Modders add 3.5mm aux out port to Google’s Home Mini

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  • Gabriel Walsh

    The writer, Patrick O’Rourke, claims that:

    “If you want a higher-end sound, the only option you have is to stream to a Chromecast-equipped speaker system, which aren’t very common.”

    This is simply not true. You can stream to any Chormecast Audio enabled speaker as well as any chromecast equipped (as in built in) speaker. While he is right in saying that speakers with Google Cast built in are not as common yet, powered speakers and receivers with 3.1mm auxiliary input ports, to which Chromecast Audio units can be plugged in to, are everywhere. You can enable Chromecasting on most mid to high end speakers by plugging a CCA to them, and to those who don’t support it, by plugging a CCA to a receiver they are connected to. Single or multiple CCA’s can be set as the default music output device(s) for multiple Google Home units (mini’s or otherwise), and the integration is easy and seamless. Using a CCA, as opposed to a speaker with Google Cast built in, is actually much cheaper and allows you far greater flexibility regarding the types of speakers you wish to use.

    • Aidolon

      Technically correct, and it’s a valid point to clarify however…

      “Using a CCA, as opposed to a speaker with Google Cast built in, is actually much cheaper and allows you far greater flexibility regarding the types of speakers you wish to use.”

      Guess what’s even easier and offers still greater flexibility? Being able to patch them directly using 3.5mm jacks and a standard audio patch cable.

    • Gabriel Walsh

      That’s true, but alas, it is not how the device was designed (I suspect it was deliberate to encourage CCA sales). It would be nice if future versions included both options so that Users could decide how they want to use the device.

      One thing is worth noting: By using a CCA as the output for music, the Home unit doesn’t have to be in proximity to the output speakers. This is handy if you like playing loud music, as increased distance between the two devices makes it less likely for the Home’s microphone to be overwhelmed by the speaker’s sound.

  • Edward Niedziejko

    Audio devices that do not have wired methods of connection are terrible ideas. The cost of a headphone jack is insignificant. The REASON behind eliminating headphone jacks for things is to try to force peripheral sales. I just won’t buy any audio device that doesn’t have wired ports, and neither should you.