Soundmatters' Sound Matters
After the TV crew left, Lee Adams, Soundmatters’ VP Marketing, gave me a demonstration of the FoxLv2 Platinum (shown in the photo with a glasses case to provide a sense of scale) in a makeshift booth-within-a-booth. Although the setting was far from ideal, with too much ambient noise, it was immediately obvious to me that this is a rather special product, with a very pleasing tonal quality and ability to play surprisingly loud.
Lee Adams gave me a FoxLv2 to test in a better listening environment, and the first thing I did when I returned to the Mirage was to plug in the FoxLv2’s charger/AC adapter. Playing some Apple Lossless music filesincluding some opera and show musicfrom my iPhone 4, I was blown away by how good the sound was: smooth and well-balanced throughout the frequency range, and showing little strain at high levels. Voices sounded very natural, with Rod Gilfry’s baritone (My Heart Is So Full of You, Narratus 07, one of my last year’s R2D4 picks) having the proper weightquite amazing, given the size of the device. Predictably, the analog connection sounded better than Bluetooth, but even the latter sounded acceptable. An amazing product, providing a much-needed counterpoint to the high-end esoterica on display at the Venetian. I’m buying one.