Originally Posted by brazosdog02
I meant is it OK to plug the Chromecast dongle into the AVR rather than the TV?
Absolutely. Although the back of the AVR can be quite crowded depending on your setup, and I found that using the small HDMI extender helps a bit -- both to fit the Chromecast in there and I seem to get less interference.
I leave the Chromecast on at all times and have a "Chromecast" activity on my remote to turn on the TV and AVR, and switch the AVR to the right input. I wasn't able to make CEC / HDMI control work to make the Chromecast wake the AVR & TV.
That being said sometimes I like keeping the TV off so I only have music streamed from Youtube. Not sure how the recent developments in that regard (Youtube Music Key) would change things. Perhaps there will be some form of audio-only streaming for Youtube.
What the Chromecast sorely lacks IMHO is a system wide audio streaming option on Android that would do the same thing as AirPlay.
As an aside, my music app on my android can do Airplay, which works OK for music, but it does not seem to send artist info or screen art. If I use teh DLNA, then "MEDIA SERVER" shows up on the screen and I get music, art, and titles, etc. Ill probably just use that.
I most often want my TV off when I'm listening to music so I can't really comment on what the AVR shows. I don't feel like I'm missing much
DLNA is a very confusing protocol and every vendor seems to have a slightly different implementation, sometimes leading to bugs. It's one of the reason I switched to the X4000 after an Onkyo 818 on which I was always crashing the network stack (go figure). The X4000 mostly plays well with my preferred DLNA app for Android (BubbleUPnP).
Sometimes when using this app and the Denon app, things begin to go awry and eventually the network stack is stuck in some sort of limbo state and I have to reboot the AVR though. Only happens every few weeks though so I'm OK with this -- the 818 was doing the same daily.