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  • Chromecast Audio
  • Chromecast Audio
  • Chromecast Audio
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A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
88%
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PROS

  • At $35 you can't beat the Chromecast Audio for affordability, and the sleek design takes up minimal space.
  • The High Resolution Audio (24 bit/96 kHz) offers significantly better quality than most Bluetooth alternatives.
  • The Chromecast Audio facilitates multi-room streaming through a single app, eliminating the need to fiddle with multiple connections.

CONS

  • Although it will stream audio from most clients, including Spotify, the Chromecast Audio lacks compatibility with some of the big hitters, including iTunes, Apple Music and Amazon.
  • The included 3.5 mm auxiliary cable won't suffice for high-end hi-fi setups, and at 5 inches, it is a little on the short side. Dedicated audiophiles will likely have to purchase additional RCA or optical cables.
  • Chromecast Audio is--surprise, surprise--limited to audio. If you want to jam out to YouTube videos you'll need the regular Chromecast.
When it came out in 2013, Google's Chromecast offered a revelatory way to stream video from computer to television. Its success made a music-specific version inevitable, and now we have the Chromecast Audio. While not the first device to enable multi-room audio streaming, it's certainly the cheapest. Out of the box, it plugs directly into the auxiliary jack of any major speaker and enables most streaming applications to play music over Wi-Fi (although if you use Apple or Amazon services you're out of luck). The tiny device—about the size of a small cookie—provides competitive (24 bit/96 kHz) audio quality and makes it easy to set up a fluid home music network without the hassle of having to constantly change connections.
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I tested it in a particularly tricky spot in my house where laptops and phones often struggle for Wi-Fi connectivity, and found I had no pro…

I tested it in a particularly tricky spot in my house where laptops and phones often struggle for Wi-Fi connectivity, and found I had no problem connecting at all with the Chromecast Audio. Big tick.

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I’m a massive fan of the Chromecast Audio. It’s managed to pick out a niche and offer an incredibly convenient, good-value and great-soundin…

I’m a massive fan of the Chromecast Audio. It’s managed to pick out a niche and offer an incredibly convenient, good-value and great-sounding way to fill it out.

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90%

Google's latest audio product, the Chromecast Audio, distills everything the company has learned about content streaming into a simple, affo…

Google's latest audio product, the Chromecast Audio, distills everything the company has learned about content streaming into a simple, affordable device the size of a York Peppermint Patty.

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Most speaker systems today integrate Bluetooth or some other wireless connection standard, but Chromecast Audio lets you join them all in th…

Most speaker systems today integrate Bluetooth or some other wireless connection standard, but Chromecast Audio lets you join them all in the same Google Cast-based ecosystem and avoid juggling Bluetooth pairing for every speaker.

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Much like Chromecast, Chromecast Audio rewards users for hanging onto their older tech. It's a quick and easy solution if you're looking to …

Much like Chromecast, Chromecast Audio rewards users for hanging onto their older tech. It's a quick and easy solution if you're looking to inject some life into your wired speakers, and the investment, affordable as it is, will surely improve over time with more supported services and features.

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Just as the original Chromecast made our dumb TVs smart, the Chromecast Audio promises to take your old pair of speakers and bless them with…

Just as the original Chromecast made our dumb TVs smart, the Chromecast Audio promises to take your old pair of speakers and bless them with the convenience of streaming music.

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80%

Google’s new streamer is now a major player in the wireless market. And for those who already have audio gear just waiting to be set free, C…

Google’s new streamer is now a major player in the wireless market. And for those who already have audio gear just waiting to be set free, Chromecast Audio may just be your best way to play.

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The Chromecast Audio does what it promises in a really simple way, but it's the future software updates that could make this a truly afforda…

The Chromecast Audio does what it promises in a really simple way, but it's the future software updates that could make this a truly affordable way to create a multiroom speaker system.

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The Chromecast Audio is very easy to setup, sounds great, supports lots of popular music services (apart from Apple’s) and can instantly tur…

The Chromecast Audio is very easy to setup, sounds great, supports lots of popular music services (apart from Apple’s) and can instantly turn almost any speakers smart.

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The Chromecast Audio is really a brilliant and beautiful device, which quite honestly is a bit of a shame given that it’s probably never goi…

The Chromecast Audio is really a brilliant and beautiful device, which quite honestly is a bit of a shame given that it’s probably never going to be seen once installed.

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Chromecast Audio works as advertised: It lets you stream music to your non-wireless speakers, using your phone or tablet as the control. It …

Chromecast Audio works as advertised: It lets you stream music to your non-wireless speakers, using your phone or tablet as the control. It works really well, and I didn't experience any connection issues at home or at the office.

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In 2013, Chromecast was a revelation. For $35 you could transport virtually anything you could watch on a computer or phone to a television.…

In 2013, Chromecast was a revelation. For $35 you could transport virtually anything you could watch on a computer or phone to a television. Easy! Chromecast Audio performs a parallel magic trick for audio and speakers.

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