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Soundcast Melody

Weather-resistant portable Bluetooth® speaker system

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Soundcast Melody

Overview

Our take on the Soundcast Melody

Neither rain, nor snow, nor cold nor heat can keep the Soundcast Melody from delivering your music loud and clear. This portable Bluetooth speaker system is rugged enough to take anywhere, and it can deliver rich, detailed sound from your smartphone or tablet.

Neither rain, nor snow, nor cold nor heat can keep the Soundcast Melody from delivering your music loud and clear. This portable Bluetooth speaker system is rugged enough to take anywhere, and it can deliver rich, detailed sound from your smartphone or tablet.

Soundcast Melody portable Bluetooth Speaker

Bluetooth 3.0 for superior sound...

The Melody features Bluetooth 3.0 with aptX® so you can stream CD-quality sound from compatible devices. Your high-quality digital files will come through with improved dynamics and frequency response. And the system is compatible with regular Bluetooth, so no matter which version your phone or tablet uses, you can still enjoy your music wirelessly.

...and convenient control

Bluetooth 3.0 also has control functionality built in. So you can use the Melody's buttons to operate playback. Play, pause, and skip tracks without touching the smartphone in your pocket. And those controls work for music apps such as Pandora® Internet radio, iTunes®, Rhapsody® and more.

Great sound for the great outdoors

The system consists of four full-range speakers and four bass radiators configured to deliver stereo sound in a wide, 360-degree soundfield. No matter where you stand in relation to the Melody, your music will sound balanced and full. SoundCast's proprietary amplifier and 16-bit digital signal processor ensure dynamic, distortion free sound — even at full volume.


Praise for the Soundcast Melody from Sound & Vision

"As uncategorizable as it may be, Soundcast Systems' Melody "take anywhere, everywhere wireless speaker" is exactly that. It's a fabulously designed and engineered speaker that absolutely trounces other speakers in its price range that can't do even half of what the Melody does. It's a rare and wonderful (wander-ful, even) product that performs remarkably well-way beyond expectations. Highly, highly recommended."

— From Darryl Wilkinson's review in Sound & Vision, July/August, 2014
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Soudcast Melody portable bluetooth speaker

The Soundcast Melody is weather-resistant and puts out big sound — two great features for boating.

Weather-resistant design

You can take the Melody pool-side, out on a boat, or up to the mountains. The Melody is encased in a UV-resistant AB plastic shell, with rubber seals for the connection port. It's weather resistant, and withstands moderate snow and rainfall. It also can endure exposure to both hot and cold outdoor temperatures.

Music to go

Just grab the Melody by its durable integrated handle and you're off. The system's built-in rechargeable battery can deliver up to 20 hours of operation, so you're good for the day. The system's USB recharging cable can be attached to its AC wallplug for indoor charging, or to its 12-volt adapter for recharging in a car or boat.

Ideal for pool party's

James, Pennsylvania

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What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC power adapter
  • 12V automotive adapter
  • 38" USB charging cable
  • 41" Stereo minijack cable
  • User Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • "Thank You" note

Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth v3.0
    • aptX audio coding allows CD-quality Bluetooth streaming with compatible devices
    • AVRCP allows control of basic playback through Melody's control buttons
    • range: 30 feet
  • 4 full-range drivers and 4 bass radiators in a stereo 360° array
  • ABS plastic enclosure with integrated carry handle
  • weather-resistant design withstands temperature extremes plus moderate snow or rain
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices (mini-to-mini cable included)
  • AC adapter and 12-volt car charger
  • built-in rechargeable battery with up to 20 hours playback
  • 9-1/16"W x 9-3/4"H x 9-1/16"D
  • weight: 11 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Soundcast Melody Reviews

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15 Reviews

Melody

Written by: James from Pennsylvania on June 28, 2016

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Ideal for pool party's

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Excellent!

Written by: Timm B from Chatsworth, CA on June 19, 2016

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Good sound, omni-directional,

Pros: Relatively small size, pretty, easy to transport, ok price, good battery life, high quality sound.

Cons: None

Great Speaker!

Written by: J.R. from Tennessee on October 19, 2015

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Great sounding speaker, easy to use, water resistant, plenty of volume, easy to carry around....it's a keeper!

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Joe Hickman

Written by: Joe from North Carolina on September 8, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Sound quality remarkably good. Flexibility of use tremendous--solves many problems for me as a University music professor who sometimes has to teach in rooms where equipment is out of repair or out of adjustment.

Pros: Portability and flexibility of use; sound quality; loudness

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Melody

Written by: Rpm7 from Texas on September 5, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Good product as far as being portable and clarity. For its size quality product.

Pros: Clear/portable/load enough. Fulfills the need for backyard music without buying reciever, wiring, and mounting permanent speakers.

Cons: Little pricy and wish it had more bass.

Soundcast Melody

Written by: Melody from New Jersey on July 15, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

Love this system. So easy to hook up. Believe me if I can hook it up any one can. Sounds great!! It is loud enough by the pool that is open with woods in the back, and still doesn't loose any sound quality. When time to grill just pick up and bring it closer to the house. No plugs or wires to worry about. Never got it wet yet but good to know it can bear some rain.

Pros: A great product I highly recommend it.

Cons: none

Great Outdoor Speaker

Written by: Bill from Tennessee on July 7, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

This speaker is of very high build quality. It connects easily to your blue tooth device and it is easy to use. It sounds great, and is water resistant. What more can you ask for? Highly recommended.

Pros: Great Sound. Easy to use. Water resistant.

Cons: None

Outstanding quality

Written by: John B from Alabama on June 7, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Battery Life
  • Build Quality
  • Loudness
  • Portability

This is an outstanding speaker that goes everywhere. The sound quality is exceptional. No excuse to not have your favorite music with you.

Pros: Excellent sound quality and portability.

Cons: Battery life could be a little better.

Melody

Written by: aam from Las Cruces, NM on November 19, 2014

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Very high build quality, substantial piece of equipment. Great sound. Can get loud and still retain quality, even with less than stellar source material. Bass is more than adequate. We bought this to enjoy while we are in the pool/hot tub. It fills the space nicely.

Pros: Great quality, great sound, simple to operate

Cons: None encountered

Melody by Soundcast

Written by: dspmo5 from Greensboro,Ga on August 26, 2014

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Outstanding wireless speaker system - great sound and trouble free connectivity every time. Pandora and IHeart Radio work flawlessly with my IPhone or IPad. Battery live exceptional.

Pros: Sound,connectivity and unlimited music options where ever you are.

Cons: A little pricey,but it's worth it.

Melody

Written by: hugh s. from mechanicsburg pa on August 21, 2014

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Excellent product. Really wonderful sound quality, terrific dispersion good bass and very well designed ergonomically Pairs really easily with Bluetooth

Pros: sound quality weather resistant design battery operated (long life) ergonomics: carrying handle and rubberized base

Cons: none... not a cheap product, but excellent value

Soundcast Melody

Written by: Fred from NY on July 29, 2014

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Sounds good but cannot justify $$$

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Soundcast Melody

Written by: Donna from Alexandria, VA on June 21, 2014

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The absolute best outdoor, waterproof speaker on the market. Flawless in its Bluetooth paring, sound and quality. Even at low level, can be heard all the way at the other end of the pool and yard. Easy to charge. Very will made

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

Nick's Review

Written by: NickF from Castle Rock, Colorado on June 13, 2014

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Excellent product, wonderful sound for such a small package. Easy to setup and use.

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Melody Is The Best

Written by: D.D. from Scottsville, Va. on October 14, 2013

First, let me establish this point: I love music. I listen to it during work. I listen a lot when I'm off work, too. And I am thrilled with my Melody. Its sound quality is outstanding. It's very easy to use. It's the best bluetooth speaker I've heard, and I've heard many of them. Its battery life is phenomenal--around 20 hours of awesome listening pleasure before having to recharge again. So now let me establish this new point: I love music even more now with my Melody.

Pros: Great audio quality no matter where you are in the room. Easy to use. Weather resistant.

Cons: None. I love it.

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Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the Soundcast Melody manual

  • Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC power adapter
  • 12V automotive adapter
  • 38" USB charging cable
  • 41" Stereo minijack cable
  • User Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • "Thank You" note

Features and Specs

Features
Weather-resistant Yes
Waterproof No
Speakerphone Mic No
NFC Touch Pairing No

Product Research

Features

All-Weather Design: The SoundCast Melody (MLD414) Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker features an ABS plastic weather resistant enclosure designed to operate indoors and outdoors, in cold and heat, plus in moderate snow and rain.

Full-Range Sound: The SoundCast Melody (MLD414) incorporates an 8 speaker system with proprietary SoundCast DPAT (Dynamic Power Amplification Technology) and a 16-bit DSP for dynamic, distortion free sound. There are 4 IMPP full-range drivers and 4 IMPP bass radiators in a stereo 360° array for enveloping sound. Each driver uses a rubber surround for added durability and bass extension.

Bluetooth v3.0 Technology: The SoundCast Melody Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker employs Bluetooth version 3.0 technology with A2DP and AVRCP support for wireless audio streaming and playback control. It makes the perfect companion for your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, computer/laptop, or other Bluetooth device. The speaker pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. Once paired, the SoundCast Melody will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

  • Bluetooth A2DP (w/ aptX): With Bluetooth A2DP, you are able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Melody speaker for indoor or outdoor listening. The speaker supports aptX lossless quality codes for CD-quality audio performance from compatible mobile devices.
  • Bluetooth AVRCP: Thanks to its support of Bluetooth AVRCP, the Melody provides basic playback control of your music; such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Playback controls are found on top-panel of speaker.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the SoundCast Melody (MLD414).

Aux Input: The SoundCast Melody is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio device that features a headphone jack output.

Rechargeable Battery: A built-in high-capacity, lithium-ion ,rechargeable battery pack provides 12 to 20 hours of music playback on a single charge. Its rapid battery charging circuitry supports flexible USB charging from many sources (AC, Car, Boat, RV, Computer, etc). A 38" USB charging cable, AC power adapter, and 12-volt automotive adapter are included. Fully charging the battery takes approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Integrated Carry Handle: The SoundCast Melody is equipped with a built-in sturdy carrying handle which makes it quick and easy to take anywhere and enjoy hours of uninterrupted music playback.

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Wireless Outdoor Fun

Written by Blake, Advisor, on 2/4/2014 4:34:00 PM

If you're looking for a versatile outdoor wireless speaker then look no further. Pairing the Melody with my phone was painless and had a pretty standard range for Bluetooth® of about 30 feet. The carry handle was very convenient and I had no reservations of sitting the speaker in the wet grass because of its weather-resistant construction.

For me the best part of the design is that the speakers fire in all directions. Pitching horseshoes, sitting around a campfire, hanging out on the beach or whatever activity you choose you can just sit the speaker in the middle and everyone enjoys the same quality sound.

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Why did you buy this?

like the option of changing song to song without searching for whoever phone is playing, plus weather is a big concern with something like this [ James  Jun 15, 2016 ]

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This little power machine is very, very loud. We have a large pool area and when only half way up, you can hear it from one end of the yard to the other end of the pool. Would highly recommend this product. I love it. Works perfectly, each to carry, long charge and clear [ Donna  Sep 08, 2015 ]
Chris: for what it is, it has a. big sound. I don't do db 's but I can put it on the screened porch an hear it well in the yard. I can wash the car by it, and enjoy a hot tub over the pump and water noise. You won't impress two doors down. hope this helps. Terry [ Watt  Sep 08, 2015 ]
I rarely turn up all the way as I use in small patio area and 300 sq foot living room Pricey but great bottom end and quality of sound [ DENNIS  Sep 08, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  May 05, 2014 ]  Staff
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