Magnifi Mini Chromecast audio quality

Overall really pleased with the Mini. Great bit of kit.

My only concern is the quality of audio when streamed via the built in Chromecast. It's got that nasty high pitched digital 'ring' you used to get in the early days of MP3 when the bitrate was really low.

Things of note:
Have tried streaming from various phones (apple & android) and various services (Spotify, Soundcloud, BBC iPlayer etc)

In the Chromecast app for other ones I have around the house, you can switch on 'Full Dynamic Range' for AVR's and HiFi Systems. That option doesn't seem to appear in Google Home for the mini.

I'm connected via Ethernet.

Firmware on the mini is - 1.21.75965
System firmware: 33

Does anything need updating / tweaking?

Thanks for any help.

Comments

  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,544
    edited December 2018
    How is the chromecast hooked up? Optical using the built in dac on the chromecast?

    I have used a chromecast audio optical out to a dac with great results for a 30$ streamer.
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  • Hi, not quite sure what you mean. The Mini has Chromecast built in so I just connect phone for example to it and play Spotify etc.

    Interesting development is that if I play music via Bluetooth, the audio is faultless.

    Really wanting to know if the Chromecast's firmware in the speaker can be updated?
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,544
    I did not realize it was built in. I have a chromecast audio ( external unit) that has optical out. On the external unit, using the optical out to a dac sounds better vs using the 1/8" stereo out / built in dac. Your situation is different.

    Have your tried a different program like bubbleUpnp on your phone?
    Lumin D1,Wireworld Silver Eclipse, KEF LS50 Wireless, Velodyne SPL1200, Technics 1200, Denon DL160, Jolida D9,
    USB helper: w4s Recovery
    Living Room Teac AI-3000, LSI25, SDA 3.1TL, Grant Fidelity Tube Dac 11
    Have but haven't used in a while: LH Labs VI Dac, Cayin SCD50T

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