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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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mindhead1
10.05.15
Received a Chromecast Audio device today and resurrected an old Cambridge Soundworks desktop radio (similar to a Bose radio) I have had since the days CDs were all the rage. The speakers in the Cambridge radio are excellent and the Chromecast Audio connected to the Aux jack sounds great!You can also use an optical audio out cable to connect to higher end audio components. Sound from the optical audio out and standard Aux cable are very good and should satisfy all but serious audiophiles.Definitely worth it if you have an older boombox/radio/stereo system with good speakers and want to add the ability to stream music to them.