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Google - Chromecast Audio - Black-Front_Standard

Google - Chromecast Audio - Black

Model: RUX-J42SKU: 4532100

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2330 reviews

94%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Works great, when it works

    Posted
    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Overheats and causes audio issues

    Posted
    JaronDavis
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    I've only had it for a day now, but I've already noticed that when in use, after about 20 minutes of streaming audio I start hearing the audio pulsing louder and quieter. I noticed when I went to inspect the device (I bought it along with a brand new stereo receiver) that the chromecast audio device was really hot. I turned it off and moved it in hopes that it would cool down and resolve the issue, however about an hour later when I turned it back on, the same thing happened. To rule out the issue being the receiver, I plugged my phone directly into the receiver and audio came out just fine. I ran my audio from my phone for about an hour with no issues. I will be returning this chromecast audio device and exchanging it in hopes that the one I received is defective.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing for me

    Posted
    Shamus
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    If you are a member of one of the streaming music services, this would be pretty good. I have a boatload of local music so this didn't really work for me. Couldn't stream from my laptop except through a web browser and 1 song at a time or though google play. I do have some music though Google Play but 97% is local. I could have uploaded it though Google Play Music but that is just a pain. Couldn't play anything from my S7 Edge either unless I uploaded the music. Again, no. I bought this due to the discount and easy set up but did return it. Iy was useless for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    google is apple?

    Posted
    CCdrummer
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    I hoped with HOME google was thinking at a larger system concept. No they are narrowly focused on creating new cash cows. I thought casting should work across all google devices: Home,Android phones, chromecast built-in TVs, chromecast audio, chrome browser. Nope. Only NEW Chromecast will talk to NEW Chromecast devices. You wont know until you buy it. I spent $70. and 3 weeks to find out it would NOT let me play music on all my devices throughout my home. Too bad google. You blew an opportunity

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for - in this case, not a lot

    Posted
    Anirudh
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    While it supports a lot of streaming services and is cheap, the analog out sounds like all the instruments are squished together. Also, the device artificially introduces gaps in between songs - not cool! Audio out of the TOSLINK is so-so. Don't expect high quality music out of this device. "The bitter taste of poor quality remains long after the low price is forgotten ", as per a famous gent whose name escapes me. You have been warned...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It works, but definitely not the best integration.

    Posted
    luisemmanuelpr
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    It does its job, if you cast directly to it from an Android phone but for people like me, using an iPhone its definitely not the best. I rely on my google home speakers to control this device and it gets pretty confusing. Controlling things like volume and basic things like skipping songs with google assistant needs to be better. It wouldn't always respond to the google commands correctly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work Like I was told

    Posted
    bd5024
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    This is a good idea but it didn't work like I was told it would. I did not like the fact that you had to be on the same wifi as the device. It was hooked up to my audio system inside and I wanted to control the music from my backyard where the speakers are. My phone would disconnect from the wifi and stop playing the music. I was told as long as the Chromecast had wifi I could control it from anywhere. Not true so I returned it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    Posted
    Woodlandsjohn
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    Very cool idea that I could turn any speaker into a bluetooth/wireless speaker even if it was one that plugs into a wall outlet. However, the Chromecast device has to be connected at all times to a power source. It works very well and was extremely easy to set up once I downloaded the app. However, my application was one where power is not available and therefore this device did not work for me at all. I returned it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Hard to Connect

    Posted
    Dattechguy
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    I haven't heard or read of many people having issues connecting their chromecasts to their wifi, but I sure did. I spent an hour chatting with their tech support and finally had the issue resolved. Shouldn't have taken all that, but at least it was fixed. This was all to learn that it doesn't stream my native music app on my iPhone. Will be returning very soon.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    nothing special

    Posted
    shaz
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    Granted it can stream music from many providers, but cannot stream audio from youtube. Need to install Google home apps (I am a big fan of all things android and google, but am not a big fan of downloading software and registering for services that are unnecessary). Would have been much better off getting a simple bluetooth adapter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    What's the point for Apple users?

    Posted
    OGPedro

    It doesn't work with iTunes or any Apple music app, which makes it useless for Apple users unless you want to do nothing but stream Spotify. The range isn't very strong either, which made my setup pretty annoying. That being said, the sound was great and the functionality of casting was neat. It's just not useful for me, so I'll be looking elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    This product is not ready for primetime

    Posted
    Jeff5267
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    This product is easy to set up and start using... But it is an app based device... So there aren't too many apps that will work on it right now... I bought this device in hopes it would work better that the Sonos system... In time it might... But right now it doesn't fulfill my needs... So do the research to see if it is what you need...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Research to see what this does first

    Posted
    Wfu1
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    The in store worker told me that I could use this to stream wireless music to a regular stereo. That is not the case. Be sure to review this Friday at first to determine its actual function in order to determine if it will work for you. I found the functionality to be limited.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Died after a few days

    Posted
    Asdzaan
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    Hooked it up to a speaker, went to my phone and was able to use it right away without any issues. Stopped working the second day I was using it. Could not get it to work again. Tried multiple audio devices, different cables. No matter, didn't help. Will have to return to Google.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    meh

    Posted
    cokefanatic
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    I wanted to love this item, but found it rather disappointing You have to install a chrome app to then broadcast data and it only worked on certain apps. I wanted overall control of music broadcast to a speaker with this device. No Bluetooth and limited function, the devise went back quickly

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Limited capability

    Posted
    blueshopper
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    I thought I would try this out as an alternative to a bluetooth receiver for my radio/speaker system. However, it really would only play through the few Google apps associated with the product. Also, the cord provided to connect was not long enough to tuck the device out of the way.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Problems

    Posted
    Kris
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    I have several google homes and minis in my house already but when I threw this Chromecast into the mix I've had nothing but issues. I've rebooted and reset everything and every time I connect the Chromecast I have the same problem.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh

    Posted
    Sammie
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    Inexpensive option for upgrading your older stereo. The installation went well. However the software interface needs work and it was flaky. Returned it and invested in Sonos speakers. Sometimes you do really get what you pay for.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not quite there yet.

    Posted
    RexRosa
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    While the cast has an easy setup and has fantastic interfacing ui; ultimately the constant disconnecting during streaming (tested on both my iphone and android tablets) really makes it hard to recommend this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Works only with premium subscriptions

    Posted
    Kashyap
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    Works only with premium subscriptions of YouTube red or Spotify. Audio mirroring with chrome desktop browser is not great, with lag and frequent connection drops.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend