Cambridge Audio starts Chromecast integration
Chromecast: the future for Hi-Fi?
The Chromecasts are some of the best pieces of hardware made by Google. They give users the ability to ‘cast’ audio or video, depending on the device, to a TV or stereo. However, Chromecast isn't just hardware. It's actually a total platform that Google has developed.
Whilst Google makes their own devices, with support for the Chromecast streaming standard, other manufacturers can build this standard directly into their own hardware. TV manufacturer Vizio has done this in the past and now Cambridge Audio is giving it a go.
The benefit, for Cambridge Audio, is that the vast majority of their customers will be Android or iPhone users. For these consumers, Chromecast will work with ease. There is no need for Cambridge Audio to develop and maintain their own smartphone app. In theory, the Chromecast app for Android and iPhone will be maintained by Google.
Consumers benefit from using their existing smartphones to control the streamer. If Chromecast supports Spotify, Deezer or YouTube music the CXN V2 will support it. For users, this should give some level future proofing, as they won't rely on Cambridge Audio to keep updating the player to support new services.
Even without Chromecast support, the CXN V2 has some decent specs. The CXN V2 has Dual Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs. It features both a 2nd Generation ATF2 upsampling to 24-bit/384kHz digital filter and a 2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel analogue filter. The device supports S/PDIF Coaxial and TOSLINK Optical digital inputs.
The streaming can output with either analogue, balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue, or digital, S/PDIF Coaxial and TOSLINK Optical. The player supports ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD (x64), WMA, MP3, AAC, HE-AAC, AAC+ and OGG Vorbis file formats. The device also supports DLNA and Spotify Connect.
The CXN V2, with Chromecast, is available now with Cambridge Audio listing the price as £800.
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