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Google Chromecast Audio

85
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

If you have a good set of speakers and want to stream music to them, the Chromecast Audio is a simple and inexpensive way to make them work with almost all of the the top music services. The combinationof a great price point, wide compatibility and dead-simple setup makes it easyto recommend.

Pros
  • Low cost
  • Simple setup
  • Works with most major streaming-music services
  • Tiny and unobtrusive hardware design
Cons
  • Audio quality may not be up to par for discerninglisteners
  • No Apple Music or Tidal support
  • Limited functionality compared to Google's other Chromecast
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Scores

Engadget

85
 

User Reviews

100
mindhead1
Received a Chromecast Audio device today and resurrected an old Cambridge Soundworks...read more
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87
Average Critic Score

Audio quality

82
 

Design and form factor

88
 

Media support

83
 

Ease of use

92
 

How It Stacks Up

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84
 

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76
 

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56
 

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56
 

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63
 
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84

Engadget

84
 

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76
 

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56
 

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56
 

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63
 
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