SMART AU­DIO

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Stream­ing mu­sic wire­lessly is con­ve­nient. But if your speaker doesn’t sup­port wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity, you can turn to Chromecast Au­dio. Google’s don­gle for wire­less au­dio – Chromecast Au­dio – can be used to stream mu­sic wire­lessly over any speaker. Al­though most of the por­ta­ble speak­ers avail­able to­day sup­port wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity, it also works well with the old speak­ers.

It is a wire­less mu­sic adap­tor that works with a wide range of au­dio sys­tems in­clud­ing speak­ers, sound­board, docks, AV re­ceivers, etc, and comes with an aux­il­iary port. The vinyl shaped don­gle is just 2 inches in di­am­e­ter and half-inch thick, and hides be­hind the speaker, how­ever small it may be. It comes with a 3.5-mm ana­logue ca­ble which plugs into the stereo’s 3.5-mm jack. The don­gle has a mi­croUSB port, too, as it needs to be con­nected to a power source. If you have a spare USB port in the sys­tem, it can draw power from the same. Or else, you can plug it into charg­ing socket.

The de­vice can be set up us­ing the Chromecast app for iOS and An­droid de­vices – the same app that is used for Chromecast don­gle. Af­ter set­ting up the de­vice, mu­sic can be streamed from au­dio apps such as Spo­tify. There is a cast icon on the app, just the way it ap­pears for apps to stream con­tent on TV, us­ing which mu­sic can be streamed

to the con­nected speaker. The app con­tin­ues to stream mu­sic even as you work on your phone. You can play and pause the mu­sic, change tracks and even con­trol vol­ume from the app it­self.

Within the Chromecast app, there are mu­sic stream­ing apps such as Saavn, Wynk Mu­sic, Google Play Mu­sic and Mu­sic Player that sup­port the cast fea­ture. Google has also re­leased an API us­ing which de­vel­op­ers will be able to add the cast but­ton to their apps.

For a sur­round-sound like ex­pe­ri­ence, you can con­nect mul­ti­ple Chromecast Au­dio don­gles to dif­fer­ent speak­ers and club them all to­gether in a group within the Chromecast app. All the speak­ers will start play­ing the same mu­sic. You can also play the same mu­sic over mul­ti­ple speak­ers placed at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in a room. The mu­sic is streamed over the In­ter­net, so even if you start stream­ing and step out of the house, the mu­sic will con­tinue to play with­out any in­ter­rup­tions.

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