Chromecast Audio update lets you fill your house with music
Google’s fall hardware extravaganza this year brought us way more than just some new Nexus devices. Besides the dual Nexus 5X/6P pair, we also saw the debut of the Pixel C tablet, a new Chromecast with improved WiFi support, and a brand new member of the Chromecast family designed to do for music what its predecessor did for video: the Chromecast Audio. Now Google’s pushing a new software update to the Chromecast Audio that not only brings access to higher quality output, but also empowers users to fill their whole homes with music.
When it comes to tech promising higher and higher audio quality, there’s a lot of snake oil to wade through – and if you’ve ever laughed over a product listing for a $10,000 digital interconnect cable, you know exactly what we’re talking about – but that doesn’t mean that CD-quality is as good as you can get, either, and listeners can often squeeze some extra fidelity out of their systems by increasing sample rate and bit depth. Today’s Chromecast Audio update lets them to do just that, supporting 96KHz/24bit lossless playback.
Remember Group Play on Samsung phones, the feature that would let you sync one audio stream across multiple devices, so that a bunch of users could crank up to volume and share their tunes? Chromecast Audio picks up a similar feature, allowing you to play the same source through multiple devices. If you’ve got a big party going, you can have the same music playing upstairs, downstairs, and even outside – wherever you’ve got speakers connected to a Chromecast Audio player.