Geneva Lab Model M Review

By on April 18, 2011
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Sublime beauty in a small package.

Good: Beautiful design, Brilliant audio, Smooth touch-sensitive controls, Very powerful for its size
Bad: Menu controls are not fully functional, Bass feels slightly lower than expected
Price: AED 2,400
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Like most of you guys out there, I had never heard of the Geneva Sound Systems prior to working on this review. Based in Switzerland, Geneva Lab is a company that focuses on iPhone/iPod docks by creating sophisticated audio equipment in a simple package. This simplicity comes in the form of elegant designs on both the looks and the interface of the docks. Today I’ll be looking at the Geneva Sound System Model M.

The entire line-up of their Geneva Sound System looks similar, in that it’s a rectangular box made of piano lacquered wood with multiple Hi-Fi speakers. The top has the Apple docking bay along with the touch-sensitive control panel. Model L and XL come with floor stands, while Model S and M without. All four models come in a choice of white, black and red. I have seen all of these color combinations with the other sets and I can tell you they all look classy no matter what the color.

The Model M is specifically designed for bedrooms or medium sized-living rooms; perfect for my apartment.  It does weigh 7.3kgs, so just be mindful of where you put it. However, the weight distribution is very nicely balanced, so anything should easily support the Model M.

Just going by the looks, the Model M exudes an air elegance wherever it’s put. The piano lacquered finish of the wooden cabinet looks beautiful from all angles. All the speakers out front are hidden behind a mesh grill, on the top right of which is the LED display. The entire top is a flat surface, save for the small panel, which rotates open, revealing the iPod/iPhone Universal Dock and the touch-sensitive controls.

The rear bottom houses the 3.5mm line-input jack, the FM antenna connector and the power plug. The metal base continues another 2 inches below the Model M, lining the metal fins as a source of heat dissipation for the amplifier inside.

One can immediately see Apple’s design philosophies filter through the Geneva Sound Systems. Both companies have products that are simple to use, plain, yet strikingly beautiful, and are utterly efficient at their functions.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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