Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into your speaker for streaming music over Wi-Fi. Once set up, simply use your iPhone®, iPad®, Android phone or tablet, Mac® or Windows® laptop or Chromebook to cast your favourite tunes to the best speakers in the house.Speaker inputs supported: RCA, 3.5 mm, Optical
Regardless of my situation, $35 is an attractive solution for adding wireless to an audio system.
Chromecast Audio + BubbleUPNP on my phone will be a much better solution.
Quote from: KozmoNaut on 01 October, 2015, 02:55:53 AMChromecast Audio + BubbleUPNP on my phone will be a much better solution.Any news on format support, gapless, ReplayGain, etc?Is BubbleUPnP always sitting in the audio pipeline, or can/does it just pass URLs to Chromecast?Cheers,David.
I've had an old Chromecast for a while and it is good for streaming video to a larger screen if a little lunky to use.Never use it for audio on it's own though. Bluetooth dongles are so much more convienient. Smaller, cheaper, easier to use and you don;t need to be on a working network.
The nice thing about the Chromecast is that the initiating device just starts playback, and then is no longer needed.
I have no problem with Google knowing what music I listen to, perhaps that will even bring a tiny bit of attention to some of the more obscure artists
Quote from: saratoga on 01 October, 2015, 12:08:48 PMThe nice thing about the Chromecast is that the initiating device just starts playback, and then is no longer needed.This can be done using DLNA (and it has been done using DLNA quite some time before the Chromecast was released). It's not a unique feature the Chromecast brings to the table.
I doubt that only data about the content being streamed is collected. Data about when and where you stream may be just as valuable as the 'what'.And Google's terms allow it to share the collected data across services so these are things Google knows in addition to your web searches, the contents of your email, your Google Health data, etc. (assuming you use all underlying Google products).Also, it's not just that Google knows (and can use the data to annoy you with ads and the like), there are further issues (e.g., there's a risk data gets leaked and your government, employer, or ex-GF finds out what, when, and where you stream). Btw, I'm not trying to troll. I honestly believe this product is not just about the audio technology. We also need to think if we want to live in the type of world laid out by Dave Eggers in which everything we do becomes public information. And if we don't want something to become public information, we shouldn't be doing it.
I am actually really interested in this little baby, so I can use it as speakerphone in my house.
Yeah I'm not sure it could even effectively cut out the speaker->mic feedback loop, so you would get a lot of echoing and feedback, it would be unusable.And that's before you get into the issue of delay etc. Chromecast Audio is not designed as a low-latency real time audio system, because sound quality matters more than a second or two of delay when you're just listening to music, but not for telephony.A dedicated Bluetooth speakerphone is still the best option, but you'll have to hunt around for one with better sound quality. Most basic Bluetooth headsets etc. use the base-level Bluetooth audio compression, which has terrible sound quality. You need to find a speakerphone that supports the later and better audio protocols.
I don't know if this is specific to the Chromecast Audio, but if you're using a stereo that's even halfway decent, go into the settings in the Chromecast app and turn on "High Dynamic Range".
I don't know if this is specific to the Chromecast Audio, but if you're using a stereo that's even halfway decent, go into the settings in the Chromecast app and turn on "High Dynamic Range". The setting is bit confusingly named, because what that actually does is turn off dynamic range compression, which I assume is there for the average low quality portable speaker that a lot of people are probably going to use these with.If you're using the optical output, it turns off the compression automatically. I sort of fear this will lead to a bunch of reviews saying "the Chromecast Audio DAC is shit, it sounds much better when I use the TOSLINK connection to my $fancy-pants-expensive-DAC!"I couldn't find the option on my first-generation Chromecast, probably because the video Chromecasts only have digital output.