuner and stereo Bluetooth playback. Music streams wirelessly to the Model XS from any Bluetooth-enabled device, such as iPad, iPhone, and other smartphones and tablets. Other audio sources can be connected via the included 3.5 mm line-in cable. Advanced digital technology allows the Model XS to produce stunning and expansive stereo sound that belies its compact size.
The Geneva Sound System Model XS is not just another clock radio; it is a portable high-fidelity sound system!
|Speaker System||2 × 1” tweeters and 1 × 2¼” woofer|
|Power Amplifier||Digital and analog amplifiers (Class D) with 12 (2 × 3, 1 × 6) watt output|
|Frequency Range||80 Hz to 20 kHz|
|Cabinet||Piano-lacquered HD composite|
|Bluetooth and Line-in mode||powered by digital amplifier for optimal audio performance|
|FM mode||powered by analog amplifier for optimal radio reception|
|Analog Audio in||1 × stereo mini line-in with 3.5 mm (⅛ inch) plug for external inputs like PC, DVD, game console, and TV|
|Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP||for high quality wireless audio streaming|
|Power Supply||100-240V AC, 50-60Hz|
|Power Consumption||maximum 12 W, standby less than 0.5 W|
|Size and Weight|
|Width × height × depth||15.7 cm × 10.2 cm × 11.5 cm (6.2” × 4” × 4.5”)|
|Weight||0.5 kg (1.1 pounds)|
|Adapter cable for stereo mini line-in: 3.5 mm (⅛ inch) plugs on both ends||Yes|
|Rechargeable 2700 mA lithium battery||Yes|
|AC power adapter with cable||Yes|
Geneva Sound System Model XS Speaker Review
This week we review the Geneva Sound System Model XS. The Geneva XS bills itself as the "world’s first portable audio system with true Hi-Fi sound." While it sounds pretty good, considering it's a battery-powered system with dual 1" tweeters and a 2" woofer, I'm not sure I'm ready to deliver the "Hi-Fi" moniker to it just yet. In fact, I don't know that anyone's every really thought of a small portable speaker like this as Hi-Fi... maybe that's why Geneva went after the market.
The radio looks like a 1950's travel alarm clock... or an art deco humidor - I'm not sure which... It comes permanently affixed within a hardshell case with a leather-ish outer coating. The case actually serves as a sort of natural amplifier for the audio and, in fact, the unit won't really work unless the clamshell is opened and secured properly. The model we reviewed here is Red, but it also comes in White or Black. Where it departs from the total retro throwback motif is the control system. The Geneva XS uses impressive backlit capacitance touch controls for Power, Volume, Mode, Navigation and Alarm settings. There's also a red LED display behind the grill that shows you information such as volume, time, alarm and FM radio station.
And there's a lot of functionality in this little portable clock radio. It has Bluetooth connectivity, so - in addition to the 1/8" mini jack on the back and the FM radio, you can also stream music to it from your iPhone or other Bluetooth device. It uses an efficient Class-D amplifier and the stereo speakers did a decent job at reproducing mids and highs, though mid-bass was completely absent, as were any bass frequencies below about 120Hz or so. Geneva claims a frequency response down to 80Hz, but that's not at any level of output that we considered to be relevant.
All-in-all, the Geneva Model XS still remains a glorified battery-powered clock radio - but a good one, and very portable. We're just not sure how many people will be willing to fork out the $250 to purchase it. Our guess is that this will remain an elite luxury product for those who truly appreciate the thought of a retro portable battery-powered solution for audio on-the-go. If that's you, you should check this out.
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