ChromeCast Audio launched earlier this year together with ChromeCast 2.0 in order to bring ChromeCast experience specifically to audio files via your speakers or audio system. Wireless audio streamer are not exactly new, and I’ve reviewed a few including SoundMate WM201, and the company behind the SoundMate models, UyeSee, has launched a new AudioCast M2 wireless multi-room sound streamer that looks familiar…
- Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n with WPS button
- Audio Output – 3.5mm stereo jack
- Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
- Multiroom streaming – Stream same song to all speakers, stream different songs to different speakers, stream same or different song to different group speakers using a single smartphone .
- Streaming from phone’s internal storage, UPnP/DLNA server, online music service including Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and more coming with Tital, Dezzer, GoogleMusic, Tunein, etc…
- Stereo Pairing – Turn two AudioCast M5 into separate left and right speakers.
- Mobile Apps – AudioCast for iOS, AudioCast for Android.
- WPS One Botton Click for WiFi Connection: Save complicated and trouble set up procedure.
- Music Alam Clock with full alarm setting.
- Auto-Power off with full setting.
- App color just according to coverart color style.
The company also provided a comparison table matching AudioCast to other audio streaming solutions like Sonos, Bluetooth Speakers, ChromeCast Audio, and AirPlay receivers.
|Compatible with Airplay Streams(from Mac OSX,iOS and iTunes)||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Compatible with Laptops/Computers||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Play from NAS||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Play from UPnP||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Play from Online Service||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Music Alarm Clock||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Software number Playlist||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|Standard Wi-Fi,with Full Home Netoork Range||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Multi Streams from Different Sources||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Multi-Zone Streaming from a Single Device||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Left/Right Stereo Speaker Pairing||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|WPS Quick Connection||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
I think they compare features out of the box, as ChromeCast Audio also supports local file streaming via various methods, more or less user-friendly. They also did not mention ChromeCast Audio supports 802.11ac and features an extra optical S/PDIF output to connect to “non-smart” amplifiers and AV receivers.
The device ships with an audio cable with a 3.5mm jack in both ends, a micro USB to USB cable for power, and a user’s manual in English.
For those of you that wonder about the hardware implementation, I’ve got a sample here that I opened. The design is interestingly comprised of a module with WiFi and storage, and a baseboard with all the ports.
The other side of the WiFi board has a Windbond 9825 series flash (256Mbit), and the baseboard features a chip that read JC AC1543CG4NIG-E, but I can’t find any reference to this IC on the web.