Soundmatters Moment Personal Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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  1. dalethorn

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    When I got word of the small near-pocket-size Soundmatters Moment, I ordered it right away knowing what I'd be in for, having had the FoxLv2 and Dash7. Although the FoxLv2 is gone now, I distinctly remember the one thing that made it my favorite small speaker, until it was replaced by the Dash7: The FoxLv2 had a natural tonality for music, and given that and the small size, I knew exactly how to place it for best effect - on a desk, table, or nightstand 3-4 feet away. Ditto the Dash7 and this new Moment speaker.

    While the designs of these three speakers are somewhat different, the applications are similar, however the intended use of the new Moment is specifically to be in the 3-5 ft listening range for best tonality. When I saw the first announcement for the Moment, I noted the $169 price and the small size, and wondered whether Soundmatters could really pull it off as a value proposition. I'll say this much: If you can appreciate how this little speaker is intended to be used, and you give it the customary 'burn-in' time of 15-20 hours that's recommended for headphones and small speakers, you may well be surprised and delighted at the sheer musicality of this little speaker.

    One last thing: I've purchased several small Bluetooth speakers over the past few years, and while there are some bargains below $100 out there (and some bad values as well), none of those were designed for natural musical tonality as I hear with the Moment, although I thought the JBL 'Charge' (second or third edition) came a lot closer to that ideal than the others. Nearly all of the medium-priced small Bluetooth speakers are designed to create an illusion of bass 'thump' through various acoustic tricks, which pretty much kills their chance of having a natural musical sound.

    Summing up: The Soundmatters Moment isn't for everyone, and I don't mean that as a cliche - it's a unique design that offers something the other small Bluetooth speakers don't quite match - good musical tonality in a very small size, with very high physical quality that speaks as well for the brand as does the sound quality. Highly recommended.
     
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    I am a bit baffled reading your comments about other small portable speakers with just creating illusion of bass and thump etc, this may be true for the mentioned Charge series, but have you tried the JBL Flip 3 or the Vava Voom 20, as both have a much more natural frequency response. The best and not that much larger than the orginal FoxL2.2 is the Denon Envaya Mini, have you checked this out as well?
    There are other real "pocketable" speakers like the recent model of the Xiaomi Mi, a cheap china-speaker for about 40$ not really larger than the Dash7 which produces a much more serious sound than what I have heard from the Dash7 when I still owned it.
    There are tons of interesting offerings currently, while Soundmatters' speaker looks a bit dated to tell the truth. I haven't heard the Moment yet, but I know the 2.2 and Dash7 pretty well and it simply has no real place on the current market.
    Does the Moment add some improvements on sound compared to the old models, or just wireless charging?
     
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    I had the JBL Charge, which I still recommend as a good sound and value. The Dash7's advantage over the Charge is thinness, smaller pocketable format, and you DO give up a little on the sound. The Moment gives up even more on the Dash7's sound, but in a much smaller form. For close-up listening in a car or on a nightstand, the Moment might be the best bet in its size. The main objection to the Moment is going to be the price, because there are other small speakers that sell for 1/3 to 1/4 the price, and in the end the buyer needs to think hard about spending that much on a little speaker that's good, but it's not a miracle.
     
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    I never liked the Charge which had a very uneven frequency response lots of upper bass boost and excessive treble.
    Please check out the Denon Envaya Mini and let me know what you think. There were already available for 69€ and they are indeed a miracle for that size and price!
     
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    Thanks for that tip!
     
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