Google Chromecast Audio

  • Model #: GA3A00153-A03-Z01
  • Web Code: 10392132
  • Release Date: 09/30/2015
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Chromecast Audio Overview

Chromecast Audio Overview

Turn any speaker into a Wi-Fi speaker for playing back your favourite tunes wirelessly from an iOS or Android mobile device, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook1.

Overview

Bring big sound to your favourite tunes with Chromecast Audio. This small device plugs into a speaker, so you can cast music from your mobile device to your powerful home speaker. Because it works over WiFi, Chromecast Audio won't drain your phone's battery, doesn't require pairing, and lets you use your phone for other things when you're casting.

More Information

Easy audio streaming

  • Plug Chromecast Audio into the aux input on your home speaker to enable audio streaming from your mobile device over WiFi
  • Chromecast Audio streams music directly from the cloud, so you'll hear continuous high-quality sound
  • Chromecast Audio is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Mac and Windows laptops, and Chromebooks

Cast music from your mobile device

  • Tap the Cast button from compatible music apps on your mobile device to send music, podcasts, and internet radio stations to your home speakers, without needing to pair the devices
  • Cast music from audio streaming sites on your Chrome Browser to your home speaker
  • Mirror what's playing on your compatible Android device to your home speaker
  • Search for songs, play and pause music, and control the volume using your mobile device, anywhere in the home

Use your phone while listening to music

  • When you're casting audio, you can still use your mobile device for other things like calls, texts, or social media, without interrupting the music
  • Casting won't drain your phone's battery

Play music everywhere with Multi-room

  • Multi-room lets you group together speakers connected to Chromecast Audio devices so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers

Guests can use Chromecast Audio too

  • Guest mode allows friends and family to cast music from their mobile devices to your speaker, without connecting to your home's WiFi network

What's in the Box?

  • Chromecast Audio
  • Stereo 3.5 mm Analog Audio Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Power Adapter

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)

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  • Remote Control Included
    No
  • Voice Control
    No
  • MicroSD Card Slot
    No
  • AirPlay Compatible
    No
  • Google Cast Compatible
    Yes
  • Miracast Compatible
    No
  • Gaming
    Yes
  • Android TV
    No
  • Compatibility/Connections
    Wi-Fi
  • Colour
    Black
  • Width
    5.19 cm
  • Height
    5.19 cm
  • Depth
    1.35 cm
  • Width (Inches)
    2.03 in
  • Height (Inches)
    2.03 in
  • Depth (Inches)
    0.53 in
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)

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Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5
Based on 47 review(s) More about Customer Reviews

Ratings in Detail

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Positive vs. Critical Reviews

Positive 89%

42 Reviews

Critical 10%

5 Reviews

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  • from Parksville, BC
2.0

Did not work for me

I bought it to stream music (Spotify, iTunes, internet radio) from my PC to my stereo but can not get it to work. The software program will not find the Chromecast unit when loaded on my PC and I can not figure it out. I spent an hour on the phone with a Chromecast tech help guy and he could not figure it out. I am returning it. It works from my phone but you can not stream Spotify to it unless you buy the premium option.


  • from Thornhill
5.0

Excellent streamer

This is a game changer in audio streaming. I use the optical connection through an external DAC and the sound quality is excellent. I cannot comment about the internal DAC quality since I did not use it, but other reviews say it's great so for the price it is amazing.


  • from Toronto, ON
5.0

Works Great, Sounds Great

Easy as pie to use, so many apps use it, and yes if you find the right media player you can stream any file from your phone. 100000x more consistent than the AirPlay/Airport Express is replaced.


  • from Ottawa, ON
1.0

Terrible Product

The product doesn't' work well with Apple laptop. The sound quality is terrible


  • from Saint-lambert, QC
4.0

Excellent

Excellent Wireless adapter, but when using Apple device, you can't just stream your music. You have to use an apps which is compaytible as spotify, deezer....


  • from Toronto, ON
5.0

Exactly the tin.

The Chromecast works as expected - plugged into the wall and my old speaker system to allow it to be streamed to. Most popular apps support Chromecast (allowing you to offload the load to the Chromecast instead of your phone/computer), though Spotify requires premium to do so. For apps that don't, you can stream your entire phone's audio output to the Chromecast. Please keep in mind that to set up the Chromecast initially requires your phone's location services to be on.


  • from Toronto, ON
3.0

Google Chromecast Audio

I can't make google Music Play to play SD card stored songs to ChromeCast Audio, you have to upload songs to Google clouds so it can play them. Later I found out it is a limit imposed by Google. Fortunately I bought AirAudio app before and it supports ChromeCast as well as other casting protocols. It saves my day and everything works out.


  • from Toronto, ON
5.0

Works perfectly

I have a JBL Charge bluetooth speaker (which also has an AUX input). Love it's sound, but had been pairing to my mobile, so if a text or other notification came it would interrupt the music I was listening to. Now with CC Audio, I just plugged into aux port and powered up; discovered device with CC app on phone, and opened Google Play Music. Started a list and as soon as music was coming through speaker, my phone no longer part of the connection that sent the sound to the speaker. I could have my phone in my pocket and music would play even if I was across street at my neighbour's yard. Music coming from speaker now not limited to the range of the BT connection - instead connected directly to my home wifi network.


  • from Gatineau, QC
5.0

Simple to use and good quality

I ended up buying 3 Chromecast audio for different rooms in our house. Setup was simple with the Chromecast app. While I didn't run A/B tests to compare audio quality, it certainly seems to be very good. I find Chromecast Audio to be robust so far and can almost always "cast" my music robustly. This is in contrast to the Airport Express (from Apple, using Airplay) I was previously using which was less reliable. I also like the fact that I can stream to multiple rooms at the same time. I'm very, very, happy with this product.


  • from Montréal, QC
5.0

Good product

Plugged it in, I called to toll free number to walk me through the installation. Everything went like a breeze. I am connected through the digital output to the digital input of my MSB DAC. The sound is awesome!!


  • from New Westminster, BC
5.0

Great product

It's not for everyone, but if you have some old speakers lying around this is definitely worth a look.


  • from Alberta
5.0

Works well, cheap, extremely easy to set up.

Took about 20 seconds to plug everything in and then start up the chromecast app, set up after opening the app took another minute. Super easy, no hassle, couldn't be any easier. Works really well with cast ready apps.


  • from Bowmanville, ON
4.0

Works well, but setup a little tricky

This did do what I wanted, but there were a couple of funny things about the way it works. Connecting to my home wifi was straightforward, but I thought I would be able to stream the music already on my phone. Instead, I had to install Google Play Music, and Music Manager to upload music to online storage, and it is played from there. I realized this is necessary to not drain your phone battery, as promised in the marketing. The upload process worked well -- it was easy to select my iTunes library and it got all playlists, etc. It was also fairly fast because they don't actually upload music that already exists on their servers. The app is not the most intuitive to navigate, but it's okay. It does annoy a bit with ads and trying to push you into subscribing. But volume control... couldn't see one anywhere, finally used the volume buttons on the side of the phone itself to bring up a volume control in the app. Okay, but how about one already on-screen in the app also? Lots of comments online complaining about that. Volume changes also make an annoying "popping" noise on my phone for each step, which is played through the speakers. Probably a way around that, but I haven't bothered. In the end, it works reasonably well and it is very convenient to be able to skip songs, adjust volume etc from anywhere around the house. I haven't had any issues with dropping sound, everything plays smoothly.


  • from Hamilton, ON
5.0

Definitely an upgrade!

This was originally going to be maybe a three- or four-star review because I didn't like the sound from the Chromecast Audio through my Bose Wave as much as I liked my old Logitech Music Anywhere system. Then another reviewer mentioned the "full dynamic range" setting in the Chromecast app, and bam! The Chromecast is definitely a good investment for me. The Logitech system I had before was a couple hundred bux back in the day, and was plagued with signal loss and pairing problems. With the Chromecast, I'm getting smooth sound and, with a few good apps, some ridiculously easy access to my media library.


  • from Vancouver, BC
4.0

Functionality great, setup no so easy

I was simply looking for a lower cost alternative to Sirius which allowed me better control over programming (I'm not particularly fond of Sirius on their programming). This was an inexpensive way to get there with Spotify (premium) and I'm fairly happy with the way it works. Admittedly, sound quality was not a big issue for me as I'm half deaf and it's for my workshop anyway. The setup was very frustrating. One would think if they were going to sell a product in great quantity they would want to make it easy to use. I had to pretty much stab in the dark, searching the web for a way to get this setup. I did find a youtube site that gave me the missing pieces. Why the heck they didn't provide a good, well written, complete, step by step set of instructions for how to get this going is beyond me. Now that it's FINALLY working (no thanks to Google) I'm fairly happy with it.


  • from Vancouver, BC
3.0

Google Chromecast Audio

I ought two to link my speakers in different rooms, all works excpet there is a lag in sound while connected to Bose, and I guess it has something to do with Bose considering there was no sound lag by connecting with other speakers such as Harmen kardon and Logitech Z960. WfFi is away stabel than bluetooth connectivity, all good, my only wish is that in the future, this Chromecast can be built in for the name brand speakers. and I will bring to Shanghai to check if this device works there or not. Chromast generation one did not.


  • from Regina, SK
3.0

Chrome chrome chrome

It's complicated. I love that I can stream from my various devices to my stereo. I'm sad that the Soundcloud app and the Apple music app don't stream to it. It's freed up my computer from not always being connected to the stereo, but I can't use volume controls from my laptop. I can't stream music from itunes on my laptop , but I can stream music from websites. It's given me some freedom and added a few frustrations. But it's cheap ;-)


  • from Montréal, QC
2.0

Lots of potential, lots of problems

The chromecast device is great when I can get it to work. Having a multi-room setup for just [price] is pretty awesome, but I've had a miserable time maintaining the stability of audio network. The chromecast devices will show up on my network and appear to be working, but will drop out or not connect even though my wifi signal is strong. The whole process has been an endless headache and I have finally given up on using the multi-room functionality. I think the problem is my network (large home using range extender), but it's hard to know. I would be somewhat wary of these devices if you want to set up an audio network that relies on range extenders.


  • from Chatham, ON
4.0

Connects quickly, multiroom works great

These audio Chromecasts are a great addition to our home audio system. By linking via wifi, we can run our music through multiple speaker systems in 2 different areas of our home. Because it is not bluetooth, if I get a notification sound etc on my device, it doesn't affect the music playing through the independent wifi system. The only wish I would have it so have a built in rechargeable battery, so these could power themselves and be used in more remote location, independent of a power source. Would be 5 stars if that were a possibility.


  • from London Canada
4.0

My Hi Fi back to life again

My old Sony Hi Fi has been brought to life again with this small device. Sound quality is like an audio CD, giving ample power to get it amplified by the audio system. Better than airplay streaming.


  • from Edmonton, AB
5.0

Finally, Affordable Whole Home Audio!

Finally, I can fill my house with music and not go broke! Just as functional as Sonos and Qualcomm AllPlay devices and much less annoying than bluetooth (unless you love the sounds of alarms and notifications and phone calls constantly interrupting your music). I love the fact that I can use any older music systems with this! Thanks Google, you really did a good job on this product!


  • from Kanata, ON
5.0

Better Than SONOS

Easiest setup possible. I connected it to an old Rotel rack mount amp and a pair of Vintage Tannoy dual concentric speakers. Sonos sounds like a toy in comparison and streaming Spotify is effortless. I have yet to find any flaws. I am adding two more Chromecast, one in the garage & another in my home gym since they now support multi zone use. Great product!


  • from Kitchener, ON
5.0

Multi Room enabled

Bought one of these a month or so ago. Great little device, but I held off on getting any more as I wasn't sure if I could trust that the multi room feature would be available. It's here, and after getting 2 more units today, I came home and have been listening to music throughout the house. I think they have done a superb job of syncing the audio. As an example, I have one in the living room and one in the kitchen, and as the 2 rooms are so close together, it sounds like it's all coming from one amp. Think it might be time to put the Raspberry Pi's that were previously doing this duty up on kijiji.


  • from GTA
5.0

It just works!

I've had an original Chromecast for a while now, and although it's a good device I haven't really used it much (blame Plex and Roku for that!) What I really wanted though was a way to replace the whole home audio setup I used to have at our previous home, which required a lot of wires and hardware. I toyed with the idea of getting a Sonos setup, but the prices and possible incompatibility with my custom home-built music setup made Sonos a non-starter. Enter the Chromecast Audio. I picked up 2 of these dongles and I must say I'm very impressed, particularly when they're set to High Dynamic Range. All of my music is on my home network, and I can use Plex to stream to the Chromecasts directly, or use a tablet to cast audio while using my custom music streaming software. The ability to sync the music output on both dongles works perfectly, so much so that I'm seriously considering getting a third dongle so I can have the music reach all floors in the house! Highly recommended!


  • from Barrie, ON
5.0

Amazingly Versatile!

The perfect solution! I've been going back and forth for the last year and a half on a connected sound solution for a particular room, away from the core of my home, without having to run any cables and/or spend a lot of money. As soon as the Chromecast Audio was introduced I had a feeling it would lead to my solution. Eventually, I realized I already had the sound system, an old powered computer speaker system, and now I had the means to connect it to my home theater system and all my smart devices! The subwoofer has a built in amp that runs the whole system and it had just been sitting in a box, apparently waiting to be re-purposed. The Chromecast Audio is incredibly simple and versatile. And it was the perfect solution for my challenge. Even at twice the price, I would still be incredibly impressed and recommend it to anyone.


  • from Toronto, ON
1.0

Perfect - got to use all my older audio again.

Everyone has already said it, this little device is perfect!


  • from Bradford, ON
5.0

Everything I Needed it to Be.

I'm at a point in my life where I can no longer hear the difference between a CD and a 320kbps MP3. To be honest, I'm not convinced that I ever really could, or that anyone can under casual listening conditions for that matter...but that's a debate for another forum. What I CAN hear however, is how bad Bluetooth audio sounds. It's distracting, and the only place I can tolerate it is in my noisy car. APT-X pretty good, but very few phones and receivers support that protocol. So I've been living with a series of crappy BT dongles hooked up to various speakers throughout the house. Or I'd hook up a laptop, which defeats the whole convenience factor of uploading all of my music to Google Play...I might as well just stick with CDs if I'm doing that. I had been seriously considering investing in a Sonos system, but I just can't justify the expense no matter how good it may sound. Then, less than a week ago, I found out about the Chromecast Audio. I own a legacy Chromecast which I have used an HDMI receiver and big speakers in my den with great satisfaction, so I was instantly sold on the idea of an audio-only version for the several sets of decent powered speakers I've accumulated over the years. I bought two for now, and it's revolutionized my music enjoyment experience. I'm actually listening to music I've bought and paid for again and I'm doing so without being virtually tethered to within a 15-foot radius of the speakers I'm listening to. Once you set the CC to start streaming, your phone is no longer required; you can turn it right off or take it to Norway and the music will keep going until you tell it to stop. I've also split the output of the other one into each the kids' rooms so I can pipe in some lullaby music and shut it off remotely when they're asleep. Multiroom audio isn't available yet, but that's really not something I care too much about. So, Sonos killer? Maybe not, but if you already have some quality powered speakers or a good amp lacking a wireless connection, and you're sick of Bluetooth's range limitations and audio compression, then Chromecast Audio will give you 90% of the functionality for 10% of the investment.


  • from Montréal, QC
5.0

Good device

Good device but I spent a lot of time to find how play my music on my Iphone. You need to copy all of sound in the cloud good music plus and after you can download.


  • from Ottawa, ON
5.0

You can stream anything!!

You can stream any audio with any music app that has the cast feature. If the app does not have this feature, simply go back to the chrome cast audio app and select (Mirror audio/video from device on the home page at top left and then you are all set! Very satisfied!!


  • from Vancouver, BC
5.0

It's out of my expectation!

"Wow!" it's my feeling when I plugged it in my out-dated AV receiver! Excellent quality of sound I heard from it. Originally I thought it doesn't work when I cast it with my phone, all songs can't be played & received the error message "sideloaded songs can't be played". But when I use the "Cast screen/audio" function in the settings, wow, it works!! I'm so satisfied with this little thing, it makes my receiver "reborn" again!!


  • from Victoria, BC
4.0

Great sound, no droputs.

PRO: As well as media streams, one can play flac and mp3 files stored on a phone or tablet. Bubblepnp and Localcast are examples of players that currently support casting local files. Use the device settings in the chromecast app to enable hi rez audio, if you are casting to a hifi. CON: I've had to reboot my router a few times in order for the device to be seen by my network.


  • from Richmond, BC
5.0

A must have!

I recently picked one of these up along with a Chromecast Video and I absolutely love them both! I've used it with both Plex and Kodi (XBMC) and it works great! Especially at work where I use it to play my own music over the internal speaker system without having to give up carrying my phone around.


  • from Ottawa, ON
5.0

Awesome device for an awesome price

Easy to set up, easy to use. Looking forward to trying this with optical audio but so far the sound is great. To correct other reviews you CAN play MP3s from your own collection. You have to add them to your Google Play music collection first however (this feature is available subscription free). Once there you can stream your own library from the Google play music app.


  • from Windsor, ON
5.0

Very Useful Device

So far I have been able to stream 24 bit 96K audio from a hard drive on my wifi router to my sound system. My Galaxy Note 2 running Bubbleupnp is the controller. It can continue to stream this content even when the phone is shut off. Sound quality is excellent. Make sure the drive you are streaming from is fast enough to support 96K. Also I have been able to stream Spotify Premium in Extreme Quality mode using the latest version of the Spotify app. Make sure "Normalize Volume" is set to off for best sound. The great thing about this is that a PC server is not required to do these things. Now all that is needed is Tidal support.


  • from Calgary, AB
4.0

use plex media server for personal collection

To stream your personal collection of music files (mp3, flac, etc.), you need to setup plex music media server. You can not stream directly off of your phone or tablet.


  • from Markham, ON
2.0

Disappointing audio support

Beware before you buy. You cannot play music from your actual mobile device, it must play from streaming services such as spotify or google play music. So forget it if you want to stream you own music collection. Bummer.


  • from Waterloo, ON
5.0

Little Charmer

I just received this unit from Best Buy, it was delivered the next day for free, kudos to Best Buy. I hooked it up through the analog route to my integrated amplifier, it took about fifteen minutes to get it setup and operational. There are a few tweaks to be made within the Chromecast App through the Chromecast Audio Service Card to make the experience more musical, example: High Dynamic Range (Strictly for Amplifiers and AV equipment) The Tunein radio App works flawlessly with good quality sound. I also tried Spotify (Free Version) and Google Music from the cloud (My Own Music) and they both played through my speakers with a sound that is musical and easy to listen to. I am sure there will be future updates to enhance the sound even more. Make sure to read the operational instructions to get setup, available online (Google it) It is very simple to understand. For (the price) this purchase is a no brainer for home entertainment systems connecting to music themed apps. I used a Asus Nexus 7, 2013 during this test.


  • from Toronto, ON
5.0

WOW. A dream come true

This is what I been dreaming about for a long time. This thing is so small and very well thought out design. love the short audio cable. Smart design that doesn't hog up the device when it streaming. strong signal for the wifi I love it.


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