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Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2135 reviews of Google Chromecast Audio (2015). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the connectivity and design. The size and price are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the software and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Google Chromecast Audio (2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by (engadget.com)

Chromecast Audio review: Give your old speakers a new brain

 

If you have a good set of speakers and want to stream music to them, the Chromecast Audio is a simple and inexpensive way to make them work with almost all of the the top music services. The combinationof a great price point, wide compatibility and...

Low cost ; Simple setup ; Works with most major streaming-music services ; Tiny and unobtrusive hardware design

Audio quality may not be up to par for discerninglisteners ; No Apple Music or Tidal support ; Limited functionality compared to Google's other Chromecast

Even if the market for Chromecast Audio is somewhat limited, it could be incredibly useful for the right person. Good speakers tend to last a long time, but the way we listen to music has evolved significantly in the last five years. If you still have...

Oct, 2015

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Ryan Waniata (digitaltrends.com)

Chromecast Audio review

 

Google's Chromecast Audio is the cheapest, easiest way to stream wireless sound to every room in the house.

Highly stable streaming ; Sounds better than Bluetooth ; Brilliantly simple setup ; Extremely affordable ; Multiroom audio support

Won’t stream iTunes or Apple Music from iOS devices ; Third-party app required to stream audio from a computer ; Included audio cable is relatively useless

While there’s no shortage of competition in the wireless streaming marketplace, the Chromecast Audio is among the simplest, cheapest, and most convenient ways to make virtually any audio device in your home wireless, while linking a few together can...

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Google Chromecast Audio

 

With the simple, focused mission of making any speaker wireless, Google Chromecast Audio succeeds admirably and affordably.

Inexpensive. Easy to set up. Can make any speaker or sound system Wi-Fi enabled and part of a multi-room setup. Multiple speaker configurations supported. High-resolution (96KHz/24bit) audio now supported.

Only works with 3.5mm connections out of the box. No support for stereo pairs.

The Chromecast Audio takes everything that makes the Chromecast handy, strips away video, and makes it possible to connect nearly any speaker to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music streaming. Most speaker systems today integrate Bluetooth or some...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Chris Davies (slashgear.com)

Chromecast Audio Review

 

Google's original Chromecast was a runaway success, and now the company is hoping to do for audio streaming what it did for video. The Chromecast Audio - launched alongside a new Chromecast Video - promises to bring traditional speakers and HiFi...

A few years back, Google’s audience for the Chromecast Audio might’ve been much larger: standalone speakers were far more prevalent. These days, though, Bluetooth speakers are inexpensive; even Sonos, which began by wirelessly connecting existing...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Brad Linder (liliputing.com)

Chromecast Audio review

 

A little over two years ago Google launched the original Chromecast: a $35 dongle that you plug into the HDMI port of your TV to stream media from online video and music sites. It was the most affordable media streaming device released, and also one of...

For now, I’ll probably stick with my Bluetooth speaker and PC-connected speakers. But I can envision plenty of situations where a Chromecast Audio would come in handy. It certainly delivers on its promise of making it just as easy to stream audio to...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Michael Gowan (tomsguide.com)

Google Chromecast Audio Review: Easy and Affordable Audio Streaming

 

In the often expensive and complex world of audio, Google's Chromecast Audio makes it easy and affordable to listen to streaming music on older speakers. Audio sounds better using Google's device than audio streamed over Bluetooth on newer speakers,...

Inexpensive ; Simple to set up ; Easy to use ; Plays high-resolution audio files

No support for iTunes, Apple Music or Amazon Prime Music

Google's Chromecast Audio makes it easy to stream high-quality audio from most streaming music services to powered speakers.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Mario Aguilar (gizmodo.com)

Chromecast Audio Review: A Cheap Way to Teach Your Old Speakers New, Wireless Tricks

 

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. It's a similar tech magic trick...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by (androidpit.com)

Chromecast Audio review: Google's ghetto caster

 

The Chromecast Audio aims to do for stereo systems what the Chromecast did for TV sets. By connecting this discreet device to audio speakers, you can use it play music from Spotify, Google Play Music and other streaming services through those speakers,...

Flawless streaming ; Digital output ; Excellent quality

Few supported apps

The Chromecast is a five-star product. It is not only the best of its kind in terms of ease-of-use and functionality, but it also comes at the best price. US$35 is a small price to pay to breath new life into your old speakers. I can’t recommend it to...

Expert review by : Michael Sawh (trustedreviews.com)

Chromecast Audio

 

The Chromecast Audio is a small music streaming device that you can plug into a speaker system or hi-fi so you can access music over Wi-Fi. It's Google's attempt to try and do for music what it did for video with the first-generation Chromecast. So not...

Really easy to set up ; Works with a large variety of speakers ; Chromecast app is simple to use ; Strong third-party app support

Sound delay when casting from website ; Multiroom support not available (yet) ; Has to stay plugged in

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.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Dave James (t3.com)

Chromecast Audio review: audiophile streaming for your dimwitted HiFi

 

Quick, easy and great-sounding Chromecast Audio is the best way to smarten up your stereo… Or at least it was

Aug, 2020

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