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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 4.5 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    I REALLY LIKE CONTINUITY

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    Rome
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    I bought 3 of the Chrome Cast Audio and they are very good products. I stream the same songs to my older receivers, that don't have wifi capabilities but are top quality receivers, all at the same time. The sound quality is pretty good. Not as good as CD quality for sure, but pretty good. The only problem is that the product is supposed to allow one to select a feature that give one a higher quality sound than the factory setting. 2 of the Chrome Cast Audio allows me to choose that higher setting but adding the 3rd Chrome Cast Audio device will not display that option to choose a higher quality sound on the third. So I have 2 Chrome cast Audio devices that displays that option and 1 that does not display that option. I returned the Chrome Cast Audio device that did not display that option for a new one and the new one did the same thing. It did not display the option for higher quality sound. I talked with the Chrome Cast Audio tech and the stated my complaint has been escalated. I always like to know if I'm getting the best quality sound from my product so I hope they weed the problem out. But overall it is a SOUND product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but still has issues

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    Johnny
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    I now have 3 Chromecast Audio devices in my house. I bought more when they went on sale and Google added the ability to group them to do concurrent audio in multiple rooms on multiple devices. When it works, its great. No lag between them so they are all playing music together. However, there are still issues and not just with the groups. I use Plex as my main music app. When streaming audio, it plays great and the quality is better than using Bluetooth. I have issues when my phone screen times out and there are times the app loses connection to the Chromecast audio and it can be annoying getting it to reconnect. There are times I need to force close Plex app, Chromecast app or occasionally have to reboot the Chromecast itself. Not the end of the world if you have some technical capability but for the non-technical user, this could be extremely frustrating. I'm sure there will be updates to fix some of this and at the end of the day, I really enjoy the product for what it does. As I mentioned earlier, I think its a much better solution than bluetooth where the quality can sure be lacking at times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good sound

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    norhloudspeaker
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good alternative to BT audio but lacking

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    emptystreets130
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    I've read many, many reviews on the Chromecast Audio and decided to give it a try. I have an Android phone, so this review is more towards the Android folks. It might be the same with the iPhone. Pros: -I like how this is Wifi only and it streams music from the actual source instead of streaming it off your phone. -You can use optical outputs instead of the 3.5mm cables. They use the same output port. -USB powered! I have this connected to an empty usb port on the back of my receiver. -You don't have to deal with pairing a BT device. You can give your guess a pin code and they can find and stream their music. - Most of my apps that can stream to Chromecast can stream to Chromecast Audio, obviously without the video feeds. - Works great if you have a Plex server at home. You can stream all your music from your local HDD to this via app from the Play store. Cons: - I have some MP3 files on my phone and try to play those but kept getting an error message saying that it could not sideload the files. - Analog source produce too much static background noise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Multi room audio for cheap; check your router

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    kirknino
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    Great solution for multi room audio provided: - your router supports Chromecast in general. I have an older router that works fine for a while but then needs a reboot from time to time. - you'll also want to ensure, especially if you are an iPhone user, that the music app you choose will work with Chromecast audio (Google Play does, for instance; but the Apple apps - such as the Podcast player - don't) - one of the best things about Chromecasts is that unlike Bluetooth solutions, which need the phone to constantly stream the audio to the Bluetooth device, Chromecasts connect directly to WiFi so your phone is merely a 'controller' - which means better battery life, as well as the ability to leave the house or take a phone call with the music running - your party isn't interrupted. That can be a bit of a downer though if you're by yourself and would like music to automatically pause if you are on a phone call. If you're an audiophile, spend the $15 and get the optical cable - particularly if you will be hooking this up to a quality receiver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great when it works

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    MovieBuff5252
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    When the Chromecast hooks up to your wifi, it works great. I first used it on the stereo in my garage, and it was awesome listening to Spotify when I was outside working on projects. The wireless signal out there is usually sufficient for my phone, but I began having issues getting connected with the ChromeCast. I moved it inside, thinking that it was possibly too warm for it, but I'm having the same issues with it there, as well. It might possibly be an issue with my wireless router, but none of my other devices seem to have any issues. I think it's just one drawback of having such a small unit. It's convenient, but proximity to the network is crucial. If you can get it in the right location, I think you'll be happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not exactly what I expected but still happy

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    mav1989
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    I bought this for a large WIRELESS mobile DJ speaker. Think of a 3 foot tall book shelf speaker powered by a rechargeable internal battery. I take it to the pool for parties, and to the beach that kind of thing. I read the description "Simply plug into your speaker's auxiliary input and connect to your Wi-Fi network." I thought "awesome, basically every where has wi-fi these days I can use this with my speaker any where!" Not really the case. I (probably due to my lack of research) did not realize that this unit requires power. I thought it ran off of the 3.5mm jacks power. This requires a regular wall outlet to power the unit. Unfortunately, that makes my large wireless speaker, much less wireless. However. I do still use the speaker in the house, and when I do it is usually charging, so it is near an outlet for the chrome cast. It works well, I stream youtube or soundcloud directly to the speaker. No feedback or noise on the line. I just wish it didn't need its own independent power.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent way to stream audio.

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    Mo94131
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great audio casting tool - except when it's not

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    techdad
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    I wanted a way to cast audio to various existing speakers (two stereo systems and a whole-house audio system). On paper, the Chromecast is ideal, allowing for both single and group (multiple speaker) casting from a variety of devices and software. When it's working, it's great. We use the "full dynamic range" option and find the sound quality to be very good. The only downside is that we get occasional dropouts in sound--maybe 10-20 seconds every hour or so. We're using Spotify, but I've seen similar reports from people using Pandora and TuneIn. It's not a show-stopper for us but keeps the product from getting a five-star review. I'm hopeful that future software updates will resolve the problem completely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just short of being great

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    BunMan
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    I bought this primarily to play music from our phones to the receiver in the living room. I was disappointed to find out it only streams audio from online sources by default. I have no intention of uploading every piece of music I own to Google just so I can stream it back to my living room. I find it hard to fathom that Google would not include the ability to play local content, which is the whole reason I bought it. I was just about to take it back, but I found a work around after doing some searching online. By using an app called Local Cast, I can send any local audio to the Chromecast over my WiFi. I admit that I may have figured out the Chromecast couldn't do this right out of the box, but I can't see a real reason for Google not to include this in their app since the hardware is clearly able to do it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great start

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    Tino
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    Google home products have an amazing potential to be the only home assistant system you'll ever need. Let's face it, they are backed by Google. ChromeCast Audio specifically though is great for music. Clean, crisp audio that syncs with most of the major music streaming sites. For the price, there is no reason not to try it. A minor annoyance however, is if you are attempting to have a complete smart home setup based on Googles products. It feels as though ChromeCast for the television should play nice with ChromeCast Audio. They do not. I'm certain it's a highly complex problem that will require a lot of mental power to solve and that's okay. As an end user though, the lack compatibility between these two Google products is rather hard to ignore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoying my old stereo once again

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    4merKPer
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    This is a great product to "cast" your mp3 collection or apps like pandora or tunein to your old analog stereo system or any powered speakers that have a standard audio mini-jack input. Connection is relatively simple, especially if you're already using Chromecast for video. Using an DLNA-enabled app like BubbleUPnP allows me to cast any title from my mp3 collection stored on my Windows PC using my phone to control playback, without having to copy any mp3's to my phone. Additional Chromecast Audio devices can be used with other speakers or stereos. These can be grouped together to play the same streams. One star deducted for occasional pauses in playback, although it's unclear if the problem is with the Chromecast Audio device or the phone app I'm using.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple, effective audio steaming

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    laynlow
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    I'm not really a fan of google or android but I had a need to stream audio from my iPhone to a traditional stereo receiver that is used for audio only. My normal solution would be to use Airplay to an Apple TV but that wasn't going to work here. For the money, this device can't be beat. It's small and easy to connect. Setup only requires using the google home app to get it on your wireless network and you are off and streaming. Because it streams on wifi you can still make and receive calls without stopping the music. I'm happy with the purchase and would buy again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cheap and Easy Whole-House Audio

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    gbobcat
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    I purchased three of these so that I could get whole-house audio. One is plugged into the living room stereo, one the kids' stereo, and one is attached to a portable speaker (for going outside or wherever). Audio sync is very good and the Google Home app makes setting up one or more groups easy. I did have a little trouble setting up the first one because it started updating as soon as it got on the network. There's no documentation to warn you that the flashing yellow light indicates an update, so I thought something was wrong. BE PATIENT. Plug it in, configure it, and then just wait. Eventually it will update, the light will turn white, and you'll be good to go. I did this with the second and third and all is well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Produces Great Sound and Ability to Sync

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    Tech2204
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    This is my third Chromecast Audio and I am in love with them. To put it simply: you can use any speaker with a 3.5mm, rca, and/or optical to use this. It allows you to purchase multiple CC Audios to connect your whole house with high quality sound without running wires, all off your network. You will encounter audio delays when using different connections. For instance, I have two CC Audios connected with a 3.5mm cable (AUX) and one speaker connected via optical. The optical connected CC Audio is off the rest and while tricky to the get them exactly synced, I have been able to reduce it enough to where it doesn't sound like an echo but there is still a slight difference.

    I would recommend this to a friend