Audio Section Wireless Streaming Convenience Features
Wireless Streaming Pre-Amplifier: The Yamaha WXC-50
is a wireless streaming pre-amplifier that is part of
Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system. The WXC-50 lets your
at MusicCast multiroom audio to your existing home audio system.
Superior Audio Technology: Yamaha's relentless
pursuit of sonic purity is clearly evident in the engineering of their
WXC-50 wireless streaming pre-amplifier. The WXC-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
- High Performance DAC: The pre-amp circuitry
uses the same high-performance ESS Sabre digital-to-analog converter
(DAC) found in Yamaha's high-end Yamaha AV receivers.
- Precision Volume Control: A 48-bit digital
volume control provides much greater precision and quality than
- Proprietary Power & Ground Architecture: A
proprietary power supply ground configuration prevents sound
- Rigid Chassis: A highly-rigid metal chassis
supplies the stability necessary for clear, powerful music
Yamaha Proprietary Sound Processing: The WXC-50
wireless streaming pre-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.
- Compressed Music Enhancer: The Compressed Music
Enhancer greatly improves sound reproduction from smartphones or
other compressed sources, like MP3 files.
- Volume-Adaptive EQ: Volume-adaptive EQ
automatically adjusts the bass/treble balance according to the
- Advanced Bass Extension: Advanced Bass
Extension Processing provides a deeper, richer low-end sound - great
for use with compact or in-wall speakers.
- Direct Playback Mode: Direct playback mode
allows you to play back high-resolution audio sources just as they
are, without any processing.
Note: These audio settings are accessible only from
the MusicCast app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android mobile
Advanced Audio Features: The Yamaha WXC-50 offers
additional audio adjustments to get the most out of the speaker and your
- Ultra Low Jitter PLL: Sets the strength of the
jitter removal applied to the audio input being played back, in
order to adjust the audio quality. When the level is set high, the
jitter removal is more effective, but the sound may cut out on
low-speed networks. When the level is set low, the jitter removal
is less effect, but the signal is more reliable for lower speed
- 3-Band EQ: The pre-amp's 3-band EQ
(High/Mid/Low) can be adjusted from -6 to +6dB in 0.5dB steps, so
you can tailor the sound to your preference.
- Speaker Type: Optimizes the WXC-50's audio
output for the type of speakers you have connected - Compact,
Bookshelf, Floorstanding, In-ceiling, or In-Wall.
Note: To access the above listed audio features,
you will need to use the Web Control screen on your computer.
Volume Levels: The WXC-50 provides a variety of
volume level controls, settings, and adjustments.
- Initial Volume: Set the volume level when the
power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same as the volume
when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80dB to + 0dB in
increments of 0.5dB.
- Max Volume: Set the receiver's maximum volume
level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud
by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -20dB to 0dB in 5dB
- L/R Balance: Adjust the balance of the volume
between the left and right speakers from -12 to +12 in 1 steps.
- Input Trim: Adjust the volume level of each input. This is
useful to balance the level of each input to avoid sudden changes in
volume when switching between input sources. The range is from -6dB
to +6dB in 0.5dB increments.
- Subwoofer Volume: Adjust the volume of the
pre-amp's subwoofer output independently from the main volume.
Adjustable from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5dB steps.
Note: To access the above listed volume
settings, you will need to use the Web Control screen on your
Player Mode: If you want to adjust volume from a
connected Hi-Fi amp or AV receiver, the WXC-50 allows you to turn off
"PREAMP" mode and use the device as a network audio player. Switching to
"PLAYER" mode bypasses the volume control and any processing, allowing
direct playback of high-resolution audio.
Analog & Digital Inputs: The WXC-50 wireless
streaming pre-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.
Analog & Digital Outputs: The WXC-50 wireless
streaming pre-amplifier is fitted with analog & digital outputs. There
is one stereo RCA output for connecting to an analog stereo input on
your AV/stereo receiver or integrated amplifier. There is one optical
(toslink) digital output and one coaxial (RCA) digital output for
connecting to the digital input of your AV/stereo receiver or integrated
amplifier. The digital outputs support 2ch PCM audio up to
USB-A Port: The Yamaha WXC-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:
- DSD (2.8MHz/5.6MHz)
- FLAC (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
- AIFF (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
- WAV (up to 192kHz/24-bit)
- ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit)
- MP3 (up to 48kHz/320kpbs)
- AAC (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
- WMA (up to 48kHz/320kbps)
Note: The receiver's USB port does not support
Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets.
Subwoofer Output: The WXC-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
Note: Yamaha's new MusicCast system is not
compatible with Yamaha's old MusicCAST system.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha
MusicCast WXC-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
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
- 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
- Source Selection: From the app you can select
which source or sources you want to listen to; choose from
network-connected devices, select online music services, Internet
Radio, Bluetooth, USB, plus analog & digital inputs for the WXC-50.
You can also select a Phono input from a MusicCast compatible Yamaha
- 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 app. If your MusicCast device features a USB port, you can
also browse music files on your USB-connected thumbdrive.
- Playback & Song/Artist Info: From the MusicCast
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 app.
- 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.
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 WXC-50 preamplifier 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 |
| 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 |
| DSD ||2.8/5.6 MHz ||1-bit ||N |
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.
Service || Description |
| 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)
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
Bluetooth Audio: The Yamaha MusicCast WXC-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
- SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for
the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the WXC-50 pre-amp offers
support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the WX-030 offers better audio
performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or
- 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
- Bluetooth Output: The Bluetooth Output feature
allows you to wirelessly stream audio from a non-Bluetooth source of
the MusicCast pre-amplifier to another Bluetooth speaker or
headphones (regardless of manufacture), making it even more
convenient to add the MusicCast eco-system to your existing
audio gear. Bluetooth is limited to the SBC codec during "Bluetooth
Output" Playback mode.
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 WXC-50 pre-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 pre-amp.
From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library
on your computer to the MusicCast pre-amplifier.
Note: AirPlay is not available for multiroom audio
DLNA: The MusicCast WXC-50 pre-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
Note: Digital Rights Management (DRM) content
cannot be played back.
Front-Panel Controls: The WXC-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 pre-amp 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
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).
- Alexa Skill: The MusicCast skill for Alexa will allow
you to power MusicCast products on and off, control basic playback
functions, make selections from a playlist of favorite music, adjust the
volume, and use the Link function for playback of multiple MusicCast
- 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, Echo Dot or
Echo Show with any MusicCast wireless speaker, sound bar or AV receiver and
the sound will play from the MusicCast device. Using the MusicCast app, you
can then select the Bluetooth input and link multiple MusicCast devices for
playback, allowing you to hear it throughout your home. 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. This requires
using an optional analog audio cable (sold separately). Using the MusicCast
app, you can select the wired input and link multiple MusicCast devices for
playback, allowing you to hear sound from Echo Dot throughout your home.
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 WXC-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 pre-amplifier's
Remote In jack (3.5mm), you can operate the unit using the supplied
remote control even if the pre-amp 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
pre-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
pre-amp'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 WXC-50 pre-amp 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 WXC-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.
- Horizontal Mount: 8.4375" (w) x 2.0625" [4.875"
w/ antenna] (h) x 10.5" (d)
- Vertical Mount: 3.625" (w) x 8.625" [11.5" w/
antenna] (h) x 10.5" (d)
- Rack Mount: 8.4375" (w) x 1.75" [4.625" w/
antenna] (h) x 10.5" (d)
Note: Allow ventilation space of at least 4" on the
top, side, and back of the unit.
Low Power Consumption: The WXC-50 consumes less than
2W of power in standby mode. When the power is on, power consumption is
still a low 5W, 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
WXC-50 pre-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.