If you are anything like me, you have speakers sitting around your house that aren’t really getting use anymore. Either they have a bluetooth connection that is spotty, or they don’t even have that and just have an auxiliary input. Now you can breathe new life into your speakers. Now you can listen to your favorite tunes on your speakers, new or old, wirelessly from your phone, laptop or tablet.
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Google’s new Chromecast Audio lets you “cast” your music to your speakers via wireless connection.
Because Chromecast Audio uses WiFi instead of Bluetooth, you can stream crystal clear hi-res sound. And, if your phone leaves the room with you, the music will not, nor will the connection be jeopardized. We often have music playing in the kitchen (shown above), but one of us will go upstairs for bath time leaving the other in the kitchen. The phone usually ends up in the room where the speaker isn’t attached via bluetooth and neither room ends up with music.
With Chromecast Audio, it isn’t an issue. You power up the Chromecast audio and plug it into the wall. The other yellow cord goes into the auxiliary port on the speaker. Then you download an app and it walks you through the process of setting up the Chromecast Audio with your WiFi and naming them.
Once they are all powered up and ready, you can go into an app (like Pandora), and click the little cast button. This allows you to decide where to cast your music. So we can easily fill every room in home home with synchronous music. Simply group Chromecast Audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers.
While you can control it with phone, tablet or laptop, if you use your phone, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home. And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery. This also helps with the issue of trying to record while a song is being played.
You will get crystal clear sound powered by the cloud with much better quality over Bluetooth because of the WiFi connection.
In addition to Pandora, you can stream millions of songs, radio stations, and use other apps like Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. You can find more at chromecast.com/apps.
It’s nice that I can use speakers I already have in my house and make them live again. Do you use Chromecast for video or audio? I’ve never tried out video at home, so I’d love to hear your experience with either!