Yamaha expands MusicCast support to legacy gear
The Yamaha MusicCast wireless music system, introduced last year, is already available on a variety of Yamaha AV receivers, wireless speakers, soundbars and other gear. Now Yamaha is bringing MusicCast streaming capabilities to legacy speakers and home audio devices, thanks to the new Yamaha WXA-50 amplifier and WXC-50 preamplifier.
The new WXA-50 stereo streaming amplifier ($499.95 MSRP) can connect to any pair of speakers, then use an existing Wi-Fi network to access a music library, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody and more from the MusicCast app. "It can also be used in tandem with other MusicCast wireless speakers, soundbars or receivers for wireless multiroom audio playback," said the company. The WXC-50 streaming preamplifier ($349.95 MSRP) can connect to an existing AV receiver or stereo amplifier.
The products are expected to ship in August.
“Yamaha fully appreciates that many of our customers already have speakers, AV receivers and Hi-Fi equipment that they love, yet they want to enhance their overall wireless audio listening experience,” said Bob Goedken, general manager, AV division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The WXA-50 and WXC-50 not only allow them to seamlessly and effortlessly integrate their legacy equipment with our popular MusicCast system, but also with superior sonic fidelity that will bring them hours of music listening enjoyment.”
Spec talk from the press release:
As with other models in the MusicCast system, the WXA-50 and WXC-50 are compatible with all types of music sources and streaming services, Internet radio stations, music files on smart devices and computers, Bluetooth® sources, as well as external sources such as a TV, DVD, Blu-ray Disc™, CD and even vinyl. They support playback of high-resolution audio files for more accurate sonic reproduction, including Apple® Lossless (ALAC) files up to 96 kHz / 24-bit, as well as FLAC, AIFF and WAV files up to 192 kHz / 24-bit. They also support single-device playback of DSD streams up to 5.6 MHz.
Both the WXA-50 and WXC-50 feature premium audio components, including the same ESS Technology digital-to-analog converter (DAC) used in high-end Yamaha AV receivers and advanced circuit designs to deliver clear, detailed music reproduction. Yamaha proprietary sound processing technologies – such as a Compressed Music Enhancer, Volume Adaptive EQ and Advanced Bass Extension Processing – help improve sound performance even with less-than-ideal content or speakers.
Both models employ a solid metal chassis with a retro modern design in a compact (8.4” wide x 2” high x 9.6” deep) enclosure that can be placed horizontally or vertically and easily integrated into a 1U audio system rack. Two units can fit side-by-side in a 19-inch wide rack space.
Both also offer “pro-grade” connectivity and control features, including a wired Ethernet port, trigger and remote inputs and an auxiliary bus mode, making them great for custom integration applications.