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[Best Buy] Chromecast Audio $20

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panckage wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:18 pm
I wonder if there is any chance they will add a 3.5mm audio jack to the regular chromecast...
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Didn't need one, but picked one up yesterday to setup with home theatre.

I guess better to just return it, right?
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cessnabmw wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:54 pm
I guess better to just return it, right?
Nah, it's only $20, and it probably will keep working adequately for a couple of years. The reality is that almost every bit of technology you use right now will be obsolete in a couple of years anyway. Maybe just don't design the entire architecture of your masterpiece home audio system around it. :)
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Exp315 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:58 pm
The reality is that almost every bit of technology you use right now will be obsolete in a couple of years anyway.
Buy nothing ever. On your deathbed splurge and buy an iPhone 73S. Profit. That's my plan.
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jasonchewy wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:49 pm
Google Home Max -> Google Home -> Google Home Mini -> Going along their Google Assist train, maybe they'll have a Google Home Nil that has no speakers and 3.5mm jack to replace thisFace With Stuck-out Tongue And Tightly-closed Eyes
Amazon has the Echo Tap and Echo Auto that do exactly that. I'm sure Google will follow suit
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The cast protocol will live on and your existing CCAs will continue to work for a long time. Now it's time to buy some more.
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Lush78 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 1:26 pm
I suspected this would happen after seeing the price drop. It's not really needed with the normal chromecasts supporting multi-room audio. The CC audio was a nice device to bring more functionality to older speakers, but all the money is in selling NEW speakers with CC built in.
The problem with the CCA is that it's doesn't fit into Google's vision of home automation. The regular CC can turn-on/off a TV, but the CCA cannot do the same to an audio system.
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bogolisk wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 6:58 pm
The problem with the CCA is that it's doesn't fit into Google's vision of home automation. The regular CC can turn-on/off a TV, but the CCA cannot do the same to an audio system.
How does a regular CC turn on/off a TV?
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how is this compare to the blutooth audio adaptor ? chromecast require WIFI but anyone know if chromecast need internet as well? thanks
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Chewfam wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 7:02 pm
How does a regular CC turn on/off a TV?
CEC. The CC can turn-on/off my 13 year old Sony TV.
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bogolisk wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 7:08 pm
CEC. The CC can turn-on/off my 13 year old Sony TV.
Right now I have it on my hdmi switch through my AVR so I can add it to my speaker home group but the ambient mode on the CC prevents any other sources from auto switching back.

Maybe a better idea to plug it in direct to the TV then even though the TV has google cast. I can't add Google cast to the speaker home group.
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Chewfam wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 7:13 pm
Right now I have it on my hdmi switch through my AVR so I can add it to my speaker home group but the ambient mode on the CC prevents any other sources from auto switching back.

Maybe a better idea to plug it in direct to the TV then even though the TV has google cast. I can't add Google cast to the speaker home group.
1st gen Chromecast can't be added to a speaker group AFAIK but 2nd gen on you can!

I have a 1st gen (dust collector), 2nd gen and 4k Chromcast and I just picked one of these Audio Casts up so I can stream tunes to my garage receiver!
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MikeB84225 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 7:24 pm
1st gen Chromecast can't be added to a speaker group AFAIK but 2nd gen on you can!

I have a 1st gen (dust collector), 2nd gen and 4k Chromcast and I just picked one of these Audio Casts up so I can stream tunes to my garage receiver!
Chromecast you can. But I'm talking about the CC built into the TV.
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Chewfam wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 7:27 pm
Chromecast you can. But I'm talking about the CC built into the TV.

Oh gotcha, my bad!
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MikeB84225 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 7:24 pm
1st gen Chromecast can't be added to a speaker group AFAIK but 2nd gen on you can!
That is correct (I have one of each). There's no technical reason for that. Both generations have the same processor, and the Gen1 has more memory. They both share the same firmware. Google just decided to provide an arbitrary incentive to "upgrade".

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