Chestnut Hill Sound George Digital Audio System for iPod | iLounge

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erm ... that's all very well. I could've gleaned all of this from the vendor website. But what does it actually sound like? I realise this isn't meant to be a full review, but at least give us an *idea* of the sound quality??!?

Posted by wonderstoat on February 5, 2007 at 6:54 PM (PDT)

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The system is more capable in the volume department than most tabletop speakers, and because of the coaxial speaker design packs a little more hardware into the space than we'd expected, but lacks for other features (e.g. equalization) we would expect for the price. Updated: Equalizers turn out to be built into one of George's setting menus - the system actually has separate boost and frequency tuners.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on February 6, 2007 at 11:51 AM (PDT)

3

Intriguing.

Hated the SQ of every iPod-ready alarm clock I've tried to date. Was about to give up and just settle for a Boston Acoustics Recepter Radio HD and forgo the iPod interoperability.

But this thing at least looks promising. Only thing I don't like is the way the iPod just sits there on cantilevered on top; it won't survive very long if I do my usual (wild) slapping for the snooze bar, being the very anti-morning person that I am.

Posted by flatline response on February 14, 2007 at 3:09 PM (PDT)

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I suppose this must sound fairly good and the remote is pretty cool. However, there is no excuse for having such lame product AND company names!
On a related comment, What's up with all this clock radio craze? Your iPod is your friend and the alarm clock is your enemy, why mix them both? I'd much rather wake up with an annoying beep (from some ugly clock that can be thrown against a wall without feeling guilty) than by the sound of my iPod, which will be safely turned on (attached to a decent sound system) once I have woken up and cleared my thoughts.

Posted by institutoaplaplac on February 17, 2007 at 6:31 PM (PDT)

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I have been using the George for 3 months. Keep your expectations in line - it is a small stereo and does sound like it - narrow sound stage. I have it installed in a cabinet in an area that I do not want to see electronic gear.

The remote is incredible, the best out there and clearly the most functional for playing the iPod from 25-30 feet away. This remote should be followed by other companies, because other ones are just inadequate compared to this one.

Excellent build quality. Everything arrived as expected. Did purchase the additional charger, but have not needed it so far.

The George is easy to set-up and use. Sound is overall very good with iPod play. Just good/fair with FM stereo, even with a third party FM antenna. About the best you can expect from such a small unit. I have not had a problem with the remote dying on me. I usually have it off the cradle for 2-3 hours and then return it. The quality and features of the remote are what sets this item apart. So easy to pick playlists and songs. Very intuitive.

Would buy this product again. Plays well at low and high volumes. Nice ability to adjust treble and bass. Bass is improved with it inside a cabinet. It plays loud and well in a large open space - living room, dining room, and kitchen. Just a very focused sound as one would expect. Just do not expect it to give the wide soundstage and depth of a typical full stereo set-up; it is a small box stereo after all.

Posted by Kinderarzt on June 10, 2007 at 7:58 PM (PDT)

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It sounds like you didn't even care to read the online full user manual, with your original, albeit corrected, assumption about no EQ.
Also, holding the next or previous track buttons on the remote speeds you through the track with audio so you can hear where you are in the track.
One should also note that even mentioned on the Chestnut Hill site is the fact that most current purchasers of the unit get the $50 charging dock for free with the George itself. I just got mine earlier this week from Sharper Image and the dock, as promised, was included at no extra charge.
And you seem, while menioned almost as an afterthought, to so casually gloss through the fact that this device is firmware upgradeable like the iPod itself - is the Luna or iHome similarly firmware upgradeable without having to purchase it anew?
This unit is by far the best iPod, clock/radio and speaker system I have ever used. I do not know if you guys have really given this a chance but the George is a solid A and I would highly recommend those who can afford such a device to consider it seriously above any other competing products out there today.

Posted by LarryB in NYC on September 2, 2007 at 9:38 AM (PDT)

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