Chromecast AudioWi-Fi for hi-fi enthusiasts
Following the success of the first Chromecast sticks – by its own account, Google has sold more than 20 million of them – the second generation is now available. As well as the improved Chromecast 2, which makes “mindless” TV devices Wi-Fi capable and feeds them with Internet offers, Google is now bringing out a very interesting twin, Chromecast Audio. This transforms older but high-quality hi-fi systems into intelligently networked music terminals. It can be connected to a receiver or speakers via a 3.5 mm jack plug, a conventional audio cable or an optical cable.
Control via mobile devices
Chromecast Audio is controlled via Android or iOS-capable smartphones and tablets with the corresponding Chromecast app. Windows laptops and, of course, Google’s own Chromebooks are also supported. A key point is the price: at 39 francs, Chromecast Audio is significantly cheaper than alternatives, for example from Apple (Airplay) and Sonos (Connect).