Just because you want a great sounding speaker doesn't mean you have to spend more than you did on your Chromecast Audio.
Chromecast Audio provides us with an easy way to stream media from our mobile devices to our favorite speakers, whether they feature Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or neither. We've selected five of the best portable speakers that go great with this audio accessory and cost no more than the Chromecast Audio itself. Keep one in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, or bathroom — these speakers will give you the superior sound you crave without breaking the bank.
Update January 2017: These speakers still represent our top picks for budget-wise Chromecast Audio fans.
DKnight Magicbox Portable Speaker
This portable speaker has earned its place at the top of our list. As one of the highest rated speakers on Amazon, the DKnight Magicbox rocks your favorite tunes over its impressive sounding dual 6W acoustic drivers. There are plenty of buttons on top to manage your music if you wish to use them, and the 3.5mm auxiliary input for your Chromecast Audio is found on the side along with the power button, microUSB charging port, and a microSD card slot for turning the Magicbox into a standalone MP3 player. Take your pick of black, red, blue, or gray for a very reasonable price, usually starting around $27.
SoundPal F3 Portable Speaker
Providing rich bass and impressive volume levels is the SoundPal F3 Speaker which packs two 7.5W drivers along with a couple passive radiators. On a full charge this portable speaker will supply you with up to 12 hours of your favorite tunes while hooked up to your Chromecast Audio. A built-in mic allows you to manage your calls over the speaker, if that's your thing, and the 3.5mm aux-in on the side is easily accessible for connecting your Chromecast Audio. You can snag this miniature beast for only $29.99.
Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3
While the Chromecast Audio may not be waterproof, the OontZ Angle 3 from Cambridge SoundWorks certainly is. This 5-inch speaker speaker has an IPX5 rating, making it completely splashproof for any setting. Inside is a long lasting 2200mAh battery that provides up to 15 hours of music through its dual drivers for a total of 10W of stereo sound. The OontZ Angle 3 sounds great on every level — mids, highs, and even bass are clear thanks to the passive subwoofer design. If you're after a speaker that's built for a tougher environment, this is a great option for you.
AYL Portable Mini Speaker
For something a bit more compact, but surprisingly loud, the AYL portable mini speaker is definitely one to check out. The 3W speaker on top provides quality sound that jams for up to 10 hours on a full charge. The unique design of this speaker makes it ideal for travel, quickly collapsing into a smaller size when needed. There's even a built-in 3.5mm headphone cable on the bottom for hooking up your Chromecast Audio, along with an extension cable if you need a little extra length. Priced around $15, you can't go wrong with this mini speaker.
Anker Classic Portable Speaker
Anker's Classic Portable Speaker, a box design that uses a single 2-inch, 4W driver and bass port to deliver its amazing quality sound. Powering the unit is a 2100mAh Li-ion battery that will keep the music going for up to 20 hours. The built-in mic allows you to use the Anker Classic as a speakerphone, but for keeping things simple just plug in your Chromecast Audio to the 3.5mm port on the side and enjoy what this crafty speaker has to offer. Included is a longer auxiliary cable, travel pouch, microUSB charging cable, and an 18-month warranty. You can grab one in black, blue, or white for around $35.
If you're looking for a speaker to use with Chromecast audio that is ultra portable, check out the VTIN Cuber.
With an IP67 rating, this small square speaker is made to withstand the elements, which is great if you every want to use your Chromecast beside the pool or when your outside grilling.
Believe it or not, this tiny thing actually has a pretty solid battery life, giving you up to 8 hours of listening time. It comes with a strap you can attach to make it even easier to carry, and if you want to venture away from your Chromecast you can always use it with standard Bluetooth.
What speakers are you using with Chromecast Audio?
Those are our top picks for an affordable speaker to use with the new Chromecast Audio. What speakers you're currently using or looking into getting for your new audio accessory? Sound off in the comments!