Chromecast

Google Cast is a proprietary protocol released by Google in 2013.

Cromecast built-in or Chromecast for short, is the implementation of Google Cast in hardware.

 

Google Cast enables you to extend your Android, iOS, or Chrome app to direct its streaming video and audio to a TV or sound system. Your app becomes the remote control to play, pause, seek, rewind, stop, and otherwise control the media.
Bron: https://developers.google.com/cast

 

Communication is over WiFi.
If your gear is not WiFi and/or Chromecast enabled, you can use a dongle.


You need a Google Cast-enabled app on Android, iOS, Chromebook or Windows to stream to a chromecast device.


In case of Windows, the app is the browser Google Chrome.


On Android you have a wide choice: Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, Rdio, Deezer, Rhapsody, Napster, NPROne, BeyondPod, etc.


Any streaming audio services supporting Google Cast can send the audio to a Chromecast enabled audio system.

In this scenario your phone works like a control point.

It simply tells the renderer where to get the music from.

Your phone is not interrupted by the audio and the audio is not interrupted by the phone.


You can also cast the screen of your android phone to a TV.


Chromecast Audio allows for lossless transmission up to 24 bit / 96 kHz.

References
  1. Chromecast built-in - Google
  2. Google Cast SDK - Google

Chromecast Audio $35

It was introduced in 2015.

Early 2019 Google decided to stop production.

 

Audio codecs

  • HE-AAC
  • LC-AAC
  • MP3
  • Vorbis
  • WAV (LPCM)
  • FLAC

Sample rate/bit depth: 24-bit/96KHZ

 

Network

  • Connectivity/Network: Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz)
  • Wireless Security: WEP, WPA/WPA2

Outputs

  • analog (3.5 mm stereo)
  • Digital (Toslink)

Performance

What can you expect from a $35 DAC?
Certainly not stellar performance.

Archimago measured both the analog and the digital (Toslink) out.
He thinks the analog out is pretty fair.
The Toslink is rather jittery.

AmirM did the same.
The toslink is jittery but the results depends pretty much on the quality of  the DAC.
In case of the Shiit Modi you see a lot of sidebands.
In case of the Topping D50, no traces of jitter at all.
Obvious the ChromeCast is high on jitter but a well designed DAC can cope with it.   

 

Google Chromecast Audio - Part I: Analogue Output - Archimago's Musings

Google Chromecast Audio - Part II: Digital Output - Archimago's Musings

 

Review and Measurements of Chromecast Audio Analog Performance - AmirM

Review and Measurements of Chromecast Audio Digital Output - AmirM

Added 2015

Bang & Olufsen Beosound 2 2,000

Beosound 2

Wi-Fi/WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)

Streaming services AirPlay, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Chromecast, DLNA - DMR, Google Cast, Spotify Connect, QPlay 2.0 (China specific)

Added 2019

Cyrus One Cast ‎£1299

 

Inputs:

Chromecast

AirPlay 2

Asynchronous USB input (up to 32bit 192khz and DSD to DSD128),

HDMI (ARC),

Toslink, Coaxial SPDIF

Bluetooth™

Audio RCA input to built-in MM phono stage for turntables.

Analogue input configurable for AV integration

 

Voice control: Google / Alexa / Siri using a smart speaker (Apple Homepod, Amazon Echo/dot or Google Home)

 

 

Added 2019

Densen CAST AMP €3.000

Integrated class A amp with a optical input (Toslink) and a dedicated power supply for a Chromecast.

 

Added 2017

Harman/Kardon Adapt Plus $199.95

Wireless receiver with 2.4/5 G WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth and Chromecast.

Output: AUX, Toslink, Subwoofer

 

Added 2019