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Soundcast OutCast Wireless Battery-Powered Outdoor Speaker

by May 23, 2008
Soundcast OutCast Outdoor Speaker

Soundcast OutCast Outdoor Speaker

  • Product Name: OutCast Outdoor Speaker
  • Manufacturer: Soundcast
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: May 23, 2008 06:27
  • MSRP: $ 699
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Features:
  • All-weather, outdoor speaker system
  • Includes iCast transmitter for use with the Apple iPod
  • Allows connection of other audio devices – MP3 players and computers – using the auxiliary input/output jack
  • Transmits signals up to 350 feet outdoors
  • Features buttons for pause/play and track forward/track back for remote iPod operation
  • Easy set-up

Technical Features:

  • One 8” downward firing woofer
  • Four 3” high frequency drivers in an omni-directional array
  • 100 watt digital amplifier
  • Made of water resistant plastic
  • Operates for up to 10 hours on the built-in, rechargeable battery pack
  • Internal AC power supply can recharge the NiMH battery pack and operate the system at the same time
  • Transmitters search for open channels in the 2.4GHz band, and instantaneously jump to them – ultimately avoiding interference and allowing for unprecedented sound quality

Pros

  • Solid wireless connection
  • Great range
  • Overall very good sound quality
  • Easy as pie setup
  • Extremely long battery life

Cons

  • Aesthetics
  • Wall placement can degrade sound quality
  • Expensive

Introduction

What do you do if you want sound in many different rooms of your house or outside but don't have the time or money to spend on wiring up all those speakers, extra amps, and source components? Get yourself a wireless speaker with a great range and sound quality. But where? Soundcast Systems hopes to answer that question for you with their OutCast Wireless System. We found it to have great range (matching or exceeding their claims of 150') and better than expected sound quality. It may be pricy but for that you get convenience, portability, and a solution that will take minutes rather than days to complete.
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Recent Forum Posts:

MegaBeet01 posts on May 29, 2012 03:48
thmarine, post: 815015
Thought I would throw an update to my review - 3 years later.

My SoundCast outcast speakers are still going strong after 3 years, pretty much outdoors all the time.

Several people I know who have witnessed mine at my pool or at the lake house have bought themselves one.

One good friend just got one a couple of months ago and I took a look at it. Since I bought mine, they have made some cosmetic changes/improvements - but other than that, it is the same rock solid speaker.

Cheers!
I am assured about build quality and features, It also comes with an iPod dock that wirelessly transmits to the unit. Last Friday found a very good review about Soundcast outcast on Audio solutions Website .Even though they're made for outdoors, I would like to keep them inside during the winter months.
stevejessy posts on May 28, 2012 04:42
I Charge it up and throw it to my pool party,its quite easy to use.
thmarine posts on June 11, 2011 12:45
still going strong

Thought I would throw an update to my review - 3 years later.

My SoundCast outcast speakers are still going strong after 3 years, pretty much outdoors all the time.

Several people I know who have witnessed mine at my pool or at the lake house have bought themselves one.

One good friend just got one a couple of months ago and I took a look at it. Since I bought mine, they have made some cosmetic changes/improvements - but other than that, it is the same rock solid speaker.

Cheers!
deedubb posts on June 10, 2011 21:26
Just reviving this thread in case anyone is looking for a great outdoor speaker solution. I did a brief audition of these recently and ordered one as the sound was great and it gives incredible bass in an outdoor environment which is difficult to do. I have a pair of Mirage outdoor speakers for my deck. They sound decent if you're sitting on the deck (although they lack bass), but they just don't cut it when you're in the pool. The Outcast will fit the bill as it can sit poolside and play quite loud.
thmarine posts on November 22, 2008 03:10
Charita, post: 486432
If it is not interfering with cell phones what frequency does it use. I tend to think they use 900Mhz, in that case there should be some interference. Also I have heard a lot about them interfering with medical implants, is there any proof of that?

Charita, it is definitely NOT 900 Mhz.

Just go to soundcastsystems.com … put the www in front of that of course (sorry could not get link to work).

Anyway, go there and click on the “technology” tab. It will give you the down and dirty.

Here is a synopsis of some of that:
Soundcast uses Frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) technology in which the transmitter constantly and automatically searches for open channels in the 2.4 GHz band and jumps to them to avoid interference with other products, such as cordless telephones, radio controlled toys, cell phones, microwave ovens, remots, and wireless routers.

If you want to get really technical, look at the bottom of the front page of the “technology tab”, go to the far right icon with your mouse and it will say “Technical Specs”. Click that and it will give you all the real engineer type data. Some of which I copy here:

Data rate: 1.536 Mbps
Modulation: Frequency Hopping; FSK digital radio
Co-existence: Impervious to 802.11, microwave oven, both DSSS and FHSS cordless phones, and bluetooth devices.
Operating Frequency: 2400 - 2483 MHz
Channel width: 2.0 MHz


Anyway, I have no idea if it affects medical devices. We don't have any of those. But I highly doubt it, or their FCC registration and paperwork they send with product would have to state such a danger existed. But, like I think I mentioned in my review, just call the folks at SoundCast. I called them with a couple of questions about the waterproofing, etc. and they were very kind. Or e-mail the question. Here is the contact info from their website:


phone: toll free 1-800-722-1293

You can e-mail them thru their website. Just click on the “contact” page on their homepage, then type in your message and submit it. I did that and got an answer within 24 hours on my question.

Good luck with your decision.

Jeff
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