The Chromecast Audio will disappear. Still, it was handy for connecting your speaker or hi-fi system. Here are some practical alternatives at all prices.
The Chromecast Audio will disappear, Google has just announced to Android Police. So beware, we are not talking about the Chromecast HDMI but the audio version. This version connects to a speaker or an existing audio system with a 3.5mm jack. Google will focus on smart speakers like Google Home and other devices with built-in streaming functionality.
Our product line continues to evolve, and we now have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio. So we stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products. We will continue to offer support for Chromecast Audio devices, so users can continue enjoying music, podcasts and more. – Google
Fortunately, there are alternatives to Chromecast Audio for integrating smart features into existing audio configurations.
AudioCast, simple to use
The AudioCast, for example, is sold on Amazon at 40 euros. It works perfectly with Spotify, on the free version via PC. However, you will need a Spotify premium subscription if you use a smartphone. He will then integrate other services like Deezer. Note that it is obviously multi-room, and it manages many audio formats (including the most exotic).
Mopidy, for DIYers
If you want a flexible solution, Mopidy works with a Raspberry Pi (about 35 euros). You will have your own Spotify audio terminal, remotely controllable.
Amazon Echo Dot, Alexa and multi-room
The small Echo Dot, with Alexa integrated, can serve as an audio receiver. You can connect it to your own speaker via Bluetooth or with a 3.5mm audio cable.
Yamaha WXAD-10, solid but more complete
Count around 110 euros, but this case Yamaha is a great job. The big difference with Chromecast Audio comes from the Ethernet port, and it will come in handy. The Yamaha WXAD-10 offers superior audio output: the Google Chromecast Audio supports 24-bit / 48 KHz, the Yamaha WXAD-10 offers a resolution of 24-bit / 192 KHz.
In addition to a more stable connection and better sound, the Yamaha WXAD-10 also works using an analog connection.
Sonos, the very expensive version
You can choose the Sonos multi-room system. You will enjoy connected speakers, sound bars (including the Sonos Beam) but also Sonos Connect (350 euros) to connect your HiFi system to your Sonos multi-room configuration.
Aukey, cheap but without multi-room
It's simple Bluetooth adapter for your speaker / hi-fi system. For 17 euros, do not expect a miracle. You will not have a multi-room, but you still have a practical product.
Chromecast Audio, there is still some stock left
There is still Chromecast Audio stock for 60 euros, Google promised that the support would continue even after the end of the marketing of the device.
Where to buy Google Chromecast Audio at the best price? There are no offers for the moment
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