Soundcast

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Soundcast Systems, Inc.
Type privately held company
Industry Wireless Audio
Founded 2006
Headquarters near San Diego, California United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Mike Weaver, President - Oscar Ciornei, Business Development Director - Nick Berry, Director of North American Sales - Linda van Zanten, Director of International Sales
Products Portable Music Systems, Wireless Audio Solutions
Website goSoundcast.com

Soundcast Systems, Inc. is a privately funded company that creates wireless audio technologies for the consumer market. The company is headquartered in California, near San Diego.

Soundcast Systems is a producer of wireless audio transmission systems that overcome 2.4GHz band interference, and allow digital music to be listened to in stereo throughout the home.[1]

Products[edit]

The Soundcast product line has grown in stages since 2006. The first product, the AudioCast, was designed to create a bridge between an audio source and an audio speaker. With this creation came the G2 systems technology. Since then, the list of products has expanded by building on the G2 system first developed for the AudioCast. Some of the current products are:

Melody[edit]

Melody streams music wirelessly and delivers omni-directional beautifully precise sound out of its 8-speaker bi-amped system with the latest Bluetooth® v3.0 technology. Some of its many features:

   • Weather Resistant Design
   • Built-in 20 Hour Rechargeable Battery
   • CD-Quality Audio with Apt-X and AAC
   • Incredible 360º Sound
   • Built-in Keypad Controls
   • Comfortable Carrying Handle

OutCast[edit]

The OutCast is SoundCast Systems flagship product and perhaps the most well known of all their products. It is a weather-resistant, wireless speaker that lets you enjoy rich multi-directional stereo sound throughout the house, the yard, the patio and even on a boat/RV. With broadcast range of up to 300 feet, this powerful wireless speaker receives transmissions through walls, floors, and ceilings without the hassle of running wires.

OutCast Jr[edit]

OutCast Jr. is a highly portable wireless speaker system that features multiple drivers, 3-amplifiers, a down-firing built-in subwoofer, volume/track control with Soundcast’s optional UAT and iCast transmitters – Pick it up, move it and listen to music anywhere! It's Weather-Resistant, plays on included rechargeable batteries up to 20 hours.

SurroundCast[edit]

SurroundCast - a wireless rear or side speaker amplifier system. It consists of a transmitter with speaker level inputs and an amplified receiver module with 60 watts of digital power and speaker level outputs. The system allows you to set up any brand of surround speakers without the need for front to back of room wires. The system has a low latency (15 ms) and is a quick and easy installation. No programming, no fuss. Just great audio. Note: SurroundCast is not compatible with any other Soundcast wireless products

SubCast[edit]

An exciting alternative to WIRES! SubCast allows any subwoofer to play wireless. It is also a full range transmitter - receiver system. It will transmit 20-20K Hertz and can be used to support full audio, not just Low Frequency Effects. It is marketed as a Sub kit but has many more very flexible uses. There is latency adjustment to 64Ms for longer range applications. No programming, no assigning IP addresses, just plug Sub "out" into SubCast transmitter and power it up, then plug Receiver module into Subwoofer inputs and power it up.

Technology[edit]

Soundcast forms a wireless bridge between an audio source like an MP3 player and an audio sound system with plug-n-play setup. Soundcast's audio products incorporate 2.4 GHz wireless technology. The Soundcast engineering team refined this wireless technology to avoid interference from other appliances like the microwave oven or the cordless phone. The wireless range is reported to be up to 350 feet.

Soundcast employs Spread Spectrum technology. This is widely regarded as the most effective method of achieving effective communication in the 2.4GHz ISM band. There are two principle ways this can be done: Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS)—such as used by Bluetooth, and Direct Sequencing Spread Spectrum (DSSS)—such as used by 802.11b. Soundcast G2 transceivers use FHSS. This allows as many as three Soundcast G2 systems to operate in close proximity to each other. This also allows for wireless audio to be securely used in high density multi-unit dwellings (MUD). The platform also provides the flexibility of being configured as a one transmitter one receiver system or a one transmitter multiple receiver system. The Soundcast G2 module integrates the RF physical layer, baseband, MAC protocol, audio CODEC, and dynamic error correction functions. Hardware forward error correction, adaptive frequency hopping, and dynamic hopping channel diversity are all built into the protocol of the system. The system also supports bi-directional communication for acknowledging and retransmission should packet loss occur.

Environmental efforts[edit]

Soundcast's products are RoHS compliant. This is a directive which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. This directive bans from the market new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed to levels of lead, cadmium, mercury hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated biphenyl Ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

Editorial Awards & Recognition[edit]

• 2010 - Sound & Vision's Best: The top gear to buy right now, as selected by S&V's Editors. • 2011 - Editors Choice Top 40 E-Gear Magazine: Soundcast Outcast Wireless Speaker • 2007 - Consumer Electronics Show [CES] - INNOVATIONS DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD • 2013 - TrulyNet: There's a lot to like here - exceptional range, great audio quality, and excellent battery life/

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