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"We Could Not Believe the Sound," Says Rolling Stone
The foxL v2 defies conventional wisdom about sound quality and speaker size. This miniature audiophile portable music system has to be heard to be believed. It really is that good for the size and price. Wall or battery powered, wired or wireless, the foxL v2 is for smart phones, iPads, mp3 players, laptops, mobile gaming, and much more.
To achieve audiophile-approved sound quality and its remarkable eight-octave bandwidth, the tiny foxL utilizes highly advanced speaker technologies found nowhere else, regardless of size or price. Onboard amplification is supplied by four ultra high-efficiency digital amplifiers delivering total output power up to 8 watts at <0.1%THD.
"We could not believe the sound that came out of these tiny speakers," says Rolling Stone magazine. "The foxL (v2 Bluetooth) has astonishing sound for its size; The amount of bass and its complex range make the speaker's 2.2-inch by 5.6-inch by 1.4-inch dimensions seem like an optical illusion."
"Sound is Jaw-droppingly Big"
"The foxL's sound is jaw-droppingly big, in dramatic inverse proportion to its size," raves Macworld magazine for January 13, 2010. "Upper-bass response is very impressive for such a small device, especially when the FoxL is positioned near a wall."
"The Soundmatters foxL is tiny, even for a portable speaker, but has a well-muscled sound that beats out squawk boxes twice its size," marvels Chris Jones at Wired.com.
"There was more bass than I've ever heard from a device this size," says Mark Fleischmann in Home Theater Magazine. "Given the choice between this and having something clamped on my head or stuck in my ears for long periods, I'd choose this..."
Linear Magnetic Drive™ Twoofer™
Unlike other portable speaker systems, foxL is engineered around a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unique in their ability to reproduce both extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single very small diameter (25mm) dome speaker, dubbed the Twoofer.
Covered by a portfolio of patents, the Twoofer incorporates Soundmatter's Linear Magnetic Drive topology featuring field-focused, back-to-back, dual Extreme-Energy™ neodymium magnets and a 1-inch, dual voice coil.
BassBattery™ and Flatmagic™ Technologies
The foxL's dual digitally powered Twoofers are assisted in their task of reproducing low frequencies by a miniaturized version of the high mass 'moving-wall' passive bass radiators found in Soundmatters' award-winning SUBstage home subwoofers.
To add the additional bass driver without compromising stringent weight and space restrictions, Soundmatters engineers developed an innovative solution called the BassBattery™. This patent-pending design was created by rubber-encasing foxL's built-in high capacity, lithium-ion battery, enabling it to provide the mass for an acoustic suspension bass driver.
'Skintight' DomeForward™ Enclosure
The foxL incorporates high-tech glass-filled composite walls to form a 'skintight' ultra-rigid totally sealed acoustic enclosure. Due to its high-tech look, the foxL enclosure is often confused with metal, but it's much lighter for ultimate portability.
Unlike other speaker manufacturers that mount their acoustic drivers in a manner that actually obstructs their sound – especially if the listener is off-axis from the front of the speakers’ direct 'line of sight- – foxL’s Twoofer speakers are mounted 'dome forward' from the enclosure. They're protected by a grille designed to maximize acoustic transparency. As a result, foxL sounds open and airy.
Enhanced Bluetooth Hands-Free and Music Streaming
Soundmatters engineers worked closely with their factory partner, one of the largest manufacturers of Bluetooth devices, to ensure that foxL v2's implementation of Bluetooth's v.2.0 A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) technology was optimized for both wide audio bandwidth and low distortion. This extra effort ensures surprisingly high quality stereo music streaming.
"The sound I heard playing tunes from Adams' iPhone through the Bluetooth connection was nearly as good as what you'd get with a wired connection," said Brent Butterworth in Sound & Vision.
The foxL's built-in noise-canceling and echo-canceling microphone circuitry, coupled with the Twoofer's remarkable voice clarity, make it a superb choice for hands-free and conference call applications. When a call comes in while you're listening to music streamed via Bluetooth musicphone, foxL automatically switches so that you can hear and speak to the caller. When the call is finished, your music returns. With a quick press of foxL v2's front Bluetooth button, you can even remotely reject, answer, or terminate a call.
"We could not believe the sound that came out of these tiny speakers."
"The foxL (v2 Bluetooth) has astonishing sound for its size; The amount of bass and its complex range make the speaker's 2.2-inch by 5.6-inch by 1.4-inch dimensions seem like an optical illusion."
- John Dioso, Rolling Stone magazine, February 4, 2010
"A few weeks ago, Soundmatters VP Lee Adams stopped by to give me a quick demo of the first engineering sample of the new V2 Bluetooth FoxL...The performance of the V2 Bluetooth was obviously better than that of the first Bluetooth model. The sound I heard playing tunes from Adams' iPhone through the Bluetooth connection was nearly as good as what you'd get with a wired connection."
- Brent Butterworth, Sound & Vision
"The foxL's [v2 Bluetooth wireless] sound is jaw-droppingly big, in dramatic inverse proportion to its size. Upper-bass response is very impressive for such a small device, especially when the FoxL is positioned near a wall. (The packaging includes a miniature rubber mat to prevent the speaker from hopping across the table as it plays; you'll need that mat with bass-heavy music.) "
"The foxL automatically reduces volume a bit when powered off the built-in battery, but even then it gets very loud. Overall the FoxL actually sounds beefier than the not-too-shabby itself [much much larger] Soundblade - the audio here is, frankly, amazing given the size of what's producing it. If portability or sound quality is your number one goal, go with the pocket-sized FoxL (v2 Bluetooth)."
- Review Roundup - Bluetooth Speakers, Macworld magazine, January 13, 2010
"The Soundmatters foxL is tiny, even for a portable speaker, but has a well-muscled sound that beats out squawk boxes twice its size."
- Chris Jones, Wired.com
"I set it on my desk and got a piano sound that I could listen to for hours. Vocal coloration was minimal, occasionally leading me to wonder if the singer were trapped inside the speaker. Electric guitars had some bite but the top end wasn't overweening enough to mask the mids. A surprisingly large and varied slice of midrange emerged from everything I played. There wasn't enough bass to fully flesh out drumkits but there was more bass than I've ever heard from a device this size. For what it is, it sounds amazingly solid."
"Given the choice between this and having something clamped on my head or stuck in my ears for long periods, I'd choose this..."
- Mark Fleischmann, Home Theater Magazine
The foxL v2 by Soundmatters Bluetooth speakers; produced by NMVinc.