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Chromecast Soundbars

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What is Chromecast?

If you are new to the streaming industry, you might not know what Chromecast is.  Chromecast is a technology built into all Android devices.  The technology allows you to wirelessly stream content (audio and/or video) from your Android device to a component.

If you are an Apple user, you can still cast.  Here is a great article on how to do so.

How does Chromecast work?

Think of your WiFi router as being the nucleus that all of the devices are connected to in your house.  Your Android device (tablet, phone, etc.) can transmit audio and/or video to other devices like TVs, soundbars, and other Chromecast-enabled devices all through the WiFi router.

Using Chromecast, you can transmit to multiple devices at once or just one at a time.  Allow me to give you an example.  Let’s say you are having a holiday party where you want multiple speakers around the house playing audio, you can create a group in your Google Home App called “Holiday 2022”.  Inside this group, you have kitchen speakers, living room speakers, dining room speakers, and TV soundbar in the group.  When you start streaming your favorite music app to “Holiday 2022”, all of the speakers in that group will play in unison.

Airplay Chromecast Streamer

What are some Chromecast soundbar options?

I thought you would never ask!  We are really excited about the JBL soundbars.  These TV soundbars have Chromecast and Airplay 2 (Apple version of Chromecast) built-in.

JBL Bar 9.1

The newest JBL Bar 9.1 is one of the most innovative soundbars I have ever experienced.  The sound that is produced by this bar is amazing.  The system comes with a 10″ wireless subwoofer that delivers deep exciting bass to a movie or music.  The system also plays in a Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 (5 standard-facing speakers, 1 subwoofer, 4 “overhead” speakers) which gives the most exciting surround sound using today’s best technology.  Click here to learn more about Dolby Atmos.

But, the coolest part is the removable, magnetic, and wireless rear speakers!  Most soundbars simulate surround sound by angling the bars’ speakers to bounce off the walls and give a feeling of surround sound.  This bar instead has actual rear speakers that easily disconnect using a magnet to disengage the speakers.  Pairing is done automatically and wiring speakers through a wall is not necessary.

Wireless rear speakers

JBL Bar 5.1

Some situations do not require wireless rear speakers.  If you are looking for just a simple Chromecast soundbar with great sound, Bar 5.1 is for you.

This soundbar comes with the same great 10″ wireless subwoofer that you get in the Bar 9.1, which delivers great room-filling bass.   Its Multibeam 5.1 design will simulate a surround sound effect whether you are watching a football game, enjoying a movie, or streaming your favorite tunes.

The JBL Bar 5.1 is Chromecast, Airplay 2, and Bluetooth enabled.  If you are looking for a great-sounding soundbar and looking to save some money, this is the bar for you!

Wireless rear speakers


If you are looking to expand your Chromecast network and add more zones, the JBL soundbars are a great place to start.  They can add a new zone to an existing VSSL amplifier or another Chromecast zone, as well as deliver amazing sound for everyday TV watching or a comfy movie night.


Dan Anton


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