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Soundcast Launches 3-Source Wireless Audio System

Chula Vista, Calif. – Soundcast Systems, which
earlier this year

revamped its marketing

to control distribution and build margins, has upgraded
the capabilities of its OutCast wireless speaker system by improving sound
quality, adding connectivity to more sources, and offering more audio zones.

The $1,199-suggested
OutCast 3.4 system consists of a powered AC/DC multipurpose speaker, which
takes the shape of an upright cylinder with 360-degree dispersion, and a choice
of two wireless transmitters, all incorporating wireless 2.4GHz frequency-hopping
spread spectrum (FHSS) technology with 300-foot range. One transmitter, called
iCast, features an iPod/iPhone dock.

The other transmitter, called the UAT
(universal audio transmitter), features a USB port and analog RCA input to
connect a PC or traditional audio source, though not both at the same time.
Three transmitters can be daisychained to deliver up to three sources
simultaneously to up to four different zones, a spokesman said. Up to six
transmitters can be daisychained to support eight speakers without drastically
reducing range, though only three sources will play simultaneously, the
spokesman noted. Additional transmitters cost $249, and additional speakers
cost $1,099.

 From the
buttons on top of an OutCast speaker in each zone, users can select sources,
volume, pause, and track up/down, or in the case of Internet music services
such as Pandora and Rhapsody, track up/down and station up/down. The OutCast
buttons, however, won’t remotely turn on the sources.

 In addition,
consumers can use Apple’s free Apple Remote app to control the selection of
PC-stored songs from an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

An aux-in back on the OutCast 3.4
speaker also allows for direct connection of a portable audio device.

 The speaker is a cylindrical weather-resistant
multipurpose powered speaker with 8-inch downward firing woofer, four 3-inch drivers
in an omni-directional array, and 100-watt amplification (50 watts to the
woofer and 2×25 watts to the other four drivers, rated at 0.1 percent THD from

It’s 26-inches-tall with top
diameter of 10 inches and bottom diameter of 11 inches. Depending on volume
levels, it operates for up to 20 hours on the built-in, rechargeable NiMH
battery pack, which can be recharged while the speaker plays.

  Compared to
1.2-system speakers, the new system features improved drivers, cleaner high frequencies
because of an improved codec, indoor and outdoor DSP EQ settings, DSP
tuning to match amplifiers with drivers for greater efficiency and audio performance,
buttons, and the capability of selecting each Outcast speaker as either a stereo
omnidirectional speaker or a dedicated left or right speaker via a single

company’s current OutCast 1.2 system also features more limited capabilities.
The 1.2 systems use different versions of the iCast and UAT transmitters to
stream only source at a time. One transmitter can stream one source to two
speakers, and three transmitters can stream one source to up to six speakers.

 To prevent
one apartment dweller’s transmitters from streaming to another apartment
dweller’s speakers, the 3.4 system transmits more than 68,000 possible channels
compared with the 1.2 system, which is limited to three channels.