Google Fires At Sonos, Provides Multi-Room Help To Chromecast Audio

Google Fires At Sonos, Adds Multi-Room Support To Chromecast Audio

Again in September, Google got here out of nowhere with Chromecast Audio. The thought: take the Chromecast idea (faucet a button, ship a video to your TV and management it out of your telephone) and make it audio-solely, letting you add some Wi-Fi-enabled smarts to any stereo system you’ve already received wired in your home.

It had one massive weak spot, although. In contrast to one thing like Sonos, you may solely play a track on one Chromecast Audio at a time; even for those who had Chromecast Audios all through your home, you couldn’t play issues in a number of rooms concurrently for that pretty full-home sound.

At this time that modifications. Chromecast Audio now has multi-room help. Beginning a multi-room setup is a little totally different than with Sonos, which focuses on making it straightforward to make/break teams on the fly.

With Chromecast Audio, you arrange your teams prematurely. You’ll be able to have a “Entire Home” group, and a “Kitchen Audio system” group, and a “Downstairs” group. To start out an audio group with Chromecast Audio, you turn from no matter app you’re utilizing over to Google’s personal Chromecast app briefly, create the group, after which pop again into the opposite software and forged to the brand new group.

Okay, Google: now add this to the usual Chromecast, so I can play the identical factor completely synced on a number of TVs with out wires so I can really feel like a futuristic area wizard.

In the meantime, Chromecast Audio additionally acquired help for a better decision audio stream: it could now deal with audio as much as 96KHz/24bit lossless, which is thoughts-blowingly good for a wi-fi normal — higher than CD high quality, even. It gained’t magically make a crappy pair of audio system sound nice, in fact — however should you’ve received excessive-finish speaker gear in your house already, Chromecast Audio can now sustain.