Review Price £629.00
Geminos’ design is based on the Zemi, another of Pellisari’s speaker creations. That applies to the internal structure too, which uses NACSound’s patented central reflex technology, where a variable section pipe passes through the middle of the sphere.
Each speaker features a 142mm aluminium basket woofer and 19mm neodymium tweeter, the close correlation of which results in excellent linearity, according to NACSound. The speakers have a relatively wide frequency response of 38Hz – 21kHz, and the amplifier inside the active speaker offers 2 x 40W of power, which on paper looks like a decent amount of grunt.
And in practise, Geminos is a highly polished and powerful performer, injecting music with the sort of richness and depth you’d hope for when forking out over £600 on a set of speakers.
It reveals plenty of detail and texture in the music, thanks to its remarkably clear and fleet-footed handling of high frequencies. This gives it an open, airy nature that makes any material you play sound gratifyingly crisp and perky. If anything, it might over-emphasise treble a touch too much, but because it’s balanced out by solid, forceful midrange and chunky bass notes it doesn’t spoil the sound.
We played tunes from an iPad, a laptop and even a portable CD player, and in each case Geminos lends genuine sparkle to the music. Lossless music files and CDs obviously showcase its talents best, but even standard 192/128kbps MP3s and AAC files sound terrific. Stereo imaging is excellent, and the speakers have enough puff in their lungs to fill an average-sized living room.
So whether you’re playing the future soul of Sy Smith’s Fast and Curious, the iconic jazz of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue or belligerent guitar music like Nirvana’s Nevermind, Geminos handles it with a refinement and poise befitting its price tag, backed up by tightly integrated and agile low frequencies.
Next we tried Geminos with movie material stored on our laptop, and even though it’s not the system’s primary function the speakers’ inherent quality shines though. Its prowess with detail is its main asset, fleshing out the stereo soundstage with delicate background ambience and effects while giving music and dialogue due prominence.
With its classy musical performance and scene-stealing looks, Geminos has proved that it’s truly one (or two?) of a kind. It lends a detail-drenched gloss to tunes from any source, backed up by authority in the mid and low frequencies, resulting in a polished sound with plenty of depth. Some may find it pushes the high-frequencies a little too much, but others will lap up the crispness it brings to the sound.
It’s also beautifully built, blessed with Italian aesthetic flair and boasts some cheeky little innovations like the Magic Touch control system, which ups the wow factor even further.
But does all this justify the not insignificant £629 price tag? Almost, but we’d have liked a couple more connections and a remote control for the money, plus the foam rings aren’t the most elegant of mounting solutions. Aside from that though, this is an impressive proposition.
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