There are not many loudspeakers which have the ability to surprise me. But now there is another to add to the short list.
In 1957 The Quad Electrostatic Speaker ESL-57 surprised the world with a fundamentally superior means of producing distortion free audio. To this day, Peter Walker and David Williamson’s original invention puts nearly every other loudspeaker to shame in terms of accuracy, and remains a favorite of audiophiles after 50 years. [Yes, Williamson is the guy who gave the world the Williamson Amplifier design which is the basis of virtually every low distortion tube audio amplifier ever built.]
In 1971 Marty Gertsten surprised a lot of people when he perfected Lincoln Walsh’s driver concept into the Ohm Acoustics Models A & F. Among the knowledgeable folks impressed by Marty’s work was Dr. Bose who confided his amazement to me while drawing on his unlit pipe, as the ‘F’ played Bill Withers in Marty’s booth at the Chicago Consumer Electronics Show.
Only it’s inability to withstand the long term stresses of operation through the years prevents The Ohm F from putting other, more recent speakers to shame. Unfortunately few, if any of the original Walsh drivers Marty built are still around.
Since then, Audio has been a series of subtle improvements and the world has moved away from the audiophile’s goal of “accuracy” towards the “sound-good” criterion which leads to speakers which make a big impression but can not be listened to for more than an hour or two without inducing ‘listener fatigue’.
But now there is a new surprise for those of us who shun boom and distortion in preference for accuracy, but need to be able to carry their sound source. The surprise is a true high quality speaker system, called the FoxL 2.2. Wow!
The last time its inventor, Dr. Guenter changed audio was when he designed the [Braun] ADS L-200. The first serious small speaker is only 4 x 4 x 7 inches.
So he has the street cred when it comes to building High Quality into small speakers.
But FoxL takes Godehard Guenter’s talents to an unprecedented level of SMALL.
The new FoxL is only 10% the volume [size] of the miniature L-200. [5% if you use 2 L-200s for stereo].
The FoxL 2.2 fits in your shirt pocket and produces wonderful, wonderful sound from any Bluetooth device [depending upon good source material, of course]. Unlike the L-200 it also contains a powerful stereo amp. Otherwise, I guess, it would be smaller.
Dr. G., like very few before you, your FoxL speaker is a wonderful surprise. Thank you.
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It’s $199 at Amazon, but make certain you get the Buetooth version, not the less costly, less useful non- Bluetooth unit.