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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.

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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:
    • 36" optical digital audio cable
    • 36" 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
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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
  • 41" Stereo minijack cable
  • 2 Brackets
  • 2 Screws
  • User Manual

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Add Wireless Headphones to your TV easily

Crutchfield customer from Oak Grove, MO on 7/15/2019

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Works as advertised, easy to hook up and pairing with the Bluetooth was easy. Small size so doesn't take up much room. I previously tried to hook up using the RCA jacks on my TV with another set of headphones and an RCA extension cord-but no luck. This has an optical cable which worked perfectly to use my headphones.

Pros: Small size, can conceal it easily, quick pairing. Easy to hook up to my TV.

Cons: Instructions were a bit vague, would help if it showed more pics on install steps. Cords are short, could be a foot longer for easier install. Can only pair one set of headphones at a time-will not do multiple ones.

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Great Bluetooth Transmitter

Crutchfield customer from Vero Beach, FL on 6/30/2019

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Love this product! I wanted to sync my Bose QC 35's to the TV in my bedroom so I could watch TV at night in bed ( bad habit ??) and not bother my wife. The Soundcast VGtx was the answer and an easy one to set up as well. I even had to use the bypass option as my optical port was occupied by my Polk sound bar. Still it was a very easy install and the syncing with the QC 35's happened immediately with a great connection and excellent range. I also used the USB cord as the properly supply , plugged into the TV, no AC power outlet necessary! I highly recommend the Soundcast VGtx Bluetooth transmitter, you will be very pleased with it's performance

Pros: Great product, excellent design and component options and built with very high quality

Cons: None

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Bluetooth your Stereo Receiver

Crutchfield customer from Ewing, NJ on 6/24/2019

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This unit will turn your older receiver into a Bluetooth capable receiver. This unit excepts a digital or analog input. If your like me and your receiver is so old that your headphone jack is your only signal output...... It will still work !

Pros: Comes with (Digital cables) and (Analog) 1/4 inch Stereo Audio Patch Cable, 1/4 Male

Cons: You'll need to buy a 3.5 Mm Stereo To 1/4" Stereo Headphone Audio Adapter if your only signal out is your headphone jack.

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Crutchfield customer from Claremont, CA on 6/23/2019

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Bought this so I could listen with my Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Headphones (also bought here) through my system without a long cord. Took a few tries to sync (more my errors - read the directions carefully!), but once synced it works great. I can listen to all my other music sources (phono, SiriusXM, HD Radio, CD Transport ) without being tied to a long cord. Range is pretty good too. I can go a couple rooms away before the signal drops.

Pros: Has both analog and digital inputs.

Cons: Because it's so small it has a "wall wart" AC adapter, so it takes up space on your surge protector/power line protector.

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Crutchfield customer from Bethel Park, PA on 6/17/2019

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works perfectly---good purchase and great product

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Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 5/22/2019

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The TV is in our bedroom. With the Soundcast one of us can watch TV while the other reads or sleeps. Connects easily to our Bose Bluetooth headphones..

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Crutchfield customer from Brooklyn, NY on 5/7/2019

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Installing was quick and easy. Connected to my new JBL E45BT fast. Doc was very helpful. Thanks again Doc

Pros: Works as it says

Cons: Non

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Crutchfield customer from Marriottsville, MD on 4/29/2019

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Very happy with transmitter. Only problem is that it is sometimes difficult to link my QC35 earphones. Bu overall I highly recommend this product.

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Crutchfield customer from Easton, MD on 4/19/2019

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Very happy with this device. I had been looking for a device to listen to my tv with my Bluetooth headphones for a long time. And this device works great.

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Good choice

Crutchfield customer from Lusby, MD on 3/29/2019

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This item is a bit more expensive than others but is built high quality. It is easy to install and use. The range I've tested so far is into other rooms 20-25 ft away with walls in between and no loss of comms. I have no need to go much further away in my home layout.

Pros: Quality. Easy. Great function.

Cons: A bit pricey.

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Look elsewhere

Lyle from Costa Mesa, CA on 3/27/2019

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Does not work as advertised. Very flimsy and cheaply made. I plan on returning it for refund, what a waste of time and money!

Pros: none

Cons: instructions and Crutchfield review is deceptive, the unit does not work at all. Maybe because I purchased it 'open-box' it was defective to begin with. Shame on Crutchfield for selling junk like this. Wish I could rate it zero stars.

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Crutchfield customer from Houston, TX on 3/23/2019

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This is going to be a great way to pair our old-school stereo component gear to new wireless Bluetooth speakers. No more nasty, tangled, ugly wires. I would not have known about it if our Crutchfield advisor had not helped me with the selection. Thank you!

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VGtx excellent bluetooth transmitter

Brian from Wall Township, NJ on 3/17/2019

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Great product, well made and easy to set up. Only one minor hiccup which was easily overcome by Crutchfield tech support within five minutes. And you guessed right, it was my mistake.

Pros: Easy installation and set up Well made device Awesome sound transfer

Cons: None

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Great Solution

Crutchfield customer from Bellevue, WA on 3/17/2019

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Had an issue with a small TV that had its speaker in the rear and sound heading the "wrong" direction. Paired the Soundcast VGtx with a Bose Soundtouch and it works great. Easy setup and Bluetooth pairing.

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Crutchfield customer from Pittsburg, CA on 3/16/2019

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Excellent.

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Crutchfield customer from Yorktown, VA on 2/24/2019

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Totally great experience! Great experience with service rep. I explained what I was looking for and he was a huge help. Product purchased has exceeded expectations. Checkout process was great. Free shipping and was delivered in one day. Overall buying experience was 5 stars +. Made me rethink my buying experiences at other sites. Didn't know a quality buying experience like this existed anymore. Kodos to you for providing a first class experience.

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Larry from Cedar Rapids, IA on 2/22/2019

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Using with a bluetooth speaker when watching tv in bed. Paired without any problem and no noticeable lip-sync problems. Happy with my purchase.

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Better than the Sony

John from Indianapolis, IN on 1/31/2019

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Easy to setup, love the fact I can connect any bluetooth headset to it vs. the Sony model which I bought last time. It's small and compact and so far great range and I am happy with the performance.

Pros: Small, light weight, compact and easy to setup

Cons: None so far

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Crutchfield customer from Powder Spgs, GA on 1/22/2019

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Great -easy-perfect -I have a 1700 square foot ranch house with full basement . 3 equally size rooms in basement . Middle room is stereo/transmitter and I can go end to end in basement and end to end upstairs and never lose signal . I love it and very happy with it.

Pros: Easy to use-great range

Cons: Zero cons

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Soundcast Works!

Don M from Indialantic, FL on 1/15/2019

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I set up the Soundcast at Crutchfield's recommendation, to eliminate wires from my AMP to my headphones. (Sennheiser PXC 500) The installation, setup and pairing too about 5 minutes! The sound quality is excellent, and the range is great, even though the unit is in a closed cabinet. Highly recommend!

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Crutchfield customer from Brookings, OR on 12/19/2018

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WORKS GREAT

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Crutchfield customer from Solvang, CA on 12/13/2018

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Not happy. Nuf said

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We're sorry you're disappointed with your bluetooth transmitter. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

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Crutchfield customer from Moriches, NY on 11/9/2018

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It works pretty well. I lose signal if the antenna is not visiable. Happy with it.

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Crutchfield customer from Chandler, AZ on 11/6/2018

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Does everything exactly as expected, paired nicely with Sennheiser headphones, thanks to assistance from tech support at different times, for both the Soundcast transmitter and the Sennheiser headphones. Thanks to customer support assistance for guidance in choosing these products to begin with! Crutchfield knows how to get the job done, with lots of fun, too.

Pros: 1) easy to select, because it's the only one Crutchfield carries 2) tech support guidance is spot on 3) customer product support was accurate in recommending a transmitter instead of a Bluetooth adapter

Cons: not really a con, but Crutchfield doesn't need to offer other transmitters as options/choices, since this one performs very nicely!

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Great product, low latency!

Rob from Prosper, TX on 11/5/2018

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Worked seamlessly with very little latency. Exactly what I needed to broadcast TV on the patio to wireless speakers.

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Bill from Salem, VA on 10/30/2018

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This is a really handy item. It allows me to use cordless headphones (a nice pair of over ear Bose) with old school amps. It's easy to hook up and sounds great. The only reason I am not going 5 stars is the weak signal. If I move a room or two away from it in my house the signal drops. Otherwise I love it. I would buy this again.

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Fantastic Device

Lee from Forest Hills, NY on 10/23/2018

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Works great and worth the money. I have hearing problem and at times watching TV was an issue. Even with a good sound bar. The Soundcast VGtx used with the Sennheiser HD 4.40BT headphones solved all my problems and provides a fantastic listening experience. The aptX codec makes a huge impact as the headphones have it as well so there are no delays or lip syncing issues with the TV. The range is great and has no problems dropping the signal which was a surprise in a large apartment with solid concrete walls. Hunter the advisor took the time to help me choose the right component for my needs.

Pros: Comprehensive instructions and setup guide, Easy to Pair, aptX Codec , great sound and range

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from League City, TX on 10/10/2018

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It's working! I'm using this w/Sennheiser HD 4.40BT wireless headphones. Sometimes my soundbar comes on. I need to call tech support. Other than that glitch I'm enjoying my new headphones w/the Souncast VGtx thanks to Travis' guidance.

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Alek from West Jordan, UT on 9/27/2018

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Solid and small. First one arrived with malfunctions, immediately replaced by Crutchfield. Sound is very good, practically no lag. I took one star off only because it started breaking through one door at about 40 feet. I guess it is because it is bluetooth.

Pros: Clean and unadulterated sound

Cons: Works great if not obstructed by doors and walls.

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Crutchfield customer from East Windsor, NJ on 9/4/2018

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Works great, good range, easy set up !!

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David from New Orleans, LA on 7/28/2018

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Wonderful item works perfect, I ordered a second unit.

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OK in my application

Robert from Christiansburg, VA on 7/15/2018

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Bought this to use on 10-year-old internet radio to pipe music to a Bluetooth speaker. Pairing was easy. I didn't know much about various Bluetooth flavors, so there is huge lag. That's OK in my application--radio inside, speaker on outside patio table. I am not sure how accurate the range spec's are. Through a couple of walls speaker sound breaks up only thirty feet from the transmitter. Your mileage will vary. I thought it was expensive, so was happy to get scratch-dent unit at a discount.

Pros: Easy-pairing; small size; external antenna.

Cons: Expensive; to avoid lag pay attention to the specs.

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Should have gotten a long time ago!

Don from Naples, FL on 6/10/2018

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Excellent range! I use it with the tv so as not to disturb the wife when I get up early and also when we both watch tv and I like a louder volume. Volumes are adjusted independently. I paired it with the JBL on-ear headphones so as not to lock out surrounding sound. Perfect!

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Crutchfield customer from St Augustine, FL on 6/6/2018

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It seems to work very well. Setup was easy and it paired the device quickly. However i think i should have purchased a two channel device

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Crutchfield customer from Teton Village, WY on 6/4/2018

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Works great, the tech guy walked me through the pairing.

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Crutchfield customer from Lowell, MI on 5/29/2018

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It has been great! I have hearing loss, and use Bose Bluetooth headphones. There is a minimally perceptible delay in audio from the TV visual, but it is not bothersome. It pairs very well using the Bose App on my android phone. I ordered this after being reassured by Adam that Crutchfield would help if there were any problem pairing. There weren't any problems, but it was nice to know that they would stand behind what they sell.

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Crutchfield customer from Great Bend, KS on 5/25/2018

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THE SOUNDCAST VGTX WORKS AS ADVERTISED.VERY PLEASE WITH THE PRODUCT E

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Will not pair

Norm from Eugene, OR on 5/21/2018

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I tried to pair this with several different bluetooth headphones but both the unit and the headphones would just hang in pairing mode (slow blue/red flash) until the headphones timed out. The headphones had no issues pairing with other devices so I can only conclude it's the unit. Thankfully Crutchfield made the return easy (thanks)

Pros: None

Cons: Will not pair with any of the Bluetooth headphones I own

Crutchfield response on 5/30/2018
Thanks for your review. We're sorry for the trouble you had with this Soundcast transmitter. We forwarded your comment to the manufacturer, who gave us these pairing suggestions, in case they're helpful to other folks considering this product:

1) Put your headphones into pairing mode first, before doing the same for the transmitter.

2) Press and hold the Soundcast VGtx's power button for a full six seconds. The unit will flash blue and red signifying it is in pairing mode.

3) During pairing, the transmitter and headphones should be kept in close physical proximity -- within about six feet. After paring, wireless range is about 150 feet.

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James Munday from Brooklyn, NY on 5/18/2018

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Works like its built in no lag works great with live TV And Movies.

Pros: works great and easy to install.

Cons: none

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Easy set up

Michael from Cape Coral, FL on 5/10/2018

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Easy to set up. Attached to back of tv. Compact, user friendly, would recommend to friend.

Pros: Easy to set up. Costlier than many, worth the price. Excellent performance.

Cons: None, works as advertised.

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Steven from Paso Robles, CA on 5/7/2018

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Unit works as advertised, easy set-up, optical cable poor quality, advise ordering a replacement cable when purchasing this product

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Marvin from Hallandle Bch , FL on 5/4/2018

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Does the job but have to connect by analog and put larger mini plug into the stereo out on my receiver. Only way to control volume.

Pros: Will do the job if used as anaolog.

Cons: Cannot connect to SL and SR from back of receiver, no sound.

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Perfect in Every Way!

Bob from Stamford, CT on 4/19/2018

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This is working perfectly. Very pleased. Only issue setting up was it will not work with certain Dolby settings from the source of the audio. We have a TV and a Fire TV both setup as sources. Neither one worked at all. We needed to fiddle with settings on each to get to what appears to be standard Dolby as opposed to super Dolby. Once we got this right the unit came to life. We use Bose Bluetooth headphones and all works perfectly. We leave the Soundcast on all the time. When we want to use the headphones we simply turn them on and10 seconds later the sound comes through crystal clear. Volume on the headphones versus from the TV are independent, so my wife watches TV with TV/amplifier sound, and I use the headphones so I can make it louder. Makes everyone happy!

Pros: Once set up works perfectly. No issues at all.

Cons: Setup needs to have correct Dolby settings on source.

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Crutchfield customer from Festus, MO on 4/10/2018

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Love it works great

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Matthew from Ridgefield, CT on 4/7/2018

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My new Bose headphones immediately pair with my Soundcast VGtx transmitter, it was a breeze to set up and for me that's saying a lot! I'll actually be buying 2 more Soundcast transmitters for other TV's. Note that once you are finished using the transmitter, you do need to turn it off, do not leave it running or it won't pair with your headphones. Make sure when turning it off you simply press the power button on the front of the Soundcast unit just once with a very quick tap, do not hold down the button. This a great product and works exactly as designed! Enjoy

Pros: Works as designed, pairs really well with my Bose headphones

Cons: You must remember to turn off the unit when not using it and only press the power button one quick tap, do not hold down the button

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Easy install

Shannon from Seattle, WA on 4/3/2018

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Easy instructions and installation

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Works as advertised.

Greg from Homosassa, FL on 3/15/2018

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Works fine with the Bowers and Wilkins BT headphones. According to documentation it will also connect to two matched TWS (True Wireless Stereo) speakers in lieu of headphones. I am using the VGtx optical bypass to feed powered Bose speakers for my TV audio. The bypass remains active whether or not the VGtx is powered on or off. I use the Bose remote to mute the speakers when listening through headphones. There is a noticeable latency between video and sound from the TV but not real annoying. The VGtx and B&W headphones both use the aptX codecs so I expected the latency to be less. The Bluetooth range is amazing. I can be 75 feet away from the antenna, separated by a concrete wall, and no dropouts.

Pros: Small, great range, digital and analog connectivity, audio bypass, can be mounted vertically or horizontally, decent codec, quality cables and connectors.

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Disappointed - Won't Pair!

Lee from Clarksburg, MD on 3/8/2018

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What headphones did the positive reviewers use? I was unable to pair this unit with my Powerbeats 3 headphones, and then to a pair of Bowers & Wilkins PX, which I bought specifically bc they had the AptX (albeit not low latency AptX) codec that was required/supported by the VGtx. I was even more disappointed, and frankly surprised, when I called for customer support. Usually their strongest asset, Crutchfield was unable to tell me if it would work with any of their headphones, essentially just try and see. No field testing by Crutchfield? Similarly, VGTx tech support let me know that they've never done formal testing with any headphones, as the unit is intended to work with their other VGTx products. I was so frustrated that I ended up buying some cheap bluetooth transmitter off another website that works through the TV headphone, rather than optical, output. At least it works.

Pros: Great in theory

Cons: Only a theory....

Crutchfield response on 6/5/2018
We're sorry for the trouble you had with this Soundcast transmitter. We've since received the following setup suggestions from the manufacturer to take care of potential pairing problems:

1) Put your headphones into pairing mode first, before doing the same for the transmitter.

2) Press and hold the Soundcast VGtx's power button for a full six seconds. The unit will flash blue and red signifying it is in pairing mode.

3) During pairing, the transmitter and headphones should be kept in close physical proximity -- within about six feet. After paring, wireless range is about 150 feet

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Crutchfield customer from Greensboro, NC on 3/5/2018

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Has solved the problem of connecting my headphones to my TV

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TV sounds sweet through my headphones! Love this product!

Jane from Madison, NJ on 2/27/2018

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I have been searching for a product just like this and finally found the perfect tv/headphone transmitter! I can watch tv late at night and my neighbors below me do not hear a sound. I love it so much, I am ordering a second one for my other tv! My connections are solid and the product works just as stated - even better!

Pros: Sound quality, ease of connection, use, transmission is clear and no delay.

Cons: None.

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Soundcast VGtx

Crutchfield customer from St Clair Shores, MI on 2/27/2018

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I bought this to add Bluetooth to my Marantz integrated amp. It does everything it says. simple setup and use. Great sound. Highly recommended.

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Cheap, flimsy, wait for another brand

Andy from Charlotte, NC on 2/14/2018

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Very cheaply made (light weight plastics). The supplied cables "fall out" too easily, making you track down why you hear no volume. It works, but as poor as this is, the cost is far too high.

Pros: It works as long as the optical cable isn't falling out (very cheap).

Cons: Cheap plastics. The supplied cables don't stay in the slots (optical). Not easy to hide as you still need to push the "sync" button with each use.

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More details on the Soundcast VGtx

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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 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

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recommended by chat advisor, James [ kevin b.  Jul 11, 2019 ]
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looked what I needed. [ Joe D.  Apr 18, 2019 ]
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Right price and sounds like it does what I want it to do. [ DAVID  Feb 18, 2019 ]
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I was looking for a TV transmitter that I could pair with Bluetooth headphones that I use for more than only TV-sourced sound. [ Joseph  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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Because my old Bluetooth was outdated for my new digital sound TV. [ James  Feb 02, 2019 ]
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Experimenting with getting rid of wires, improving sound performance. [ Antonio  Jan 26, 2019 ]
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I needed it to use with a wireless bluetooth headset I use for my hearing [ JOHN  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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I just have trouble hearing conversation above background music or/and noise. I've got my fingers crossed! [ Joseph  Jan 10, 2019 ]
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I needed a bluetooth transmitter for my TV so I could listen with head phones and use my sounder at the same time. [ Wayne  Jan 07, 2019 ]
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Because Lane advised me. I trust Crutchfield because they know what they are selling and have given me good advice in the past. [ ELEANORE  Dec 27, 2018 ]
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Top notch electronic company. [ CHUN - JU  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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needed to use new Bose headphones with the TV I already have. [ Carole  Dec 23, 2018 ]
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This will allow me to listen to music from my NAD integrated amp through Bluetooth headphones. [ R  Dec 22, 2018 ]
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your sales person Mick, recommended this, need to watch with husband with the ear phones on and me without [ Candy  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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Recommended by Crutchfield Advisor [ Andre  Dec 15, 2018 ]
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I called for assistance, and unfortunately I don't remember the guy's name, but he was very helpful. I wanted to buy my Husband wireless headphones for our TV for Christmas, and the support guy looked up my TV model and advised me that I would need a transmitter. Good to know . . . and my Husband will be impressed when he opens the headphones, and can actually use them with the TV! ;) [ Terry  Dec 12, 2018 ]
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Recommended by Crutchfield help assistant [ Stuart  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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Gus's recommendation [ Bruce  Dec 11, 2018 ]
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I needed a way to connect a 1980s (analog) turntable to a Tivoli Model 3 Bluetooth that resides on the opposite side of the room. [ WILLIAM  Dec 10, 2018 ]
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Marisa [ Craig  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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Optical digital audio link to TV ensures optimal wireless communication. [ David  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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With the support of the Crutchfield rep, Paul. Great help [ Randy  Nov 26, 2018 ]
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to send audio signal to sony wireless (Bluetooth) headphones [ Andrew  Nov 20, 2018 ]
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It will connect wireless a bluetooth speakers to my existing home audio system. [ John  Oct 25, 2018 ]
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It was recommended by your staff. I look forward to receiving it. [ Marty  Sep 28, 2018 ]
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Good Reviews! This is my main reason for purchasing this product. [ Those people  Sep 27, 2018 ]
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I expect it to be compatible with multiple devices broadcasting with extended range throughout my home [ E Lane  Sep 26, 2018 ]
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reviews and help by Dexter Tech rep at Crutchfield [ Anthony  Sep 26, 2018 ]
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Advice from Maverick at your stores chat! [ G Woodworth  Sep 06, 2018 ]
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reliability [ mark  Aug 02, 2018 ]
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Adapt my alalog home stereo to bluetooth connectivity without plugging in the aux in to phone [ Marc  Jul 18, 2018 ]
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I wanted the extended range; my present device only works to 30 feet [ Dana  Jul 12, 2018 ]
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best product for my situation [ Richard  Jul 06, 2018 ]
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Range; legitimate reviews (one illegitimate). Crutchfield reputation. [ R  Jul 01, 2018 ]
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I bought a pair of Bluetooth headphones but my TV will only do Bluetooth or speakers and not both at the same time. With this, I can have both. Thanks to customer support for helping me troubleshoot the best way to do this. [ MARK L.  Jun 25, 2018 ]
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Crutchfield's description told me the most important thing I need to know about it: optical connection from tv to soundcast, with optical bypass for soundbar. [ DANIEL L  May 21, 2018 ]
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Need to use headphones at night. [ kevin  May 20, 2018 ]
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To transmit stereo from my Home Theater Receiver to a portable Bluetooth speaker on my patio using the aptx low latency technology. [ BRIAN  May 14, 2018 ]
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It's just what I've been waiting for. Now I can watch tv without waking up anyone. [ Jim  May 13, 2018 ]
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Will use to connect vintage 70s-80s stereo system to my new outdoor Bluetooth speakers. Transmission distance great for where speakers will be located outside. [ Jim  Apr 12, 2018 ]
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Dee Turners said it would work with my new Bose Bluetooth Headphones! Thank You Fred Arms [ FRED  Mar 07, 2018 ]
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I wear hearing aids that have a bluetooth receiver. This device will allow me to run my tv and music through my amp and directly into my head. [ Ron  Mar 05, 2018 ]
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per chad's recommendation. I was looking for a blue tooth wireless speaker set with phono ore amp. [ BOB  Feb 05, 2018 ]
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6 questions already asked

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Will this work with home theater receiver with EarPods?
[ Vinny  Jan 12, 2019 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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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