Echo Dot vs. Chromecast Audio: An Evaluation
I recently came into possession of both an Amazon Echo Dot and a Google Chromecast Audio, two devices that can both stream music to speakers. While the Echo Dot includes voice control features and does much more than just play music, both devices can stream Spotify, which is basically all I use them for. So which sounds better?
Disclaimer: As of time of posting, I am employed as a software engineer at Spotify, but this post does not reflect the views, opinions or position of my employer.
A number of forum posts around the web feature audiophiles claiming that one device clearly sounds better, even after enabling “Full Dynamic Range” (really just turning off a built-in compressor) on the Chromecast. As I had already biased myself by reading these posts, I decided to perform an objective test.
To test this, I connected the 3.5mm audio outputs from each device to a USB audio interface...
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