Chromecast Audio discontinued

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by Tbone289, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Super Member

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    I have a love/grumble relationship with my CCA; casting from a laptop Chrome browser session I get intermittent dropouts.

    So - not here to whine & complain, but to ask for those that have rock steady streaming experiences with their CCA, what wifi router do you use?

    TIA
     
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  2. mprince

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    I use a Linsys Velop (mesh) router. But I use Powerline Ethernet with my main CCA (the one in the garage is on WiFi. Also, I use mine in a somewhat unconventional way, they are fed by Logitech Media Server as Squeezelite devices via an LMS plug-in.
     
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  3. WillVT

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    That's a bummer that the CCA was discontinued, although they will be available used on ebay. That's actually how I got my first one a few years ago. Got a second one around xmas time.
    I have never had any serious problems or dropouts. I use an Apple Airport router with a relatively slow internet speed, but had similar good experiences with my previous cheapo Netgear router.

    There seems to be some confusion here about the regular Chromecast (video) and the Chromecast Audio. Totally different devices. Same concept, but video vs. audio.
     
  4. hnash53

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    The Chromecast Audio device has nothing to do with a SCREEN. Are you thinking of the Chromecast VIDEO device?
     
  5. Erik Tracy

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    Let me clarify my use of the CCA if the comments about screens is directed at me.

    I use my laptop for casting audio only to my CCA (it is a CCA connected via 3.5mm to RCA L/R; it is not an HDMI Chromecast).

    I stream my favorite jazz station that has a listen live button from their website, so I use my laptop; open a chrome browser session, go to jazz88.org, click on the listen live option and then use the cast option from the browser options to my CCA.

    I then minimize that browser window once the CCA is receiving the audio stream and I go about my laptop work/surfing.
     
  6. EngineerNate

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    My routing is taken care of by the UTM previously mentioned, but my wireless is supplied by a TPLink Archer C7 in access point mode (no DHCP server).
     

     

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  7. Erik Tracy

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    That's the same wifi router I use.

    Ok, so this router is capable of reliable streaming. Will have to take the deep dive to solve my intermittent problems. Thanks.

    Back to our regularly scheduled discussion....
     
  8. WillVT

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    I know you have another thread on this, but have you tried an internet stability test like this one?
    https://www.laptop-junction.com/toast/content/measure-internet-connection-stability

    I can't vouch for this specific program, but I'm sure there are many like it that would show any instability in your connection. I don't know how much various streaming services buffer the stream, but small dropouts could possibly cause problems.
     
  9. lokerola

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    Bummer. Not that I need another CCA, but it's always sad to see good products go away.
     
  10. cpt_paranoia

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    Hit the 'show ignored content' option...
     
  11. iramegdal

    iramegdal Well-Known Member

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    I have 5 CCAs. I am happy with them and run 4 of them in DACs outside of the CCA. I have uploaded a great deal of music into Google play. The music was ripped using iTunes lossless.
    If a CCA goes on the fritz, what is my obvious alternative, as comparable as possible?
     
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  12. cpt_paranoia

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    My understanding of Google play is that 'uploaded' content is not genuinely uploaded; the tracks are analysed, and you will be given Google's (lossy) version when you play it from the cloud. Unless a match cannot be found.

    That's from a couple of years ago, so the situation may have changed.

    ps. I'm assuming your reply wasn't really aimed at me in particular, especially not the comment you quoted...
     
  13. northpaw

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    I have tried to cast to a CCA from a Chromebook a few times, and also experienced interruptions/dropping of connections, and gave up casting that way. But the Android tablets I have do not have such problems, and some are quite old, running 4.4.2. I have also cast successfully from a iPod Touch 5.

    I think the difference is that from Android (and the iPod touch), the casting is done from an app with CCA capability (e.g., TunedIn, Simple Radio, some radio station apps), and once the cast is set, the device is out of the picture. I usually shut mine off shortly after starting the cast, and it will run until I pull the plug on the CCA. Casting from a Chrome window seems to be a different affair.

    Incidentally, as far as routers go, I began casting to CCA back when I was using an old Buffalo N300HP2, and now using a TP-Link Archer CC2600 starting a few months ago. Both worked without issue. As you note above, you have a good router, and it probably is not the issue.

    I'd recommend trying a cheap Android tablet or the like, something that you can load CCA-compatible apps onto.
     
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  14. lokerola

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    Can’t think of a cheap alternative. Many manufacturers are making streaming devices; bluesound, Cambridge audio, nad, etc. But they’re all $500 and up. I do t know of a cheap replacement.
     
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    SONOS also on the list. Also not cheap.
     
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  16. lokerola

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    When I build out my basement later this year Im planning on running a cat6 cable from my upstairs router down to the the basement. The. I’ll upgrade to a dedicated streamer that has a network drop on it. No more WiFi or Bluetooth. Not that the CCA has been bad, but there are drop outs every now and then.
     
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  17. WillVT

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    Not that I am looking to replace my CCA's, but it looks like the Audiocast M5 is a comparable product. About the same price, size and look, although it looks like it doesn't have an optical digital out, only the 3.5mm jack. I does have multi room support, and local file support out of the box though.

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. lokerola

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    Hey, good catch. Too bad on the optical, but I’ll bet most people can’t hear a difference anyway.
     
  19. Hyperion

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    Well, I bought one a month ago as a Christmas present from 'me' to 'me' :) - so to hear that they are now discontinued is a real bummer. :(
     
  20. likebike23

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    Man, I just got 2 of them right after the New Year, glad I did. They are pretty decent sounding through my vintage setup.

    I have a regular Chromecast on my TV and sometimes stream music to it. I have to have the TV on because my amp doesn't have an HDMI input. I was thinking it would be cool to not have to have the TV on though and that made me consider other options.

    Maybe as a substitute for the CCA one could just get a regular Chromecast and plug it directly into an HDMI on their receiver bypassing the video signal completely. Another way would be to get a regular Chromecast and plug it's HDMI into a HDMI to RCA converter box then to the Aux on your receiver. In both cases you wouldn't use the Chromecast's video signal even though it's there.
     

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