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Review and Measurements of Chromecast Audio Digital Output

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Just got one piece of Chromecast Audio and the mini-to-normal optical cable: $30. Cable is on stock, Chromecast Audio will get delivered during 7-11 of March.
Glad you could track one down!

Wow... That's a lot for the cable.. Funny that a plastic tube is as much as the device itself... But.... Any toslink will do... Some even include a pair of adapters so you aren't limited in using it only with mini-normal...

I think these are $6 on eBay... 15472940727186826877325540516342.jpg
 

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It says they are transcoded, not when, but encrypted before delivered to the platform. Lets see if we can get to the truth of it and not make it an argument
I can’t find it but I have deployed analogous solutions and concur with gvl’s reading of Spotify’s slightly vague explanation.
 

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Glad you could track one down!

Wow... That's a lot for the cable.. Funny that a plastic tube is as much as the device itself... But.... Any toslink will do... Some even include a pair of adapters so you aren't limited in using it only with mini-normal...

I think these are $6 on eBay... View attachment 20267
Ya, I thought so myself, but now it's too late. I already have TOSLINK cable, all I needed was the mini adapter (2 USD actually). :)
But hey, it's yellow and it's a Google approved cable! :)
 
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Out of curiosity, why are people piling up orders on these? I have 2 already in use and 1 ordered as a back-up, but 5? 8? That's a lot of separate speaker set ups/rooms to cast to, and some speakers are already connected to a computer or, say, AVR that you can plug a player directly into. Some AVRs come with Chromecast built-in nowadays, such as Pioneer VSX-832, or with alternative receivers that work with Tidal.
 
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Out of curiosity, why are people piling up orders on these? I have 2 already in use and 1 ordered as a back-up, but 5? 8? That's a lot of separate speaker set ups/rooms to cast to, and some speakers are already connected to a computer or, say, AVR that you can plug a player directly into. Some AVRs come with Chromecast built-in nowadays, such as Pioneer VSX-832, or with alternative receivers that work with Tidal.
I already had 4 in use myself. Two at my wife's salon. The only real alternative to it's ability to cast to groups, is to hard wire speakers with speaker switches or a receiver with zones, which is a lot of work and costs. They make great, cheap gifts. I have enough stuff hoarded I could always setup and use a few more. Never know when one could fail.
 
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Out of curiosity, why are people piling up orders on these? I have 2 already in use and 1 ordered as a back-up, but 5? 8? That's a lot of separate speaker set ups/rooms to cast to, and some speakers are already connected to a computer or, say, AVR that you can plug a player directly into. Some AVRs come with Chromecast built-in nowadays, such as Pioneer VSX-832, or with alternative receivers that work with Tidal.
I have 3 in use and ordered 3 more for flexibility in expanding. 2 are currently driving small sets of speakers in the master bedroom and a living room. I plan to add more CCAs/speakers in the back yard and garage, and possibly in the kids' rooms as well. My entire family likes music, and having the flexibility to cast to the entire home group or subgroups from my phone while hosting parties or doing work around the house is what I'm after.

The speakers I'm using for these CCAs are JBL Jembe computer speakers that have an auto-off/on function and sound good enough for the money (found a deal for $18 each so I bought a few sets). I prefer this solution over buying a bunch of Google Home/Amazon Dot devices, especially since I'm not a fan of the voice-controlled home automation thing just yet.

I also have a separate CCA in my home office feeding a Topping DX3 via optical whenever I don't feel like connecting my phone to it directly. Plan to do the same at my away office at some point.
 
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