Great sound and creative design

The Geneva Sound System Model S is a stylish, attractive iPod speaker dock and function actually follows form in this case as it sounds as good as it looks but it comes at a high price.

By Magnus Nystedt

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Published: Sat 25 Sep 2010, 11:46 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:53 AM

In terms of design it’s basically a box measuring around 24 x 15 x 17.5 cm so it’s not very big. The small size in combination with the stylish design means the Model S would fit in well in most rooms, whether they are living rooms, offices are something else. You can place it directly on a surface or on the included circular-base stand, which raises the Model S about eight cm from the surface. The Model S that I received for testing was white, but the system is also available in bright red or black.

On the top of the Model S is a touch-sensitive power button. Powering on the unit lights up the on-board controls, which are similarly touch-sensitive buttons arranged much like the classic iPod Click Wheel controls.

One cool but not particularly functional characteristic of the Model S is the iPod/iPhone dock. When you turn on power a piece on the top of the Model S turns around and reveals the dock. Turn power off after taking out the iPod/iPhone and it turns back into the enclosure again leaving the top almost completely smooth.

Smooth is also a keyword for much of the rest of the design of the Model S. It’s beautifully void of the knobs, dials, displays etc. that tend to clutter competing products. The metal-grill face covers two speakers. In the top left corner of the front, behind the grill, sits a small LED display showing the time, radio station frequency and a few other pieces of information.

The only other things you’ll see on the back are the plug for the included AC adapter and a 3.5mm line-in jack for connecting another audio source. Sound quality is quite simply excellent. The sound is rich and despite its small size the Model S easily fills quite a large room. Clearly, given its limited size, you won’t get much separation of left and right but that’s to be expected. That means that even though the Model S has an input for external sound it won’t be suitable for using with a TV or other similar audio-visual source.

At Dh1800 the model S isn’t cheap. But it sounds much better than many cheaper competitors and just about as good as many more expensive ones.

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