Google Chromecast Audio at Best Buy: streaming never sounded so good
You can teach an old nerd new tricks
At the risk of sounding like Kip from Napoleon Dynamite, I love technology. Devices keep on getting smaller and more powerful. When I was a kid, I never would have imagined we’d all be carrying around phones in our pocket that allow us to connect to the world, play games, watch videos, and stream music.
That last statement should tell you two things: 1) I’m old and 2) I’ve got some really cool new tech to share with you.
Meet your phone’s new best friend: Google Chromecast Audio
If you love streaming music, but die a little inside every time your phone’s terrible speaker washes out your favorite song, Google Chromecast Audio is for you. This tiny device uses your home’s Wi-Fi to connect your phone to any speaker that has an auxiliary or analog input. Basically, if you have a speaker with an input that looks like a headphone jack, you’re in business. You can control everything from your phone, and enjoy your music without making your ears bleed. Because Chromecast Audio uses Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, the sound is much higher quality. And you needn’t worry about clutter; the Chromecast Audio consists of the low-profile device itself, the connector to your speaker, and a power cord. You won’t be daisy-chaining extension cords or trying to fit another piece of equipment in your already stuffed entertainment center.
Easy enough for even your mother-in-law
Everything about Google Chromecast Audio is easy. I had everything out of the box and completely set up within five minutes. The activation process consisted of going to the provided website link on my phone and following a few guided steps. I connected to my Wi-Fi, gave my Chromecast Audio a name, opened my favorite music app, and began streaming wirelessly to my home theater soundbar.
Speaking of music apps, Google Chromecast Audio works with hundreds of them, including Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. You can see the entire list at chromecast.com/apps. There are bunches of apps to choose from that will allow you to stream to your Chromecast Audio from your phone, tablet, or laptop.
I haven’t even mentioned one of Google Chromecast Audio’s coolest features: Multi-room. Multi-room allows you to sync multiple Chromecast Audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers throughout your home. No need to pause your podcast or Spotify station just because you’re going to another room.
If you’re one of those people who gets really into Christmas music, Multi-room is the perfect feature for torturing the rest of your family with a houseful of your holiday cheer. Just do us all a favor and exercise a little restraint with all that power. We’d hate to have to tie you up with your own Christmas lights and stuff you in a closet until January.
Start enjoying high-quality music today
If you’re ready to experience better audio streaming (or make enemies of your Christmas cheer-deficient friends and family), you can find the Google Chromecast Audio at Best Buy.