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Great little unit. Easy to hook up, Connects to the network and can link easily between the units. Great component for a whole house system.
Crutchfield: Yamaha MusicCast wireless multi-room audio
Add a pair of speakers to the WXA-50 MusicCast streaming amplifier and enjoy wireless music in any room.
Yamaha's WXA-50 MusicCast amplifier makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Internet music streaming services, audio files, and more in any room of your house. Just connect a pair of speakers and use your existing Wi-Fi network to access your tunes with the free MusicCast mobile app. This stereo amp packs 55 watts per channel into a compact-but-sturdy metal chassis that fits in tight spaces. You can place it horizontally on a shelf, or even stand it upright to save space on your desktop.
MusicCast gives you lots of sources to choose from. Access your personal digital music library, Internet radio, 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. MusicCast even supports high-resolution audio formats. Built-in Bluetooth lets you listen to content streaming directly from your mobile device, and even send those Bluetooth streams to other MusicCast players on your Wi-Fi network.
Control all your MusicCast speakers and components with the free app for Apple® and Android™ smartphones or tablets. It lets you select rooms, browse music sources, and start and stop playback with an intuitive interface.
Average Customer Review(s):
Great little unit. Easy to hook up, Connects to the network and can link easily between the units. Great component for a whole house system.
I Recently Added this amplifier tomorrow system so that I have music outside. It works really well I'm really happy with everything it works in sync with the inside receiver or you can have music throughout your house and backyard or whatever room you would like to use it In.
Overall this little puppy is impressive. But first and very important: Ignore the mini manual provided and download the full manual which is very good and which provides several options for connecting the device to your home network. Because, as others have stated, that was problematic. But the connection options provided in the full manual solved that for me. Once connected, and you have the app up and running, the unit really shines. The sound shaping, room setup, network, Bluetooth, all are easily configurable as was the Apple Airplay output which was my biggest need. Really nice, sturdy, design to this amp. For those comparing to Bose SA5, the actual amp aesthetics, app controls and features are superior. A big concern I have is that for an amp this sophisticated, it only outputs 55 watts per channel. The Bose did 100 wpc. I have a pair of Definitive Technology 6500 high end outdoor speakers and they want power so I have to crank this amp up to get it there. Hopefully not an issue if playing for longer periods of time. But, all in all, pretty impressive.
Pros: Design, features, tiny size and overall capabilities.
Cons: Only 55 wps, Mini-manual provided is lacking, but downloadable full manual is well done.
I just bought 6 of these at a very expensive price. You would think for that kind of money they would work. Tried setup, failed, failed, failed. I only tried 3 of them but none of them would connect. I spent over an hour each trying to get them to work. Major fail. I talked to Crutchfield support and they tried but nothing is working. Yamaha is totally no help. I was really looking forward to this system, now back to the drawing board.
Pros: Will not work so I don't know
Cons: Will not connect. Cant use. No sound.Crutchfield response on 11/14/2017 Greg, we're sorry you had issues with your amplifiers. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
The amp's MusicCast system is difficult to match to home network. Written instructions not clear. After getting app installed, the source receiver and the remote amp will not sync sound, eco delay stinks. Support from Yamaha has been hard to reach with only periodic, brief e-mails that have not yet solved the issue.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 9/19/2017 We're sorry you're having issues with your amp. If the problem continues, please just reach back out to our tech support team. They can either help get it working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.
Really enjoying this Yamaha product. Sounds great with Yamaha 8" ceiling speakers or Bose 251 speakers. Easy to connect, but instructions could be a bit more specific and detailed when adding it as a new zone and connecting to the MusicCast system. I figured it out fairly quickly though. Yamaha tech support takes many days to get any response so I'm really glad Crutchfield has friendly, good, and responsive customer and tech support.
Great solution for multi-room audio and am pleased I purchased, but important to understand the limitations. Switched to wired ethernet connection after poor performance over wifi when trying to stream same source to multiple rooms. MusicCast app is mediocre and works well for linking rooms and playing some sources but problematic if you're tied into the Apple universe. Since Apple Music/Radio is protected, can't play from within app (purchased content is fine). Can use AirPlay to stream, but AirPlay is limited to connecting to one device at a time (Apple limitation). The workaround is to stream from iTunes on a mac/PC as that allows selecting multiple destinations. If you have a MusicCast enabled receiver, use AppleTV as an input to stream and the receiver will then allow you to connect to multiple streaming amps. Currently using 4 of these and will likely add more.
Pros: Easily select/link multiple rooms. Compact. Strong performance over wired ethernet connection. Far better than other solutions.
Cons: Overpriced. Mediocre MusicCast app. Limitations that you need to consider/workaround if Apple Music/Radio is your primary source.
I ordered 4 amplifiers unfortunately one of them was not working!
Easy to set up and use
Wireless Streaming Amplifier: The Yamaha WXA-50 is a wireless streaming amplifier that is part of Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system. Start with the MusicCast WXA-50 amplifier and add more MusicCast devices over time (like wireless speakers, AV receivers, and soundbars from Yamaha) for a wireless multiroom audio solution. Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected.
Discrete Stereo Amplifier: The Yamaha WXA-50 is equipped with a discrete stereo amplifier with low-impedance drive capability, dynamic power, minimal distortion, and excellent sound quality. The amplifier is stable down to 4Ω.
Superior Audio Technology: Yamaha's relentless pursuit of sonic purity is clearly evident in the engineering of their WXA-50 wireless streaming amplifier. The WXA-50 features a solid metal body with an aluminum cover and a slim, compact design that fits just about anywhere. Under the hood, you'll find high-performance components and advanced circuitry that deliver powerful, sonically-pure amplification.
Yamaha Proprietary Sound Processing: The WXA-50 wireless streaming amplifier incorporates a variety of Yamaha proprietary sound processing technologies - like Compressed Music Enhancer, Volume-Adaptive EQ, & Advanced Bass Extension. You can also choose to bypass this digital audio processing.
Note: These audio settings are accessible only from the MusicCast app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android mobile device.
Advanced Audio Features: The Yamaha WXA-50 offers additional audio adjustments to get the most out of the speaker and your music.
Note: To access the above listed audio features, you will need to use the Web Control screen on your computer.
Volume Levels: The WXA-50 provides a variety of volume level controls, settings, and adjustments.
Note: To access the above listed volume settings, you will need to use the Web Control screen on your computer.
Analog & Digital Inputs: The WXA-50 wireless streaming amplifier is fitted with analog & digital inputs. There is one stereo RCA input for connecting an analog audio source. There is one optical (toslink) digital input for connecting digital audio sources. The optical digital input supports 2ch PCM audio up to 32-bit/192kHz.
USB-A Port: The Yamaha WXA-50 is equipped with a rear-panel USB-A 2.0 port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files stored on a USB mass storage class memory device, such as a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player (not compatible with USB HDDs). Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/0.5A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include:
Note: The receiver's USB port does not support Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets.
Binding-Post Speaker Outputs: The WXA-50 wireless streaming amplifier is fitted with four binding post terminals for connection of a single pair of 4 to 16-ohm speakers. The binding-posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual).
Aux Output (Fixed): The stereo RCA auxiliary output (fixed) allows you to daisy-chain the WXA-50's audio signal output to another integrated amplifier with volume control.
Subwoofer Output: The WXA-50 is equipped with a mono-RCA subwoofer output for connecting a powered sub (sold separately). The subwoofer output is full-range; you will need to use a powered sub with a built-in low-pass crossover.
MusicCast from Yamaha: MusicCast from Yamaha, brings music to every room in your home wirelessly with control provided by a free app on your Apple iOS or Android device. Designed to easily work with your existing home WiFi network, MusicCast offers access to a huge range of audio content. This content includes select online music services, Internet radio, digital music libraries, and Bluetooth audio. Yamaha AV receivers and soundbars which feature MusicCast even offer multiroom streaming of connected external sources; such as TVs, cable/satellite boxes, Blu-ray/DVD Disc players, CD/SACD players, and USB thumbdrives. MusicCast can even select terrestrial AM/FM radio stations for playback throughout the home when linked to a tuner-enabled MusicCast device (like an AV receiver). MusicCast is enabled on many 2015-up Yamaha components like their AV receivers, wireless speakers, soundbars, and other HiFi components (up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected).
Note: Yamaha's new MusicCast system is not compatible with Yamaha's old MusicCAST system.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha MusicCast WXA-50 supports both WiFi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz) and wired Ethernet (RJ-45) connections, so you can choose to build a wireless or wired network, or a combination of both if desired. An external WiFi antenna is included and must be installed for wireless operation. Network setup can be done through the free MusicCast app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device, a USB-connected Apple iOS device (5.0+), WPS push button, or manually.
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").
MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded for Apple (iOS 7.1+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS4.1+) smartphones/tablets. The MusicCast 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 or Internet Radio, plus control music playback functions.
High Resolution Audio: MusicCast supports true high-resolution audio formats to deliver more accurate reproduction of sonic details. The MusicCast eco-system is compatible with Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96kHz/24-bit, as well as FLAC, AIFF and WAV music files up to 192kHz/24-bit. The WXA-50 amplifier even supports DSD high-res audio, up to 5.6MHz. 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||8-320 kbps||N|
|WMA||32/44.1/48 kHz||8-320 kbps||N|
|AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||8-320 kbps||N|
|WAV (PCM)||32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 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 or 5.6MHz/1-bit), while the other rooms and MusicCast devices down-converted to 48kHz
Streaming Music Partners: MusicCast includes Pandora, Spotify Connect, Napster, and SiriusXM Internet Radio streaming services, as well as thousands of free local and international Internet radio stations from vTuner. TIDAL and Deezer will be available through a firmware update available in late spring of 2017.
|Pandora||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 create up to 100 stations and easily switch between your favorites.|
|Spotify Connect||With the Spotify app (premium account required) 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 Yamaha AV receiver 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 system for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.|
|SiriusXM||SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.|
| TIDAL |
(requires firmware update)
|Tidal is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast 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.|
(requires firmware update)
|Deezer is an online music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month. Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by genre.|
|Napster||Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that 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.|
|vTuner||You can also listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this unit, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or Podcast.|
Bluetooth Audio: The Yamaha MusicCast WXA-50 offers built-in Bluetooth (v.2.1+EDR) for wireless music streaming & control. This allows you to stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, and more to the MusicCast amplifier.
AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the Yamaha MusicCast WXA-50 amplifier, over your home's WiFi network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music and music apps on your device to the Yamaha MusicCast amplifier. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the MusicCast amplifier.
Note: AirPlay is not available for multiroom audio playback.
DLNA: The MusicCast WXA-50 amplifier supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5, allowing access to DLNA-compatible Windows 7/8 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 amplifier.
Note: Digital Rights Management (DRM) content cannot be played back.
Front-Panel Controls: The WXA-50 features a rotary volume knob and three push-buttons (Power, Source, & Play/Pause) on the front-panel. Pressing any button on the front panel turns the unit on and initiates playback of the previously selected source providing quick and easy access to your favorite music.
IR Remote: The amplifier also comes with an ultra-slim remote offering six presets, so you can quickly access your favorite Internet radio stations even when your smartphone or tablet's not handy. Remote control functions include Power, Source, Volume, Mute, Presets, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track.
Alexa Compatible (Firmware Update Required): Alexa-enabled devices (including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap and Echo Show) will soon be able to control key functions of a MusicCast system using voice commands. A firmware update (available early 2018), will be available for download that allows key functions of MusicCast products to be controlled using your voice through Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately).
Note: You will need an Alexa-enabled device (Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, or Echo Show - all sold separately) to operate certain functions of your MusicCast products via voice-command. The MusicCast components and the Alexa-enabled devices must be on the same network.
Trigger In/Out & Remote In: The WXA-50 is fitted a 3.5mm Trigger In and Out for liked power/on and off functionality with other components that also features a 3.5mm Trigger In/Out. By connecting an infrared receiver (sold separately) to the amplifier's Remote In jack (3.5mm), you can operate the unit using the supplied remote control even if the amplifier is stored out of sight.
Web Control: With the Web Control screen displayed in a web browser on your Windows PC or Mac computer, you can control the amplifier's music playback, as well as modify various network and audio settings. Recommended web browsers include Internet Explorer 11-up and Safari 9-up.
Wireless Radio Off Switch: You can disable the amplifier's Bluetooth wireless radio and/or WiFi wireless radio when they are not being used to reduce interference. After making the switch, be sure to disconnect the unit's power cable from the AC wall outlet and plug it in again.
Mounting Options: At only 2.0625" tall and 8.4375" wide, The WXA-50 amplifier can be placed horizontally or vertically, allowing it to fit neatly in almost any space. Rubber feet are included for horizontal placement and plastic stands are included for vertical installation. With the feet removed, the WXA-50 is only 1.6875" high, allowing it to be placed on a rack shelf within a 1U high rack space. Two units can be placed side-by-side on a 19" wide shelf.
Note: Allow ventilation space of at least 4" on the top, side, and back of the unit.
Low Power Consumption: The WXA-50 consumes less than 2W of power in standby mode. When the power is on, power consumption is still a low 15W, and even when used for long periods, power consumption is environmentally friendly.
Auto Power Standby: In addition, the Auto Power Standby feature lets you save energy by automatically turning the power off after 20 minutes, 2 hours, 4 hours, 8 hours, or 12 hours. This feature can also be turned off.
Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the audio & network settings.
Firmware Updates: Firmware Updates for the MusicCast WXA-50 amplifier can be made through its network connection and the MusicCast app on your Apple iOS or Android device. The app will notify you when a firmware update is available. Click here for latest firmware updates.
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MusicCast is Yamaha's wireless multi-room audio system. Connect a compatible products to your home network, and you can listen to music and control it from your phone.