CES 2012: Soundmatters to launch world's first palm-sized subwoofer

Soundmatters foxLo subwoofer

Now here's something we'll be seeking out at CES 2012 in Las Vegas next week – a palm-sized subwoofer designed by former NASA engineer and audio specialist Dr Godehard Guenther.

He's the man behind US company Soundmatters, renowned for its diminutively sized foxLv2 speaker range.

The mini foxLo subwoofer is designed for use on your desktop or with portable devices such as an iPad, iPhone or MP3 player, and can be paired with Soundmatters' pocket-sized Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth foxLv2 speakers.

It uses patented Linear Magnetic Drive woofer technology with a proprietary passive radiator system and 25W amplification.

You can connect the foxLo to the subwoofer output on the foxLv2 speakers, or if you're using other types of speaker you can connect the sub directly to your laptop or portable player, using its full pass-through 3.5mm output to hook up to the speakers.

"Coupling the foxL speakers with the foxLO sub creates a remarkable full-range system for any travelling audio lover," says Lee Adams, vice-president of Soundmatters.

The foxLo also has a USB port for charging mobile devices, an audio input with variable bass level and includes a power supply adapter.

It will make its world debut at CES 2012 in Las Vegas from January 10th and will be available in the US this spring for $149.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.