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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: 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: 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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product. Amazing for multi-room setup

    Posted
    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: 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: 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: 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

    Posted
    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Hi-Fi dilemma has now been solved.

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    scooterMN
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    My Hi-Fi dilemma has now been solved. Thank you Chromecast audio. As a college student in the 80s most of my summer income was used to buy hi-fi equipment. My dilemma today was with a system upstairs and a system downstairs how do I get both systems to play the same thing without hardwiring between the two? I tried Bluetooth receivers on each system but when linked to my phone I would have to re-link to each as I went up and down stairs. Both Bose and Sonos have wireless systems to do this but at $200 a speaker that would be a huge expense. And what about my previous Hi-Fi investments (I believe there is an unwritten rule about disposing working Bose or Klipsch speakers)? Last week I Saw an article online about how Chromecast Audio would allow grouping of their units and provide multi room casting, and with Best Buy have them on sale 2 for $55 it sounded like a great solution. After about and hour of tweaking I'm more than pleased. I open Pandora on my phone and cast to my "Home" group and the whole house plays the same Christmas Carols without any lag between systems. I can even turn my phone off or leave the house and music keeps playing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Way to Add In-Home Audio

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    Raiderist
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    BLUF: Chromecast Audio is the cheapest, fastest, easiest way to add whole-home audio to your house. My wife has wanted whole-home audio for years. We looked at Sonos, and the Samung system that seems to have fizzled out. It would have taken us years to build one of these systems. We finally decided to give these little pucks a try. I bought two of them and connected our living room soundbar and the receiver for our outside speakers. It worked perfectly. It was cheap and easy to set up. Since then, we have added another puck and a stand-alone Vizio speaker that we chose solely because it has Chromecast built-in. There is no reason to spend $1400 on a soundbar & sub, just so you can connect it to a $500 speaker in the bedroom. Buy a few of these and you can use your existing soundbar and speakers, and have whole home audio for $140 ($100 if you catch them on sale). The only downside in my opinion is having something else to find a plug for, but a power strip is much cheaper than a Sonos system. And the sound quality is definitely good enough for anyone likely to be reading this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better sound than I expected. Plus simple to use.

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    NotContinuous

    Forget Bluetooth. This is so much better. Uncompressed high quality sound that doesn't drop out. I downloaded Google's Play Now program on my PC, and it grabbed my entire iTunes library and loaded it up into Google's cloud. Now I've got access to all my music, plus tons of other music -- all at high bit-rate and uncompressed. Hookup and use are simple. My wife loves it (she never never used Bluetooth). When their multi-room software update comes out in a month or two, it's hard to see why anyone would choose a more expensive alternative. A true giant-killer product for 35 bucks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A simple way to project music

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    MadHatter
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    Essentially, this device allows you to play streaming music on a system designed for music. It plugs into an auxiliary jack of a stereo system or A/V system, and becomes something forgotten about since it becomes an extension of the stereo. In lieu of purchasing an expensive smart speaker (sorry Google Home Max), this device can be added to most existing stereo or A/V systems for a fraction of the price, and make the Google Home Mini sound great, without a wired connection as is required with the Amazon Echo Dot. Combining several of these devices throughout a house into a single speaker group through the Home app enables a full-house stream of one's music. Thus, this rather inexpensive device finally resolves several work-a-rounds with wires done for years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great device for whole house audio streaming

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    hometheaterfan123
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    So I've been dipping into the Sonos pool looking to have whole house audio -- while I like their products, they are insanely expensive and I already have great speakers in my ceilings in several rooms of my house. I was looking at buying the Sonos Connect which would give me the whole house audio experience I was looking for with my existing speakers when I discovered Chromecast Audio. Sonos Connect cost $400 with tax. Chromecast Audio? $35., They do the exact same thing. I installed Chromecast Audio in seconds, connecting it to my Onkyo receiver, and was streaming Spotify throughout my entire house. $35. If you have a great amp and speakers and don't want to do bluetooth to your receiver or plug it in wired, Chromecast Audio is for you. I can now sit on my deck this summer and control what I play and how loud I play it from my phone. I think Chromecast Audio is a Sonos Connect killer and I own Sonos products that I love.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Multi-room streaming works great!

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    Webmaster178

    In the case of Chromecast Audio (now called Google Cast) you get much more than you pay for! I bought two for $55, connected one to the stereo downstairs, one to the stereo upstairs, and I now have whole house streaming of whatever I want to play on my Android phone, iPad or Google Play Music app on my computer. It would cost $700 to buy two products from another company to do the same thing. You can stream from the most popular music streaming apps and for the few that don't currently support Google Cast (like Amazon Music) you can just cast whatever is playing on your Android phone through the chromecast app. Also, I downloaded Google Music Manager on my computer, which lets you export all of the music on your computer into the cloud, so I can also stream my own music collection through Google Play Music. In the near future, multi-room streaming will work on speakers with Google Cast built in, so I'll be spending some of my savings on portable speakers so that I can have synchronized music playing throughout my home AND outdoors. Love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Audio Streamer

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    Broderick
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    I now have 5 of these in our house to replace/hook into the bluetooth speakers we had in each room. They work extremely well for any app that supports casting to them (almost all apps), and they can mirror your device's whole audio for apps that don't. They aren't the perfect solution though, there is significant lag when mirroring audio, which makes them unusable for trying to watch video on your device's screen and audio over the chromecast. They can also be occasionally buggy at times, but overall, work very well. The main reason we got them is to avoid having to track down which device is connected the bluetooth speaker, then disconnect it so yours can connect. With Chromecast you can simply "cast" to the speaker and it will override what is playing currently. The audio quality is excellent for apps that support casting. Others can control volume and play/pause what is playing on any of the chromecasts through the google cast app. I do wish the google cast app wasn't so content-centric and defaulted to device-view first.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Choice Over AirPlay

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    mikef1385
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    I purchased this enable "whole home" audio streaming without taking the leap into Sonos. I have a couple of standalone Sony speakers and Sony soundbar that all are Chromecast enabled. I purchased this for my slightly older (2013) Pioneer VSX-1123, which is only AirPlay equipped. I use that to drive my outdoor speakers. I wanted the ability to create speaker groups using any of my speakers. I like this over AirPlay for three main reasons: 1) It makes a direct connection to your audio source over the internet, after using your device to broker it. That means your device doesn't need to be attached to your wifi network at all times and you don't drain your battery (if you use your phone as a source). 2) Airplay doesn't support speaker groups unless you stream from iTunes on a computer 3) You can add it to any device for $25-$30 That said, if you want to create a "Sonos" like system on the cheap, and you've already got wifi-enabled speakers, go for this.

    I would recommend this to a friend