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Chestnut Hill Sound George Audio Speaker System for iPod (White)


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  • Brilliant Sound. Drop in your iPod, select your favorite tune and hear it in a whole new light.
  • Ultimate Control. Navigate through your music faster and easier than any other system.
  • Smarter Radio.Traditional presets are great, if you have a photographic memory
  • Advanced AM/FM alarm clock with BANDLESS Tuning
  • Powers/charges iPod while docked
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Technical Details
Brand NameChestnut Hill Sound
Item Weight19.4 pounds
Product Dimensions14 x 9 x 5 inches
Item model numberGeorge
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000SLUP5Q
Best Sellers Rank #617,691 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight19.4 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 2, 2004
  
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Product Description

Product Description

George is the first digital audio system to combine an iPod music playback system, full-feature wireless remote, Bandless AM/FM radio, and alarm system in one product. George's front panel becomes the remote and presents all iPod, radio, and alarm information as well as the unique ability to control all. George's remote uses Zigbee-based RF technology and incorporates a high-resolution, graphic display. Also, George is the only table-top audio product capable of having its software updated through USB. George is supported by Chestnut Hill Sound's team of audio professionals, many of whom have extensive experience supporting the most demanding customers in the highest profile installations.

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Amazon.com Product Description Meet George, the first digital audio system to combine an iPod music playback system, fully-featured wireless remote, AM/FM radio and alarm system in one product. Designed to satisfy the discerning iPod user, George is a unique combination of power and functionality. Along with best in-class sound quality, George has a detachable front panel that functions as a remote control. Command your digital music library, AM/FM radio, alarms, or legacy devices, all from an intuitive and ergonomically crafted remote. The wait is over. See the George Video Presentation.


George's size was determined not only by the internal components but also by optimizing the acoustics. See the George Video Presentation.


George is designed for lots of expansion capabilities down the road.


Finally, a place to put your iPod that's up to the challenge.

A detachable front panel functions as a remote control. Command your digital music library, AM/FM radio, alarms, or legacy devices, all from an intuitive and ergonomically crafted device. View larger.


The George remote has an actual control that you turn, giving you fast, easy control of your library, volume, and other settings.


The display makes it easy for you to search the music on your iPod as well as show you the information for the song or radio station playing.


George uses coaxial 2-way speakers that outperform highly equalized single cone speaker designs, resulting in greater detail and accuracy.
Remote
Compact discs were invented in the early 80s, credit card-sized remotes followed shortly thereafter. These remotes were great for controlling CDs 20 years ago, but using Reagan-era innovation to control your iPod seems like a marriage of technology and nostalgia at best. George's remote--which measures 3.75 x 4.4 x 2.6 inches--is completely purpose driven, to give you what a remote should, complete control.

You'll never confuse the volume control with the play button, even in the dark. That's because George has an actual control that you turn and not just a little bump in an array of bumps. Navigation has never been easier with jump buttons. Hyper-search huge libraries with a few clicks, no more 'press and hold' til' you get there. In fact, all of the critical controls on George are distinct in feel and location and optimized for ergonomics as well as function. Spend a few minutes with it and you'll feel as if you've had it for years. That's intuitive. That's George.

The iPod has a great display in the palm of your hand. However, when you are across the room relaxing, that display is little more than a nightlight. That's why the George remote uses a high-resolution, backlit graphic display. Now you can see where 103.3 FM is stored without having to cycle through every preset button. The display makes it easy for you to search the music on your iPod as well as show you the information for the song playing, from anywhere in the room. Want to know how many songs are left on this album? Just look.

If you know how to use an iPod, you know how to use George. The menu structure and controls were designed specifically to match your familiarity with using the iPod. George has even added the capability to search by letter using a method common to every cell phone. So when you pick up the George remote, you'll feel right at home.

Radio
George features "Bandless Tuning," eliminating the artificial barrier of AM and FM. Just spin the knob around a seamless circle of stations, no need for an extra button. This is not your father's radio. Using the high resolution screen on the remote, George not only shows you where you are but where you want to go. George knows you love to listen to the game as much as to Rock and Roll. That's why the AM was designed to be as great as the FM, and now you can access them democratically.

What's the use of having presets if you have to cycle through each one to find the station you're looking for? With four separate pages of presets, you can organize by interest and genre, be it sports, news, classic rock or hip/hop. No more guessing which preset is 94.5 FM, because each self-labeling preset is clearly indicated.

Sound
Voiced by audio professionals to more closely approximate the way music was originally recorded, George emulates the multi-amped 2.1 systems which are now used to make professional recordings. Most table top systems deliver audio through a single set of small-sized speakers, resulting in artificial high notes and muddy bass. George uses coaxial (2-way) speakers that outperform highly equalized single cone speaker designs, resulting in greater detail and accuracy. These stereo coax speakers are paired with a dedicated downfiring 4-inch sub-woofer that is optimized for low frequency reproduction without excessive EQ or resonant ducts. The 5 speaker system is then bi-amped to ensure your music sounds more like the way the artist intended.

Great sound doesn't come from full-range 1-inch and 2-inch speakers, nor does it come from small boxes. George's size (14.25 x 5 x 8.6 inches) was determined not only by the internal components but also by optimizing the acoustics. Giving the speakers room to breath is what gives George the 'big system' sound in a compact table top size.

Despite popular convention, a system of this size on your night stand not only looks bad but sounds bad too. Optimum position for listening is in front of the speakers, not next to them. The available Charging Stand for George's remote allowing you to place the speakers anywhere in the room that sounds the best while keeping full control of George at arms reach.

A System with a Future
George is smart and designed to get smarter. While other products fade with time, George improves and expands to fit your life. From changing its look to expanding its uses, George actually has a future.

Choose one of the optional wood panels and matching speaker grills to tailor George to your decor. Add the charging stand so that you can have full control of George in only a 4" footprint.

Update the software to take advantage of continuing enhancements. George is built to be the best music system today and it's also designed to continue to grow.

  • Juke Box: While George offers the best in tabletop sound, no tabletop playback device can match the "big systems" that may reside in your living or media room. Plug George's Preamp Out into your big system, and with the music collection in your iPod, you may just have the world's best juke box right in your home and at your fingertips via George's remote control.
  • Alarms: George has many different types of alarms, from nap and sleep timers to dual or one time alarms. Big day ahead? Pick the perfect song from your library to get you going in the morning, and don't worry about making sure that tune is queued up on your iPod when going to sleep. Just pick the song when you set the alarm and let George take care of the rest. Like headlines in the morning? Wake to any radio station. Heavy sleeper? You can set the wake up volume to be louder than whatever you are listening to for relaxation. And it's all easier to use than your conventional alarm clock.
  • Updates: Chestnut Hill Sound has enabled George with the ability to grow over time. A USB port on the back panel of George allows for software updates and upgrades. Hardware modules can be added as well.
  • Accessories: Choose from different wood shells and matching grill covers to suit George to fit your taste and room decor. With the included charging stand kit, the George makes an excellent the George makes an excellent hi-fi alarm clock for your bedroom or office. The stand charges the remote, and creates the smallest, most feature packed alarm clock your nightstand will ever see. The kit even includes a grille cover to replace the remote to maintain George's clean appearance. The flexibility provided by the charging stand allows you to place the speakers for optimum acoustics without sacrificing any control of George's features.
What's in the Box
George unit, power adapter, battery, USB cable, philips screwdriver, AM antenna, FM antenna, charging stand kit, universal dock inserts, warranty card, and quick start card.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great sound and simple to use.
In the woods, eh
I am not an audiophile but definitely own a lot of high-end audio equipment and know bad sound from good sound.
Nikhil Khanna
Emailed the company and no response.
Andrew

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Thompson on January 14, 2008
GEORGE does things very differently from most iPod products. The beauty of the iPod is it's interface, and Chestnut Hill has spent a great deal of time thinking about how users interface with GEORGE. What they've come up with is elegant and allows a significant feature set while remaining elegantly simple to use.

In a brilliant touch, the controls can be removed from the radio and placed in a charging stand. In this configuration everything functions as before, only wirelessly. You can put the radio a distance away -- with your iPod mounted on top -- and have complete control of both GEORGE and the iPod from your nightstand.

The sound quality also differentiates this product. It does not try to hide or gloss over the fact that it is a small box by using electronic tricks. Instead, it packs the cleanest, tightest, and truest sound I've yet heard from a box of this size. The bass is tight and musical, without the BOSE tendency towards flatulent exaggeration. Treble is good and articulate, without sounding harsh or edgy. And, considering it's size, GEORGE creates a decent stereo image as well.

Just for reference, I own a BOSE SoundDock, Apple HiFi, and have quite a bit of higher-end audio gear. GEORGE has proven to be one of the best-engineered iPod-related products I've ever owned.

Furthermore, the designers did not ignore the design of the built-in radio tuner. Connected to a Sangean Twin-Coil Ferrite AM Antenna, this thing pulls in each and every AM station that my top-of-the-line Sony Shortwave radio can. FM performance is also quite good and seems every bit as good as the tuner in our Tivoli Audio Model One.

Highly recommended, and we've just ordered a second unit for our guest room...

[UPDATE Jan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Nelson on July 28, 2008
I bought George as a present for my daughter. She wanted a clock-radio but also likes to listen to her ipod Nano and wanted speakers for it so she wouldn't have to use her earbuds all the time. George seemed like the perfect fit - and it was. She uses George to listen to her ipod and uses George's alarm function to wake up in the morning (and can choose which ipod tune she wakes up to - pretty cool feature!). The detachable remote sits in its charging cradle on her nightstand while George sits on her dresser.

As far as sound quality is concerned, George is obviously does not produce audiophile quality sound but the sound it produces is surprisingly full and rich for its size.

The only criticisms I have are:

1. The battery in the remote doesn't hold its charge for very long (leave it out of its cradle for more than an hour or two and the battery will be almost completely drained)

2. The remote doesn't seem to have a very large operating range (maybe 20-25 feet at the most).

3. Being able to update George's software over the internet is a very cool feature, but unless its permanent location is right next to your computer, you'll have to unplug it and take it to wherever you have a computer (it updates via USB cable) to do the update.

None of the above are a very big deal for me because of the way George is used in my house, but if you're placing George in a larger room and/or if you have a hard time remembering to put rechargable remotes back in their cradles, they could be larger issues for you.

I have had to call tech support only once since buying George. The remote mysteriously lost communication with the base unit and I couldn't get it back.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Hill on September 30, 2008
My wife and I love this system! Yes, we looked at and listened to ALL the different table radio models. First, the remote is genius, this piece alone makes the system. Second, audio quality is superb! No, it is not a high fidelity home theater or stereo system, it wasn't designed to replace those systems. It sounds better that most home-theater in a box systems (and you would have to spend a lot to beat the Chestnut Hill Sound George), and it's audio fidelity is much more than what you would expect from a table radio. The sound is very natural, weighty and deep were it needs to be, clear and detailed in the other areas (if your afraid that it will be too bright, see next--->>). Third, if you choose to do so, the adjustability (is that a word) of this system is fantastic. Make the system brighter, warmer, or softer, depending on where you place the system and what sounds best. Most table radios can't do this!!! This unit fills the kitchen (where it is located) with sound, gets plenty loud, and is easily heard in each adjoining room of the house even at low to normal listening levels. From another room, you never guess that it is a table radio, it sounds too good! Don't hesitate, get this unit, not any of the others.

Well, it's been a great radio, family loves it, but, we need some repairs and I have contacted Chestnut Hill Sound twice in the last month, no response.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor on November 15, 2010
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This is a recent update to my previous review. Everything below still applies. As others have mentioned the battery on the remote tends to be shortlived. Mine "died" a few months ago. Difficult to find replacement battery. When I contacted the email address on the Chestnut Hill Sound website about the battery I got a response saying I could get a replacement battery if I sent a check to the provided PO Box for $49!!! I found a place on Amazon that sells a compatible battery that appears like it should work (I haven't received it yet) for $19 including shipping. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MPZZGK/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
Interesting product, if sound quality is a priority this is an Ipod player you should consider. Sound is rich, full, detailed, maybe slightly slow in audiophile terms because of emphasis on upper bass and midrange. But overall I think the sound quality is better than any Ipod player I've heard, including expensive ones like Bose, B&W. Sound is pretty neutral and close to the music. Feels more powerful than most and can really fill a small to medium sized room. Very adjustable sound, including adjustable sub-woofer in the unit, and when adjusting the bass and treble you can choose the frequency that your adjustments kick in.
Most unique feature of George is the remote, which loads the titles of all the content on your Ipod. You can search through and play any song, album, artist, or playlist and play it from the remote. Only tradeoff is the graphics on the remote just include the title, no album art, it's not in color and feels about circa '05. Also it's clear that this unit was designed for the original Ipods, not the "Touch" for example.
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