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I was planning to purchase a Gramofon device to allow streaming to my home stereo system. But now see that Google are about to launch an Audio Chromecast which (slightly) cheaper.
I'm not a major audiophile and am using a TV Chromecast for a while now very happily. But if there's a major quality benefit I would consider sticking to plan A and purchasing the Gramofon.
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I've tested both. I've had a lot of problems with the Gramofon - it took a long while to setup & although I've had it streaming for a time over Spotify, the Gramofon has lost connection a number of times & music has stopped playing (two issues).
This was all on Virgin broadband with a D-LINK DIR-615 router. I did a factory reset on the router and did have better luck (might've been as it was previously a weaker WEP security, setting it to WPA2 protocol improved the connection as Gramophones don't support WEP)... but it still drops the Wifi and loses it's own connection. The issues could be due to the Virgin set-up... I had better luck on BT... however...
Due to the problems with the Gramofon, I went out and bought a £30 Chromecast Audio, which by comparision is painless to set-up, get working and maintaining a solid connection. Even though I unplugged it, it connected back again straightaway with the app remembering it.
In summary, to compare the two, although the lights on the Gramofon and the sturdy build & weight are nice (the Chromecast is insignifcant by contrast), the Chromecast wins in terms of set-up and consistency. The sound quality of the two seems very similar - both are excellent. It's amazing that Google have managed to cram all the tech into such a minute space. The Gramophone is four times or more the size of a C/C.
It's good the Gramofon has been a Kickstarter campaign, but having a larger company like Google improves the availability & support of the product. Afterall I picked one up from Currys - the Gramophone needs to be ordered from Portugal, and sent back overseas if there's any technical problems with it. It's also slightly more expensive (around £13, plus £4 shipping to the UK).
Go for the Chromecast.