The Good For a compact, portable Bluetooth speaker, the Geneva Sound System Model XS sounds very good and plays loud. It has a user-replaceable, built-in, rechargeable battery; folds up into its own case; and has a built-in FM radio and alarm clock features.
The Bad The Model XS is fairly pricey, has no speakerphone capabilities, and charges via a separate AC adapter, not USB.
The Bottom Line 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.
Geneva Sound System Model XS
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, aside from the somewhat inflated price tag, it's a very solid product.
Design and features
One of the nicest things about the Geneva Sound System Model XS is that, like an old-school travel clock radio, it folds up into its own integrated case, which acts as a stand when opened.