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Soundcast VGtx

Bluetooth® wireless TV/headphone transmitter

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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.)     

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

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

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!

Don, Naples, FL

Reviews

Soundcast VGtx Reviews

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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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Anonymous 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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Anonymous 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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Anonymous 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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Anonymous 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

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.

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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Anonymous 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

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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Anonymous 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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Anonymous 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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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.

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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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 ]
Need to use headphones at night. [ kevin  May 20, 2018 ]
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 ]
It's just what I've been waiting for. Now I can watch tv without waking up anyone. [ J  May 13, 2018 ]
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 ]
Dee Turners said it would work with my new Bose Bluetooth Headphones! Thank You Fred Arms [ FRED  Mar 07, 2018 ]
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 ]
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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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
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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