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Google Chromecast Audio (2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1050 reviews of Google Chromecast Audio (2015). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the design and size are generally positive. The price and usability also get good views, whereas there are some negative views about the 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 : 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 : 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 (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

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 (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 : 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

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Expert review by : Richard Easton (expertreviews.co.uk)

Google Chromecast Audio review

 

The Chromecast Audio makes it supremely simple to get audio to your speakers and is an inexpensive upgrade

The latter is already possible with Chromecast Audio, but following the update you will be able to group speakers together and control them as one. So you could have Google Play Music playing simultaneously in the kitchen and the living room, which is...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

Chromecast Audio review: The perfect music streamer now includes multi-room support

 

Google's new audio streamer gives music lovers a touch of Chromecast love, now

If all you care about is streaming audio to your hi-fi system, there are many products offering what the Chromecast 2 does, not least the excellent Gramofon, which I reviewed earlier this year. Few, however, achieve the feat with the elegance and...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : mfereday (gadgetspeak.com)

Chromecast Audio : Google Chromecast Audio

 

Streaming audio to speakers that do not support Bluetooth can be carried out using this next product.

I found the most difficult thing about using the Chromecast Audio system for delivering music was making the space with access to the two power sources required by the kit. Other than this, Chromecast Audio was easy to use and provides users with a way...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Raymond Wong (mashable.com)

Chromecast Audio turns your old speaker wireless, but who needs it? [REVIEW]

 

Google's Chromecast Audio can breathe new life into an old set of speakers.

Easy to set up ; Supports Aux, RCA and Optical inputs

Included 3.5mm aux cable is super short

Chromecast Audio can breathe new life into an old set of speakers.

Oct, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Built-in Display:N
Colour of product:Black
Product colour:Black

Loudspeakers

Built-in speaker(s):N

Packaging Content

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

Ports & interfaces

Apple docking compatibility:iPad, iPhone / Not supported
Bluetooth:N / Yes
Digital Audio Optical Out:1
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:Y
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 / IEEE 802.11ac

Technical Details

Built-in processor:N
Internet radio services supported:Deezer, Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn / 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 / Y
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 / Android 4.2, Android 4.2.1, Android 4.2.2, Android 4.3, Android 4.4, Android 5.0, Android 5.1, Android 6.0, Android 7.1, Android 7.1.2, iOS 10.0, iOS 11.0, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.2, iOS 9.3
MP3 sample rates:0 - 96
Network streaming services supported:Pandora
Smartphone remote support:Y
Windows operating systems supported:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:51.8
Height :13.5 / 51.8
Weight:30.1 / 30.7
Width:13.5 / 51.8