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Google - Chromecast Audio - Black

Model: RUX-J42SKU: 4532100

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2330 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good first attempt at multi-room audio

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    madbrain
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    I am using this for multi-room audio in a large home. I actually have 15 ChromeCast Audio (CCA) in conjunction with 6 old receivers using their 5.1 and 7.1 multi-channel inputs, feeding a total of 30 speakers. The DAC on the CCA sounds very good. You can redirect the audio from any Android device to the CCA. Or you can cast from apps that are cast-enabled on both Android and iOS . There is desktop support in the Google Chrome browser too casting from tabs. I have been using the device primarily with Tidal on Android so far, and Youtube on Android using device redirection. You can create device groups of CCA in the Google Home app - I am using Whole House, Upstairs, Downstairs, and Outdoors. I have a love-hate relationship with this device. When it works, it is really nice. There are many problems, however, some rather serious : - the networking is incompatible with most Wifi mesh systems, such as my Netgear Orbi. I also tried Linksys Velop and CCAs don't work either. The problem is that some CCAs randomly disappear from the Google home app. I could have any number of CCA between 0 and 15 show up. This made the multi-room feature completely unusable. The only way I was able to solve this was by wiring each device with Ethernet, using an interface that costs an additional $15 per Chromecast, plus ethernet cable, plus ethernet switches. This drives up the cost significantly. Because 8 of my CCA upstairs were in a room not directly wired to my router, I had to use Powerline AV1200 to make the ethernet work. I also had to buy an extra ethernet switch. - the CCA will drop off the network if internet access is lost, even if it's just for a few seconds. This is true whether CCA is connected by Wifi or ethernet. CCA will go back to Wifi setup mode. This is a security issue, as well as brain-dead, since you could be playing local content to the CCA that doesn't require internet access, but the playback will stop anyway if you stop your internet. It means you cannot use the CCA at all on a private network not connected to the internet. I have a less than 100% reliable internet connection with Comcast, and am really suffering due to this problem as my playback often stops if I lose internet, for no good technical reason at all. - the google home app needs work in terms of managing the CCA if you have more than one. You first need to open the app, go to "devices"'. Then, all the devices and groups will appear, but in random order. And you will have to scroll many screens to find the one you want. There is no sorting. This is a big usability issue. It should be possible to display the list of all the CCAs and groups on a single screen, and they should be in a sorted order. Furthermore, if you want to change the volume on only one of the CCAs in a group, you need to select that group, click the volume icon, click the mixer icon in the top right of the screen, and then finally use the slider to change volume on the one you want. This is simply far too many steps. The app is functional but not ergonomic at all. The app is constantly changing and the steps change over time also. But so far, the app seems to have changed for the worse. Ie. it requires even more screen presses now than it did a few weeks ago. Overall, I'm enjoying my CCA, but some of the design and implementation decisions in the firmware and software are terrible and need to be addressed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Audio Streaming on a Budget

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    Flyerfan
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    I am aware there are pricier alternatives to streaming music to speakers and/or older stereo equipment, but the price and features of the Google Chromecast Audio make it stand out. You can stream various audio platforms (such as Spotify), but I've used it to stream my collection of CDs I've ripped and then uploaded to Google Music. You can use either a 1/8" mini stereo plug or mini-optical cable to connect from the Chromecast Audio to an amplified speaker, a receiver, mini-system, or a portable stereo. For older systems, a y-adapter converting the 1/8" jack to a pair of RCA connectors is a must, as well as turning on the Full Dynamic Range setting for the Chromecast Audio device. (If you don't use the Full Dynamic Range setting on a receiver or mini-stereo system, the audio output won't sound right. For an amplified speaker like those pill speakers, that setting isn't really necessary.) I'll admit that my newest stereo receiver is a 15 year old NAD that only has one optical input (located on a video input, naturally), so I used the 1/8" jack and a y-adapter without much trouble. This setup also sounds much nicer than simply running a y-adapter from a cell phone or a tablet. I presume that if you use the optical connection and rely upon a receiver's DAC capability the sound would be even better, but I'm not planning on getting a new receiver any time soon to verify this. This is my third Chromecast Audio I've purchased, as I'm pulling my 30 year old Pioneer receiver out of storage and will be setting it up in a work area of the basement. I love that I can use my cell phone, tablet, or even a PC to handle the capabilities typically reserved by a remote control, as these devices give me more control than the average included remote does. One final item of note: the Chromecast Audio relies upon WiFi to work, not Bluetooth or cellular connections. This is good for two reasons: WiFi connections are more energy efficient (so you don't have your smartphone blow through a charge in record time), and the Chromecast Audio won't chew up your cell data. Both are wins in my book.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product, excellent price ($25 on sale)

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    PrairieDog
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    The audio Chromecast is in a class by itself. I would give it 5 stars except for the fact it constantly consumes power if you don't go to the trouble to turn it off when not in use. One option--useful for some people but not all--is to plug the CC's USB power cable into a nearby device with a USB port that you can turn on when you want to use your CC. This is awkward at best. Otherwise you can plug it into a power strip with an on-off switch and use the switch. This is also a non-solution for many people. I'd guess that 99% of users leave their CC plugged in and consuming power most of the time. On the other hand there's a lot of good things I can say about the Google audio Chromecast: I have not yet used all the functions but what I have used has been without problems or need for a call to customer service. Works right out of the box, does what it says and does it well. Simple but useful for those who want their music portable and easily played through wifi. No wires to worry over (trip over). Especially for non-Bluetooth speakers this is a valuable tool. Using wifi, it makes BT unnecessary for making your audio truly portable around the house. With a bluetooth portable speaker you get much of the same functionality, but the big difference is that BT drains your phone/tablet battery faster than projecting the sound through your wifi network. Also there are no distance limits between source and receiver over wifi as there are with BT. You can be on the other end of the house in another room and control the Chromecast as easily as a BT which can only reach a little over 30 ft. Stereo is readily casted with CC but most BT speakers are strictly monaural. There are no doubt other advantages that audio CC offer but the above reasons are enough for me. These babies go on sale fairly often so wait until you can pick one up for $25, or if you're in a hurry the most you'll have to fork over is $35.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High Res Audio/Multiroom without Sonos Price Tag

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    Automatikjack
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    Epic idea from Google and my favorite so far. Originally I thought these were bluetooth like all the other adapters out there and upon reviewing and seething that they were wifi, i bought 6 of them for $150 with the Black Friday Deal. I want to make this completely evident and clear for those of you out there who havent messed with wireless audio before, bluetooth audio aPTX or not, compresses and kills audio quality, There is no way around it 99% of the time and within reasonable budgets. Wifi speakers have essentially unlimited bandwidth and will not cut off your highs and lows. These little guys sound great and will stream all day without intervention from you. At the time I bought them they didnt have multiroom support, but that was fixed around Dec 15th. Setup/grouping of the speakers is incredibly easy, and it lets you adjust the audio delay of the individual CCAudios in the group to sync the music. Pros: 3.5mm or Optical Multiroom Price Saving old hifi recievers or speakers Stream from mobile/pc Doesnt kill your phones battery, your phone controls it, but after you start playing something you can turn your phone completely off to show it isnt using your phone (you dont have to). Wont blast your ringtone/text message tone over your speakers even if you don't have speakers already, you can get nice speakers for less than the price of a sonos play 1 or goto the thrift store and get some JBL/Altec Landsing speakers and pay 1/5 less overall! Guest mode to let people queue up music without you having to give your wifi password to everyone Cons: Doesnt like playing music stored on your phone, but can be fixed with a 3rd party app or by uploading your music to your google play library. up to 50,000 songs. No surround sound support yet (I wouldn't be surprised to see these pairing with your chromecasts in the future for wireless surround sound.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New life for an old stereo.

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    HiFiFan
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    Back in the 1990s I bought an excellent stereo receiver and a pair of studio reference monitor speakers. It has been set up in the living room for years gathering dust. All my music is on some computer somewhere and not connected to my old fashioned HiFi. I tried a Bluetooth receiver device but the sound was only so-so. Chromecast Audio is amazing. I can now stream music from music services and from my home DLNA/UPnP high resolution music server, all controlled by my phone! I now have access to all my music on my really good stereo. I use the Android app HiFiCast to cast my music to the Chromecast and I use Foobar2000 on my PC to serve the music. Normally I listen to my music on my phone with Foobar2000 but it does not have Chromecast support, hence the need for HiFiCast. My MP3s are all on Amazon Music which has Chromecast support built in – just touch the cast icon. Setup was a snap. Once it is plugged into your music system and powered on just go to chromecast.com/setup and follow the prompts. It takes a few minutes to download an update but you are all set once you see a solid white LED on the Chromecast device. Chromecast audio proved to be a really inexpensive way to bring an old but good stereo into the modern age. I am enjoying it immensely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nifty Little Device

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    bobthewindham
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    I'm pretty familiar with the Chromecast. I've been using them for a couple of years via the standalone stick you plug into your TV as well as through Android TV set top boxes. I was initially dismissive of the Chromecast Audio. I figured it would just be a cash grab, and honestly couldn't really think of an application where this would be useful. I then watched a video on YouTube where someone used a couple of them to set up a "whole house" audio system. My interest was piqued. I received a $25 Best Buy gift card for Christmas, and the Chromecast Audio happened to be on sale for $25, so I decided to take the plunge. My daughter got an android tablet for Christmas, and she has an older (read: used to be mine) bookshelf stereo unit in her room, so I thought that would be a neat way for her to interact with her music. I hooked everything up (I already had a 3.5 mm jack to RCA adapter on hand, but if you don't you'll need that if your stereo unit doesn't have a 3.5 mm input) and with minimal effort downloaded the Google Home app onto her tablet and set it up as her bedroom stereo. I proceeded to show her how to cast music to it from her tablet and she was so excited! I even pulled a stunt while she and her mother were upstairs in her bedroom and I cast a song to her unit just to mess with them. It was pretty funny sitting downstairs casting and stopping and resuming the music. I have since bought another CCA and put it into another "system" consisting of a $10 mp3 amp I bought off of Amazon and some OLD Radio Shack speakers. Sounds great, and the "whole house" audio aspect works well. Music seems to be 100% in sync. I am thinking of buying three or four more to make a truly whole house system going out into our back yard and pool area.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Works great, when it works

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    OregonMadman
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    I'm using the Chromecast Audio with an Apple setup... mainly playing music from my iPhone 7 or my (newest model) iPad. I uploaded my iTunes library to Google Play, and use the Google Play app to connect with the Chromecast Audio. The upload of the iTunes library to Google Play took about a day, but it was a lot of data, so that was ok. Then I fired it all up with the Google Play app on my iPhone, connected to the Chromecast Audio, and it sounded pretty good. The problem is, the music keeps stopping. It's not consistent.... it generally kicks out after 20 minutes, but a few times it's gone as long as 2 hours. I went online to find ways to fix this, and made a few changes to my router, but it still cuts out. I tried frequently restarting everything , but I haven't noticed whether that helped. Sometimes it seems like the Google Play app is the problem (hitting the "next track" icon will often start up the music), and sometimes I have to restart the Chromecast Audio. So I've spent many hours fiddling with this thing to get it to the point where, it'll play some music for... a while. When it works, it's pretty good. Not sure that it's any better than bluetooth though. I got this thinking that a wifi connection would get me better sound, but a cheap DAC just pulls down the quality. And the BestBuy return window is super, super short, so I'm stuck with it. My plan is to save up for a high end Sonos or Bose and just go with bluetooth. Or, double-down and get a Google Home to see if that connects any better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to hear music all over the house

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    bridaw
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    I'm very happy with these Chromecast Audio units. I have two of them along with a Google Home. We use them on the first floor of our condo to cast music from the Google home as well as from our phones and tablets. You can place several of these units along with the Google Home into groups making it very easy to cast music exactly where you want. It is extremely easy to setup these units using the recently renamed Google Home App on your iOS/Android phone or tablet. They support older RCA, 3.5mm and Optical connections to your sound system or powered speakers. It is easy to power the units since they use a common 5V, 1A USB power supply. You can also enable the "Full dynamic range" option in the device settings when you have it connected to high end sound systems. Years ago I used several of the older small AirPort Express units to send audio around the house. They were great units but a bit overkill and expensive to use just for streaming music. Our devices and living room audio setup changed several years ago and the AirPort Express units were all unplugged. I switched to using Bluetooth on the living room surround system along with an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. Bluetooth has one advantage over WiFi streaming but several disadvantages. When we picked up the new Google Home I ran out and bought two of these Chromecast Audio units and it is great streaming music over WiFi again. Of course we still have the option of using bluetooth, best of both worlds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but know the limitations

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    Tony
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    The Chromecast Audio is good for its intended purpose, but it is good to know its limitations. The Audio is made for casting music or any audio to your speakers at home. This is different than using bluetooth or plugging a streaming device to your speaker, as it will allow one to stream your audio from Spotify, Google Play Music, Youtube, all directly from your internet. In my experience, I've gotten pretty good audio quality, A limitation, however, is that it requires an internet source to stream the audio. While it is not for everyone, I do use it for a single purpose: casting my music to multiple devices in my home. If you own a few of Google's devices that are able to cast (Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, etc.) you will be able to set up a "group" using the Google Home app on your phone, which will allow audio to play from multiple devices. This allows one to cast their music to multiple rooms or multiple speakers, which is great for parties or if you are moving around. While there are obviously other ways to use the Chromecast Audio (if you have a device without bluetooth, for example), it definitely works for my intended use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product. Amazing for multi-room setup

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    detmark
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    Chromecast audio is amazing and multi-room setup is a huge plus. Just like with video, you cast sound to the device. At the same time, you can create a group of devices that you can stream music to at once. So, instead of having very long cables and mixers, sound comes out of multiple speakers. It all works well without lags and without problems. The sound quality is also good and supports FLAC. If you like using lossless, it supports FLAC output directly. The only pain is the software setup. If you use google play, spotify then I suppose it is straightforward to just set it up. However, if you want to cast your own flac, it's a little tricky. It requires BubbleUPNP and a UPNP server. I have a hodgepodge of UNP server from Plex and BubbleUNP working for me to cast my FLAC files. For most using Google play, I think the standard stuff would suffice. Overall, if you listen to a lot of music, this is a good product. I have uPNP music server with FLAC files to listen to. Other people might prefer Spotify and Google Music. It solves a unique problem. On the other hand, this is not a necessary product. I guess I could listen to music on my headphones and walk around with them with music everywhere. But, if you spend $1000s of dollars on audio equipment and would like all sort of stereo configurations, this will be a very useful tool for a low cost that works easily. You could use raspberry pis and other complex products but there are just too many things to do and configure. Setting up the Chromecast Audio takes 2 minutes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Create your own Sonos for a fraction of the cost

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    doleboy
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    I had been using two Chromecast Audio devices to connect my Spotify account to our family room and bedroom stereos. I was pleased with the setup and performance of that arrangement, so I began researching whole house solutions to stream music. Sonos was the obvious first choice, but I didn't really care for the sound of their lower priced speakers. Since I wanted music in five additional rooms (seven total), the Play 5 was beyond my budget. Do to the idiosyncrasies of Bluetooth, I wanted a WiFi based solution to provide sound to the additional rooms. The Chromecast Audio device is easy to connect to your existing network with the Google Home app on either iOS or Android. There an audio jack on the device to allow you to connect the Chromecast to any powered speaker with an audio jack. Once connected, you can name each Chromecast then use the Google Home app to assign the Chromecasts to groups like "Whole house", "Upstairs", "Bedrooms", etc. Each Chromecast can be in several (or no) groups. Through Spotify, I just select playback to the group of my choosing and the music streams seamlesly to the rooms I've picked. I was able to find speakers that I liked as well or better than Sonos that are now connected as a whole house solution. Everything sounds/looks great and I was able save several hundred dollars in the process!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cheaper alternative to Sonos

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    Clif
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    I bought four of these and re-purposed some old speakers i had to do some wireless music streaming in groups. I put in four separate rooms and created a Homegroup so all the speakers would play the same song at the same time. Once I got it setup it worked flawlessly, all the rooms streamed at the same time and audio was all in sync . Few cons: Software. for music streaming locally (as in stuff already downloaded on your computer) it is very cumbersome to find something simple. Remember that whatever program you use has to support googlecast devices, so your regular media player wont work. There are some windows 10 programs that can see the devices but can't see the Groups, so its hard to stream the same thing to all at once. Also why does the Chrome browser with Googlecast not let you set up groups? I had to do it from my phone. Also you will need to play stuff directly to the speakers, no passthoughs or you will get sync issues. This shouln't be a problem for most but I tried a passthrough on the soundcard on my desktop so i could use the same speakers with my pc audio but the timing is always off no matter what i do with the other 3 chromecast. That said once you get them working its really great, you can put these anywhere your wifi will reach ( I REALLY recommend you have at least an AC router). Also its easy to add more. I use some old sound bars and this setup cost me hundreds less than trying to furnish all my rooms with Sonos speakers or the Bose wireless ones which start at $200 a pop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Audio, Single Room or Many Rooms

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    HDDude
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    Hi...I have been using Chromecast Audio in two homes since the first day they appeared on the market. They are flawless. They cast your music to any device with an input. In one place, I have them connected to a Denon monster receiver and Klipsch speakers in the living room, and a smaller Denon 2.0 amp with smaller Klipsch speakers in the kitchen. Awesome. The audio is synced perfectly....no echo, no delay. In the other home, the Chromecast Audio is connected to a smaller Denon with Denon speakers in the living room, and a pair of powered AudioEngine A2 speakers in the kitchen. Again, perfect audio sync. The Chromecast Audio sends incredibly good sound to all of those devices, and I can cast the music via my PC, smartphone, Google Home, or Pixelbook. Perfect! I love it when things just work! Hint: Make sure if you set them up with Google Home, you set the audio quality to the highest setting. That way, the sound from your massive home theater will be stunning. Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's ment to do.

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    Floody
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    This Wi-Fi streaming device works very well and does what it's supposed to do with very good quality and little latency response delay from my Note 4. No real problems with it from what I can tell, I'm using it with 2 KRK Roket 8's running from 3.5mm to RCA with everything running off a single power strip, So turning both the speakers and Cromecast off when I flip the switch. It does take about 30 seconds to reconnect to the Wi-Fi and be fully capable of streaming music again after power is restored, so for people thinking about using it in a car it's not going to work (very well). Unless you have a vehicle with a Wi-Fi hotspot (like the new Chevrolet vehicles?) Or maybe a hotstop from a mobile device. Of course I haven't tryed these methods because it would become more of a hassle then to simply plug a 3.5mm AUX into the radio/receiver for me. And even then it will be at least 30 seconds until you can stream music to your vehicle's speakers after the vehicle has been started (not to mention needing a power supply cable for powering it), it would probably be best to stick with a 3.5mm Bluetooth receiver for most people trying to stream music to vehicles that do not have Bluetooth build in. So for final verdict, I would recommend this, (maybe even highly recommend) when streaming to multiple Cromecast Audio devices becomes available! So for a simple in home use with speakers, YES. But as I have seen in some of the making pictures for use on the go, or as a mobile device, simply NO.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great solution for home audio streaming

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    benzy
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    I was wary of how useful the Chromecast Audio would be, considering how many other ways there are to transit music wirelessly in the home, but I am so pleased with this. What I really needed was a way to stream music through my beloved (but older) Marantz 2-channel receiver, which I use as my main audio system. I own a Roku 3, which only sends audio by HDMI, and I run a 1/8" jack from the TV to the receiver for movie sound. But if I want to listen to music, I need to keep the TV on, which is lame. I bought a Bluetooth speaker with an aux out, which I thought would be fine, except it requires a charger and Bluetooth audio is low quality and experiences annoying stuttering. The Chromecast solves all of my problems. It connects via wi-fi, offers high-quality sound, can be plugged into my receiver's switched outlet (only draws power when I turn the receiver on), and works so easily with the phone that it's by far the most convenient option. I've been streaming music from Spotify and Google Play, and it's so great. I'm really looking forward to getting a couple more and linking them for whole-house streaming. We've got lots of standalone speakers and small component systems that will now have new life because of Chromecast. Who needs a new home theater system with multi-zone speakers and all that junk?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great, one small complaint

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    seedubyou
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    Replaced a bluetooth audio device connected to my home stereo with this Chromecast Audio. We already have a Chromecast connected to our TV, so we're familiar with them. This works great, but has one small quirk. After a while of streaming music from our phones or tablets (haven't noticed any consistent time frame or conditions, but haven't tried very hard to figure it out either), the phone or tablet will stop being connected to the Chromecast Audio, BUT the music (like Pandora or whatever we are using) will keep on playing through the sound system. When we notice it is when we hear a song we want to know more about and we look on the device to see what's playing. Then the information on the device will no longer be accurate. If we reconnect the device by casting again, then things start over again. It's very weird, but we still have music playing, so not that big of a deal for us. And if while you are in that strange disconnected state you want to stop or pause the music, the Pandora on the device isn't controlling the music coming out of the sound system (weird, I know--we're not sure how it's working...), so the only way to stop the music is to shut off the sound system. For all we know, this could be something to do with Chromecast Audio, or perhaps just our sound system/wifi network, or maybe even with Pandora....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not complete home functionality. Good for music

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    Danny
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    I purchased the Chromecast audio because I wanted to to play my google home through a better speaker. While I can easily set the Chromecast audio as a default speaker to play music from Google Home, for some reason it doesn't have complete functionality. For example, when using Chromecast audio as the default speaker for my home, I can't adjust the volume with my voice. It also for some reason doesn't answer my questions through the Chromecast audio speaker. For example, I say "Hey Google, play Slayer" and I hear great quality heavy metal riffs coming from the awesome speaker hooked up to my Chromecast audio. Then as I'm listening, I ask "Hey google, what's the weather?" and even though the Chromecast audio is the default speaker, it does not interrupt the music and tell me the answer through my chromecast audio speaker. Instead, it quietly tells me the weather while Slayer is blaring in the foreground. For most uses, the Chromecast audio is great, and while it does function with google home, I really wish it functioned more as a way to completely replace google home's speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart Alternative to Sonos Connect

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    gyroscopics
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little device

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    AAAA
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    I'd been looking for a cheap way to stream Android phone audio to my 3 stereo systems throughout the house. Bought one to try it out, was happy and bought 2 more. For primary system I use the optical output of 1 of them, for the 2 other I use a headphone to RCA cable. The optical may(?) sound better but I haven't A/B-ed them. The optical cable is NOT included and it's unique so got from Google for $15. RCA cables not included either, but they're generic. Works great, delivers good sound throughout house. Phone needed reboot after installation but that's not a big deal! I don't have any Apple gear, so can't comment on that, Android only (Samsung S7 phone). Casting sound from Chrome browser didn't work as well on my 6 year old Windows 7 laptop but with the phone it works almost flawlessly. It basically takes whatever would be coming out of your source device's headphone jack and re-routes to the Chromecast "puck(s)" via wi-fi (NOT Bluetooth) so range is good. I love it !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sonos Substitute

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    Newnickname1234
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    I have run a lot of music streaming solutions from the Logitech Squeezebox Duet to the Sonos Connect to the Apple Airport Express to the Roku 3 to the Amazon Fire TV, but this Chromecast Audio is my favorite. Mine is connected from my Arcam irDAC via a tosink mini to toslink cable to my Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier and the performance is great. There is no latency (can you hear me AirPlay?) and the sound quality is nice when you choose the high resolution setting. I appreciate that it uses Spotify Connect vs a proprietary/clumsy interface that Sonos and Roku gives you. That means that you get to use the native app on your phone or tablet to control things. Also, this allows me to listen to music without the TV being on which is convenient. I utilize Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn Radio and iHeart Radio and they just turned on the multi room support which I have not had the opportunity to test. If that works as advertised why would you spend 10 times the price for a Sonos Connect ($350 vs $35)? Stay tuned on that one. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend