Google Chromecast Audio

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About this product


  • Plug into your speaker to cast your favourite music over WiFi
  • Enjoy more than 30 million songs from apps
  • Uninterrupted music playback while using your phone

Product overview

  • Plugs into your speaker and allows you to cast your favourite music over Wi-Fi
  • Enjoy more than 30million songs from music services and apps, such as Google Play music, Deezer and Spotify
  • Uninterrupted music playback even if you leave the room or use your phone for other functions while streaming to a speaker
  • Dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi receiver for connecting wirelessly to your network and supplies you with ultra-fast streaming capabilities
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi enabled iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Mac and Windows laptops and Chromebook
  • Can be fitted onto speakers that have an aux or 3.5mm jack and speakers with twin phono (RCA) and optical inputs using appropriate adapters (sold separately)

Special features

  • Built with portability in mind, the device is compact and light, so you can move it from room to room for use with other speakers
  • Using a number of Chromecast Audio devices group speakers together with multi-room for playing the same song on multiple speakers

What can I do with the Google Chromecast Audio?
The Chromecast Audio is a compact device which plugs into your speaker for streaming music over Wi-Fi. Cast the music you love from your smart device via music services like Google Play music, Deezer and Spotify, with more apps being added all the time, there is no end to the amount of music, radio stations and podcasts you can enjoy. There is support for lossless high-resolution audio, which is better than CD-quality sound, so you can listen to your favourite artists the way they were meant to be heard. Additionally, since you music is streamed from the cloud it won’t drain your battery or get in the way of other activities. You can answer a call, browse the web, play a game or even leave the room – all without interrupting your casted music.

What is the Google Chromecast Audio compatible with?
Chromecast audio can be connected to speaker systems with an auxiliary (aux) or 3.5mm jack input connection with the included 3.5mm jack cable. You can also plug it into speaker systems that have twin phono (RCA) or digital optical (TOSLINK) ports too, with a RCA to 3.5mm jack cable or an optical to mini-TOSLINK cable required respectively (sold separately, for example Order Code: A77NU or Order Code: A00NY). Casting to the Chromecast Audio requires a compatible device, with the following Wi-Fi-enabled smart devices compatible: Android 4.1 or later smartphone and tablets; iOS 7.0 or later iPhone, iPad and iPod devices; Chrome browser for Mac and Windows computers and laptops; and Chrome OS.

How do I control the Chromecast audio?
Your phone is the remote with Chromecast Audio, just tap the cast button on your compatible music app to hear them on your speaker. Search, play, pause, queue songs and turn up the volume from your phone anywhere in the house. If your app isn’t cast-enabled or you do not have music on your device, you can mirror audio from your Android phone or tablet to the speaker. You can also mirror music and audio from streaming websites via the Chrome browser. Friends and family can join in too, with anyone able to cast their music to your speakers using their own phone – no additional setup or pairing is needed.

Can I play music to multiple speakers?
Using the Chromecast app and multi-room you can group together speakers that each have a Chromecast Audio device connect to it. As long as the speakers are all on the same network, you can stream the same song across multiple speakers.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple. Brilliant. And you get to dust off your old hi-fi system..... Bought 1 and then went straight back to buy 2 more. I had looked at expensive new wireless speakers, wi-fi streaming receiver amps etc, but for £90 (£30 x3) and using my old hi-fi equipment, I now have a complete system. Once setup, you don't even know they are there. Using them for Spotify in 3 different rooms, and can have any combination of rooms playing the same music at any one time. Make sure you download the Google Home app. If you're using a stereo hi-fi, tick the 'Full Dynamic Range' box, which improves the sound even more. If you have more than one Chromecast Audio the app will control the multi-room setup. Recommended.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good but strange rules 1. Setup. Tried from Windows PC and couldn't be found. Then tried Android phone and worked straight away and then the PC found it too; 2. Audio files. Won't play music from files on PC through Google Play. Instead it will upload 50000 tracks to the cloud for free and you can then play them. Spotify only works with premium; 3. Thinking of buying another one or two to use for multi-room as so much cheaper than other optio s; 4. Overall. Bargain and the strange rules can be worked around.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So simple.....and it works! Bought a couple of weeks ago as iPeng wasn’t supporting graphics for my Squeezebox touch. Wasn’t expecting great sound and thought I might need a DAC but have been amazed at the sound quality. Very easy to set up, a couple of times it has got ‘stuck’ but simple enough to restart. Definitely worth £30!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended. Very easy to set up and I've used it quite often to listen to internet radio on my hi-fi system using a PC, which I find more 'user friendly'. You will probably need the 'Google Home' app to set it up if you are using an android smartphone.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Third Chromecast audio Must be quite good or I wouldn't have got three. However two have a low level ticking interference which I haven't been able to trace. The one on my old stereo is interference free.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little device. Has changed the way I listen to music when at home Great service. Arrived promptly even during the Christmas period.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seriously Limited The Chromecast Audio product is practically incompatible with iphone, windows, Laptop/PC, youtube, browsers etc etc, You cannot play music off your PC hard drive! It is practically useless considering the common applications one might want to use. This fact is hard to discover without spending time researching below the surface. It is a real pity it does not live up to the hype.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unreliable but great when it works, and cheap I bought this about three weeks ago in Maplin. Found it easy to set up, gives good sound quality, is compatible with Spotify and BBC radio which is all I need, and is cheap enough to have one everywhere you might listen to stuff. On the downside, it often drops the connection for no good reason (it's not the wifi, the software just seems to be glitchy), requiring a reboot. To be fair the reboot is quick and easy, but it's annoying, and would be beyond a lot of people. And it's not yet fully compatible with windows pcs. You can't start listening from a pc - this needs android or apple app, but once a session is started, you can change tracks from a pc, although, strangely, not alter the volume. Having said that, I've since bought another one for my dining room as they're just so cheap for what they are. If the software problems are ironed out, it'll get 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-12-13
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Audio streamer



Twin phono (RCA) cable


3.5 mm jack with analogue and optical digital audio output

Power Specifications

Power Supply:

Mains (via included USB to power supply)

Dimensions & Weight












Product Specifications

DLNA Compatibility:

No – functionality can be added via Google Cast enabled apps

Voice Control:


Compatible App:

Dedicated App: Chromecast app
Music Streaming Apps: (Examples) Google Play music
Spotify and more

Remote Control Included:


Operating Specifications

Supported Format:

Audio File Formats: AAC


Package Contents:

Chromecast Audio
3.5 mm jack cable (146 mm long)
USB power cable (1750 mm long)
Power supply

what's the amperage requirement? i.e. for PC USB powering

Asked by: Paul
Power: 5 V, 1 A power supply.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-11-25

Can I use a Chromecast audio to listen to radio programmes via iPlayer radio. Thanks.

Asked by: SueN
Yes this would work fine in your intended application
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-02-04

Can you stream music from files stored on a local hard drive

Asked by: Aa Uxbridge
You CANNOT play files directly off the hard drive as you might think/like (by just clicking on them and selecting an output option)!!! It may be possible with some serious networking knowledge or copying the files to Google system, but most people will not have the ability or patience.
Answered by: Dublin
Date published: 2017-01-03

Hi Maplins. Is this like the "Vamp" speaker amplifier,ie does it power the speaker as well as connecting by Bluetooth/wifi?

Asked by: CaptainJack
This will not power the speakers.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-07-26
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