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Google Chromecast Audio

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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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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.

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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
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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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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Score Breakdown

 
87
Average Critic Score
 
90
Android Police
The Chromecast Audio has its own benefits, and it costs a hell of a lot less than something like Sonos. At $35, it’s easily the best value for a tool in its class, and it works with Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and even Windows and OS X via tab casting in Chrome.
 
80
PC Mag
With the simple, focused mission of making any speaker wireless, Google Chromecast Audio succeeds admirably and affordably.
 
80
VentureBeat
Considering the convenience it provides, both in physical shape and audio delivery, it’s definitely a better option for parties than busting out a bulky laptop to sit clumsily by the speakers or tethering my personal phone to the sound system the entire night.
 
90
TechRadar
Setting up with your weapon of choice, be it a smartphone, tablet, or computer, is as easy as it should be. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better, more user-friendly or more affordable wireless music streaming device out there.
 
90
TrustedReviews
The Chromecast Audio does what it promises in a really simple way, but it's the future software updates that could make this a truly affordable way to create a multiroom speaker system.
 
80
CNET
The ultra-affordable Google Chromecast Audio is one of the best music-streaming devices you can buy -- especially if you're an Android user.
 
90
Android Authority
Chromecast Audio is a wonderful idea that requires specific use cases. But at $35, new users still have one of the easiest ways of making their speakers smarter.
 
100
Pocket-Lint
Chromecast thrives on its simplicity and Chromecast Audio is a very welcome addition. It's the perfect device to breathe connectivity into your existing disconnected speakers, bringing the convenience of modern streaming services with smartphone controls, without any unnecessary complications.
 
80
Fortune
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to repurpose old speakers you have lying around, give Chromecast Audio a serious look.
 
90
Engadget
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 combination of a great price point, wide compatibility and dead-simple setup makes it easy to recommend.