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Should be fairly straight forward to make it play back music from a local file server such as a VortexBox.

 

You would need to have your music shared out via HTTP since Chromcast plays from a URL. You would also need to have it in the correct format. The video Chromcast only support mp4 (h264) and WAV audio. I wonder if this will support more audio formats since it's an audio player?

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What is the actual player app on this device? Sure there is Spotify but it isn't lossless yet. So if I mirror Qobuz or TIDAL streams to this device, what app is playing the music?

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AQ and Uptone must be happy that it has a USB port :)

The USB port is just to power the device, it can't be used for audio output. The only digital audio output is optical. I wish it supported USB audio output, that would be fantastic.

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What is the actual player app on this device? Sure there is Spotify but it isn't lossless yet. So if I mirror Qobuz or TIDAL streams to this device, what app is playing the music?

 

You can only use apps that are made for "casting". I'm going to guess qobuz and tidal aren't going to be adding the casting functionality to their apps.

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You can only use apps that are made for "casting".

I'm pretty sure Google said you can mirror audio if your app doesn't support casting. I'm asking how this works, and what player is actually playing the music on the Chromecast Audio in such a case. Chris, can you please test Qobuz when you get your device? I switched from TIDAL to Qobuz because I primarily listen to classical and jazz. I think this means that the Chromecast Audio device would not independently stream the FLAC files like it would if the app supported casting.

 

Separate question ... if TIDAL is going to have casting support, does that confirm that Chromecast Audio supports FLAC without transcoding? The original Chromecast did not.

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Hmm the support pages say High Dynamic Range (that's what Google calls it) is always enabled for digital optical. I guess you will need to use their support forum. That's disappointing. Let us know what you try with redbook, please.

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Hmm the support pages say High Dynamic Range (that's what Google calls it) is always enabled for digital optical. I guess you will need to use their support forum. That's disappointing. Let us know what you try with redbook, please.

I'm guessing the HDR setting removes volume normalization, but not 100% sure. My first test was with a few different audio sources. Streaming Spotify 44.1 material is output at 48 kHz.

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Sorry yeah you're right HDR in Google terms relates to volume rather than resolution. So even 44.1 is resampled to 48? Hopefully there's a firmware update.

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Apple TV does the same. It sounds ok to me for a bedroom source.

 

Does the sound quality suck, or is it the fact it resamples what sucks?

So far the sucking comes from the resampling and the fact that getting apps to work with the Audio device (not the Chromecast Video device) is difficult. I'm getting all kinds of error messages with different apps, likely because the device is new.

 

I haven't even spent time listening to sound quality yet. Still fighting with usability.

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I often stream music from my phone to my normal (video) Chromecast, using the Cast Screen function, then to my DAC via the TV's optical audio output. Gizmo also allows you to cast from JRiver, though there is obviously some downsampling.

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While I have read the forums here for years this thread is the first that compelled me to post. The chromecast audio holds so much promise if it can execute simply. I mean most of us just want to stream uncompressed non down sampled files from a cpu to the digital input of their choice. Particularly flac files. High Rez would be gravy.

 

Please please keep keep this thread alive because if one can figure out how to use a 35 dollar dongle which does not molest their files it would be quite a coup.

 

Plus if it could play higher res files it and hit market share it might finally scare Sonos into going higher Rez. I mean I don't think the folks on this forum think that steaming through AirPlay gets anywhere near acceptable quality beyond background

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While I have read the forums here for years this thread is the first that compelled me to post. The chromecast audio holds so much promise if it can execute simply. I mean most of us just want to stream uncompressed non down sampled files from a cpu to the digital input of their choice. Particularly flac files. High Rez would be gravy.

 

Please please keep keep this thread alive because if one can figure out how to use a 35 dollar dongle which does not molest their files it would be quite a coup.

 

Plus if it could play higher res files it and hit market share it might finally scare Sonos into going higher Rez. I mean I don't think the folks on this forum think that steaming through AirPlay gets anywhere near acceptable quality beyond background

 

airplay is cd quality

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airplay is cd quality

 

Your right...but just barely lol.

 

Anyway, my chrome cast should arrive this week so i can report on whether i can get it to stream direct natively without transcoding to pm3. I may not be the best tester thought since i run a mac and use ipad/iphone as a remote and i believe that in the past use of the flac player apps may cause transcoding down to mp3. Not sure on this but i will try vox, golden ear and Onkyo HD player and see what kind of output i can get from the chromecast. While the chromecast's specs say up to 92hkz, I hope to see this in the real world.

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