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Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 696 reviews of Google Chromecast Audio (2015). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. Reviews about the design and size are overall positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, size, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the Google Chromecast Audio (2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Chromecast Audio review: Simply connect your disconnected speakers

 

Google's Chromecast, launched in 2014, grasped home cinema by the lapels and shook it firmly. The convoluted path to a connected TV experience was firmly diverted into modern streaming ease and at a price that was almost rude. We weren't sure that...

Affordable, great performance, simplicity, cross-platform use, Spotify integration

Not much - it does what it says on the tin, same price as Chromecast (for TV)

We weren't sure that Chromecast Audio would offer enough to be worthwhile. But having setup this dinky device, we're using it every day. It's affordable enough to buy without really thinking about, simple to setup and use, and supports a range of...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Elyse Betters (pocket-lint.com)

Chromecast Audio hands-on: It's like Chromecast but for music and other audio - Pocket-lint

 

Apart from the second-generation Chromecast, Google at its big Nexus event has unveiled something called Chromecast Audio. It's basically Chromecast...but

Plastic design

Overall, we think the Chromecast Audio looks like a solid and handy device for streaming audio. It'll definitely be interesting to see if it becomes a cult success like its sibling. If you're interested in checking it out, you can now pick one up from...

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Chromecast Audio review: audiophile streaming for your dimwitted HiFi

 

Quick, easy and great-sounding. The simple way to smarten up your stereo.

Simple setup ; Easy to use ; Bargain price

Tailored for Android ; Needs more dedicated apps

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...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Google Chromecast Audio review

 

Google turns its hand to music streaming, with predictably impressive results

Brings online streaming to offline devices ; Easy to use ; Lovely design

No multi-room audio yet

Google breathes new (online) life into your old hi-fi

Nov, 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: 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: (stuff.tv)

Google Chromecast Audio review

 

Google's ex-CDingly good mini disc of music will give your hi-fi an LPing hand

Cheap ; Easy to use ; Works with almost anything ; Good sound quality

Some USB ports might not be powerful enough for it ; No Apple Music support ; No multiroom (yet)

It's small, smart, highly affordable and makes a huge variety of apps a lot more fun to use. Highly recommended.

Oct, 2015

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

PCMAG.COM - 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

Only works with 3.5mm connections out of the box. Lacks support for streaming through multiple speakers at once

Google's Chromecast is an affordable, compelling media streamer that lets you watch video from your mobile devices on your television. But it only works with an HDMI connection, and that leaves anything without a big screen out of the game. Now Google...

Oct, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Colour of product:Black

Loudspeakers

Built-in speaker(s):N

Packaging Content

Cables included:Audio (3.5mm), Micro-USB

Ports & interfaces

Apple docking compatibility:iPad, iPhone
Bluetooth:N / Yes
Digital Audio Optical Out:1
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB port:No / Y
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Technical Details

Built-in processor:N
Internet radio services supported:Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio / Spotify, TuneIn
Mac compatibility:Y
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Mobile operating systems supported:Android 4.1, Android 4.2, Android 4.3, Android 4.4, Android 5.0, Android 5.1, iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4, iOS 9.0, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.2, iOS 9.3
MP3 sample rates:0 - 96
Network streaming services supported:Pandora
Smartphone remote support:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:51.8
Height :51.8
Weight:30.7
Width:13.5