Onkyo firmware update activates Chromecast built-in, voice control
The latest firmware update for select Onkyo home theatre, hi-fi, and lifestyle audio components brings to life new skills.
Chromecast built-in audio streaming as well as voice control capability when used with Google Home will be activated once the firmware has been installed.
New skills for Onkyo
Chromecast built-in allows users to share a wide selection of music, Internet radio, podcasts, and other programs from popular Chromecast-enabled apps to Onkyo home entertainment systems.
This feature is supported on wide range of devices. You can use it on iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Chromebooks. You can also access the feature on the Chrome browser on Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs.
How to use Chromecast
Streaming audio from a mobile device to your Onkyo component via Chromecast built-in is intuitive and instantaneous.
Tapping or clicking on an icon built into Chromecast-enabled apps sends audio to the receiver or speaker system wirelessly. That’s all you have to do. Even better is that, with sampling rates of up to 48 kHz supported for lossless sources, quality will be top-notch.
Onkyo products with Chromecast built-in feature dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi for stable, interference-free streaming with less buffering and fewer dropouts.
This means that you can still answer calls, send emails, or play games without interrupting audio playback.
The platform also enables streaming of single or multiple audio sources to other Chromecast-enabled speakers simultaneously.
Finally, no special device setup, password entry, or pairing process is required either. All you have to ensure is that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
The firmware update adds support for Google Home, as well as for audio devices featuring Google Assistant to be introduced to the marketplace in the future.
You can ask Google Home to find music from supported streaming services and play it back through you Onkyo component.
Operations such as volume adjustment and song selection can also be performed using voice commands.
Firmware update availability and product listing
The Onkyo firmware update is available from April 25th.
This will activate Chromecast built-in on the following Onkyo products:
- TX- NR555
- R- N855
Discover Chromecast-enabled apps at g.co/cast/audioapps.
For further information about Chromecast built-in, please visit https://www.google.com/chromecast/built-in/