I love music! I have it on all the time. Maybe it has something to do with my wanting to drown out the noise of six screaming kids but I feel it helps me focus on work while gets me pumped up to get more done.
The problem around my house is that if I put on headphones, I can’t always hear that screaming turns from a disagreement to a real emergency. That is why I have speakers scattered all over my home but that solution is far from perfect.
There are two problems that I encounter with most of the speakers I have:
- Speakers Only Broadcasts the Music Where I Am. If I move to another room, I either have to bring my speaker with me or I have to disconnect the bluetooth connection from the speaker in the room I am in and then reconnect to the one in the new room. It’s really a pain and I often find myself simply turning up the volume from the room I am leaving so I can hear it in the new room.
- Bluetooth has Limited Range. I hate that when I am playing music over bluetooth from my phone, that I have to leave my phone within bluetooth range of the speaker. That means if I leave my office to go get a drink in the kitchen and take my phone, my music stops.
Google has come out with a simple product that solves my problems. It’s called Chromecast Audio and it is a small, inexpensive device that connects to almost any speaker and works with hundreds of my favorite audio audio apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. Find more information here.
Chromecast Audio solves these issues for me. The device lets me:
- Play the Same Song Over Multiple Speakers. Every speaker I connect a Chromecast Audio gains the capability of playing the same song at the same time. I can have my song playing in my office and in my kitchen. No need to adjust of change anything when I move from room to room.
- Broadcast Over Wifi Instead of Bluetooth. Chromecast Audio doesn’t use bluetooth but wifi instead. This means that I no longer have to leave my phone in the office so can roam throughout my house broadcasting over wifi. Wifi doesn’t compress the signal so I get better sound quality without draining my battery.
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