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Google - Chromecast Audio - Black

Model: RUX-J42SKU: 4532100

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2334 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 19 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not complete home functionality. Good for music

    Posted
    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it yet; not until more apps supported

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    J123
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    I think this would have been better if there was more support for different apps or even just adding Bluetooth to combat this. It is still good for what it is though which is to allow a person to take their old speakers and allow them to have music streamed to them rather cheaply. Google casting features a very small list of apps that are allowed to stream to it. A lot of them are paid subscription services with a free radio/ad option which usually suck. Additionally, you can use apps like Allcast which have an in app purchase to unlock full workings inside that allow local media to be cast. If you are trying to do a Sonos system with your own speakers throughout the house this is a much cheaper alternative. If I had more speakers and rooms I wanted to play music in throughout my house, I would go to this setup before investing in a Sonos system. Right now I would not recommend this to someone unless they are trying to replicate a Sonos system and know what they are getting into with app support.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Google Play App Doesn't always connect

    Posted
    EdwinAFF
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    I have Google Home and I bought this Chromecast Audio to connect to my receiver to play music on my audio system throughout the condo (multi-zone). Google Home connects to this device every time without a problem. Being able to ask Google to play music on my receiver it's definitely better than having to use a remote, particularly when doing things around the house or while having dinner. I'm giving this three stars because while Google Home works great with this device, the Google Play app does not. The app doesn't always connects and it's pretty frustrating. Some times I like to browse through stations on the app but then I find something I 'd like to hear and the app doesn't connect to the Chromecast; that annoys me a lot. I would recommend to a friend with the disclaimer that the app may not always work while Google Home does.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, BUT NOT if you don't have WIFI

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    cwglindn
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    Let me say, I really love the Chromecast AUDIO (This is not a video device). The audio is better through WiFi and with the digital audio connector than using bluetooth. You can cast AUDIO from your phone, tablet and your computer (haven't tried yet) with the Chrome Home App. BUT the BIGGEST CON for me is that you CANNOT use this device unless you have a separate WIFI connection. If you have a hotspot on your phone-That will NOT WORK. Essentially you NEED FOUR (4) Devices to make this work. 1) Wifi separate from anything else 2) phone, tablet or computer with Google Home app 3) Chromecast Audio device 4) Speakers with amplifier to get the sound. GOOGLE really needs to fix the ability of this device to use your phone's own hotspot, or at least allow me to project my music directly from my phone to the device. Best if you leave it docked at your house for premium streaming audio with a digital connector. Not much use otherwise.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    great product, below average audio

    Posted
    fp22
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    This product is great, setup was very easy, you're able to connect it with your device in no time. The connection is very stable. I have it connected to my Harman Kardon Audio Video Receiver, to some high quality Polk speakers and Ryhmik audio subwoofer, I also have Apple TV and Roku connected to the same AVR. I can definitely hear the difference between the audio when I am streaming from my iPhone to the Chromecast audio, vs when I audio stream from the iPhone to the Apple TV. The audio quality coming from the Chromecast audio is not high quality. I would say it would be compared to hearing 192kbit/s from AppleTV vs 64kbit/s from Chromecast. I returned it. If you're using it for casual use, this would be very nice, but if you're into high quality sound and you're trying to connect from your phone, stay with apple TV (if you're using iPhone).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    okay for some; functionality limited without bt

    Posted
    joan
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    pro: good for multi-speaker synchronization casting easy to use works okay for primary purpose cons: does not have bluetooth --- meaning will not work with music that don't support google cast (except android) for music streaming with android, the packet loss ( from interference) is much worse than bluetooth. I believe this is due the inherent design of WiFI vs. bluetooth (more resistant to interference). However, this makes music streaming, even with android, pretty useless. when trying to streaming audio of a video, there is always a delay, unlike with bluetooth the above mentioned flaws makes this device extremely limited in usage scenarios -- i.e. if you only want to listen to music with google-cast only app, then it's okay. if you don't need multi-speaker synchronization, don't get this device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Just Ok. Sound crackles and goes in and out.

    Posted
    bdbbestbuy
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    Overall, I think Chromecast Audio has good value when trying to add streaming audio to non-Bluetooth speakers or receiver. This was relatively easy to set up as a regular Chromecast (Also own). However, using the product I find music can cut in and out at times. Also, casting to the Chromecast audio will drop altogether and I will have to restart the application or unplug and re-plug the Chromecast Audio back in. If the product worked properly most of the time I would have given it 5 stars. I was also disappointed with Google's buy a Chromecast for the holidays receive a $20 promotion towards the Google Playstore. This was one of the reasons I bought the Chromcast audio. Turned out in the fine print that the promotion was only for the regular Chromecast and not the Audio. Even though both isms cast the same.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great product but with limitations

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    For $35 price Gogle Chromecast audio device is a great product. Pros: Easily connect and listen to your music from any andriod phone. Dont know if Iphone works. Use default play music app from andriod to stream free music from various choice of channels and hits. Gives you free space to upload upto 50,000 songs, so that you can listen them at home or on th go. Cons: Only supported bu andriod. No Windows phone support. Iphone not tested. You wont be able to play music from your phone directly, i mean the songs that you have saved to your phone or sd card. You must upload them all to google music first to start playing over the air. This device needs some technical expertise to operate

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's okay, but some issues

    Posted
    CodeWrangler
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    First off, reasonably painless to install and get on wifi. My first issue was discovering you can't play your music locally with Google Play. They expect you to upload your collection to the cloud for playback. With a little over 30gb in music, I really don't want to do that. Also, I'd like to use this in places where I can set up my own wifi, but there's no internet. I found that Rocket Player will cast local music on Android phone or tablet to your CCAudio. From windows laptop, Plex will cast local music. Other than some odd issues with the CCAs not being found somtimes, it works pretty well once you realize your workarounds for local music collections.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fills a gap

    Posted
    Jimv
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    I have a 1985 HK490i and I've managed to connect the Chromecast Audio so I can play MP3s and Spotify from my phone through it and through two Pioneer CS 403's from 1986. I'm a volume person and the sound crushes the Sonos Play 5 and Play 1 that I bought and returned 2 days later. My only complaint is configuring it and the Chromecast app. It can take a bit of time to configure things and you might have to repeat the config process every few times you use it which is really annoying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    great in-house wifi supplement

    Posted
    Damor
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    If used as intended, on home wifi, stream form common app sources, through a home audio aux input, IT'S GREAT. I unfortunately wanted more. I wanted to stream music from my smartphone's internal memory files, through my vehicle(s) AUX audio. This type of application requires 3rd party apps, finagling a mobile hotspot or just MORE. Conclusion: I understand that ALL tools are application based, and if used outside of their designed purpose there will always be risk of disappointment. Chromecast Audio is a Very Good Product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound easy set up - no volume control

    Posted
    Jack

    My Stereo is across the house from my office, but the "B" speakers are in the office. I used to have a cable running from my desktop computer to the stereo in. I tried Bluetooth, but I was too far away for a good connection. So, I tried this. Setup was easy and quick. The sound is very good. But, there is no volume control! So when the phone rings I dash across the house to turn down the stereo, then run back, etc. Not good. Also, I don't see anything about this being secure. It's on my wifi, how is it protected from hackers? I'd tell a friend to wait and see what evolves.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Expected More

    Posted
    MasterP
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    I bought this as a cheaper alternative to my Sonos to out in my garage. It was easy to set up, but proved to be unstable and clunky. Once I got it going it was good, but every time I use it I have to tinker with it to get it going. Also, a few times it stopped streaming and I had to start it again. Kind of annoying. I haven't used multiroom yet, but probably won't bother. TBH Sonos blows this device away in every way, and is well worth the more expensive purchase. Overall it's just an inexpensive device to stream music, but I will wait and see what updates Google comes out with to improve this device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Difficult to hook up

    Posted
    Jake
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    I like the idea however when hooking up to my tv, speaker system complete with Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV I can't seem to even stream music! Does it play through my TV or stereo speakers (Visio 5.1)? I have also a Amazon Echo Dot at this family room location. Too much tech? I have two Google Homes in other rooms and I got all the google stuff so I could have one music playing one song thru the entire house at one time but have yet to figure that out. So I have to have someone come in to get it working in sync and to make sure it's all secure and cannot be hacked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not quite what I was hoping for

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    TMonk
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    I bought this for a second stereo system. Set up was not easy & I ended up having to call a friend who is very computer savvy to help. It took him almost an hour. Still not fully working. I still can't use all streaming apps. I will note I'm using an android phone which is supposed to make it fully compatible. I guess it's alright for the money, but not as good as I expected.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh

    Posted
    Drew
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    So, here is the deal, if you were to use this at home and literally never move it, never lose internet connection, and use it 24 hours a day then you would be golden. Otherwise, your sunk. I returned it because I couldn’t do anything with it accept have it in one location. I needed it to move around with a Bluetooth speaker and it just doesn’t work that way.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Took two

    Posted
    Bustbuy
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    First one right out of the box didn't work, support trouble shot as best they could then just sent me back into the store for a new one.. got the second one home set up process was pretty straight forward and worked. After some use it's been a little finicky as it on occasion will just drop from the sight of my HK Omni's and google home..? A reboot by unpluging it or shutting off the app seems to do the trick a little annoying however. But for 35.00 it's a pretty handy device...m2c.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works great for what it does

    Posted
    Steve
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    Have used an HDMI Chromecast for many years, and got the audio for a receiver with no HDMI port. For the services that play nice with it the Audio works great. However, regular YouTube will not work with it. Downloaded the YouTube Music app, and was disappointed to find that in order to stream to it you need a $9.99 subscription plan. Works with most audio-only services, but check to ensure it will work with the services you plan to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Somewhat unreliable

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    DerpyMcDerp
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    Bought this to use for a wedding. Needed it to be 100% reliable. However, upon testing, it would sometimes not connect. Furthermore, the Google Music service has problems like cutting off the ends of songs, switching to other songs by itself, and skipping some songs entirely. Ended up returning it. Would maybe use for casual use if I didn't end up using Spotify instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend