Google Chromecast Audio: Stream your favorite music with Google Chromecast Audio. Simply plug into your speaker's auxiliary input and connect to your Wi-Fi network. Then just tap the Cast button from your favorite apps on your phone, tablet or computer to cast songs, radio stations and podcasts to your speaker.
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Smart Alternative to Sonos Connect
Posted by: gyroscopics from: on
If you use Sonos Connect mostly to stream music from Pandora or Spotify to your home audio system, then Chromecast Audio is a much cheaper alternative for 1/10th of the price and almost the same sound quality. Sonos offers many other features such as DLNA support, party mode playback, to name a few. But if don't need these functionalities, Chromecast Audio will suffice.
During setup, make sure to turn on the High Dynamic Range option which is suggested by the Chromecast app for AVRs and HiFi systems. You may also turn on this option in the settings screen. If you are not so keen with audio fidelity, Chromecast Audio will meet if not exceed your expectations.
I plan to buy another or two Chromecast Audio if and only if Google release a firmware update to make it support simultaneous playback of same signal (party mode) like Sonos does.
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Better sound than I expected. Plus simple to use.
Posted by: NotContinuous from: on
Forget Bluetooth. This is so much better. Uncompressed high quality sound that doesn't drop out. I downloaded Google's Play Now program on my PC, and it grabbed my entire iTunes library and loaded it up into Google's cloud. Now I've got access to all my music, plus tons of other music -- all at high bit-rate and uncompressed. Hookup and use are simple. My wife loves it (she never never used Bluetooth). When their multi-room software update comes out in a month or two, it's hard to see why anyone would choose a more expensive alternative. A true giant-killer product for 35 bucks.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Posted by: 8ball from: on
I use 3 of these in conjunction with my Sonos amp to pump music throughout my house. It stitches together multiple systems of various manufactures and quality including an Onkyo high end amp and a Sony medium end amp......and of course my network of Sonos speakers. I will say in advance, you need a very robust wifi network to make this work well. As a cord-cutter 4yrs in I've beefed up my network to handle the load of streaming HD video and music.....but I still have issues when everyone goes to town and 4 Tvs are streaming content.....I experience some dropout while I'm listening to music also. I highly recommend this product to anyone who likes music and already have multiple rigs they want to keep!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Dont buy just one, they sync!
Posted by: JudyC from: on
- Great signal strength (they use wifi)
- Use your existing stereo equipment
These things are fantastic. Want a Sonos but don't have hundreds of dollars to spend OR you already have a house full of stereo equipment? Get this instead. Want to play music from your phone but the Bluetooth speaker keeps loosing signal? Get this instead. They work over wifi so you never loose signal and they sync together so you can play music throughout the house w/o having to buy all new stereo equipment.
I have three already and am about to get one more paired with some Bose computer speakers for the bathroom too. Maybe I should get one for the garage . . . and the patio!
Get at least 2 of these things. You're gonna love it.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Flawless Performance - Easy Integration
Posted by: MacMcG from: on
I love this. I love this so much, I bought two more. I loved those two so much, I bought the video cast device as well. My audio cast devices are connected to three JBL Charge devices I have (Multiple generations); my home theatre system; and a pair of bookcase speakers that I have an old amp connected to. I figured out how to use one chromecast device to stream to multiple jbl charges at the same time - further increasing the usefulness in my mind. I love sonos - i own one play 3 that was given as a gift but its just so expensive and this is great especially if you already have the speakers on hand.
I am always ready about the latest cord cutting trends, devices, tech, and strategies and these are an integral part of anyone's connected home. Easy to set up, easy to use, zero complaints.
Get them and be happy.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Chromecast Audio - Absolutely the Best Audio Toy!!
Posted by: AudioMan1901 from: on
I had been reading about the Chromecast Audio since it was first announced and have had 2 Chromecast Videos since they were first released.. I was waiting for Tidal (my music streaming source) to update their app to work with the Chromecast to take advantage of loss-less digital audio on my home stereo system. Let me say, it is even better than than I had hoped. Make sure to get a Toslink to stereo mini adapter so you can play your music thru the optical digital input on your home stereo. The sound is better than CD quality!! Well worth $35. I will be purchasing several more and daisy-chaining all my stereos in the house.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Very good sound
Posted by: norhloudspeaker from: on
I have four Google Cast audio streaming devices. Three of them are connected to AV receivers using a mini Toslink connector. My goal is to create a low-cost / high quality alternative to Sonos. I have a Sonos 5 and believe this is an ideal device for music streaming.
Unlike Sonos, there is no single interface. Instead, you need to identify applications that are compatible with Google's casting standard. Pandora, iHeart and Google Music Play are some of the applications that are compatible.
You start listening on your phone and then transfer the stream to your audio cast device. The advantage over Bluetooth is that you phone is now freed up for other purposes. None of the alert sounds are transferred to the audio cast and the phone doesn't have to stay on or be close by once the stream is started.
The biggest drawback that I have found is that the system can sometimes be stubborn. Sometimes the streaming target doesn't show up as one of the options and other times, the streaming takes a while to get started. When it does work, the sound is great.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Excellent way to stream audio.
Posted by: Mo94131 from: on
Picked up three of these babies for around $100 total. Setup was super easy using the iphone chrome cast app. Can stream NPR, Spotify and Google music straight from the internet - frees up phone to make calls, text, etc. Can also use Google Cast extension for chrome to cast audio to the device. Has analog and digital optical out (same as on Apple Airport Express). Sound is very good (make sure to select the HDR audio in settings). Currently, software does not allow for "multicasting" or selecting multiple devices to play same music, but it is promised in a future update. Does not support direct streaming of Apple Music. Overall - a great way to turn a set of speakers into a makeshift (and cheap) Sonos substitute.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Excellent way to stream to your stereo
Posted by: Andres from: on
Relatively cheap, easy to set up, great sound.
One of my favorite features is the fact that once you select something to stream to it, it streams that directly from the internet and not from your device. I can stream an album from Google Play Music to it and close the tab, the album will keep playing.
If you do pick this up, the most important thing to do is to enable 'High dynamic range' in the settings menu from the Chromecast app. It isn't enabled by default and music doesn't sound as good without it enabled.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Multi-room feature is awesome
Posted by: Luke from: on
I love being able to enjoy music in the entire house with the "multi-room" feature. I have an older Victorian house where the living room and kitchen are separated by doorways, so if I play music in one space, it's hard to hear it in the other space. This usually leads to playing music too loud for the room you're in but too soft for the one you're not in...but with 2 Chromecast Audios and multi-room, I can easily play synchronized music in both rooms at the same time.