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What's the point of Chromecast Audio in a HiFi/AV system?


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I have connected a Chromecast 2 to my AV Receiver via HDMI. This way I understand that DAC used in the chain is the one from my AVR

I would like to try Chromecast Audio (CCA) since it has been developed for music enthusiasts... and here there are two scenarios:

1. Connect CCA to receiver using analog cable. This way, the DAC used will be the one in the CCA.

Can the DAC of the CCA (AKM AK4430) be better than my receiver's? (Yamaha Rx-v2067 with DACs Burr-Brown DSD1796 DAC). I doubt it. And it is not only the DAC, also the analog electronics that follow the DAC I guess will be better in any AVR than in the tiny Chromecast

2. Connect CCA to receiver using the toslink output. This way, the DAC used will be the one in the AVR.

This will sound exactly as if I were using a Chromecast 2. Is this correct?

So... what's the point of Chromecast Audio vs Chromecast 2?


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You can make adjustments to the sound on a Chromecast Audio that are not possible on a CC2. You also have the ability to connect using the alternative optical output.
The DAC used in the Chromecast Audio is identical to one used in a much more expensive Apple device.

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