How Soundmatters Is Making Small, Portable Speakers Sound Better

June 25, 2020

Christine Young  By: Christine Young
 Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Soundmatters got its start in 1998 as an audio research and development company. Today, it is a leading developer of innovative, high-performance, and ultra-compact audio systems. Its groundbreaking designs have developed a reputation for providing world-class sound in the smallest sizes possible. The company's portfolio includes the Dash7 portable speaker, the FOXLV2.2 Series personal studio monitor, and the FOXLO palm-sized powered subwoofer.

All of Soundmatters's speaker designs, from scratch components to the complete transducer to the whole sound system, include electronic modules. According to Henry, an acoustic engineer at the company, "We design smaller, greener, with more accuracy, and with high musical quality. Our solutions are design-oriented and user friendly. Over the years, we have worked with many famous industrial designers to enhance our whole product design."

Soundmatters's engineers strive to design audio products that are powerful yet smaller, slimmer, and lighter with fewer materials. That's why all of the electronic components the company uses must support these goals. "Material research is always our turnkey solution to solve the problem of size and weight," Henry said. "And now, we are looking into active and passive components in our mechanical and electrical solution to increase the possibilities."

After evaluating audio ICs from various suppliers, the company is testing Maxim's MAX98390 boosted Class D amplifier with integrated Dynamic Speaker Management™ (DSM) technology in a new speaker product. The device's integrated I/V sense and DSM result in louder, fuller audio, while also protecting the speaker from damage.

Soundmatters anticipates being able to reduce its design cycle by about 20% and the form factor for its new speaker product by about 20% when all is said and done.

This blog post was adapted from the Soundmatters customer testimonial.

Soundmatters Dash7 Portable SpeakerSoundmatters's Dash7 portable speaker is part of the company's portfolio of high-quality, ultra-small audio systems.