Geneva XS review: A Bluetooth take on the old-school travel clock radio

While it's not cheap, the Geneva Sound System Model XS has a great design and is one of the better ultracompact Bluetooth speakers on the market, outperforming the Jawbone Jambox.

The Geneva XS is very good-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker with a rechargeable battery and built-in FM radio. It folds up into its case. Sarah Tew/CNET

Led by products like the Jawbone Jambox and Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker, compact Bluetooth speakers are hot little items these days, and Geneva Lab has placed itself in the middle of the fray with its Sound System Model XS, which retails for $250 and comes in black, red, or white.

In case you've never heard of Geneva Lab, as its name implies, it's based in Switzerland, and has been making high-end iPod and iPhone audio systems since 2006. Most of its speakers--such as the Model L we reviewed back in 2007--are actually quite beefy, so it surprised me to see the company go extra-small with an XS model. However, I'm glad it did because, despite the somewhat inflated price tag, it's a very solid product.

Read the full review of the Model XS here.

The speaker folds up for easy transport. It weighs 1.1 pounds. Sarah Tew/CNET

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Geneva Sound System Model XS

While it's pretty pricey, the Geneva Sound System Model XS has a great design and is one of the better ultracompact Bluetooth speakers on the market.

About the author

Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.

 

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