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Google pulls plug on Chromecast Audio

By | January 12th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you want the good news or the bad news?

We’ll start with the bad: citing weaker sales figures than its video-capable counterpart, Google is discontinuing its Chromecast Audio streamer.

The Chromecast Audio was launched in 2015 to overnight become the most affordable music streamer this side of a Raspberry Pi. It was even made Roon capable last year to become the cheapest Roon endpoint available.

The sound quality of the Chromecast’s internal DAC is exactly what we might expect from a US$35 device – nothing special – but for a better-sounding Chromecast experience, we tap the 3.5mm socket’s mini-TOSLINK digital output for connection to an external DAC.… Read the full article

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Google’s Chromecast Audio is now a Roon endpoint

By | July 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Roon. v1.3. v1.4. v1.5…v1.6? Not quite. At least, not yet. The next software update to roll out to users is a point release but with a knockout new feature: streaming support for Google Chromecast devices.

From Build 333 of Roon v1.5, the Google Home, the Google Home Mini, the Google Home Max, the Chromecast Audio and the Chromecast (Gen 1, Gen 2, and Ultra) will all function as Roon endpoints to join AirPlay streamers, Sonos boxes, the KEF LS50 Wireless and Roon Ready devices.Read the full article

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Letters to the editor: 3 ways to juice your Chromecast Audio

By | July 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

In response to a recent post on SoundCloud and the Chromecast Audio, David D. writes an email that (for once) doesn’t try to extract more information from yours truly but provides some intel of its own:

“Subject: How to kick the Chromecast Audio puck up a notch or two for peanuts.

First. Open Google Home. In settings, enable full dynamic range* [see footnote 1 – Ed] for the Chromecast Audio. Free.

Second. Purchase a UGreen Micro USB to RJ45 Ethernet Adapter with attached USB Power Supply Cable, which is specifically designed for the Chromecast Audio at a cost of about $17 USD from Amazon.com.Read the full article

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