Google Chromecast Audio

Walmart # 554565022

Google Chromecast Audio

Walmart # 554565022
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<b>What is Chromecast Audio?</b> <br />Chromecast Audio is a small media streaming device that plugs into the AUX input of your speaker,making your speaker WiFi enabled. Use your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Mac orWindows laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favorite music, radio stations and podcasts to anyspeaker in the house. <br /> <br />

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Cast your favorite music from your phone, tablet, or laptop straight to your home speaker.
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Excellent Add-On Audio Streamer for Price

-Quick Intro- The Chromecast Audio is a great audio streaming device intended as an affordable add-on for audio systems that don't already have the ability to stream music. I've connected mine to my Pioneer turntable and amp from the mid 1980s, and I couldn't be happier with the sound for what I paid. -Setup- This was a short and simple process . The Chromecast Audio was extremely easy to set up through the Google Home app on my Google Pixel. The app automatically found the Chromecast and set it up to work with my home WiFi. I was then given the option to name my Chromecast to keep track of it in case there are other devices nearby. After setup, the "cast" icon will show up in supported apps such as Google Play Music and let you select the Chromecast from a list of nearby devices. Once you hear the connection jingle, you're ready to start playing music. -Connectivity- The device comes with a male-to-male 3.5mm audio jack,. which can be used on any powered speaker system that has a 3.5mm auxiliary input. Additionally, the Chromecast can also output to analog RCA stereo (the red and white cables) and optical digital out. These last two options both require the purchase of an adapter cable, and if you want to connect to a HiFi system or home theater, these are likely your only connection options. -Audio Quality- I wanted to address other reviewers' concerns with the audio quality of the Chromecast Audio. I've noticed that many of these reviewers state that when the Chromecast is connected to a HiFi system, the audio quality doesn't sound much better than the average Bluetooth speaker. Before buying the Chromecast, these statements concerned me given that the device has the hardware to handle lossless audio. I decided to still buy it since I could easily return it if I wasn't happy, and I am glad that I took the risk because while the other reviewers weren't wrong, the issue could be fixed with the flip of a switch in the Google Home app. Unfortunately, finding this switch is not easy. -How To Get The Best Audio Quality- To access the setting to fix the audio, you must first open the Google Home app and tap the "Devices" icon in the upper-right corner. That will open the devices menu, which displays all of the home devices near you that are registered to your account and what they are currently doing. From here, find the card for your new Chromecast and tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the card and click "Settings" when the small menu pops out. This will bring you to the device settings for your Chromecast. This menu is full of useful settings that you can play with if you feel adventurous, but we're looking for a specific one in the "Sound" subsection. This section has two options as of writing this. The first is "Playback sounds" which I recommend having on so you know when you've successfully connected to your Chromecast and are ready to play music. The second option is the one we're looking for. This one is "Full dynamic range", and it's what makes the difference between quiet, tinny music and big, warm, pleasant music. Just tap that switch on the right to start getting the full experience from your Chromecast. If you want to know why this is off by default, tap the "Learn More" button below the "Full dynamic range" setting. Once full dynamic range is enabled, the Chromecast Audio becomes a magical little circle of musical goodness that it has no right being at this price. -Conclusion- The Chromecast Audio is possibly the best audio streaming device you can find for $35. Setup is easy, and the audio quality is top-notch once you've enabled full dynamic range. I'd recommend it to anyone that wants to add music streaming to an older audio system.

Great addition to share music

Easy to set up and I was able to listen to music in a short period of time. Google offers help screens and addition information on line.

Uses WIFI, not BLUETOOTH

This is an excellent and affordable item that will extend life of old stereo/amps! Follow straightforward Instructions & you'll be enjoying SPOTIFY/RADIO PARDISE played through your existing stereo amps that utilize RCA or optical TOSLINK Digital Audio Cable (preferable). RCA cord enclosed with product is "Average Quality" plus the sound-quality between Optical Audio Cables and older 3.5mm to RCA is significant ... spend additional few $'s and get an Optical cable! It's controlled using your SmartPhone with App from PlayStore. Couldn't be easier to set-up & since uses my home WiFi for signal, never a worry about phone-time. After station choices are made via SmartPhone & you're listening, your SmartPhone is free to use (completely disconnected from ChromeCast). NEVER experiencing "loading"; NEVER contending with "drops" is a wonderful thing. Such a simple (and priced so low) idea in such a small package ... Walmart packaging and delivery were exactly as stated.

SONO'S AT 1/10th the cost

I picked this up to try it out, I have several Sono's components. This is a pretty awesome little gadget and it is certainly good for the market. I love my Sono's it is superior to this but for it's price, this can't be beat. I will absolutely be buying a couple more and will see how this interact with each other having multiple speakers/units playing at the same time. Sound quality, is ok. Do not expect it to blow your mind, I'm playing through a Bose and it's pretty significantly downgraded but the cool/convenience factor is there and I don't have a problem with the sound. There is no dedicated interface that will allow true multidevice management meaning, while other devices can play their own music from pandora the Google Chromecast Audio is not pulling the info into it's UI, it's pushing it right from the user's Pandora to the speakers. None the less, I like it, and for 35 bucks highly recommend getting at least one!

Chromecast Audio - 4.5 Stars

Purchased May 4, 2016 We have a stereo system in the house and a separate system outside. We use an inexpensive tablet acting as a jukebox to play our own music, converted to mp3 files, or to access internet stations and "cast" them to these "pucks". We now have the same music playing everywhere with Chromecast Audio. There is one "hickup" to this setup. The main router is an ATT "Pace 3801HGVB". We use a TP-LINK "TL-WPA4220KIT" access point for internet access outside. It has the same network name and password as the main router. The puck connected to the main router is always visible to our devices, while the puck connected through the access point will sometimes "disappear" during the night. For some reason that puck and the access point don't play well together during the night. My simple solution, flip the breaker for them off, then on. After rebooting, that puck is now visible and back in the "All Speakers" group. It would be 5 stars except for the disappearing act. We like them so much, we bought a third puck for the home theater system.

works just as advertised

If you have older dock devices that you don't use (or if the phone receiver has broken), or if you want to use existing powered speakers to create a whole house system, then this is an excellent solution. We had several different speakers around our house and we wanted to build a whole house system. We have added one of these to each of the devices and we're done. Only drawback is that there isn't an easy way to have this fed directly from the TV, but if you stream from your tablet or phone, then it works to stream the TV sound to the whole house system.

Easy Setup, Average Performance

Setup much easier with the Google home app compared to other brands when using with an android phone. Still cumbersome and glitchy just like all the others. Lacks any customizing options. No ability to adjust sound output (eq,fx,etc.). Only 4 stars instead of 3 because it stands out as easier to set up and plays nicer with different systems. Sound quality is average. Really wish they would make a stand alone renderer, with it's own software, that only uses the phone/tablet/pc as a remote control. I've tried them all. The technology isn't there yet to recreate the experience of plugging something in.

The poorman's Sonos with some benefits

This device when connected to an amplified pair of speakers (amplifier and passive speakers or active/powered speakers) allows you to cast music from multiple sources. This is nice because you use your mobile and or tablet to tell the internet to play the music instead of having the contolling device do the streaming and using up its battery (like Airplay does). I use it to cast Spotify Connect, Pandora and TuneIn Radio but there are a few more apps. There is virtually no latency or delay when sending commands to this device unlike Airplay which seems to take 1-2 seconds to do anything. If your speakers and or stereo have an optical input I highly recommend using this with a mini tosklink to toslink cable which is digital and will improved the sound quality. While I have not tried it, I heard that Google pushed out the multi-roon capability for this last week, If that works well, Sonos will have some real catching up to do. Particularly if you are a Spotify Premium subscriber, this unit is nice because you control the music using the native Spotify app on your phone or tablet which is miles better than Sonos' clumsy interface for Spotify. Finally, I will just say that if you use the digital cable and adjust the settings to high quality in the Chromecast app you will experience sound quality on par with Sonos. I should know, - I had Sonos for about 5 years. So, for $35 you can have convenient digital music streaming for 1/10 the price of the Sonos equivalent (Sonos Connect) and no lagging (like Apple Airplay) and no stuttering (like a lot of the Bluetooth solutions out there). Highly recommended.

Pretty good

I purchased 5 of these to do whole home audio a system. I use one on the front patio, back patio, 2 downstairs and one upstirs. They do work great but sometimes there is one that has trouble connecting. It may take a few more minutes to connect but it always does. Overall, these are pretty cool

Great but needs strong wifi to work without pauses

Really really easy setup. Plug in power, speaker, and go to the Google Home app on your phone to set up the device. Found it right away and took about 5 minutes to set up. Needs a strong wifi connection to play music without pauses to buffer. I initially had a very weak wifi connection (far from router) and kept getting long pauses in music, which was frustrating. The solution was to get a mesh router system that made the signal much much stronger, and now the Chromecast Audio works great.
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