Chromecast Audio competes with Sonos for a tenth of the worth
The Chromecast Audio is fairly sensible. This is the elevator pitch: You plug the little hockey puck within the picture above into an influence outlet, after which join it to your audio system utilizing both the offered three.5mm-to-three.5mm cable, or a 3rd-celebration three.5mm-to-optical cable or the equal RCA converter. Then, Google says, you’ve got obtained a sensible speaker. I checked that declare out for myself on the firm’s occasion, and it does what it says, however I nonetheless do not know if it does it nicely.
You’ll be able to forged music from a variety of sources together with Google Play Music and — eventually — Spotify. The previous additionally acts as a superb casting choice for people who wish to hold their music information native slightly than streaming. Whereas the common Chromecast acquired a brand new discovery app as we speak, the brand new Audio model behaves extra just like the Chromecast of previous, which is so much like an open model of Apple’s AirPlay. It’s going to help your telephone, pill, or laptop computer — primarily something that runs Chrome or Android — and over the approaching months multiroom help will roll out.
So… Sound high quality. “Okay” tells you every part I do know at this level. Drawback is, I listened to all three of the setups, however I listened to them in the midst of an enormous corridor crammed with individuals who weren’t about to be quiet and let me work out how good the audio high quality was. So, as an alternative of an precise opinion, I can inform you that I’ve heard Tove Styrke’s “Borderline” seven occasions and there wasn’t a stutter, glitch or streaming concern in any respect. Additionally I’m nonetheless by some means not uninterested in that track.
Utilizing WiFi streaming is a a lot better choice than Bluetooth, each in high quality and vary, however the elements contained in the Chromecast Audio are going to make all of the distinction. I requested Google spokesperson if they might give me any extra particulars on sound high quality, they usually advised me the Chromecast has a “world-class DAC” (Digital to Analog Converter), however refused to reveal what firm makes the half. That makes me nervous. Video processing within the unique Chromecast is fairly ropey. It will not be lengthy till somebody pulls this aside and tells us how good the DAC is, however with out that info, and with out even a primary subjective listening check, we’ll have to attend for a verdict on the audio high quality for now.
Sonos, which might be the main identify in residence audio streaming, sells virtually the very same product because the Chromecast Audio. It is referred to as the Sonos Join, and it principally turns your common audio system into Sonos audio system. It prices $350. The Chromecast Audio prices $35, and it permits you to use the apps you need to use to regulate your music. If Google’s obtained the audio high quality even at an satisfactory degree, then it is troublesome to see this not catching on.
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- Key specs
- <a href=”http://www.engadget.com/merchandise/google/chromecast/” title=”Google Chromecast evaluations” goal=”_blank”> Evaluations • eighty </a>
- Sort Audio / video participant
- Video providers YouTube
- Video outputs HDMI (1&#one hundred sixty;outputs, v1.four)
- WiFi 802.eleven b, g, n
- Dimensions 1.38 x 2.eighty three x zero.forty seven in
- Launched 2013-07-24