Geneva Aerosphère Small

FOR Rich sound; im­pres­sive dy­nam­ics; multi-room op­tions AGAINST Ex­pen­sive stand

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“It’s small, it’s round, it makes a lovely sound: Aerosphère, Aerosphère.” And if Geneva isn’t sat­is­fied with a five-star re­view that opens with a What Hi-fi?-penned foot­ball chant, then frankly there's no hope.

If you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any sort of déjà-vu at this point, it’s be­cause this is the smaller sib­ling of Geneva’s Award­win­ning Aerosphère Large. Hold this one close to your face and put its sib­ling fur­ther away: it’s near im­pos­si­ble to tell the dif­fer­ence, as we can say with some author­ity. It’s only a sense of jour­nal­is­tic pride stop­ping us from copy-and-past­ing the old re­view, al­ter­ing a few specs and head­ing off for an early lunch.

Mix and match

The pair are matched in terms of fea­tures: you can con­nect the Aerosphère to your mu­sic li­brary via Blue­tooth 2.1 with aptx, Air­play or DLNA, and there’s the op­tion of ana­logue con­nec­tion via its 3.5mm jack.

If you want to mix and match, the Aerosphère Base (£450), as well as adding ra­dio and a CD player, will al­low you to marry up to four of these Geneva speak­ers to play at the same time. We’re also pleased to find the same classy, tac­tile re­mote con­trol in the Aerosphère Small’s box.

As you’d ex­pect, there are dif­fer­ences be­neath the shell. The Aerosphère Large boasts two 25mm tweet­ers, two 10cm mid/ bass driv­ers and an up-fir­ing 12.5cm sub­woofer, pow­ered by five Class D dig­i­tal amplifiers. The Small down­scales that ar­moury to one each of tweeter and mid/ bass driver, pow­ered by a pair of amplifiers. It’s more pe­tite and less pow­er­ful but, given this com­pany’s mas­tery of de­sign­ing Award-win­ning wire­less speak­ers, we ought not pre­sume it to be de­void of sim­i­lar tal­ents.

We said about Geneva se­nior that we wanted to wrap our arms around its bul­bous head. Yet, as we play Grimes’s Art An­gels, the Aerosphère Small stretches out to wel­come us with those fa­mil­iar rich tones. The sound is slighter, per­haps, but the gen­eral char­ac­ter­is­tics are sat­is­fy­ingly the same.

The kick on tracks such as Cal­i­for­nia is thick and driv­ing, giv­ing these sun­drenched alt-pop gems the im­pe­tus to make us move. That has a lot to do with tim­ing; the Aerosphère isn't ex­actly light-footed, with lots of low end giv­ing the im­pres­sion of a larger speaker, but it is more than ca­pa­ble of keep­ing the tempo.

Play it next to the Model S Wire­less DAB+, an­other Award win­ner from Geneva at this price, and not only is there greater girth to the sound­stage but it shaves off any hard edges to the tre­ble. It isn’t as clean,

per­haps, but for long-term lis­ten­ing we’d opt for the Aerosphère. Take it down a few notches with Andy Hull and Robert Mcdow­ell’s mostly acapella sound­track for Swiss Army Man, and Geneva proves its abil­ity to cre­ate speak­ers that make you want to dance and yet have the nuance to ex­press dy­namic sound­scapes. The swells wash over us with a com­bi­na­tion of whole­some, de­tailed warmth and del­i­cate ex­pres­sion. It's an im­pres­sive per­for­mance by a speaker with so many ri­vals in this area of the mar­ket.

Your ar­se­nal

If you re­ally want to make the most of the Aerosphère fam­ily, you’re look­ing at more than this speaker’s £350 price tag – there's the Base to add the Model S’s ra­dio fa­cil­i­ties and a CD player, while a stand will cost an ex­tra £150 for each speaker you add to your ar­se­nal – but there’s no rea­son you can’t have an en­ter­tain­ing, im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with what's in the box. If we were look­ing for the best pos­si­ble multi-room sys­tem, we’d be tempted to start with one of these speak­ers and build from there. Now we need to copy­right that song in case Geneva wants to use it in its Aerosphère ad­verts.

“Geneva has proven its abil­ity to cre­ate speak­ers that make you want to dance and yet also have the nuance to ex­press dy­namic sound­scapes”

The Aerosphère Small is the smaller twin of the Aerosphère Large – and the two share many of the same char­ac­ter­is­tics

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