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Chromecast Audio will add a Wi-Fi connection to your dad’s old speakers

by Brandon Russell | September 18, 2015September 18, 2015 6:30 pm PST

As part of Google’s rumored Chromecast extravaganza later this month, the search giant is apparently going to introduce a new device called “Chromecast Audio.” This is not to be confused with Google Cast for Audio, which allows users to Cast music to speakers through compatible Wi-Fi-connected speaker.

According to 9to5Google, the new device, currently codenamed Hendrix, will plug into any speaker through a 3.5 mm headphone jack, allowing users to beam audio through Wi-Fi. That means you can used Chromecast Audio with any old system you have lying around. The same report says Google’s new platform will have multi-room support, so you could seemingly get several Chromecast Audio dongles, plug them in around your home, and output the same audio. Seems pretty good for a party.

Because this is supposedly part of the Chromecast lineup, we’re expecting the Chromecast Audio to be dirt cheap, allowing anyone to turn their dad’s speaker system into a Wi-Fi-connected dreamland. While it’s easy enough to play music on older speaker through auxiliary input, using a Wi-Fi connection gives users greater freedom to move around, especially if they’re beaming music through a phone.

In addition to Chromecast Audio, Google is also expected to unveil a second generation Chromecast at its rumored event on Sept. 29, along with new Nexus smartphones. Sounds like this event is shaping up to be pretty big.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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