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Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021)

Wireless powered speaker with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and Apple® AirPlay® (White)

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Looking for a great-sounding speaker for your nightstand or bookshelf? The compact Yamaha MusicCast 20 gives you...

Looking for a great-sounding speaker for your nightstand or bookshelf? The compact Yamaha MusicCast 20 gives you...

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Versatile wireless features from a super-compact speaker

Looking for a great-sounding speaker for your nightstand or bookshelf? The compact Yamaha MusicCast 20 gives you lots of ways to listen. You can stream from your smartphone via Bluetooth — or Apple AirPlay if you have an iPhone® or iPad®. And the MusicCast 20 can connect to your home Wi-Fi network to give you access to internet radio, podcasts, and more.
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Control your MusicCast 20 with the free MusicCast app for your smartphone.

Versatile wireless features from a super-compact speaker

Looking for a great-sounding speaker for your nightstand or bookshelf? The compact Yamaha MusicCast 20 gives you lots of ways to listen. You can stream from your smartphone via Bluetooth — or Apple AirPlay if you have an iPhone® or iPad®. And the MusicCast 20 can connect to your home Wi-Fi network to give you access to internet radio, podcasts, and more.

Clear sound and intuitive controls

The MusicCast 20 features a 1-1/8" soft dome tweeter for clear highs and a 3-1/2" woofer to fill out the midrange and lower frequencies. Two side-firing passive radiators reinforce the bass. Top-panel buttons include three one-touch presets and an alarm control.

MusicCast: simple multi-room audio

You can combine up to 10 MusicCast speakers and components in a whole-house system, and control them all with Yamaha's excellent MusicCast mobile app. Play your digital music library, internet radio stations, and popular streaming services. There's support for Pandora® and SiriusXM. If you're a Spotify® Premium subscriber, Spotify Connect lets you access all your favorite albums and playlists. You can even stream high-resolution audio files.

Wireless surround sound? Yes, please.

Here's a cool feature for folks who like to declutter. You can use two of these speakers as wireless rear surrounds with any newer MusicCast-capable Yamaha home theater receivers, such as the RX-V485 and AVENTAGE RX-A780.

Bluetooth multi-room streaming

Bluetooth streaming from your phone is handy. But with MusicCast, Bluetooth becomes even more convenient. Stream from your smartphone to the MusicCast 20. Then you can use the MusicCast app to send that audio content to any and all other MusicCast speakers and components throughout your home. It's an easy way to share the audio from any app on your phone or tablet, including podcasts and YouTube™ clips.

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Product highlights:

  • wireless connectivity
    • built-in Bluetooth for streaming music from your smartphone or tablet
    • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi for a stable connection to your network and the internet
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming from an iPhone, iPad, or iTunes® on a computer
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
  • supports playback of high-resolution digital files (up to 24-bit/192kHz)
  • one 3-1/2" woofer, one 1-1/8" soft dome tweeter, and two passive bass radiators
  • 40 watts total power (25 watts for the woofer, 15 watts for the tweeter)
MusicCast Controller app:
  • free download from Apple App Store and Google Play
  • set up and customize your MusicCast speakers
  • control multi-room playback with two or more MusicCast speakers
  • stream from-compatible services such as Spotify Premium, TIDAL, Pandora, Deezer, SiriusXM and VTuner internet radio
  • access music stored on smartphone, tablet, computer or network drive
  • select Bluetooth as an input, then redistribute the stream wirelessly to other MusicCast speakers via Wi-Fi
  • wirelessly pair two MusicCast 20s (extra speaker sold separately) for stereo sound
  • wirelessly pair two MusicCast 20s as surround speakers for compatible Yamaha home theater receivers
General Specs:
  • voice control via Amazon Alexa when connected to an Amazon Echo device (available separately)
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
  • 5-7/8"W x 7-3/8"H x 4-1/8"D
  • weight: 4.8 lbs.
  • requires AC power (AC adapter provided)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # WX-021WH
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What's in the box:

  • Wireless streaming speaker
  • 10' AC power cord
  • 4 Self-adhesive pads
  • Quick Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information Online Product Registration Card
  • "Spotify Premium" sheet
  • "Yamaha Worldwide Representative Offices" note

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Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021)

Crutchfield customer from Green Valley, AZ on 8/16/2019

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Impressive small wireless speaker. I am using a pair for rear speakers with the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1080 that is setup in a 5.1 system configuration and they are a perfect fit for this application. For placement flexibility I adapted the wall mounting option and placed them on speaker stands.

Pros: High quality sound in a small speaker. Easy to set-up.

Cons: The labels on top control panel are hard to read in low light.

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Crutchfield customer from Richmond, TX on 7/21/2019

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Connects to all our devices in our home. Have in our kitchen which is central to our house. Perfect spot for adding music to get togethers or when I'm cooking I'm definitely enjoying it. Have had no issues with connecting my phones or iPads to it.

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Crutchfield customer from Sewell, NJ on 7/17/2019

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affordable sound was better than I expected. Setup for surround took a bit, but with a little help from crutchfield, works great. Thanks for the support

Pros: surround sound with these thru my Yamaha amp, produced wonderful sound & separation.

Cons: Tricky to set up supplied instructions were insufficient. Had to get help from crutchfield.

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Crutchfield customer from Seminole, FL on 7/14/2019

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I've been waiting forever to purchase these speakers therefore as soon as I received the lower in price alert from Crutchfield I purchased two. I gave the speakers a 4 star rating only because I feel a little betrayed by Yamaha. My RX-A660 does not recognize the surround /stereo function therfore I don't really get the full surround sound effect. Yes, I can use the MusicCast app to link all my Yamaha devices however it is not the same. For example sometimes when using airplay I have to pause and restart music so that all the devices are in sink with the song. On a good note, the speakers function well on their own. I would just recommend that if you are looking to purchase these speakers as a true addition to your surround stereo effect just confirm that your Yamaha receiver is on the list of "qualified receivers".

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Great Wireless Speakers for Yahama MusicCast system!

Gene from Danville, CA on 6/24/2019

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First of all, I love Yamaha's MusicCast platform! It took me some time to get used to it and learn most of its functionalities, but I love being able to control my Yamaha N803 receiver as well as various speakers using the MusicCast app on my iPhone or iPad through my home wireless network. We recently bought a house that had hard-wired indoor and outdoor speakers. While the indoor speakers work great, I found that the sound quality and volume level for the outdoor speakers left something to be desired. I did some research on Crutchfield and bought a pair or Bose wireless outdoor speakers and a Bluetooth extender. Once I stared configuring them, I realized that I could not use the Bluetooth speakers in the way I wanted them since MusicCast works over your home wireless network. I called Crutchfield's Tech Support and described what I needed to do and they asked if I heard of the Yamaha MusicCast speakers. I checked them out and ordered two of the WX-021 and boy am I glad I did! They are easy to connect to the MusicCast platform, put out phenomenal sound, and allow me to integrate them with the indoor wired speakers. I can also use them anywhere in the house where I don't have hard-wired speakers (garage). Thanks to Yahama for coming up with MusicCast. Also thanks to Crutchfield for great customer service (they have a no-hassle return policy which allowed be to return the Bose speakers and I got my new speakers in a couple of days). I'm a Crutchfield customer for life.

Pros: Well-built speakers, very high quality sound, very easy to connect speakers to MusicCast system, easy to link to other "rooms" in MusicCast or use them as stand-alone speakers.

Cons: I wish they were rated for outdoor use but that would be hard to do since they must be plugged in to AC power. Not an issue though as I just bring them inside when I'm done use them.

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Apps Cut Out

Crutchfield customer from West Chicago, IL on 6/12/2019

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Pandora and other music apps keep cutting out. Don't know if it's the speaker or the network connection. I've ordered a powerline connection, but not happy I have to spend another $100.

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Timothy from Valrico, FL on 5/20/2019

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We have a Yamaha receiver in the family room and a Yamaha WX-030 in the bedroom, with the addition of this WX-021in the kitchen, we now have music flowing through the entire house. I deducted one star because the Yamaha Musiccast app has some glitches, over all I love the way Yamaha helps fill the house with music..

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Crutchfield customer from Longwood, FL on 4/10/2019

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Amazing speakers for surround sound system. I am hearing things in old movies that I never knew were there. Wireless with a long electrical cord I can place them wherever I want. The sound is incredible for the size of the speaker.

Pros: Pro and con. I messed something up on the app trying to set it up and the Crutchfield tech gave me a direct line to Yamaha and they were very helpful and got me straighten out.

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Jim from Oak Park, CA on 3/8/2019

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Works great for a secondary speaker in the kitchen, so we can hear the TV / Yamaha Tuner better (via MusicCast app), without raising the overall volume louder in the family room.

Pros: Love the MusicCast app for playing audio solo in the kitchen, or simultaneously with our family room TV/Audio system, RX-A2080.

Cons: I have a Bluetooth transmitter in the room above our kitchen, so I need to toggle the transmitter on and off as needed. Otherwise, while using the bluetooth headphones upstairs for TV, it would also automatically sync to the WX-021 in the kitchen below. Certainly not a deal breaker, just took me a bit to figure this out.

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Purchased 2 . . . will be getting a 3rd

Sue from Gilbert, AZ on 2/25/2019

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I purchased two WX-021 speakers (for bedroom & office) to go along with a YAS-408 soundbar and subwoofer (in family room) to complete a whole-house MusicCast speaker system. I was able to get through the setup (with the MusicCast app) without any help from customer service, but I'm pretty sure it was only because I'm an IT professional who makes a living troubleshooting. Home networks and wireless devices all have their eccentricities so setup was not as simple as the instructions would lead you to believe. However, I'm still giving 5 stars because I know the Crutchfield techs would have resolved all issues and the sound I'm getting throughout my house is BEAUTIFUL. I'm especially amazed by the blend from room-to-room; I was worried I might get some phasing, but there is none. Although the wireless speakers can be easily moved from room to room, I will probably get a 3rd speaker down the road for an additional room. All pieces of my new system were either open box or scratch & dent (to save money) and I can confirm that they are still clean and very high quality . . . no regrets in not purchasing brand new.

Pros: Beautiful full sound all by themselves Open box items are still high quality

Cons: Configuration was a little confusing

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Not Too Shabby!

Crutchfield customer from Osteen, FL on 2/14/2019

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Not Bad! Sound Quality could be a bit better for a expensive speaker. I use them as surround they sound good linked to Yamaha receiver.

Pros: Sound is decent! Works as Wireless surround!

Cons: Not all that easy to setup took multiple times to connect with app.

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Great space saver with good sound

Crutchfield customer from Boise, ID on 2/4/2019

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A good speaker with decent sound that doesn't take up a lot of space. This is my first wireless speaker and it works well with my wired speakers. No delay either.

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Floyd from Chester, PA on 2/3/2019

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Yamaha did a great job on this one. Easy to set up and the sound is great for a small speaker. Can not wait to add more to my system. As always Crutchfield is the best.

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Crutchfield customer from Little Rock, AR on 1/23/2019

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Good,but not great sound for the price. Wireless feature is terrific, as the speaker can be picked up and moved to wherever there is a power outlet in the home. Paired with the Yamaha N-303 wireless receiver I purchased, and the mobile software app MusicCast on my smart phone, I have convenient music or other audio literally at my fingertips wherever I am in my home.

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Crutchfield customer from Blanco, TX on 1/21/2019

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Outstanding value/sound. I have 3 in different rooms and appreciate the quality of sound generated. I am now replacing a number of towers and smaller monitors with these!

Pros: Ease of installation, quality of sound.

Cons: Would prefer more bass options.

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Crutchfield customer from Charlotte, MI on 1/17/2019

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Sounds great. Super loud at a low volume

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Good Sound, but Music Cast has Glitches

Carlos from Fort Worth, TX on 1/11/2019

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Good sound for wireless speaker of it's size. But no replacement for a quality wired speaker. MusicCast when it works is great. But connection issues are a pain at times. Maybe a range issue sometimes. But problems persist at close range. Hopefully software updates improve situation.

Pros: Sound quality, simple setup, clean ascetic design.

Cons: Music Cast software glitches and reception range.

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Harald from Saint Louis, MO on 12/29/2018

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Great sound. easy set up with a phone.

Pros: Super sound

Cons: When using multiple speakers they sometime go out of sync, requiring a reset on the phone controls.

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Crutchfield customer from Williston Park, NY on 12/20/2018

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Excellent sound. Easy setup and great app to control on smart devices.

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Thomas from League City, TX on 12/20/2018

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Nice sound quality and very versatile

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Crutchfield customer from Seaford, DE on 12/20/2018

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great piece...easy to use... Sirius access finicky

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sounds all around

Spence from Elyria, OH on 12/13/2018

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Love that these expanded dimensions of sound around me, with MusicCast's current incarnation allowing me to add two as rear speakers wirelessly.

Pros: small, good looking, wall-mountable

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Crutchfield customer from Brookings, OR on 12/7/2018

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SMALL,BUT HIGH QUALITY SOUND

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Great sound, pounding bass.

Gerald W. from Gainesville, VA on 12/2/2018

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Deep bass and has a great sound. It can really crank the tunes. It is easy to set up downloading the music cast app. I set my up with SirusXM radio and can't be happier. You can control everything from your phone or you can get an Alexa device to control it.

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Crutchfield customer from Savannah, GA on 11/26/2018

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Clean sound and nice rich bass for the size.

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Delivers as advertised

Bike from Houston, TX on 11/16/2018

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Works as described, clear wireless sounds on the patio.

Pros: Works

Cons: Not weatherproof

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Crutchfield customer from Lahaina, HI on 11/12/2018

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These small speakers have very good sound quality. I am using them in an outside room (covered deck) approx. 20' x 20' Plenty of sound with the two I purchased. I use them with a Yamaha sound bar and the music cast app., not crazy about the app as it is not really intuitive and takes time to figure it out!!! The other components from Yamaha are awesome however and Crutchfield has provided Sterling service and along the way!

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eddie from Coral Springs, FL on 11/5/2018

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Great sound quality and a great compliment to my surround sound system.

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Great speakers

William from Raleigh, nc on 9/14/2018

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Love new tech. These things also allow a nice look.

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: None

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MusicCast 20: (WX-021) Wireless Streaming Speaker: The MusicCast 20 (WX-021) wireless streaming speaker is part of Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system. Designed to be small enough to work in any space without compromising sound quality, it offers big sound from a single 1.125" soft-dome tweeter and a 3.5" aluminum cone woofer powered by a built-in 40W amplifier (tweeter = 15W / woofer = 25W), plus dual passive radiators.

Notes:
  • Start with a single MusicCast 20 (WX-021) and add more over time, or add other MusicCast products like AV receivers and soundbars. Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected in one system.
  • An Apple iOS or Android OS device running the MusicCast Controller app is required for setup & operation of the MusiCast 20 (WX-021) speaker.

MusicCast Wireless Multiroom Audio: MusicCast from Yamaha, brings music to every room in your home wirelessly with control provided by the free MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.1+. Designed to easily work with your existing home WiFi network, MusicCast offers access to a wide range of audio content from your downloaded music library, Internet radio, and select online music services. MusicCast is enabled on many 2015-up Yamaha components like their AV receivers, wireless speakers, soundbars, and other HiFi components.

  • Compatible Multiroom Audio Sources:
    • All MusicCast music services (including Airable by TuneIn, Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, SiriusXM, Deezer, and Napster).
    • Music libraries on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone running the MusicCast Controller app, as well as on your DLNA compliant computer, laptop, or NAS drive.
    • Bluetooth audio (SBC codec only).
    • Yamaha AV receivers, soundbars, and other Hi-Fi components which feature MusicCast offer multiroom streaming of connected external analog & digital sources - including HDMI, Optical/Coax, USB, RCA/Aux, and Phono inputs.
    • A radio station from a MusiCast AV receiver's AM/FM tuner can even be distributed to multiple rooms.
  • Incompatible Multiroom Audio Sources:
    • AirPlay cannot be multiroom distributed via MusicCast.
Note: Yamaha's new MusicCast system is not compatible with Yamaha's older MusicCAST system.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: With MusicCast you can choose to build a wireless or wired network, or a combination of both if desired. The Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021) supports both wireless and wired network connectivity through its built-in dual-band (2.4/5GHz) WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) and wired Ethernet (RJ-45) port. Network setup is completed through the free MusicCast Controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

Note: If you want to install a MusicCast device to a location that is out of range of your wireless router, connect another MusicCast device to the router with a network cable to extend the range ("Extend Mode").

Stereo Pairing: You can pair two MusicCast 20 (WX-021) speakers to create a space-saving, yet powerful stereo setup that delivers a better soundstage with a wider listening area. One MusicCast 20 (WX-021) speaker will be assigned as the Right and the other as the Left.

Wireless Surround: You can combine the MusicCast 20 (WX-021) with a MusicCast compatible 2018-up Yamaha AV receiver (sold separately) and enjoy the convenience of creating a home theater with wireless rear speakers in a 5.1-channel system. Wireless surround will require two MusicCast 20 (WX-021) speakers. Wireless Surround requires that the MusicCast AV receiver and speakers be on the same wireless network.

Notes:

  • The following functions and operations are not available when the speaker is used as rear surrounds - Volume, Favorites, & Alarm.
  • 2017 and earlier Yamaha AV receivers with MusicCast are not compatible with wireless surround.

Optional Wireless Sub: Add Yamaha's MusicCast Sub 100 wireless powered subwoofer (sold separately - coming soon) for bigger bass response and fuller sound.

Mounting Options: The compact and clean design of the MusicCast 20 (WX-021) wireless speaker makes it perfect for use in the kitchen, bathroom, bedside the bed, or anywhere space is limited. The speaker can simply be placed on a tabletop, shelf, stand, or other piece of furniture with a flat surface. You can also mount the speaker on a wall using its 1/4"-20 threaded insert and an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately). The included self-adhesive anti-vibration pads should be installed on the back of the speaker when wall-mounting.

AC Power: The Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021) wireless audio speaker operates off of standard household current using its internal power supply and detachable 10' power cord. This speaker is not battery powered.

Firmware Updates: Firmware updates for the MusicCast products can be made through their network connection and the MusicCast app on your Apple iOS or Android device. The app will notify you when a firmware update is available.

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High Resolution Audio: The MusicCast 20 (WX-021) supports true high-resolution audio formats to deliver more accurate reproduction of sonic details. The MusicCast eco-system is compatible with high resolution FLAC, AIFF and WAV music files up to 192kHz/24-bit; as well as Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96kHz/24-bit. It also supports lower resolution music files like MP3, WMA, and AAC up to 48kHz.

File Sampling Frequency Bit-rate or Bit-depth Gapless Playback
MP3 32/44.1/48 kHz up to 320 kbps N
WMA 32/44.1/48 kHz up to 320 kbps N
AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz up to 320 kbps N
WAV (PCM) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit Y
FLAC 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit Y
AIFF 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit Y
ALAC 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz 16/24-bit Y

Note: When multiple MusicCast devices are "linked" for multiroom audio playback, the Master room device's playback is at the native sampling rate (up to 192kHz/24-bit), while the other rooms and MusicCast devices are down-converted to 48kHz.

Online Music Services: The Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021) offers access to Internet Radio through built-in Airable by TuneIn; your Spotify Premium account through Spotify Connect on your Apple iOS or Android device; and your Pandora, TIDAL, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Napster, or Deezer music account through Yamaha's MusicCast Controller app.

  • Airable by TuneIn: You can listen to Internet radio stations using Airable by TuneIn. Search worldwide internet radio content by Genre, Language, Location, Quality, Popularity, or do a keyword search.
  • Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the MusicCast 20 (WX-021) by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the unit for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.
  • Pandora: Pandora is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS & Android. Pandora is personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark stations and easily switch between favorites.
  • TIDAL: Tidal is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS & Android. TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
  • SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app and lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees will apply.
  • Qobuz: Qobuz offers the biggest catalog of Hi-Fi and Hi-Res albums in the world, both for new releases and specialized genres. For hundreds of thousands of albums, Qobuz includes all the information you need to recreate the appeal of a real CD - the names of musicians, producers, lyrics (everything you need to know to appreciate your favorite albums).  Qobuz offers MP3, CD, and Hi-Res quality subscriptions.
  • Napster: Napster is also accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app. This streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
  • Deezer: Deezer is an online music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month and is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app. Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by genre.

DLNA: The MusicCast 20 (WX-021) speaker supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5, allowing access to DLNA-compatible Windows 7/8/10 computers (with Windows Media Player 11 or 12) and network attached storage (NAS) devices. You'll be able to wirelessly stream the music libraries on your computer, laptop, or NAS to the Yamaha MusicCast speaker system.

Note: Digital Rights Management (DRM) content cannot be played back.

AirPlay 2 (via available firmware update): Through an available firmware update, the Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021) will support AirPlay 2. AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the MusicCast 20 (WX-021) and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You will also be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021). You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You can even watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021).

Bluetooth Audio: The Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021) offers built-in Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless music streaming (A2DP) & control (AVRCP). This allows you to stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth-enabled source devices (such as your smartphone, tablet, desktop computer, or laptop) to the MusicCast WX-021 speaker. The speaker has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 33'.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the MusicCast 20 (WX-021) speaker offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the MusicCast 20 (WX-021) offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iOS device.
  • Multi-Device Pairing: The MusicCast 20 (WX-021) can be paired with multiple Bluetooth source devices, but only one device can be connected and used at a time. If one or Bluetooth devices had been connected to the speaker before, the speaker will automatically connect to the last connected device when Bluetooth is enabled.
  • Linked Playback Mode: With Linked Playback Mode, music streamed via Bluetooth to one MusicCast device can then be wirelessly streamed to multiple MusicCast devices for multiroom audio. Bluetooth is limited to the SBC codec during Linked Playback mode.

Notes:

  • If you do not desire wireless network audio or wireless multiroom audio, you can simply use the MusicCst 20 (WX-21) as a Bluetooth speaker without utilizing a network connection and the MusicCast Controller app. You can pair/connect and control playback functions from your Bluetooth source device. You can control Play/Pause functions from the speaker's top-panel.
  • The MusicCast 20 (WX-021) does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.

Controls

MusicCast Controller App: The free MusicCast Controller app for (Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.1+) will need to be downloaded on your compatible smartphone or tablet device. The MusicCast Controller app puts control of your whole home listening experience in the palm of your hand from your Apple iOS or Android device. You'll be able to quickly select the room or rooms you want to listen to music in, select the source or sources you want to listen to, browse music content from your music library and online music services, listen to Internet Radio, plus control music playback functions.

  • Rooms: Choose which room or rooms you want to listen to music in. You can select a different source for each room, group certain rooms together for playback of the same source, or link all rooms together so the same source is played back throughout the house.
  • Source Selection: From the app you can select which source or sources you want to listen to; choose from network-connected devices (such as your Apple iOS/Android device or DLNA server), select online music services, Internet Radio or Bluetooth. If you have incorporated a Yamaha AV receiver or soundbar with MusicCast into your system, you can also select from analog & digital inputs - including HDMI, Optical/Coax USB, RCA/Aux, and Phono. You can even select a AM/FM ratio station from a MusicCast AV receiver.
  • Music Browsing: You can browse music libraries from your network-connected devices; like your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop. You can also browse music content from select online music services and search Internet Radio stations from the MusicCast Controller app. You can also browse music files on your USB-connected thumbdrive.
  • Playback & Song/Artist Info: From the MusicCast Controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device you get Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track; as well as song/artist information and album art.
  • Favorites: Internet radio stations, content from select online music services, plus playlists and songs from your network-connected device's music library can be saved as "Favorites" for quick recall within the MusicCast Controller app. Up to 40 Favorites can be registered.
  • Personalization & Customization: With the app's unique personalization features, you can choose from preloaded room images or change the color of buttons to represent each room in the home, or even take pictures of their own home and assign the images to each button. The content source buttons can also be customized to rename, remove or reorder selections for easier operation.

Alexa & Google Voice Control: Alexa and Google Home enabled devices (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) are able to control key functions of Yamaha's MusicCast system using voice commands. With Alexa & Google Home voice control integration, all you have to do is ask. The MusicCast 20 (WX-021) offers full compatibility with Amazon's and Google's range of voice control devices. Yamaha offers two Skill platforms that work hand-in-hand to give you a wide range of voice command possibilities, allowing you to control either a single MusicCast product or a whole MusicCast system. The Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021), other MusicCast components, and Alexa/Google-enabled devices must be on the same WiFi network.

  • MusicCast Smart Home Skill: The MusicCast Smart Home skill supports the most common, everyday voice commands you would use to control a single MusicCast component. These basic commands include power on/off, volume control, play/pause/skip/previous, mute/unmute and input selection. This skill supports simple, Alexa and Google standardized commands such as "Alexa" or "Ok Google", "volume up in the Kitchen."
  • MusicCast Skill: The MusicCast skill goes beyond the basics, giving you enhanced control of unique MusicCast functions such as room linking, multiple room control, playback of MusicCast Favorites/Playlists and more. The commands are customized for MusicCast, for example "Alexa" or "Ok Google", "ask MusicCast to link the Kitchen with the Living Room."
  • Echo Source Input: In addition or alternatively, an Echo device can be used as a music/audio source for a MusicCast system. All MusicCast devices offer a Bluetooth input. Just pair your Echo device with any MusicCast component and the sound will play from the MusicCast device. Many MusicCast products also offer inputs which can be connected to Echo Dot via its line output, if a wired connection is preferred over Bluetooth. Using the MusicCast Controller app, you can select the Bluetooth or wired input and link multiple MusicCast devices for playback, allowing you to hear sound from Echo Dot throughout your home.
Notes:
  • Click here for a more information regarding Amazon Alexa control. Click here for more information regarding Google Home Assistant control.
  • The Google Home Digital Assistant requires an over-the-network firmware update (now available).

Top-Panel Controls: The Yamaha MusicCast 20 (WX-021) features touch-sensitive top-panel controls for local operation. Control functions include Power On/Off,  Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down, Presets, and Alarm.

  • 3 Presets: The 3 preset buttons give you one-touch access to your music favorites (save a favorite music playlist, online music service, or Internet radio station). Simply press and hold the preset buttons (1/2/3) to store a music source.
  • Alarm/Snooze: The alarm button makes the MusicCast 20 (WX-021) perfect for your nightstand in the bedroom, so you can wake up to your favorite online music. Once the alarm goes off, you can tap any button on the top-panel to activated a 5 minute snooze. To turn off the alarm, press and hold any button on the top-panel (if the alarm is not stopped manually, it will stop automatically after one hour). The alarm and snooze must be first setup through the MusiCast Controller app on your mobile device.
Note: This unit is equipped with a child lock function. When the child lock function is enabled, some top-panel controls are disabled to prevent unintended or accidental operation.

Auto Standby & Sleep Timer: The MusicCast speaker will automatically enter standby mode after approximately 20 minutes of no audio playback and no operation. You can set the unit's Sleep Timer to 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes from the app on your compatible mobile device.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Be a convenient device on my nite stand when listening to audio from my iPad and kindle audio books. [ Dennis  Aug 14, 2019 ]
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To use as the rear speakers in a 5.1 setup [ ALLEN V  Jul 20, 2019 ]
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defined as musiccast surround sound compatible for rear wireless speakers [ David  Jul 18, 2019 ]
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Would fit well in my kitchen, good price, works with music library and streaming sources, has buttons for presets. [ Daniel  Jul 18, 2019 ]
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Hogan told me all about it. [ Josh  Jul 16, 2019 ]
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remote speaker for kitchen and the spotify connect feature finalized the sale [ Mark  Jul 01, 2019 ]
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wanted to have wireless to patio outside, and also for surround sound inside [ William Matt  May 23, 2019 ]
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The Yamaha MusicCast app allows the speakers to play the music through the entire house. We have a Yamaha receiver in the family, a WX-021 in the kitchen and a WX-030 in the bedroom. Plus zone b speakers poolside. [ Timothy  May 07, 2019 ]
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To created a 5.1 Suround sound system with Yamaha receiver and 3 wired speakers. [ Dean  Apr 21, 2019 ]
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cost effective method for having music from my stereo (including CD's and records) in other rooms, without wires running around walls and ceilings. [ Debbie  Jan 31, 2019 ]
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Need wireless rear speakers for receiver. [ Curtis  Jan 19, 2019 ]
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Recommended by you guys. Seemed legit. [ Jim  Jan 18, 2019 ]
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Surround speaker for the Yamaha soundbar. [ Benjamin  Jan 05, 2019 ]
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I have purchased from Crutchfield for many years and am totally satisfied by service and support. I have one WX-30 speaker plus an AV and need to expand the system. [ STEPHEN G  Jan 01, 2019 ]
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I did some research on different sound bars. Knowing Yamaha represents quality products at a reasonable price this was the choice for me. [ TOBY J  Dec 31, 2018 ]
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Support for easy wireless surround with Yamaha recievers [ John  Dec 03, 2018 ]
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Recommended by advisor and good comparisons with similar product. [ Cathy  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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I have other Yamaha equipment that I like and I want to try to set up wireless speakers in my house. [ John  Nov 27, 2018 ]
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My husband wants it for Christmas [ Eileen  Nov 23, 2018 ]
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I purchased the Yamaha Receivers RXA 770 & RXA 880 from you late last year and wanted to use the MusicCast features with these wireless speakers. I am completing a 5.1 system in my bonus room. Hope the setup and operations work smoothly and that I can count on your "techies" to help me if I need it. Thanks. [ WILLIAM  Nov 02, 2018 ]
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Recommended by Gus [ John  Oct 16, 2018 ]
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Because it seems like one of the few products that can serve as wireless home theater surrounds, without adapters/extra equipment. [ Zachary  Sep 23, 2018 ]
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To become wireless surround speakers for YAMAHA AVENTAGE based theater sound. [ Arnel  Sep 10, 2018 ]
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multicast ability [ Mark  Nov 25, 2018 ]
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compatible with the R-N803 receiver I just purchased [ Christopher  Oct 26, 2018 ]
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Fit my need [ Michael  Oct 23, 2018 ]
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4 questions already asked

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Is there a way to control the tone and bass on the unit if you are using the net radio ??
[ rick  Apr 03, 2019 ]
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There is volume but no separate tone control on the speakers. Just whatever is on your app. (The sound is awesome)
[ David  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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Yes. You do that from the app on your phone. Once you set up your room(s) click/touch on a station such as Lithium (SirusXM), at the bottom of the screen there will be a volume level, a square box that pauses the station and on the bottom right are three lines with dots on them or "levels." Click/touch this and you can control the high, mid, low, sound program, sleep. I have really enjoyed this speaker.
[ Gerald W.  Apr 06, 2019 ]
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I bought this speaker as a gift so I don't know. I did hear how it sounds and it was great for its size. I believe Crutchfield has a return policy if it does not meet your expectations.
[ ROBERT E  Apr 03, 2019 ]
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What is the odd, little 6-pin rectangular port tucked between the USB & RJ-45 network jack on the WX-021 used for?
[ Curious  Oct 12, 2018 ]
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No idea. I have seen this on another Yamaha product I purchased but nowhere did I see an explanation for how to use it. Maybe it is something only Yamaha can access.
[ KATE  Oct 15, 2018 ]
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According to the Users Manual, it, along with the USB port, are used for service only. I haven't been able to find any additional documentation on these ports.
[ Robert  Oct 13, 2018 ]
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Is their a mounting thread on the bottom or only on the back of the speaker?
[ GregATL  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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None on the bottom, just on the back of the speaker.
[ Gerald W.  Dec 31, 2018 ]
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The Mounting bracket is on the back only ( center)
[ All About Furniture  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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I do not know the speaker is in a different location from where I am now. You might consider contacting Yamaha support. I found them very helpful.
[ LARRY  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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I just checked it for you & I only saw the one on the back, which is very obvious. Sorry!
[ SUSAN  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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There is one mounting thread. It is on the back of the speaker.
[ John  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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the mounting thread is only on the back. My speaker is attached to a simple mount I picked up on Amazon for $15/pair which is anchored to a wall stud, and it's works great.
[ Spencer  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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Mounting thread is on the back only. I have it on Mounting Dream floor stand. It works very well. Most mounting systems come with multiple bracket arrangements.
[ David  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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Only back of the speaker.
[ Andrzej  Dec 26, 2018 ]
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Is there a list of receivers that this speaker will work with as fear surrounds ? In my case is itCompatible. With an rx683?
[ Ssddd  Nov 02, 2018 ]
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I called Yamaha tech support. They were very helpful . The negative is the long wait time before someone answered the phone.
[ LARRY  Nov 03, 2018 ]
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If the receiver has MusicCast it will work but tough to set up. The app is quite clumsy. Speakers sound good tho
[ John  Nov 02, 2018 ]

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