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.
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:
The OutCast is SoundCast Systems flagship product and perhaps the most well known of all their products. It is an all weather outdoor speaker featuring an eight inch downward firing woofer
and four three inch high-frequency
drivers. Soundcast claims the OutCast has a wireless
range of up to 350 feet.
The SpeakerCast is an indoor wireless stereo
speaker system. Soundcast claims the SpeakerCast has an indoor wireless
range of up to 150 feet.
The UAT (Universal Audio Transmitter) is a wireless bridge which allows wireless control over common media players such as iTunes
, Pandora Radio
, and Windows Media Player
Soundcast forms a wireless bridge
between an audio
source like an MP3
player and an audio sound system
setup. Soundcast's audio products incorporate 2.4 GHz
. 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.
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
, mercury hexavalent chromium
, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB
) and polybrominated biphenyl Ether (PBDE
) flame retardants.
Awards / recognition
06/25/2008: I4U NEWS EDITORS CHOICE AWARD (given to OutCast)
INNOVATIONS 2007 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD HONOREE
06/12/2006: PC MAGAZINE EDITORS CHOICE (given to iCast)
The Soundcast-sponsored Cadillac CTS-V
racecar participated in the USFRA World of Speed race at the Bonneville Salt Flats
, becoming the first car in two years of the event to make it into the 130 MPH Club. Soundcast Systems Chief Technologist, piloted the CTS-V
in the snow-like conditions created by the BB
sized grains of salt on the Salt Flats