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  1. Shilohcane's Avatar
    Ok all my expensive speakers are connected to my Sony stereo receiver that I only seem to use now for TV surround sound from my cable box. These speakers are 4 foot tall towers that are over 15 years old that cost me a lot of $$ back then. They still sound great but only have bare wire that connects and no mini-plugs. Since these speakers don't have power can I connect this Chromecast Audio to the Aux port of the Sony stereo receiver that powers these 5:1 speakers?

    At some point in the Google Event today it did sound like Google was coming out with what sounded like wireless connections in the future but I wasn't sure how that would work.

    Is this Chromecast Audio 2 channel or true 5:1 channel surround sound audio?
    09-29-2015 03:03 PM
  2. Bob Boulby's Avatar
    I'm in a similar situation and would like to be able to plug the Chromecast Audio in to my Linn amplifier. I can't see why this wouldn't work as long as the Chromecast doesn't overload the amplifier input. It would be nice to receive some confirmation though.

    Bob.
    09-30-2015 03:45 AM
  3. TJH132's Avatar
    For $35 I'm willing to give this a shot. All my speakers are connected to receivers... That's just the way it was done before Bluetooth Audio, eight? I figure I can spare an input in the living room and try it out.

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    09-30-2015 08:37 AM
  4. richlux's Avatar
    Let us know what you find. If it works, it's a great way to add WiFi streaming to my "dumb" A/V Receiver

    Rich
    09-30-2015 08:56 AM
  5. xpeacemaker's Avatar
    As long as you have an rca jack input, it should be compatible. Am I missing something?
    09-30-2015 10:29 AM
  6. richlux's Avatar
    As long as you have an rca jack input, it should be compatible. Am I missing something?
    Probably, but the Chromecast must have some sort of amplifier to drive the speakers. I don't know if that would cause an issue connecting to the receiver.

    Rich
    09-30-2015 11:40 AM
  7. TJH132's Avatar
    Seems like the Chromecast Audio should be seen as any other input source.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    09-30-2015 04:00 PM
  8. richlux's Avatar
    Google has a help document answering this question. Unfortunately, I can't post links yet, so just google for "chromecast help 6280276" and it should be the top link.

    Rich
    09-30-2015 04:04 PM
  9. puch96's Avatar
    Chromecast Audio will work. It supports 3.5mm stereo connection as well as RCA and optical cable inputs.

    You need to buy the cables if you want to use RCA or optical. it comes with 3.5mm cable connector included.
    10-01-2015 01:50 PM
  10. Ladeef's Avatar
    Works great with my Yamaha receiver, the chrome cast audio has no amplifier, it's simply a signal source. Used sea 3.5 to Rica and you're all set make sure to enable high dynamic range
    10-04-2015 10:30 AM
  11. rrollar's Avatar
    I have a Yamaha receiver as well. (CRX-E300) I think my issue with the Chromecast Audio not working on it, is the speakers as well. I did a test with my Bose bluetooth speaker and it works great no problem. If i were to go the RCA connection route, which input would I need to have the receiver on, AUX or TAPE? Thanks for all the help in advanced!
    10-06-2015 11:11 PM
  12. richlux's Avatar
    If i were to go the RCA connection route, which input would I need to have the receiver on, AUX or Tape?
    It depends on which input you are connected to on your receiver. The receiver should have audio input connections for each type (AUX, Tape, CA, etc.). You just need to plug your chromecast into one that is not already in use. When you want to use it, just set your receiver to which ever you plugged your chromecast into.

    Rich
    10-06-2015 11:53 PM
  13. rrollar's Avatar
    Just doing a quick setup when I got home last night, ill be honest I did not spend a lot of time with it. But I plugged the provided cable into the phono jack. I am wondering if its because its an older stereo and my speakers are not powered independently. If I were to purchase the RCA adapter and plug it into the back of the receiver, would you think I would still have an issue with it working?
    10-07-2015 11:13 AM
  14. richlux's Avatar
    I'm not an expert on stereos, but I believe the phono jack is an OUTPUT jack. Which means sound is sent out through that jack. You need to plug it into an INPUT jack.

    Rich
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    10-07-2015 11:28 AM
  15. Vstone's Avatar
    Phono jacks are for input from turntables and probably won't work well,if at all.
    10-07-2015 01:06 PM
  16. rrollar's Avatar
    Thanks everyone, sounds like I will be picking up that RCA adapter, hopefully that will solve the issue I am having with the Yamaha stereo. If not, it still works great on my portable bluetooth speaker so thats still a win.
    10-07-2015 01:14 PM
  17. Shilohcane's Avatar
    Ok thanks everyone that it works with older stereo receivers with a RCA jack kit. Except no one has said if it is just Stereo or 5.1 channel? Does it support Dolby features? I still love those old optical cables with surround sound over simple stereo.
    10-10-2015 12:06 PM
  18. 9512tacoma's Avatar
    It is stereo only from what I have tested so far. I heart radio, Pandora all just 2 channels


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    10-10-2015 05:17 PM
  19. trinkdata's Avatar
    What about a subwoofer? I have old but good computer speakers that have sub. When i connect the chromecast to the side of the speakers I am getting absolutely no base. Any ideas?
    10-15-2015 07:42 AM
  20. 9512tacoma's Avatar
    I think you are going to have to use some kind of surround sound processing to get anything beyond dual channels. Dolby pro logic II works great on my avr.


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    10-15-2015 01:50 PM
  21. trinkdata's Avatar
    Like a receiver? Please explain
    10-15-2015 07:53 PM
  22. 9512tacoma's Avatar
    Yes audio video receiver. The surround sound processing even in cheaper models is great. You can take 2 channels and make it into 7.1 channels or more


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    10-16-2015 12:11 AM
  23. Bululu Plopplop's Avatar
    Hello,
    the chromecast audio has a digital or analogic output.

    So if your receiver has a good digital/analogic converter (DAC), or at least better than the one on the chromecast, you'll have better sound quality if you plug the chromecast with an optical cable
    10-29-2015 07:07 AM
  24. 9512tacoma's Avatar
    I have always thought the digital optical cables had better sound than any analog. Not sure if the chromecast audio does anything different than just send the audio from the jack.
    10-29-2015 03:32 PM
  25. Bululu Plopplop's Avatar
    - With the optical cable, the output is digital (the output is the direct stream of digital data send by wifi)
    - With the jack cable, the digital data streamed is converted by the chromecast DAC and is send in analogic form.

    And no, in Hi Fi, the optical output is not the preferred one. As there is no "loss" of data during the transfer, the optical output can induce some jitter in the signal.

    However, as an external HiFi DAC is about 8547932 times better than the chromecast one, it is better to use the toslink output.
    10-30-2015 02:01 PM
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