Take the party everywhere you go, with the Soundcast VG5. This portable, outdoor-friendly speaker brings the entertainment to your next pool party, barbeque, or picnic. The VG5 unit packs a serious punch of audio pleasure that’s unrivaled by other speaker systems in its range.
It may come with premium pricing, but when you fire up the VG5 at your next outdoor event, you’ll soon realize its excellent value for money. Here’s an in-depth review of this outdoor wireless speaker.
- Bluetooth enabled.
- Water-resistant Exterior.
- Sleek design.
- 17-inches tall by 7.8-inches wide.
- Weighs 11.7-pounds.
- 10-hour battery life.
- Excellent speaker performance.
External Design Features
The design team at Soundcast built this speaker with functionality in mind. The unit weighs a robust 11.7-pounds and stands 17-inches tall with a footprint of 7.8-inches. Regardless of its size, the convenient carry handle found under the top-panel makes it feel remarkably compact and portable.
The unit’s matte-black, contoured housing features the standard rubberized edges and surfaces you’d expect to find on a durable outdoor system. Soundcast did an excellent job of giving the speaker a sleek, streamlined look.
The top panel features a capacitive touch-control navigation pad while the front panel hosts an NFC pairing zone.
A removable rubberized panel, found on the rear of the unit, covers the 3.5mm aux input, pinhole reset, service USB port, and an AC adapter connection. Soundcast includes an AC adapter and audio cable in the packaging.
The VG5 achieves a 360-degree audio array with dual, bi-amplified, 3-inch Neodymium drivers receiving 60-watts total power. The 6-inch downward-firing subwoofer rounds out the sound and compliments the drivers.
Ported slots in the base of the housing provide airflow to the woofer movement and efficient driver performance.
The IP64 rating of the VG5 means that its resistant to dust and water entering the unit. However, it’s crucial to note that this unit isn’t waterproof, so throwing the VG5 in the pool isn’t a good idea.
Bluetooth allows linking multiple VG5 speakers to create a stereo pair. One VG5 is enough to rock any party, pairing two would bring a near-club experience to your next outdoor event.
The VG5 features backlit buttons for power, Bluetooth, playback, volume control, and mute. One of the only drawbacks with this speaker is the fact it has no speakerphone function.
The speaker self-locks after 3-minutes of inactivity and holding down the mute button for 5-seconds activates the child-lock function. Next, to the control panel, you’ll find an LED cluster providing a visual reading of battery life and volume level.
Soundcast estimates the battery life of the VG5 to provide up to 10 hours of playback on a full charge. The unit is capable of charging from empty to full power in 4 to 5-hours.
When unboxing the VG5, you’ll find that Soundcast has included five international plug adapters for the AC charger, as well as a 3.5mm audio cable.
Soundcast incorporated their proprietary 24-bit signal processing technology into the playback system for the VG5.
This tech stabilizes sound files and makes them sound great at any volume you desire. The Bluetooth 4.2 technology in the Soundcast VG5 supports hi-definition AAC and aptX codecs files.
The VG5 feels and sounds like its built for bass. On tracks with a driving bassline, you can expect a roaring sub-woofer response. Given the level of subwoofer performance, it’s surprising that it has no distortion at maximum volume levels. Running the speaker at half volume still produces intense bass.
There is no difference in volume levels, or bass response from the unit whether it’s plugged in or running on the battery. While the standard guidelines from Soundcast suggest a 10-hour playback, you might expect a few hours less if you’re running the speaker at maximum volume.
If you’re using the VG5 outdoors, make sure you position it on a stable surface far away from doors and windows. The power of the sub-woofer at high volume levels will rattle and shake unstable surfaces. Overall the speaker provides crisp, clear sound while delivering a thunderous bassline.
Soundcast engineered this speaker for pop music fans and hip-hop heads. The speaker sounds outstanding when playing the latest tracks. Clear vocals and percussion sounds, like snares and high-hats, have a snap to them while still managing not to get lost in the pounding bassline produced by the sub-woofer.
The DSP functionality scales back the sub-woofer frequency in specific tracks while boosting the low-mids to compliment the bass. This function makes the unit excellent rock music as well, providing clear vocals and percussion while dialing back the bass for a rounded sound.
Purists that want to use this speaker to listen to the classical or jazz music may want to look for another system that focuses on clarity and balance, rather than volume and power.
The VG5 is a must for anyone entertaining indoors or outdoors at any time of the year. It’s the ideal, weather-proof unit to take to your next tailgate or picnic.
- Outstanding outdoor performance.
- Long battery life.
- No sound distortion.
- Suitable for rock, pop music, and hip-hop.
- No track navigation controls.
- No speakerphone function.
- Not for purists.
Wrapping Up – Comparing the VG5 and VG7
One of the most attractive features of the VG5 is its price point. You can find this speaker for under $500 at most online retailers. While this may seem pricey considering other similar products offered by other brands, it delivers a sound that’s head-and-shoulders above the competition.
The VG5 even outperforms its older cousin, the expensive VG7 model. Reviews on the VG7 suggest the sub-woofer distorts at maximum output levels. The VG5 delivers a loud, bass-driven sound that’s stable even when stretched to its limits.
Soundcast designed the VG5 for people that need a bit more power than what’s on offer in your traditional portable speaker. It may cost a little more than its rivals, but you won’t be disappointed with the performance. Add a VG5 to your wish list and be the life of the party at your next outdoor event!