Pros Great sound. Tiny size and weight. INCREDIBLE customer service. Solid unit.
Cons Bass a little distorted at high volume, but I"m DEFINITELY planning on rectifying that by buying the sub when it releases later this year, and the bass is still darn impressive for a unit this size.
Summary I travel almost constantly and bought this based on audiophile reviews. I'm not an audiophile myself, just a guy who likes hearing decent music at decent quality without having to lug around something big and heavy. Everything about this product pretty much rocks. Great sound, size, weight, quality, construction, etc.
But just as importantly, the customer service at SoundMatters is amazing! The first unit they sent me was damaged (I believe from shipping, not by them, as the UPS guys had literally thrown it onto my balcony from the staircase...), and when I told them, they immediately sent me a replacement unit and free shipping to send mine back.
The next part of this story is embarrassing, but true: I accidentally sent them back the wrong unit! So I was still stuck with the malfunctioning one, and had to write them back again. They again sent me the new unit back and offered to pay for all the shipping, even though it had been my mistake. In short, I now have a perfectly functioning unit I LOVE, and am deeply appreciative of how generous and efficient they were through the hassle of replacing the one that was malfunctioning.
A great product by a great company- buy this thing and don't look back!
Pros Great Sound
Incredible Range (for this sized speaker)
Bluetooth pairing is simple
"Audiophile" tag might be pushing it a bit
Summary Without repeating what the reviewer went over I find that the bluetooth capability is really what makes these speakers incredible. I do not hear the buzzing or interference and decrease in sound fidelity is minor in relation to the increase in convenience of no wire connections.
Definitely pricey though. $200 for the bluetooth version on-line (don't want to get bleeped for mentioning the name of the largest on-line site in the world).
Pros sound "beyond" size
unbelievable bass response for the size
extraodinary battery life
distorts at high volume when running from battery, though better when plugged in
bluetooth audio-quality not good
Summary i have tried nearly nearly all tiny speakers as well as larger ones. the Foxl (i have v2) just puts them all to shame. the highly rated Altec Lansing Orbit sounds like a cheap toy compared to the Foxl. the Foxl is not cheap, but it is the best compromise between size and sound. you can carry it inside your pocket anytime and sound is really impressive. smooth treble, very nice mids and punchy bass response.
battery life exceeds the rated 5 hours, mine played for more than 20 hours and there was still no sign of any discharge.
at normal listening levels nothing comes close at this size, but at higher volume it starts to distort. usually maximum volume should be enough for a normal sized room, if you want it louder you have to plug it in to get even louder distortion-free sound. i don't use the bluetooth option as it degrades audio quality.
i would even buy two of them in order to get more separation and louder output. sizewise 2 of them are still much smaller than a Tivoli PAL which sound worse (boomy bass, mushed treble) and distorts even earlier than the Foxl.
Pros Size. Sound Quality. Fair price.
Cons Four connection holes poorly marked. On-off switch hard to use.
Summary I take it with me most every place I go.very portable. Be careful around water or sand etc. Something that has not been mentioned. It has better sound and volume when using with iPod it you use a sound dock. Connection far superior.
Pros Confused by Cnet Review: Review first advises to pay the $50 extra for wireless connectivity.
Cons Confused: The last sentence of the Cnet Review then advises not to pay the extra $50 because they only work well when connected by wire.
Summary At the beginning of the Cnet review, the reviewer says:
"The FoxL comes in a Bluetooth model ($249) and a standard version ($199), but we don't recommend dropping the extra $50 for wireless connectivity."
At the end of the Review:
"Unfortunately, sound quality deteriorates noticeably over the wireless connection: high-hat cymbals and other high frequency sounds came through with some static, and music suffered from a bit of distortion on the whole. Because of this, while we highly recommend the Soundmatters FoxL Personal Audiophile Loudspeaker, we don't suggest you spend $50 more for the Bluetooth connectivity unless you really loathe wires."
If the speakers need to be connected by wire to the sound-source, I, for one, cannot see the advantage of their small size. Either get larger, better (audiophile??!!) speakers for that price if you are listening close to the sound-source; or get good quality head-phones if you want to listen and be mobile at the same time.