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Soundcast VGtx

Bluetooth® wireless TV/headphone transmitter

Item # 751VGTX

Every day, we hear from customers who want to use their wireless headphones to listen to their TV.

Every day, we hear from customers who want to use their wireless headphones to listen to their TV.

Item # 751VGTX

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$99.99

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About the Soundcast VGtx

Can I use my Bluetooth headphones to hear the TV? Yes!

Every day, we hear from customers who want to use their wireless headphones to listen to their TV. The Soundcast VGtx transmitter may be your solution. It connects to your TV or sound system and sends audio signals wirelessly to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. This is a handy life hack for those who have trouble hearing dialogue or want to binge-watch shows at night without waking everyone up. 

Can I use my Bluetooth headphones to hear the TV? Yes!

Every day, we hear from customers who want to use their wireless headphones to listen to their TV. The Soundcast VGtx transmitter may be your solution. It connects to your TV or sound system and sends audio signals wirelessly to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. This is a handy life hack for those who have trouble hearing dialogue or want to binge-watch shows at night without waking everyone up. 

Extended wireless range and low latency

We've offered Bluetooth transmitters in the past, and while they got the job done, they had their limitations. What sets the VGtx apart is the improved Bluetooth chipset and larger antenna. You get a much faster, stronger signal with up to 150 feet of wireless range to move around in.

This transmitter also includes aptX™ Low Latency, a wireless technology that keeps the audio and video in better sync. With compatible Bluetooth headphones, it helps minimize the "dubbed movie" effect — when a character's speech doesn't match the movement of their mouth. (Just keep in mind the wired connection to your TV can also cause sync issues, but most televisions have settings and adjustments for you to correct them.)

How to connect to your TV

It only takes one cable to connect this transmitter to your TV or audio system. Soundcast includes both a 3.5mm stereo mini cable and an optical digital audio cable. Other than that, you just plug the VGtx into an AC outlet. LED lights on the front show you which audio connection you're using and when your Bluetooth headphones are paired.  

Cool "pass-through" feature lets others hear the TV

Another question we frequently get about TV headphones is "what if others want to hear the TV while I'm watching?" If you have a separate sound bar or receiver, this transmitter will let your family or friends do just that. An optical digital output passes audio to your sound system, so you can hear a show through your Bluetooth 'phones, and everyone else will still hear it through the sound bar or speakers. (You will need another optical digital cable for that.)     

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Product highlights:

  • sends audio wirelessly from a TV or stereo to Bluetooth-compatible headphones or speakers
  • powerful Bluetooth 4.2 wireless transmission
    • wireless range: 150 feet
  • aptX Low Latency decoding helps sync audio and video on compatible headphones
    • aptX decoding provides high-quality audio streaming
  • multi-colored indicator lights for inputs and Bluetooth pairing
  • connects to TV via one of its included cables:
    • 39" optical digital audio cable
    • 72" stereo mini-to-mini 3.5mm analog audio cable
  • optical digital output for audio pass-through to a separate speaker or sound bar
    • allows others in the room to hear the TV through your speaker or sound bar
  • AC power adapter included
  • 4"W x 3/4"H x 2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # VG-TX

What's in the box:

  • Bluetooth transmitter
  • Antenna
  • USB-AC power adapter
  • 4 AC adapter plugs (US/UK/EU/AU)
  • 38" MicroUSB-to-USB power cable
  • 39" Optical digital cable
  • 6' Stereo minijack cable
  • 2 Brackets
  • 2 Screws
  • User Manual

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Features

Bluetooth 4.2 Transmitter w/ aptX: The Soundcast VGtx is a long-range wireless stereo transmitter featuring Bluetooth 4.2 and the aptX Low Latency codec. Use it to add wireless streaming technology to your existing television or stereo equipment, or use it in place of your current transmitting device to extend your wireless range (up to 150') and add aptX (low latency).

Bluetooth Compatibility: The Soundcast VGtx transmits high quality stereo audio to any Bluetooth A2DP profile wireless receiving device; including all Bluetooth enabled headphones or speakers and Bluetooth adapters. It has a wireless range of approximately 150' (compared to typical 33').

Bluetooth Codec Support: The Soundcast VGtx provides support for three common Bluetooth codecs - SBC, aptX, and aptX Low Latency.

Supported Codec Audio Lag (approximate)
aptX Low Latency 38ms +/- 5ms
aptX 70ms +/- 10ms
SBC 220ms +/- 50ms
Note: To pair using a given codec, both the VGtx and the paired receiving device must support the codec. All Bluetooth audio devices commonly support the SBC codec. Unless device specific documentation indicates otherwise; it is likely the VGtx will pair with your receiving device using the SBC codec.

Simple Secure Pairing (SSP): The Soundcast VGtx supports Simple Secure Pairing (SSP). The VGtx can only be paired to a single receiving device. Once a receiving device has been paired, it will automatically reconnect with that device when it is in range (approximately 150').

Analog & Digital Inputs: The Soundcast VGtx is equipped with analog & digital inputs to connect your TV or stereo system. There is a stereo analog minijack (3.5mm) input and a optical (toslink) digital input which is connected to the appropriate audio outputs on your TV.

  • 3.5mm Analog Input: The 3.5mm analog input of the VGtx connects to the analog output of your TV (minijack-to-RCA adapter may be required - sold separately). Some TVs allow you to select between a Fixed or Variable analog output signal. A Fixed signal requires that the volume level be controlled from your Bluetooth receiving device (headphones or speakers). A Variable signal allows you to use both the TV and your Bluetooth receiving device to adjust the volume level.
  • Optical Digital Input: The optical (toslink) digital input of the VGtx connects to the optical output of your TV. The optical digital input only supports 2ch PCM audio signals (not compatible with Dolby Digital or DTS). The optical output on TV's is fixed, so you will use your Bluetooth receiving device (headphones or speakers) to change volume level.
Notes: Most televisions make you select what type of audio signal you will be using - Analog, Digital, or the TV speakers. As a result, in most cases your TV's speakers will be deactivated when using the Soundcast VGtx.

Digital Pass-Through: The Soundcast VGtx is also equipped with an optical (toslink) digital output with a "pass-through" circuit, allowing you to listen to your optically connected soundbar and Bluetooth connected headphones at the same time. Since most TVs only provide one optical (toslink) digital output, the "pass-through" circuit allows you to connect your TV to the input of the VGtx and your soundbar to the VGtx's output. The "pass-through" circuit supports both 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital/DTS audio streams.

Note: The analog input is not supported by the unit's digital pass-through.

Power Requirements: The Soundcast VGtx can be operated using any USB-A port (like on your TV or computer), or the included 5V/500mA USB/AC power supply. Any USB charger that is rated at an output of 5V/500mA or higher is compatible and may be used with the VGtx. The VGtx will automatically turn on when USB power is applied, and can be turned off or back on again by pressing the multi-function button for 1 second.

Mounting Options: The Soundcast VGtx features four integrated rubber feet which allow for placement on a table-top, desk, or stand. The VGtx can also be mounted behind a TV and fastened to a hard surface (wall-mount or wall-stud) utilizing the including mounting brackets. The VGtx must be mounted with the front of the unit facing up to ensure a long-life expectancy.

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Customer Q&A

17 questions already asked

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Will this work for Bluetooth Bose ear buds?
[ Shaniac  Jun 19, 2020 ]
7 answers
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It does with Bose Bluetooth headphones
[ kathleen  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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I don't know. I don't own wireless Bose earbuds. I plug mine in with a 3.5 mm. jack.
[ JONATHAN  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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I don't know because I was not able to install it.
[ GEORGE W  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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Yes. Thats what i use. I can not get the apple airpods to work only bose.
[ Anthony  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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Not sure try it anyway
[ GREGORY T  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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I used mine with Bose SoundSport and it worked
[ HOWARD  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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yes
[ STEVEN  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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Can I use two sets of headsets at once?
[ Guest  Jun 13, 2020 ]
2 answers
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Hi...the VGTx never worked for me, even with one headset. Would not spend the money on it...Sorry
[ DIOGENES  Jun 15, 2020 ]
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I have never tried it. But the device just broadcasts a Bluetooth signal from a source. If you have two sets of headphones that can receive a Bluetooth signal I don't see what not.
[ William  Jun 13, 2020 ]
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I want to use this BT xmitter to pair to a BT speaker for my tv which has suround sound speakers. The BT speaker would be for my wife who has difficulty hearing dialogue thru the surround speakers. My question is there any latency with using this xmitter while listening to surround speakers at the same time?
[ Christian  Mar 20, 2020 ]
6 answers
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I would like to help you. Unfortunately it is in the original box as I could not get it to work with my LG led tv and sound bar
[ CLARENCE  Apr 04, 2020 ]
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To be honest, yes, but minimal. I would say several milliseconds. It's enough to tell but sometimes it's barely noticeable. Hope this helps..
[ KOBEY  Apr 03, 2020 ]
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Purchased mine in 2018 and have used it with various sound system "set ups." Experienced zero latency situations. Enjoy.
[ Charles  Apr 03, 2020 ]
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I use this with headphones and it works well. With Crutchfield's return policy, you can play with it for 2 months and return it if "latency" is a problem.
[ David C.  Apr 03, 2020 ]
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Yes there is.
[ kevin  Apr 03, 2020 ]
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Not sure I fully understand your question. I use mine to send sound From my 19 in. TV with a rear facing speaker to a stand alone Bose Bluetooth speaker and it Works great. TV speaker is off.
[ Jeffrey  Mar 20, 2020 ]
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Can this be connected directly to the headphone jack on the front of my receiver?
[ Brent  Mar 14, 2020 ]
1 answer
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Yes but you need the big headphone Jack that reduces to the mini jack
[ RICHARD K  Mar 14, 2020 ]
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Will this do better lip-synch then the Bluetooth built into my new LG OLED9CPUA TV? (Which is a bit off). Thanks.
[ Timothy  Mar 01, 2020 ]
3 answers
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Yes, installed this on my mother's Sony, perfect sync! But, make sure your router is good.
[ Matthew  Mar 02, 2020 ]
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I can't say about your LG but the Sound cast works well for me. I use it on my porch. It allows me to listen with my headphones, at high volume, and not blast the neighbors. I haven't noticed any issues with it. The range on it is not real far but adequate for normal use.
[ Bill  Mar 01, 2020 ]
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I don't have this TV so I couldn't compare. I would think that anything built-in would minimize latency when compared with an external device. On another note, I'm not very pleased with this device for other reasons like distance. The device is in an audio rack with glass doors. My range is not very good. I probably could have exercised the great return policy at Crutchfield but I never got around to fully exploring my installation in time. Hope your results are better!
[ HOWARD  Mar 01, 2020 ]
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Will this device work with Bose 700s?
[ Mark  Feb 26, 2020 ]
5 answers
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We use a Bose wireless with it. Don't know our model number. It was from Costco
[ DENNIS B  Feb 26, 2020 ]
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It should. I use it to broadcast to a JBL Flip 5 wireless speaker. But you will want to confirm that the Bluetooth broadcast protocol for the Soundcast VGtx matches that which the Bose 700 will receive. I had an earlier wireless speaker that could not receive the broadcast from the newer Soundcast VGtx protocol. The Bluetooth technical description for each should give you what you need.
[ William  Feb 26, 2020 ]
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If your device has capability output then the blue tooth transmitter will work.
[ DAVID H C  Feb 26, 2020 ]
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yes as it operates on standard BT frequencies just as does the Bose 700
[ ernest  Feb 26, 2020 ]
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I guess it should
[ kevin  Feb 26, 2020 ]
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Will this receive a Bluetooth signal from my phone?
[ Tim  Jan 16, 2020 ]
4 answers
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This unit is a transmitter, not a receiver. It has to be connected to a sound source like a radio which it then broadcasts as a Bluetooth signal that can be received at a distance.
[ Fred  Jan 16, 2020 ]
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The unit does not receive bluetooth signal, it sends it.
[ Peter  Jan 16, 2020 ]
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Don't think so. It is designed to SEND (Transmit) a signal to something like earphones from something else like a receiver.
[ surjit  Jan 16, 2020 ]
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No, this device will not receive a bluetooth signal (from your phone, nor anything else). It is meant to be used with devices that have audio output through a headphone jack, but that don't have bluetooth capability. I use it with a TV which has a headphone jack audio output, and with this device I can watch TV and listen through my Bose bluethooth headphones, so the TV will be silent to everyone else in the house.
[ Glenn  Jan 16, 2020 ]
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Does anyone use these with Apple AirPods?
[ jcordoba  Nov 22, 2019 ]
2 answers
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I cant get airpods to pair. Only bose
[ Anthony  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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Nope. I use it with a pair of B&O headphones.
[ surjit  Nov 23, 2019 ]
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Is this auto reconnect?
[ Han  Oct 21, 2019 ]
2 answers
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I believe so. I use for headphones and normally turn the unit it off, but I connects automatically when I turn it and the headphones on again.
[ Peter  Oct 21, 2019 ]
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Yes. If powered off or disconnected from USB power, the VGtx should automatically reconnect with the last paired receiving device when both devices are powered on and within range - from the User Manual.
[ Fred  Oct 21, 2019 ]
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Will this work with home theater receiver with EarPods?
[ Vinny  Jan 12, 2019 ]
4 answers
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It works with bluetooth headphones
[ Peter  Jan 12, 2019 ]
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I have used this unit on several devices with line out headphone connections, including a stereo receiver, boombox, clock radio, and computer. I wander through the house wearing a Plantronic Bluetooth headset. I see no reason it won't work with the gear described, providing it has a headset connection and the EarPods are Bluetooth compatible. I am very pleased with the unit.
[ Fred  Jan 12, 2019 ]
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It works with bluetooth so, I dont see why it wouldn't. I paired them a B&W wireless cans.
[ SUSANNE  Jan 12, 2019 ]
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I don't know but don't see why not as it's all Bluetooth.
[ surjit  Jan 12, 2019 ]
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If I hook this unit up as a pass-through to my sound bar with an optical cable, does this unit have to be turned "on" (energized) in order send the signal to the sound bar? Wayne K.
[ Wayne  Dec 03, 2018 ]
6 answers
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Yes
[ ANTHONY A  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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Yes!
[ Michael  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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I'm not sure I entirely/completely understand your question as ALL devices using electricity have to be turned 'on'. But if I may speculate a little, I think you're asking if the unit will 'turn on' remotely when a signal appears; if so, the answer is 'no'. I don't use an optical cable but I don't think the type of cable is relevant. When I plug my unit into power, it usually turns on without pressing the 'power' button. If I turn the unit 'off' with the power button for any reason (and leave it plugged in), it must be turned back on with the power button. If I have not understood the question properly, my answers may not apply.
[ James  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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Power is not required. It's totally passive. In fact, you can send to your sound bar and Bluetooth device simultneously when the unit is powered on. I mute my Bose speakers when listening with Bluetooth headphones. Lot's of options.
[ Gregory A.  Dec 09, 2018 ]
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I'm not sure. I only use it powered for headphones.
[ surjit  Dec 09, 2018 ]
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I believe sp
[ Peter  Dec 09, 2018 ]
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Will this work with Bluetooth hearing aids?
[ Jim  Aug 31, 2018 ]
4 answers
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It works fine on my speaker, I think it would work with a hearing aid.
[ Gordon  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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I have not used with any hearing aid but don't see why not.
[ surjit  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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Yes they work with hearing aids. My husband has 2 hearing aids and he 80 years old. He loves it. I love it because he doesn't have to turn it way up to hear i love it to. We bought one for our freinds they love it so much they take it and their speaker with them when they go on vacation. I would recommend it to anyone
[ ruth  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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Sorry, I don't know.
[ Peter  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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Will the VGtx work with Soundcast speeakers ? ...how about in a stereo configuration?
[ Bob  Mar 15, 2018 ]
1 answer
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We sure do expect it to work! And you could even use their TWS technology to get 2 of their bluetooth speakers playing in stereo. HTH! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Mar 28, 2018 ]  Staff
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We are looking for a solution so that multiple headphones can be connected to sound in RV while going down the road. It can be hard to hear while in motion. Can this connect to more than one headphone?
[ Maestro402  Mar 15, 2018 ]
2 answers
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No, only one unit at a time.
[ Michael  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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This can only connect to one set device (one set of headphones or Bluetooth speaker). However, there are some wireless headphone systems that allow for more than one headphone to be connected and in use at a time. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-324-9695 or through our online chat for a personal recommendation on a setup for you My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Mar 26, 2018 ]  Staff
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