Right in the thick of the busy holiday period, Google has released a pretty hefty Chromecast Audio update that adds even more value to the already cheap device. Beginning today, the $35 accessory now has multi-room and Hi-Res audio support; multi-room support allows users to beam the same song to every room in their home—yes, even the bathroom if that’s where you like your tunes.
Launched a few months ago, Chromecast Audio allows users to breathe life back into old speakers, connecting devices over Wi-Fi for a quality, uninterrupted stream; the accessory includes support for services such as Spotify, Pandora and, of course, Google Play Music.
With Hi-Res audio support, audiophiles can enjoy tunes in 96KHz/24bit lossless playback, which is described as “higher-than-CD-quality.” If you already have a beefy audio setup, today’s feature will be very welcome.
As for multi-room support, the feature just ensures your music is synchronized between multiple Chromecast Audio devices. That’s great for parties and other family gatherings. Google says synchronizing is easy; just create a group of devices and cast as you normally would.
You’ll need to grab the latest update to the Chromecast app in order to take advantage of the new features, but once you do that, your high fidelity tunes should play through your old speakers no problem.