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Google Chromecast: Easy and Affordable Audio Streaming

google-chromecastChromecast is a digital media player marketed and developed by Google Corp. It was designed as a small dongle which has capability to play media files content on an HD television and directly streaming through Wi-Fi from the Internet or with other local networks. Chromecast device is often known for its web streaming capabilities. With the help of Chromecast, people can easily stream their local files from system to these HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) enabled dongles and also installed application easily.

Streaming audio to speakers seems to be easy like by pressing Play button on mobile devices and sounds come out over there. If it works like that, then you can buy a Bluetooth speaker or an audio/video receiver with Bluetooth. If you are using an older system, then you need to spend more than $100. Few years ago, Streaming media files was in same fashion means with most streaming boxes costing about $100. In current era, Google solved this problem with Chromecast, it is just $35 streaming video stick. In present time, the company is using the same idea for applying the music. The Chromecast Audio prize is also $35, and also following the same concept as its video capable cousin, Google approach works even better for audio than for video.

In $35, this device ships with a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm analog cable, which associates to the headphone jack. It does not does not contains an amplifier. People need to connect it to speakers that have an amplifier, like most systems or Bluetooth speakers. Alternatively, people can link the Chromecast to an audio / video receiver. If people want to connect the Chromecast to an Audio/ Video receiver, then they should use a stereo RCA to 3.5-mm cable. A main cause to pick the Chromecast over Bluetooth is audio quality. Bluetooth doesn’t have sufficient bandwidth to stream uncompressed music files. The Chromecast is capable by making the use of an analog connection. If you are using an optical cable, then you can play high resolution 96-kHz/24-bit files very easily.

In order to get the device ready, first you need to download the free app, or make the use of Chrome browser on Windows computer. This utility is the same for Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. With the help of this app, you can pause the playback once you have started a cast in another application. On the Devices screen, select Add New Device option and select your device. You can connect to the Chromecast by Wi-Fi, test the connection and select the region. You can also personalize the name of the device and enable Guest Mode, an advanced feature which allows you to cast music without being on your network.