Whether it is an iOS, Android, or any other handheld device, I have yet to hear a decent built in speaker in any device. Most sound thin and tinny. That goes for the ear buds that invariably come packed with most handheld devices. They just can’t recreate a good bass boom. One option is to just deal with it. Another, buy a nice dock and hook it up to your stereo, but that defeats the purpose of portability.
This brings us to a third option, getting a portable speaker system. Within this third option might I suggest the soundmatters foxLv2 Bluetooth? Why you ask? One word. BOOM.
I’ve had a variety of portable speakers in the past, which have all done the job, but none have recreated a booming stereo system sound. When the foxLv2 Bluetooth review unit arrived I can’t say I had high expectations. Especially after opening the box and seeing how big it is. Measuring in at a tiny 5.6 x 2.2 x 1.4 inch (143 x 55 x 35 mm), or about the size of an ice cream sandwich, the foxLv2 really doesn’t look like it would be big on sound.
The first time you charge up the battery it takes about 4 hours, after that subsequent charging with the AC charger will take about an hour (you can also charge it via USB, but that will take longer). After it was fully charged I paired it via Bluetooth with my iPad and punched up a random song, “Green Onions” by Booker t. and the MG’s.
This turned out to be a good choice to start with since the song has a great bass line. The sound was crisp, clean, the bass was there. It sounded like my stereo. Leaving my iPad downstairs I walked up to the living room where my roommates were and had them listen too. They were impressed, so much so one of my roommates said she would steal it from me if I didn’t keep an eye on it.
This is where found one small problem. I figure I was probably at the max distance if the Bluetooth signal because the foxLv2 started cutting in and out. Walking back downstairs closer to my iPad and all was fine again.
Then I started playing around with different types of music; rap, heavy metal, country, house, techno, and even some dubstep, it all sounded great. I am still a bit amazed at the bass boom from such a small speaker system.
Music sounding great is one thing, but how about other things. I played some videos, sounds great, fired up a couple games and still sounding good. Everything I played with on my iPad, the foxLv2 Bluetooth performed like a champ. Then I thought, well since it is Bluetooth how well does it play with other operating systems and handhelds.
I paired the foxLv2 up with my Sony PlayStation Vita, no problem. Played some games, music and video on it, no problems and again, sounding really good. Lastly I paired it with my Android phone. “Second verse, same as the first.” As an added bonus the foxLv2 has a built in microphone that lets you use it as a speaker phone. I made and received calls using it, worked just like any Bluetooth headset I’ve used with my phone.
Final thoughts? I am very impressed with the soundmatters foxLv2. The big stereo booming sound coming out of such a small package is just amazing. I have been using it a lot too. The manual says that battery’s life is about 5 hours before needing a recharge, but that depends on what volume you are using it at. I got closer to almost 6 hours with an average volume level. The foxLv2 comes with a stereo 3.5 mm audio cable so if you wish to plug it directly into your device you can, which will also extend the battery life. If you want some serious boom, connecting the wall charger will double the output wattage of the system. I highly recommend the soundmatters foxLv2 Bluetooth speaker not only as a great portable speaker system for your portable handheld devices, but I can also recommend it for regular home stereo use. It sounds that good.
For more information see the soundmatters foxLv2 web site.