Chromecast Audio’s multi-room support has arrived, along with high-res audio

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Chromecast Audio Is Now the Super Cheap Way to Wirelessly Fill Multiple Rooms With Music.

The $35 device, which launched in September, brings Internet music sources such as Pandora and Spotify to any “dumb” speaker over 3.5mm, RCA, or Optical input. If you have more than one Chromecast Audio, you can now listen to the same song on multiple speakers throughout the home—a feature PCMag found lacking in the original product.

, Google’s dongle that turns any speaker with an aux jack into a wireless speaker, has only been out in the world a few months, but it’s already getting some new powers that help justify the teensy dongle.Google announced today that it is releasing a new update for the Chromecast Audio that will bring with it two major features: multiunit synchronization and support for Hi-Res audio. The idea: take the Chromecast concept (tap a button, send a video to your TV and control it from your phone) and make it audio-only, letting you add some Wi-Fi-enabled smarts to any stereo system you’ve already got wired in your house. Once you’re connected, use the latest Chromecast app to cast to the group, just as you would to a single dongle. “Since anyone with a phone can easily cast without pairing, you can sync your home speakers together and invite your friends to be the DJ,” Product Manager Tomer Shekel wrote in a blog post. So if you’ve got one hooked up to the speakers in your living room and one connected to the speakers in your bedroom they can all play the same music—assuming they’re within range of each other.

Some time next year, multi-room support is also headed to speakers that have Google’s Cast technology built-in, such as LG’s Music Flow and Sony’s SRS-X series, Variety reports. So whether you’re plugging into a newfangled stereo system, vintage HiFi equipment, or the clock radio in your hotel room, “you can enjoy higher-than-CD-quality audio,” Shekel said.

Beyond the whole-home audio feature, Google is also adding high-resolution audio support to Chromecast Audio, allowing up to 96KHz/24-bit lossless playback. Meanwhile, Chromecast Audio also got support for a higher resolution audio stream: it can now handle audio up to 96KHz/24bit lossless, which is mind-blowingly good for a wireless standard — better than CD quality, even.

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