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60 Seconds : Google Chromecast Audio – Dead but still kicking!

Google Chromecast Audio Film

Google Chromecast Audio Film

The Chromecast Audio streamer was dropped by Google earlier this year, but you can get it for between £$20-30 online still.

Looking like an ice hockey puck and almost the same size – hence the ice background!, it is shooting above what it does. OK, so it’s not for dedicated high quality audio but it has its uses!

It suits HiFi up to £/$1000 and is a great convenience solution for streaming whilst away in hotels with cheap iPod dock type speakers. Or a bedroom or kitchen set up perhaps.

I’ve even used it with a Chord Qutest DAC and other better DACs and the Chromecast is surprising how well it achieves great sound quality for the money.

A good time to snap one up as a bargain as stocks run out, or get in an early Chrissie present for someone. It comes recommended by me. My video about the Chromecast Audio is suitable as a quick guide if you have little time;

Shorts : Google Chromecast Audio Film

Chromecast Audio specifications

  • Output:
    • Stereo analog output [2Vrms]
    • Optical digital output
    • High-Resolution Audio: 96KHz/24-bit
  • Dimensions:
    • Package: 124.4 x 42.85 x 124 mm
    • Device: 51.9 x 51.9 x 13.49 mm (not including cables or accessories)
    • Audio cable: 146 mm (5.7 in)
    • Power cable: 1.75 m (69 in)
  • Weight: 30.7 g (0.068 lbs)
  • Ports & Connectors
    • 3.5mm jack with analog and optical digital audio output
    • Micro-USB
  • Color: Black
  • Connectivity/Network: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz)
  • Power: 5V, 1A power supply
  • Wireless Security: WEP, WPA/WPA2
  • Supported Audio Formats:
    • HE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), Opus, FLAC with support for high-resolution streams (24-bit/96KHz)

Google ChromeCasting Built In – see here.

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  1. Hello Simon,

    I replaced my chromecast audio by a smsl dp3. I was using the chromecast with optical cable connected to Hegel H80.
    I am sorry to say that smsl provided great enhancements though playing same flac files…

    • Glad you found an improvement Oliver. Good one. I use my CCA for cheap docks and stuff and when I go to a hotel etc. Can’t beat them for £30 although you are right, not the be all and end all. But at price hard to beat.

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I'm an audio lover who likes sharing experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in a CREDIBLE, BALANCED and ENGAGING way. I’m interested in products; their looks, functionality and features, and most importantly how they sound! My reviews keep technicalities easy, as I believe great audio is non exclusive and to be enjoyed by all! It's all about the music!

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