- Brand Name: SoundMatters
- Model Number: Soundmatters foxLv2 Bluetooth
- Color: Black
Soundmatters foxLv2 Bluetooth Loudspeaker System (Black) (Old Version)
- Now with improved auto-connect Bluetooth stereo- wireless sounds amazing via iPhone 3G/3Gs/Touch, Blackberry, etc
- Enhanced Business-Quality Bluetooth Hands-Free capability utilizing dual noise/echo canceling mics
- Built-in Lithium-Ion battery amazingly is also a bass woofer (patented), up to 12 hours of battery life. Output power increases when wall-powered.
- Wireless A2DP Bluetooth music streaming/handsfree speakerphone. Wired connections include: standard 3.5 mm headphone-type connector audio-in
- Includes: English/French language instructions, AC adapter with 4 plug-in adapters, mini-USB>USB cable, 3.5mm audio cable, travel pouch,
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From the Manufacturer
Soundmatters introduces foxLv2 and foxLv2 Bluetooth, worthy successors to the first and still only portable pocket-sized stereo speaker system good enough for an audio purist. The foxLv2 Bluetooth version adds significantly improved Bluetooth music streaming (great for use with iPhone 3G/3GS/touch and other music phones) and surprisingly competent built-in dual-microphone system for "enterprise-quality" hands-free/conferencing.
Linear Magnetic Drive Twoofer
Unlike other portable speaker systems, foxLv2 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.
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 foxLv2'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.
foxLv2's built-in noise 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 listening to music streamed via a Bluetooth-enabled music phone, foxLv2 automatically switches so you'll hear and be able to speak to the caller, and when the call is finished music returns. With a quick press of foxLv2's front Bluetooth button, you can even remotely reject, answer, or terminate a call.
"Skintight" DomeForward Enclosure
foxLv2 incorporates high-tech glass-filled composite walls to form a "skintight" ultra-rigid totally sealed acoustic enclosure...often confused with metal, but much lighter, for portability.
Unlike others that mount their acoustic drivers in manner that actually obstructs their sound, especially if the listener is off-axis from the front of the speakers' direct "line of sight," foxLv2’s Twoofer speakers, are mounted "dome forward" from the enclosure, protected by a grille designed to maximize acoustic transparency. Another reason why unlike typical small speakers, foxLv2 sounds open and airy, almost regardless of its location.
foxLv2'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: the BassBattery. This patent-pending design was created by rubber-encasing foxLv2's built-in high capacity, lithium-ion battery, enabling it to provide the mass for, and doing double duty as an acoustic suspension bass driver.
Top Customer Reviews
I have purchased at least a dozen small speaker systems over the years, spending anywhere from $20 to $150 each. The Soundmatters Foxl V2 speakers are by far the best of the lot. The sound is nicely balanced and has nice bass tones for a speaker system this small. I gave it a 4 stars for Sound quality because it certainly will distort at high volumes.
I am not sure that there any speaker system in this class that is a 5 star on Sound quality. In speakers, size matters, but Soundmatters has done a great job of optimizing the sound in this small package. This is nice, portable audio sound -- not snooty audiophile sound. If you are that much of an audiophile, then you really are not going to be happy outside of your soundproofed living room with your multi-thousand dollar stereo system, so what are you doing looking at these speakers anyway?
On price, I have purchased iPod dock speakers costing well over $100 that had decent sound, but were much larger and less portable. The Foxl V2 has better sound and fits in my jeans back pocket. $200 may seem steep, but the incremental value in sound, portability, and convenience is definitely there for me. Paired with my HTC EVO, it is the ultimate roaming listening device. With the EVO in my pocket, I roam from room to room in my house doing chores and listening to podcasts, audiobooks, or music. I have a small deck on my condo and the sound is fine for party background music. Finally, they sound great plugged in to my laptop.
In addition to an "Anti-Dance Mat" (see below), Soundmatters provides a complete set of cables (USB, 3.5mm audio) and multiple power plugs that fit into the wall charger.
Not Quite Negatives:
Note of caution: At high volume, these babies dance.Read more ›
Imaging, or stereo separation, is extremely lacking--as could be expected with drivers 2 3/4" apart on a flat plane--closer together than your ears are apart on your head.
Yes, i understand this is a "personal" speaker and not meant to fill a room with high-decibel sound. And in that regard, it is an engineering marvel. It is tiny: has on-board electronics: amps, rechargeable battery, Bluetooth, mics, speaker drivers--all in a package that fits in your hand!
That's why i was so excited when i first heard about it, just a week ago. I thought it might well be my holy grail of portable speakers (my search was finally over!?), and was so excited to audition it for myself (despite the price, which is a good deal of money for my budget).
But speakers, recording, and music have been a passion of mine since childhood.Read more ›
The sales man demonstrated a little brick like gadget called a Jambox for $189 and we were amazed at what it could do, especially when it was turned on, for one could feel the suggested power it displayed for it had great physical vibrations for such a tiny device.
Of course I didn't buy it, much to the salesman's disappointment and besides they also carried these little iHome wired speakers, which also intrigued me. The two gadgets sent my "I need one like this to complete my life" feeling in motion however. Nothing against AT & T, yet I buy all my gizmos at the best discount possible.
Since I was youngster I was always interested in tiny speakers producing prodigious sound and these new devices were pretty decent attempts.
So I first bought a used pair of iHome speakers for about $20 at a great discount on ebay, just so I could get the idea of what can be done with small speakers these days. Suffice it to say, they were fair in sound and decent enough to enjoy while traveling. I just wanted to enhance the sound from my mobile phone or Touchpad tablet.
The cable connection on the ihome speakers was a pain to use and unravel at times however, unlike the Jambox, which uses wireless Bluetooth.
I then followed up by trying out Jawbone Jambox from BB, for after hearing it demonstrated at the AT&T store, I had wanted to get more intimate with it in my own home. The Jambox sounded great, yet it lacked the mid-high frequencies and a rich lower sound, it played only upper and lower midrange sound even though it promised more...just because it vibrated so much and it boasted this great startup sound. You just knew it would kick ass...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3 stars enough. I thing you can get same sound with 70 bugs range speakersPublished 17 months ago by Materials Engineer
This one started the small-exceptional-sound-Bluetooth-speaker-with-insane-bass plethora of options that are out there today. Read morePublished 20 months ago by From Austin, Texas
Bought this as a gift for my dad and he sent it back saying it didn't have enough sound for what he wanted. Read morePublished 22 months ago by James Dillard
This has been by far our favorite portable speaker by far. The bass is good, good enough that even with the friction pad it can move around when playing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by David Boldt