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Google's Chromecast Audio is small but powerfulThe Google Chromecast Audio is one of the best budget audio streamers you can buy. Easily control the music on any audio system using just your phone.
In 2013, Google introduced it's first Chromecast, a video device designed to take the pain out of streaming video to your TV. Now in 2015, it's trying to do the same thing for your stereo, with the new Chromecast audio. At the same price of $35, the Chromecast Audio is ridiculously small and yet very powerful. It offers ease of use and is also very flexible. It's designed to be hooked up by the included cable to an auxiliary port on any speaker, or with a separate adapter to a stereo RCA. While it has a decent sounding digital analog converter onboard The unit also has an optical output. This means you can hook it up to your receiver or a high end processor if you'd like. This is something no other [UNKNOWN] under 100 dollars currently does. While it's not yet functional, the audio will soon get multi room streaming which will enable you to group speakers together in your house. [UNKNOWN] had better look out. You can use the Chromecast audio in a variety of ways. With an Android device, iOs device, or a Chromecast extension in the Chrome browser. The number of apps that support it natively, though, is growing with the biggest one now being Spotify. To use it simply hit the cast button and pick the adapter you want to send it to, and it just works. If you have an android device, you can also press the hamburger button in the Chromecast app and press cast audio video. And that will enable it to send all the audio from your device straight to your speakers. Sadly Google tells us Apple devices probably won't ever get this option. As a result, the Chromecast audio makes the most sense for android fans. They can also use it in almost the same way as Bluetooth, but with much better sound quality. And it offers the ability to play in several rooms at once. For the money, it will be a long while, if ever, before there's anything this simple or this good. This is Ty Pendlebury for CNET.com. [MUSIC]