Reviews and Problems with Soundmatters FoxL v2 / FoxL v2 Bluetooth / FoxL v2 Platinum
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Soundmatters FoxLv2 Speaker
5 November 2011
Excerpt: The Good Small, solidly built. Good sound. Works well as a speakerphone. Can charge via USB. Comes with all the pieces you need. The Bad Somewhat lacking in bass. Power switch is hard to use. For the past few months, I've been using the FoxLv2 Bluetooth speaker from SoundMatters for listening to music and as a speakerphone with my iPhone 3G.
Pros: Small, solidly built., Good sound., Works well as a speakerphone., Can charge via USB., Comes with all the pieces you need.
Cons: Somewhat lacking in bass., Power switch is hard to use.
Conclusion: This small, wireless speaker you can use with your phone or media player pumps out some solid bass for its size, but the Soundmatters Foxl v2 Bluetooth isn't a good-enough speakerphone to be worth its $200 price tag.
Pros: Very small. Decent music sound quality and bass response for its size.
Excerpt: One of the benefits of doing gadget reviews is coming across a product that is so cool, so unexpected, and so jaw-dropping that it’s almost magical. When you first see the small speaker, you might think it could work as a personal speaker. When you first hold the foxL and feel its heft, you may even think that it’s pretty well built … for a small speaker, anyway. But when you first listen to the foxL, all those coulds and mights give way to OMG, that’s unbelievable!
Pros: Seems to bend the laws of physics, Fun to impress friends with its audio, Small and portable, Well built, Easy to set up and use
Cons: Expensive, Quirky design issues, Bluetooth compromises the audio, iPhone did not initially want to connect
Conclusion: To tell the truth, we're plenty pleased with the Jambox and foxL v2, and it's only in close comparison between the two that we were able to detect where one or the other came out on top -- both are potent, portable replacements for crappy in-built speakers, and honestly, neither makes for a terribly good speakerphone -- though the foxL definitely has a leg up.
Excerpt: Laptops don’t have to be the only source of sound for small speakers. And when a speaker is this compact, this pocketable, it demands to be picked up and hooked up to phones and iPads too. Just don’t confuse the Soundmatters foxL v2 with the usual cheap tat billed as portable wireless speakers – this solid-feeling black bar just 140mm long reproduces music beautifully. See also Group test: What's the best portable Bluetooth speaker?
soundmatters foxLv2 Pocket-sized Bluetooth Music System Review
6 March 2012
Conclusion: Soundmatters licenses and supplies the internal acoustics (drivers, battery, amps) for the competing Jambox. They look quite different on the outside, foxL going for the most compact dimensions and Jambox majoring on style. soundmatters claims sonic improvements due to the shape of the speaker grills and greater exposure of the “twoofer” drivers, and higher maximum volume with their bigger AC adapter (2 amps vs. 0.75 amps).
Excerpt: Getting great sound out of a small package is one of the holy grails of the tech world. Over the years we’ve reviewed any number of small speaker systems and, while some have come close, none have been excellent.
Pros: Amazing sound for the size; excellent build quality; easy to use