Google has released its latest audio product, called Chromecast Audio. This new product combines everything that Google has learned about content streaming. The new Chromecast Audio is a simple and affordable device that will probably be a huge hit on the market.
All high-end brands that are leading the wireless streaming market will probably have a reason to worry. This little puck will have the mission to replace the expensive devices that are used to wirelessly stream music into speakers.
How does it work? Well, users will have to plug Chromecast Audio into their existing gear, for example an AV receiver or sound bar, and enable it to play music streamed from apps like Spotify and Pandora. The new Chromecast Audio is available at the price of 35 dollars, which is pretty cheap. Besides the price, another great thing is that this little puck can be controlled from the user’s phone.
However, Google has also released a video streamer that can also support audio apps, but it requires a device with an HDMI port, too. This means that users would need to turn on their TV to listen to music. The new Chromecast Audio is more specialized in audio and also works with devices that lack HDMI. This means that users who have an older boom box that homes an “aux in” port will be happy to find out that it will work with Google’s puck.
Compared with other devices that cost under 100 dollars, Chromecast Audio is the easiest to set up. Without a doubt, this device will attract many clients and will probably be on the top list of the streamer devices. For the moment, not all aps are supported, but more are coming soon.
As for design, this device looks like a hockey puck. It features 2 inches in diameter and is half an inch thick, homing just two ports with a cable to plug into each. The first port is a hybrid 3.5mm/optical port, while the other is a Micro-USB port. The device also ships with a compatible cable and power adapter. Moreover, the audio streamer also has a small reboot/reset key situated on the side. To be added that it lacks a pairing button, but it is designed to be auto-detected from the Chromecast app.