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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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Roon expands to include Chromecast

By | July 6th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Roon Labs expands to cover Google Chromecast devices.

Pretty decent headline, there. I’ve been mucking about with Google Home (and smart speakers from some other vendors) and I have to say, those devices aren’t terrible. Yes, that’s a bit of faint praise, but I think we’re on the edge of something interesting here, and that makes me think it’s a smart move that Roon is making.

More on this soon as I dig in, but for now, here’s the press release:

New York, NY – July 6th, 2018 – Streaming juggernaut Roon Labs announces the ability to stream from Roon to all Chromecast products with its new release.

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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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