Geneva Model XS – Small Box, Huge Sound!

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When I first opened the package for this thing, I had no idea what to make of it. No, really I had no idea what this thing was because of how it was packaged.

The Geneva Model XS is definitely one of the more oddly designed Bluetooth speakers I’ve encountered, but its odd design has purpose and it’s a damn good one: To make sure you don’t lose its case! It also becomes a stand, has a little pocket that can store smaller phones and devices, like an iPhone 4s, and has a built-in alarm clock and FM radio.

The initial setup is kind of a hit-and-miss. It’s easy to setup and pair with your devices, and it even comes with a 3.5mm cord in case your device doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities, but you have to hook up the battery yourself with this super tiny plug, which can be a pain if, like me, you have pudgy fingers.

But let’s get to the best part: the sound. You know the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? This is definitely one of those instances. Considering how small this thing is, I did not expect the amount of awesome sound it could produce, not to mention how it sounds at the highest level before the neighbor started yelling at me to turn it down. The sound quality is the same whether you’re using a Bluetooth device or 3.5mm jack, however, like with most cases I recommend using the 3.5mm jack due to the fact the Bluetooth reach is only about 30 feet.

There are some pressing issues with this device, such as the fact it has to be in its “perfect position” in order to stay on, with the outer case locked into the device. The other is the FM radio. Not that I have a problem with an FM radio built into it, it’s just the fact that not only does it have a massive antenna built into the side, but also it can’t seem to pick AM radio with that antenna. Then again most people who do listen to the radio already have the app known as “I Heart Radio”, so it kind of makes that inclusion a moot point.

All in all though this little case n’ box combo speaker produces a mass amount of high quality sound and doubles as a nice little wireless alarm clock.

Grade: B-

Pros:

  • High Quality sound with no loss of quality at max volume
  • Small and Portable
  • Around 5-hour battery life

Cons:

  • $250 price tag
  • Has to be in certain position to stay on, cannot be taken out of protective case
  • No AM Radio despite built-in antenna that has to be extended outward

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