Soundcast Is Back with VG1 Portable Waterproof Speaker

Soundcast VG1 portable waterproof speaker utilizes wireless Bluetooth to play digital audio content.


Several years ago some audio industry veterans launched the Soundcast brand and quickly impacted the consumer audio market with its wireless outdoor Outcast powered loudspeaker.

Not too long after the introduction of the Outcast the company followed up its successful launch with its smaller, more cost friendly Outcast Jr., which also received acclaim from dealers and consumers. 

Now Soundcast is back and set to introduce a new product — the VG1 Bluetooth-enabled portable waterproof speaker.

The speaker will make its public debut on Nov. 2 at the International Pool, Spa and Patio Expo in New Orleans. It was designed to offer users a portable, waterproof speaker they can useboth indoors and outdoors.

“We've spent a lot of time speaking with customers, studying this competitive market, and identified a need for a waterproof speaker that doesn't sacrifice sound quality,” says Charity Hardwick, vice president of sales and marketing, Soundcast. “Applying Soundcast's years of experience in design and engineering, we've created a beautiful and rugged portable high-definition Bluetooth speaker that will be truly appreciated by the discerning ear.”

Internally, the VG1 incorporates 2-inch drivers with neodymium magnets, a rear-firing low-frequency radiator and digital signal processing (DSP) all within a one-pound package.

Soundcast says its latest speaker works with Apple's Siri voice-control platform to provide hands-free operation and includes a built-in microphone to use for applications such as conference calls. 

The VG1 also includes on-board volume controls, pause/play controls and a built-in battery that enables the powered speaker to play for as many as 15 hours. 

The VG1's Bluetooth range supports distances as far as 30 feet. It's available for pre-order at a price of $150. 

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


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