End of Chromecast Audio is bad news for audiophiles
Back in Jan 2019, Google announced the end of Chromecast Audio. I supposed for the majority of the market Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra are logical replacement of Chromecast Audio. After all, Chromecast's hdmi has audio channel. However, if you are a die hard audiophile and prefer minimal circuit and toslink, then the cancellation of Chromecast Audio is a painful news.
Shame on Google that none of their Google Home products - Google Home, Google Home Max, Google Home Mini, Google Nest Hub / Google Nest Hub Max have an audio port. I have said...it before that Google Home has an issue with bluetooth audio where after a while, you would get crackling noise. This is especially apparent with Jazz and classical music with long notes, making them sound like old dusty records. Good for you if you have a fetish for that. But if you are not, the only way to get around the problem is to use a Chromecast Audio device, that's pretty costly for a problem with Google Home. Alexa Echo doesn't have the same problem. All their products have a 3.5mm stereo jack. Please let me know if this problem has been fixed and I will retract my statement about crackling noise problem. Do note that I am talking about a specific use case. If your requirement is that you want to modernise your old active speakers in the house and outdoors speakers, Chromecast Audio is a good way to go about it, synchronising all speakers, streaming your favourite tunes out of Google Music or Spotify, especially if you manage to purchase them at a good discounted price. Sure to impress your family and friends for parties. I can't really tell a significant sound quality difference between Echo Dot or Chromecast Audio on 3.5mm stereo connection. Volume is markedly louder with the Chromecast Audio. I do find Chromecast Audio has a bit more clarity at upper frequencies. That's about it. There are so many factors comes into play in an audio system anyway - speakers, amplifier, song materials, even cables. Personally, I don't like the packaging and the bright yellow cable. Chromecast Audio isn't a hero piece, why have a bright yellow cable?! Why not make the Chromecast Audio yellow instead if you really want yellow? For $59, I expect a stereo to RCA cable to be included. What amplifier has a 3.5mm stereo jack input?! Is Google trying to tell us that Chromecast Audio is a mediocre product only good for budget chi-fi systems? I am giving Chromecast Audio 3 stars - one star penalty for Google making customer like me buy Chromecast Audio because Google Home doesn't have an audio-out jack. Another star penalty because of the price of $59 is pretty stiff, pretty much the same price as Chromecast which does video as well. I don't like the 3.5mm stereo jack because it isn't very secure at all and prone to crackling sound if the cable isn't very good. But this is not enough to deduct another star for this and I don't want to be so mean to give it just 2 stars. It is better than 2 stars. I like it enough to have a couple of them.
Purchased in August 2019 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $59.00.
Beware of the marketing...
The device itself is fine, it's what Google doesn't tell you that annoys me. I bought one assuming I could stream basically any audio to it. Unfortunately, it's very limited.
- You can only use specific apps on your phone (eg spotify, google play music). You can't officially cast your own MP3s! There's an app for Android called LocalCast that can do it but it's really flaky and it drops out
- You can't cast from a PC. I wanted to cast my itunes library but no dice. There's a Windows tool that can help but I haven't had much luck with it
A few mates told me they returned theirs once they found out how limited it was... I still use mine daily, just not as I hoped.
Mostly works well
This device works well most of the time. It turns a regular speaker into a Sonos styled music speaker.i mostly use it to stream Spotify which is where problems occur. We often have music dropping out sporadically when we have to many devices over the network. It is hard to solve the problem.
Nothing super special but does the job.
If you have a home audio device or setup that has a 3.5 mm audio jack and you want to use Google cast to send music to it from a device using Google cast then this is the right device for you. Spotify and multi room audio so works with this.
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Great size but wifi only, no bluetooth, and only works with some apps
Key point!! This is a wifi device and works over your home network and has nothing to do with bluetooth.
This is a neat little gadget powered by USB (wall power adapter also in the box) so you could power it from a modern amplifier then input this via a RCA-3.5mm jack cable (no supplied)
The box says that it does digital audio output as well, but I'm dubious on this as the only output is 3.5mm headphone jack.
As this is a wifi device, you need to download an app to set it up (there are tons of steps and you will need to add it to your lis...
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I want to connect my older CD divice to my Bose Home speaker 500. The advice from the store where I bought the Bose 500 was that ik can connect it by using the Chromecast Audio. However after I connect it, it is not working. Any help?
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