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Would like to hear thoughts on Chromecast audio

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I'm a broadcast chief engineer for a FM radio station KEPC in Colorado. My broadcast stream gives me numbers on if the device is a PC, Apple, Android, Alexa, Chromecast or other. I can tell you that the numbers for chromecast vs Alexa are small for Chromecast. What does that mean for the future of Chromecast? I don't know, I'm just telling what I see and PC is still king of the hill with both type of phones added together pulling higher numbers than PC. Myself I use Airplay but may use a server in the future.

OK now I have to plug the station as we have 7000+ song play list so if your tired of the some old stuff check us out. Non profit college radio. Sorry I had to do it, I'm so ashamed no I'm not :)

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 Both of the units arrived yesterday along with the cables. Set one of them up in my living room with an older Yamaha receiver which is only used for TV and background music. Set up was flawless and Spotify premium automatically connected. I have no complaints so far. 

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1 hour ago, MoparBob said:

My broadcast stream gives me numbers on if the device is a PC, Apple, Android, Alexa, Chromecast or other.

 

And most times you can completely trust the request headers.  :)

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Have mine hooked up to a flea watt chinese amp to La Scalas.  I stream Tidal and flac files from my NAS with zero issues.  Sound quality is excellent (I am connected using RCA).  Guessing it might be even better if I had an awesome DAC and connected over optical...

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17 hours ago, Kalifornian said:

Have mine hooked up to a flea watt chinese amp to La Scalas.  I stream Tidal and flac files from my NAS with zero issues.  Sound quality is excellent (I am connected using RCA).  Guessing it might be even better if I had an awesome DAC and connected over optical...

 

What app are you using to access your FLAC files on your NAS? This was my issue a bit over a year ago. I gave up. Wondering if things have gotten better. Can you please tell me your NAS to device hardware/software chain? I have zero issue with the music once I actually get it to play, but almost no luck with FLAC files playing via Hi-Fi Cast and other. I've got a Qnap with a few different media serving devices DLNA and the like....but I do not have PLEX.

 

To be clear I have zero interest in streaming music from the Internet. I want to play my files on my NAS on my network. Things like Sonos, Popcorn Hour, OPPO, WD,  just about anything that can see my NAS works great throughout my house with the exception of Chromecast Audio, Google Home, <Insert> Phone App (tired several).

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4 hours ago, rplace said:

 

What app are you using to access your FLAC files on your NAS? This was my issue a bit over a year ago. I gave up. Wondering if things have gotten better. Can you please tell me your NAS to device hardware/software chain? I have zero issue with the music once I actually get it to play, but almost no luck with FLAC files playing via Hi-Fi Cast and other. I've got a Qnap with a few different media serving devices DLNA and the like....but I do not have PLEX.

 

To be clear I have zero interest in streaming music from the Internet. I want to play my files on my NAS on my network. Things like Sonos, Popcorn Hour, OPPO, WD,  just about anything that can see my NAS works great throughout my house with the exception of Chromecast Audio, Google Home, <Insert> Phone App (tired several).

Using BubbleUPNP. It links to Tidal, Spotify, and my NAS. You can make mixed playlists between the three. I have a Synology NAS and am using the Synology music server app to serve up the FLAC

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Thing of it is, the chromecast is merely a renderer.  It requires a control point of some kind (like Hi-Fi cast) which points it to data from a server of some kind (be it in your home or out on the 'net).  It will not perform the task of being its own control point.

 

I use "Hi-Fi Cast" as a control point to stream my flac files using any one of several media server programs on my laptop.  Works perfectly with the built-in ChromeCast in my NAD amplifier.  In Hi-Fi Cast select the Chromecast as renderer and whatever you're using to serve the flac files as the Media Server.  The ChromeCast won't go out and pick up files just sitting on a hard drive somewhere, they have to be "served."

 

 

You'll have to fire up a media server program with which to feed the chromecast.  If you're using Linux I can help you with that, anything else and I've got no opinion or experience.

 

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8 hours ago, rplace said:

 

What app are you using to access your FLAC files on your NAS? This was my issue a bit over a year ago. I gave up. Wondering if things have gotten better. Can you please tell me your NAS to device hardware/software chain? I have zero issue with the music once I actually get it to play, but almost no luck with FLAC files playing via Hi-Fi Cast and other. I've got a Qnap with a few different media serving devices DLNA and the like....but I do not have PLEX.

 

To be clear I have zero interest in streaming music from the Internet. I want to play my files on my NAS on my network. Things like Sonos, Popcorn Hour, OPPO, WD,  just about anything that can see my NAS works great throughout my house with the exception of Chromecast Audio, Google Home, <Insert> Phone App (tired several).

 

Do you have DLNA server software installed and running on your NAS?

 

If so, you should be able to select that server in Hi-Fi cast, and select the CCA as the renderer.

 

BTW, I've had good experiences with Minimserver for FLAC files on my PC.  They have a page for installation on Qnap.  Might be worth a try.

https://minimserver.com/install-qnap.html

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