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BeoSound Core working with Chromecast Audio device

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normho6 posted on Wed, Jul 11 2018 7:10 AM

I have 2 BeoLab 8000 active speakers and 2 BeoLab 6000 active speakers.  I am planning to buy a BeoSound Core to do music streaming to these speakers.  Can BeoSound Core stream to all 4 units?  If only 2 can work at a time, can I use Chromecast Audio for 2 of these speakers and also stream/control from BeoSound Core?  What is the easiest way to stream to all 4 speakers with minimal devices?

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Ulrike replied on Wed, Jul 11 2018 6:04 PM

Also interesting, just forgot, for Roon users:

Chromecast is a Roon endpoint now, shows as a renderer and can be controlled via Roon.

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Stan replied on Wed, Jul 11 2018 9:53 PM

CB:

A second hand BS Essence MK2 (with 2 PL ports) may be another alternative.

I don't know if I it possible to drive the 2 PL independently then ?

The 2 PL ports cannot be controlled independently.  They exist so you don't need a splitter to drive 2 non-daisy chained speakers.

CB:
The "problems" I see with the CCA is the need to trigger the speakers (or am I wrong ?) and may be the control of the volume(s).

BL 8000 and BL 6000 both have "line-in" / RCA connections so no trigger is needed.  The speaker will turn on / off automatically when a signal is detected / disappears.  The CCA has volume control from the driving app.

 

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leogoeswild:
Get 4 chromecasts. Use one for each speaker.

Then make one group for 8000, and one group for 6000.

Make one group with all speakers.

Will cost you less than the Core. And it works. And I gets updates.

You can also adjust bass and treble.

And you can add voice control.

And the DAC is great.

Why on earth would you need the core?

Only positive thing is that it has a physical remote.

If Chrome-casting is all, that the op will want, you may be right.

(And there may be some problems with the speakers turning off/on, because of the non-excisting trigger)

A BS Core - or a BS Essence 2nd gen - is much more than just Chromecasting!

 

Either the op may (as already suggested) daisychain the 4 speakers L/R and L/R,

or get 2 BS Core - or BS Essence - in order to control the two pairs individually and be able to join sources between them via NL-multiroom (in addition to Cast/AirPlay 2).

Another solution could be to start with one BS Core for the main pair (if there is a main pair) and try out a Chromecast Audio dongle on the other.

 

MM

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CB replied on Thu, Jul 12 2018 7:16 AM

Stan:
CB:
A second hand BS Essence MK2 (with 2 PL ports) may be another alternative.

I don't know if I it possible to drive the 2 PL independently then ?

The 2 PL ports cannot be controlled independently.  They exist so you don't need a splitter to drive 2 non-daisy chained speakers.

Thanks Stan for these explanation

What I had in mind with the 2 PL of the BS Essence was to use 2 splitters (1 on each port) to feed the 4 speakers directly.

Or no splitter at all and daisy chain on each pair then.

But if the 2 PL ports are not independent, a BS Core with 3 splitters works the same (the 4 speakers are always fed simultaneously)

Stan:
The CCA has volume control from the driving app.

Yes of course, but using a phone or tablet to control the volume is less handy than using a remote control.

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I use an android phone as dedicated remote for my setup.
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Ulrike replied on Thu, Jul 12 2018 10:05 AM

CB:

Yes of course, but using a phone or tablet to control the volume is less handy than using a remote control.

I am using voice control and a Google Home Mini.

Just telling the Mini: play louder or whatever, play Spotify/Deezer/Tidal/Qobuz/Tunein Station xyz, or artist xyz/or playlist xyz/or track xyz.

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leogoeswild:

That is a lot of cabeling and a lot of equipment.

There is basically no limitations on how many chromecasts you can have in a group.

Similarly Apple’s AirPlay2 is going to be a game changer .... it syncs all rooms wirelessly .... unfortunately they don’t make something as compact as the ChromeCast Audio Sad

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leogoeswild:

I use an android phone as dedicated remote for my setup.

Similarly I have a dedicated old iPhone

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Ulrike:

Just telling the Mini: play louder or whatever, play Spotify/Deezer/Tidal/Qobuz/Tunein Station xyz, or artist xyz/or playlist xyz/or track xyz.

Thank you !

I did not know you configure that range of sources.

It was “obvious” when I went looking but I’d missed them 9 months or so ago ... buried below all the eye-candy of the video services !!!

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