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post #631 of 641 Old 09-07-2014, 10:25 PM
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Is there a way to use Chromecast as an wireless digital audio source for my surround receiver?

Preferably:

- without having to turn on the tv, instead being controlled from a computer, tablet or phone.
- the music files themselves being stored on a local NAS or a local share from a computer etc.
- with the ability to play at least lossless 44.1 KHz 16-bit but preferably lossless 192 KHz 24-bit.
The answer to #1 is yes. In fact, you MUST use Chromecast this way. There is no remote control, or way to control it, except via apps on other devices.
#2 : Sort of. If you use a quasi proprietary DLNA server that has a dedicated special client app that is Chromecast friendly. (Plex is often mentioned.)
#3 : I don't know, since I don't have an app like alluded to in #2 , and none of the movie services are streaming high res soundtracks.

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Slingbox support for Chromecast. http://blog.sling.com/2014/09/17/chr...g-has-arrived/
I know people had asked about this before.
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My three Chromecasts worked fine in different corners of the house for over a year. Then my router died and the new Comcast Arris wireless gateway didn't have the range to reach two of them, although iPad and iPhones worked throughout the house. I returned it and Comcast gave me a Technicolor gateway, and everything works fine now. Hope this might help fellow owners.
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The new version of the Chromecast app on Android (v 1.8.22) now allows you to customize the default backdrop photos with a few different options, including your own photos, and add the temperature to the screen and a news ticker (although from my quick look at this the news ticker isn't very informative right now - don't know if that varies by location). You can also use the app to see details about the photos that google provides as they appear on your TV.

There have been hundreds of new apps added too of course. I stopped counting after 500. Anyway, I know nobody posts here much anymore but just thought I'd give a heads up to look out for the app update if you haven't gotten it yet. Many people never have a reason to actually open that app to use their chromecast, so I thought a lot of people might miss out on this new feature not realizing it was added. I didn't look up if it was added to iOS yet.

Edit: I just realized something about the news feature. When a news article is listed, you can use the app to go to the article to read it. It's in the same place where you can find details about the photo on the screen.

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Cool, thanks for the update.

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The new version of the Chromecast app on Android (v 1.8.22) now allows you to customize the default backdrop photos with a few different options, including your own photos, and add the temperature to the screen and a news ticker (although from my quick look at this the news ticker isn't very informative right now - don't know if that varies by location). You can also use the app to see details about the photos that google provides as they appear on your TV.

There have been hundreds of new apps added too of course. I stopped counting after 500. Anyway, I know nobody posts here much anymore but just thought I'd give a heads up to look out for the app update if you haven't gotten it yet. Many people never have a reason to actually open that app to use their chromecast, so I thought a lot of people might miss out on this new feature not realizing it was added. I didn't look up if it was added to iOS yet.

Edit: I just realized something about the news feature. When a news article is listed, you can use the app to go to the article to read it. It's in the same place where you can find details about the photo on the screen.
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What Chromcast enabled apps are you guys using right now? I know there are over 500 listed on a wiki page somewhere but the useful ones I'm using are:

Youtube
Netflix
Hulu
Twitch
Songza
Watch ABC
NPR One
Google Play (Music, Movies, Etc.)
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YouTube, Netflix, and Plex (the Chrome Web App), and of course Google Cast extension for Chrome.

I don't have any subscriptions for apps (HBO, MLB, Hulu+) so I just cast a tab if I want to watch video from Hulu or elsewhere (Vimeo, cbssports, etc.).

I have used Pandora, but since the Chromecast is connected to the TV, not a receiver, it doesn't make much sense to me to do that. It's easier to connect my phone to the receiver and not bother with the PC.

I have also used the Revision3 app, but it's been horrible. I get much better performance casting a tab from Chrome.
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Cast extension. When someone wants to show a web page to someone else they cast it. Better than crowding around a laptop.
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How well does the cast chrome extension work? Any lag? I don't have a laptop but I have tried the mirroring function from my Nexus 4 and it is pretty laggy when streaming a video on the phone it also occasionally cut out the video and audio for a few seconds.

Wondering if a cheap laptop / Chrome Book would be worth adding to my setup.

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The better your wi-fi in the area the better it works.
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Wifi strength is important (I added a router as access point behind my tv to keep everything locked in) but remember that casting a tab or mirroring requires the computer or phone to do the heavy lifting. So there will be lag, and using a budget device will lead to less smooth results. I get smooth results from Hulu (casting the tab) if the video feed is set to medium in Hulu's settings. At high, even my i5 powered tower struggles sometimes. My 5-year-old laptop struggles at low quality - so if I need to play from the laptop, it's better to just hook it up directly via HDMI.

The lag isn't a problem, however. You won't be watching both feeds simultaneously, and the audio stays sync'd. If you pause, there's just under a second before the chromecast pauses.
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