NACSound was founded by Italian acoustics guru Francesco Pellisari in the late 90s, and Geminos is his latest brainchild. Or should we say brain children – Geminos means ‘twins’, not only a reference to the two identical speakers but also to Pellisari being an identical twin himself and the father of twin girls.
It’s (they are? - Ed.) a stereo speaker system designed with iPads and iPods in mind, aiming to combine solid sound quality with a splash of Italian panache. And sure enough they’re an immensely stylish pair, each one a 25cm diameter sphere dressed in a seriously luxurious high gloss white finish. This makes them feel incredibly solid and weighty, which impressed us as soon as we lifted them from their equally chic cylindrical packaging.
But here’s the part that’ll really make you go ‘ooh’. The active speaker incorporates a Magic Touch control system, which allows you to adjust volume or turn it on and off by simply holding your hand on the sides. One side increases volume, the other decreases, and to turn it on or off you have to hold both sides simultaneously. It’s very cool and likely to impress your mates, but it’s a shame there’s no remote control for those times when you’re not up close.
Through the mesh on the front of the active speaker you can see a row of four blue LEDs that indicates the volume level. When altering volume, the lights illuminate half way then fully, giving you eight incremental steps. The Magic Touch system works well, responding instantly to our commands but it’s not so sensitive that you accidentally turn up the volume every time you touch it.
On the back of the active speaker is a port housing the connections. Alongside the input for the mains adapter is a 3.5mm line input and a socket for the cable that links the passive speaker, and that’s it – there’s no USB for direct connection of iPods to keep signals in the digital domain, and no digital/analogue inputs for other kit. Thankfully, that versatile mini-jack input covers most bases.