NY Times on
Soundmatters foxL DASH7 "The foxL Dash 7 speaker and foxLO subwoofer produce
a lot of sound for a mini-system." – Roy Furchgott, NY Times.
Roy Furchgott, NY Times
Geeting Smart About Personal Technology
February 5, 2013, 3:24 pm
A Pocket Speaker System Hits a New Low
By ROY FURCHGOTT
For quite a while the
Soundmatters was the gold standard of pocket-size speakers for its
unusual sound quality-to-size ratio. It pumped out mighty good sound for a
speaker so small.
But the continued growth of pods, pads and phones brought new competitors,
many of them proving to be worthy rivals to the FoxL.
The foxL Dash 7 speaker and foxLO subwoofer produce a lot of sound for a
Soundmatters has not been sitting still, though. It has
introduced a slimmer and sleeker version of its amp and speaker, which can
be augmented with a palm size subwoofer, the
The new speaker is called the
It retains the sound quality of the FoxL, packing two speakers into a slim
package about the size of an iPhone stretched to one and a half times its
normal length. The cover for the speaker, reminiscent of Apple’s iPad
covers, can be folded into a stand.
The Dash 7, which lists for $250, can be connected to an audio source with a
cable or through Bluetooth. It claims a battery life of up to 12 hours.
There is also a microphone, so the device can be used as a speaker phone.
To give the Dash 7 a bit more kick, you can add the FoxLO, which lists for
$180. According to the spec sheet, the FoxLO sends 30 watts of power to a
nearly two and a half-inch speaker. It attaches to the smaller sound bar
with a cable, extending the low range of the minisystem.
It weighs almost a pound and a half, about three times the weight of the
Dash 7. You might want to take it traveling, but probably in your suitcase
rather than your carry-on bag.
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