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Chromecast audio is a crazy good, cheap streamer the size of a cookieGoogle's Chromecast Audio is a great upgrade to any speaker system bringing wi-fi, multi-room music and voice control for an affordable price.
For only $35, the Chromecast Audio has to be of the one of the best deals in Hi Fi. This WiFi streaming device is ridiculously small, about the size of an Oreo and yet it is very powerful. It is designed to be hooked up into the AUX end port of any wireless speak or stereo system, and from there can stream pretty much any music that you can imagine. Either from your handset or a PC. Grab a handful of these devices and spread them around your house and you have a multi room system for the fraction of the price of sonars. But what elevates this device from the competition is its integration with Google Home Smart Speaker. Tell the Google Home to play music on your Chromecast Audio and it'll play instantly from one of four different default services. Play The Cure on Spotify. But even without the home, it's an excellent streaming device. The number of apps it supports natively is still growing, with the biggest being Spotify. For Android users can also use Music. Simply hit the cast button Pick the adapter you want to send it to, and it just works. While it has a decent sounding deck 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 like. No other dongle under $100 could do this. The Chromecast Audio still makes the most sense for Android fans. You can use it in almost the same way as Bluetooth, but with much better sound quality. Plus you have the ability to play it in several rooms at once, as well as control it with your voice. For the money, it will be a long time before there's anything this simple or this good.