To put the word "audiophile" in the name of your product is a bold claim indeed, but that's exactly what Soundmatters did with its FoxL Personal Audiophile Loudspeaker. This travel-friendly speaker is among the most compact we've seen, and yet it manages to offer exceptional range and clarity--not to mention a tight low-end.
No doubt the Soundmatters FoxL speaker is compact and super portable. It measures just 5.6 inches long by 2.2 inches wide by 1.3 inches deep, and a pouch is included in the package to offer minimal protection during transport. (Considering the price, though, we would prefer a hard-sided case.)
The unit is all black, with a metal grille covering the face and two bulbous speaker drivers sticking out of the front.
It's also well-constructed, with a weighty feel, and has two rubber feet and a pop-out kick stand in the back to support it during music playback. Other physical characteristics of note include a mic/subwoofer input, LED status light, and mini USB port (for charging through your computer) on the right spine.
The left edge houses a 3.5mm line-in port and a power-input jack, while volume buttons and a power switch can be found on the backside of the unit.
Soundmatters includes a variety of accessories with the FoxL speaker. There's a soft travel pouch, a 3.5mm stereo patch cable, a wrist strap lanyard, and an AC adapter and USB cable for charging the internal battery.
The Soundmatters FoxL Personal Audiophile Loudspeaker speaker is capable of an impressive audio response given its size (and as well it should with "Audiophile" actually in the product name). This is no doubt thanks to the two 1-inch-in-diameter Linear Magnetic Drive "Twoofers" (tuned to 100Hz) on the front, combined with the FlatMagic bass radiator on the rear.
The FoxL offers exceptional clarity, with plenty of detail on the high end, and mids are smooth and warm without being overly forward. Bass, while not super thumping, is tight and present. However, this is only with the wired connection. Bluetooth streaming decreases the audio quality noticeably.