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The greatest bargain and secret in the history of HiFi is being discontinued https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/11/18178751/google-chromecast-audio-discontinued-sale.

I would say because of lack of sales because no one knew what they were capable of.

I have 5 of these scattered around the home in a complete easy to use multiroom set up.

You can plug them into a $50 pair of computer speakers or a $50,000 Hifi system.

Sonos HiRes Audio - NO, Google Cromecast HiRes Audio - YES.

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I bought one a while ago. Didn't know I needed a subscription to some audio service to use it.

I thought I could stream from a local NAS. NOPE!

Thought I could stream from regular YouTube. NOPE!

My wife managed to get some audio playing from her iPhone. It sounded awful..... and had drop outs and lock ups. Even she didn't like the sound. Returned it to Officeworks for full refund.

 

Apparently has high jitter...

http://archimago.blogspot.com/2016/02/measurements-google-chromecast-audio_27.html?m=1

 

Not surprised it's been discontinued. Bargain..not in my opinion. Not even worth the $50. Good riddance. 🤣

(Sorry that's just my opinion and experience)

 

 

 

 

 

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15 minutes ago, eltech said:

Didn't know I needed a subscription to some audio service to use it.

No you don't

15 minutes ago, eltech said:

I thought I could stream from a local NAS. NOPE!

Yes you can. Via a plex server or even Roon

15 minutes ago, eltech said:

Thought I could stream from regular YouTube. NOPE!

It is an audio device not video, need a chromecast video for that.

16 minutes ago, eltech said:

Apparently has high jitter...

From Audio Science Review.

"Roon's implementation of Chromecast streaming is superb. It is bit accurate up to 24 bits and 48 kHz that I tested. Congratulations to Roon for job well done. I assume they received support from Google to implement it as the protocol otherwise is not open to the public."

 "Using a well-designed Dac like the Topping D50, there is no difference at all between Toslink from Chromecast or higher fidelity sources. All the jitter is filtered out resulting in the performance of the DAC itself being the limit."

"is a great news here. It means that if you have a good DAC and use Roon, you can turn your DAC into a streamer/renderer using the Chromecast Audio. For just $35, that is a superb addition. As such, the combination of Roon and Chromecase audio is highly recommended! "

 

So I will state my case again.No one knew what they were capable of, not even well educated audiophile which is sad, i suppose they were too cheap.

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9 minutes ago, eltech said:

I bought one a while ago. Didn't know I needed a subscription to some audio service to use it.

I thought I could stream from a local NAS. NOPE!

Thought I could stream from regular YouTube. NOPE!

My wife managed to get some audio playing from her iPhone. It sounded awful..... and had drop outs and lock ups. Even she didn't like the sound. Returned it to Officeworks for full refund.

 

Apparently has high jitter...

http://archimago.blogspot.com/2016/02/measurements-google-chromecast-audio_27.html?m=1

 

Not surprised it's been discontinued. Bargain..not in my opinion. Not even worth the $50. Good riddance. 🤣

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't think you can fault a product for not doing things it never said it could do.

 

And as for jitter, from your own link (emphasis theirs):

 

"Nonetheless, realize that 95dB is still a very big number and this is not going to pose an issue despite claims by the most golden-eared audiophile! "

 

For $59, for the intended use, it was definitely a bargain.

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2 minutes ago, powerav said:

Yes you can. Via a plex server or even Roon

Didn't have it. Don't have it. Not interested. Didn't work out-of-the-box with my DLNA/ Samba. Didn't work with my set-up.

 

Sounded awful to me and my wife. 

 

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1 minute ago, twofires said:

Nonetheless, realize that 95dB is still a very big number and this is not going to pose an issue despite claims by the most golden-eared audiophile! "

Exactly, never said it could be compared to $5500 Auralic Aries G2 streamer but for $50 gee whiz c'mon as Roon end points around the home it was perfect.

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1 minute ago, twofires said:

I don't think you can fault a product for not doing things it never said it could do.

I can because I thought the marketing implied it could do the things I wanted it to do, which is why I bought it. I didn't think their marketing was clear about what it could and couldn't do.

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4 minutes ago, eltech said:

Didn't work out-of-the-box with my DLNA/ Samba. Didn't work with my set-up.

So then you must not be able to get any Google device to work with your set up which is the easiest system in the world to use.

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7 minutes ago, twofires said:

And as for jitter, from your own link (emphasis theirs):

I guess this is why you have to listen for yourself and perhaps specs aren't everything.....

Sounded pretty bad to me... 

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2 minutes ago, powerav said:

So then you must not be able to get any Google device to work with your set up which is the easiest system in the world to use.

What Google devices are you talking about... I only have Android and they seem to work fine.

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