New toy, Chromecast audio, a great little device to connect an amplifier (and speakers) to your home network to enable music streaming all controlled from a phone, tablet or computer.
Works great and take only a few minutes to setup, then when you want to cast you tap or click the icon to connect to it. What’s great is that the Chromecast audio connects to your network or the internet to grab the stream, leaving your phone, tablet or pc as just a remote. So start playing on a phone, pause on a tablet and stop on a pc.
This ifixit article confirmed the internal DAC is an AKM4430ET (also used in Apple Airport Express), which Hydrogen Audio forums seem to think is reasonable and sounds pretty good to me. The device also includes an optical out so a 3.5mm toslink connector can be used to take digital audio out to go to a external DAC/AV receiver if required.
I have been using it to stream from the following:
- Bubble UNPN – via Raspberry pi running mini DLNA
- BBC Radio (from web browser tab with this google extension) – (this worked OK with radio 5live f1 commentary watching the free to air german coverage, there is a five second or so delay which was a little annoying.)
To make it faster I have also written an NFC tag (cheap from ebay) with the trigger app to open the chromecast app (to make sure there connected) and then open player FM, one swipe and ready to go. Its easy to add a final tag to continue playing but I have lots of podcasts I dip in and out of so leave this bit off. I plan on writing some more to auto open BubbleUNPN and start playing next.
All in all its a great device for £30, thread on the AV forums here too.