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Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

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

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Overview

Our take on the Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Here's a neat wireless speaker that can stand on its own but really plays well with others. The Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 speaker takes up little space on your nightstand, desk, or kitchen counter, and it delivers a surprising amount of sound. And if you own a Yamaha receiver or sound bar with MusicCast, you'll really want to take notice. This mighty mite works together with other MusicCast speakers and components for a whole-house music system. Using your phone or tablet, you can send different songs to different rooms, or thump the same playlist throughout the house.

The smallest speaker in Yamaha's multi-room MusicCast lineup

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 speaker

The ultra-nimble Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 wireless speaker can fit in practically any room. (You'll just need an AC outlet nearby.)

Here's a neat wireless speaker that can stand on its own but really plays well with others. The Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 speaker takes up little space on your nightstand, desk, or kitchen counter, and it delivers a surprising amount of sound. And if you own a Yamaha receiver or sound bar with MusicCast, you'll really want to take notice. This mighty mite works together with other MusicCast speakers and components for a whole-house music system. Using your phone or tablet, you can send different songs to different rooms, or thump the same playlist throughout the house.

MusicCast has my favorite multi-room control app

I've tried most of the multi-room music services or platforms, and I have come to a conclusion. As much as I dig good sound, it's often the quality of the mobile app that makes or breaks your experience. Yamaha nailed it with their free MusicCast app, available for Apple® and Android™. The intuitive layout and user-friendly graphics make all the controls easy to find at a glance. Select rooms, pick songs, adjust volume — it's all right there on your phone or tablet's screen. You can even customize the menu using your own images, giving the app a personalized, next-gen feel.

You choose how to listen

MusicCast also gives you lots of music 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.

Yamaha MusicCast app

Control music in every room with the intuitive MusicCast app.

Built-in 2-way Bluetooth for even more freedom

Discover a new band on SoundCloud? Find a sick DJ set on Mixcloud? A classic music video on YouTube™? Use Bluetooth to stream sound from your phone through the MusicCast system — no restrictions! You can also send audio from the WX-010 speaker to other Bluetooth-enabled hardware. That means you can play MusicCast sound through portable speakers and wireless headphones. 

More MusicCast components to build a whole-home music system

Yamaha home theater receivers - Play MusicCast through your stereo and send sound from connected sources like TV, CD, or vinyl to other MusicCast components.

Yamaha sound bars - Space-saving home theater solutions that offer immersive TV sound and MusicCast wireless music.

Wireless speakers and components - Add MusicCast to other rooms or existing speakers using these assorted speakers and amps.

Product Highlights:

  • space-saving design with two built-in drivers for strong, detailed sound
    • 3-1/2" woofer and 1" tweeter
  • dual passive radiators reinforce bass frequencies
  • connects to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music listening
  • built-in Bluetooth lets you stream directly from compatible devices
    • also sends audio wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones
MusicCast:
  • free MusicCast app lets you control the speaker and play music with your Apple or Android device
  • support for online music services, including Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and thousands of free internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
  • connects wirelessly to other Yamaha speakers and receivers with MusicCast to play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
  • supports high-res playback for PCM-based files up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • built-in music enhancer for smoothing out the sound of over-compressed MP3 files
  • Apple AirPlay® for streaming from compatible Apple devices and computers running iTunes®
  • DLNA support for streaming music from compatible networked computers and NAS drives
General:
  • wirelessly pair two WX-010s (sold individually) for stereo sound (firmware update may be required)
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
  • 4-3/4"W x 6-1/4"H x 5-1/8"D
  • weight: 3.7 lbs.
  • requires AC power (adapter provided)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless speaker
  • 10' AC power cord
  • Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • US Warranty Card
  • Canada Warranty Card
  • Online Product Registration Card
  • "Yamaha Worldwide Representative Offices" note
  • "MusicCast" brochure
  • "Spotify Premium" sheet

Bought two of these to go with our YSP-5600 soundbar and two Yamaha MusicCast WX-030. Easy to setup and pretty decent sound from such a small package. Great deal when on sale.

Frank, West Chester, OH

Reviews

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(35 Reviews)

Simple Speakers

Tom from West Bend , WI on 2/11/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got two and am using the stereo feature. Easy to set-up, great documentation on the web site. No need for the experts at Cruchfield, way too easy. They sound great for a den sized room for such a small footprint. I can use them with the Musicast app or connect via Bluetooth. Very cost effective when I purchased these on sale.

Pros: Easy to set-up. Sounds great for a den or bedroom . Use individually for added zones or two in stereo. Low cost, (when on sale). Small footprint.

Cons: None

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Frank from West Chester, OH on 1/14/2018

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Bought two of these to go with our YSP-5600 soundbar and two Yamaha MusicCast WX-030. Easy to setup and pretty decent sound from such a small package. Great deal when on sale.

Pros: Good sound, compact design and easy setup.

Cons: Documentation could be better.

A seriously fun set of speakers!

Jimbo from Logan, UT on 1/12/2018

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Is there a rating higher than 5 stars? Seriously, this is a wonderfully fun set of speakers. We already owned the Yamaha RS-A2060 receiver, which had been zoned (via hardwire) to 2 additional zones. I ordered two of these WX-010 speakers in order to add another wireless zone to our bedroom. As an integrated system, they 1) sound great!! Really amazing sound from two small speakers. 2) They link to our receiver via our WiFi network, working seamlesly as another zone from our receiver. 3) As a "Smart" speaker, they also play independently, Bluetoothing from my Ipad, or playing music via Spotify, Pandora etc accessed from the speaker software and the Musicast app. 4) The whole system is easy to control with the Yamaha Musicast app from our personal devices. With a quick learning curve, the app is really fun and easy to use. Apparently Yamaha is going to be updating the firmware to integrate with Amazon Alexa, which will make the speakers even easier to operate. My only complaint is I feel more documentation is needed from Yamaha for anything beyond basic setup. It took a little research to figure out how the link function works (to integrate with our receiver), how to pair the speakers for stereo effect, and to learn the subtleties of their Musicast App. Not hard to figure out with a little help from the internet, but it would have been nice to have the information at my fingertips at setup. I am VERY happy with these speakers!

Pros: Functionality. Yamaha seems to have thought of everything. Works especially well integrated with our Yamaha Receiver. Using a WiFi connection is so much nicer than dealing with Bluetooth connections.

Cons: A lack of accompanying documentation for anything beyond very basic setup.

Good deal on sale

Craig from Chattanooga, TN on 1/8/2018

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Took 4 tries to establish the connection. Now works great, sounds good. I have the bigger Yamaha MusicCast inside the house. Using the cheaper smaller one in the garage & patio.

Pros: Price, size, appearance

Cons: Set up

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Anonymous from Seymour, CT on 1/8/2018

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Linked two together in stereo mode to create a wireless system for our great room. Very simple to set up. Excellent sound.

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Joseph from Homosassa, FL on 1/5/2018

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I purchased four of these speakers to interface with a Yamaha RN303. The speakers sound great (I am not an audiophile) and fill my rooms as desired. They fit just about anywhere. The instructions are minimal and I had a hassle setting them up. It took a long time and required multiple tries for each speaker. I did get them all working with the app and amp and once I did they were great. I would buy them again without hesitation but would have really liked the setup to be more straight forward. Just give yourself extra time to setup.

Pros: sound and size

Cons: setup

Yamaha WX-010 multi-room audio

Les from Slapout, AL on 1/2/2018

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Horrible!! I want something to hook up to a receiver and play music, not to play ring around the rosey with some app!! Collosal pain in the butt setting up and wasn't told it has to be operated thru the app only! Totally worthless unless you are some geeky millennial!

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AWFUL

Larry from Austin, TX on 12/22/2017

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Set up is too complicated. Tried four times; nothing happened

Pros: NONE

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Crutchfield response on 12/26/2017 Larry, we're sorry you're having issues setting up your speaker. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Unexpected Flexibility . . .

Allan from Royal Oak, MI on 12/20/2017

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This is a great little speaker. It is small, has great sound, and is easy to get connected. I initially tried it by streaming digital music from my computer to my receiver to the speakers. I was using the musiccast app (free) for control and it did a reasonable job. I own the Roon software ($$$) and I was able to select tracks, albums, etc on computer in basically the same way I use for my main system. Eventually I figured out that I could link the computer (and FLAC files) directly to the musiccast speakers without going through the receiver using Roon. This unexpected compatibility is really nice and I could not be more pleased with my purchase of a couple of sale priced WX-010s.

Pros: Small size Great sound for size Really flexible/compatible with other network apps

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Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Mark from Milford, CT on 12/18/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased two of these. Set up the first one no problem>As I set up the second it failed and knocked the first one out as well. After a tech call to Crutchfield both are running great and sound good! Without Crutchfield this would have been a return and i would have thrown it the towel on having wireless sound throughout my home. Thank you Crutchfield!!!

Pros: Good sound, compact design!

Cons: Yamaha tech support is a joke, Always buy from Crutchfield,ALWAYS!!!

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Anonymous from Durham, NC on 12/17/2017

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Easy way to put music in your workshop, patio or porch

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Yamaha WX-010 multi-room audio

Paul from Bozeman, MT on 12/12/2017

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I have two of these speakers in our house. One is in our son's room so we can stream audiobooks as he falls asleep. Yes, we also read him books....we're not that bad of parents. However, it has been nice for him to fall asleep to an audiobook. Our other speaker is in the kitchen. These speakers paired with iTunes, Apple Airplay, and also a Yamaha receiver does a very nice job of filling the house with music on the kid's dreaded cleaning day. When we first got the speakers they were dropping connection, but the latest firmware update seems to have resolved that issue. I would recommend them because their sound is incredible considering they are playing over WIFI and they are not overly expensive. I would rate these as a great bang for the buck to get some sweet background noise playing through the house.

Pros: - easy setup - sound good - easily get music throughout the house without running wire - you can set them up to play stereo with Yamaha app - the Yamaha app is like wine: better with age without any hangover consequences

Cons: - you still have to buy them - every now and again I have to reset the speaker. It really is hard to take my phone out, open Yamaha music cast, turn the speaker off and then on. I think it took like a minute out of my life last week. (That is why 4 stars and not 5.)

Yamaha can do better...

FiNe from Culver City, CA on 12/9/2017

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For the company that designed the first digital mixer and pretty much invented DSP, this is a sad product. Keep in mind this is almost identical in volume to Sonos Play 1. The sound, in contrast, is mediocre and maybe becomes comparable on very good recordings. (have both in the same room) Yamaha needs to work on the dynamic DSP to keep the bass audible at any volume just like Play 1 does. This holiday sale seems to be the right value not just for Yamaha but also should be for the Bose Soutouch 10, Heos 1 and the likes. All of these companies counted on name recognition rather than the product quality. Sonos is the only one who built the custom drivers for their units along with dual d-class amplification. It only becomes apparent when you try them all.

Pros: Airplay, Bluetooth, musiccast ecosystem

Cons: Sound, heat, app issues on any device almost every day for the last 2 years. FABRIC!? Alarm. Streaming Services. Airplay out of sync with video.

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Anonymous from Charlotte, NC on 12/3/2017

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Solid little speaker. Works well with the rest of my MusicCast system. Plenty of bass (too much out of the box). Need to adjust the equalizer in the MusicCast app to get the best sound.

Pros: Plenty of bass. Works well with other MusicCast devices.

Cons: No AirPlay2 so have to get creative if streaming Apple Music to multiple MusicCast devices.

Musicast quirks detracts from a good speaker

Robert from Ossining, NY on 11/24/2017

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There should be two categories for reviewing this product. One for speaker quality; the other for its integration with MusicCast. The speaker lives up to its part. The speaker will be used as a stand alone item in my kitchen. For a single speaker, the sound is rich and powerful. It easily fills the room. The bass can be overpowering . The major downfall of the speaker is MusicCast. Yamaha's Musicast software and connectivity issue lead to a mediocre rating. Connection took multiple attempts. Sometimes the linkage of the speaker to a Yamaha RX V-481 receiver works. Other times it does not. While Yamaha says that Musicast offers Airplay connectivity, Yamaha does not tell you that Apple does not permit streaming from one device to another. So if I use Airplay to connect to the receiver, Apple blocks sending a signal to the wireless speaker. Streaming music from Amazon Music remains an issue. To do so, I needed to open the Amazon Music app, send a Bluetooth signal to the Yamaha receiver and then use the Musicast app to send signals to my wired speakers and a wireless signal to the WX-010. It typically takes 2-3 and sometimes 4 attempts to get everything working. Hopefully the upcoming Alexa-Musicast integration will permit seamless operation of the system. Separately, mounting options are limited. There is a single 1/4-20 screw mount. To mount on a wall a special mount with a screw adapter is needed. Other options for mounting would enhance the speaker.

Pros: Rich sound, multiple choices for connecting

Cons: Musicast Connectivity Issues Lousy, quirky App

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Randall from Lakeside, AZ on 11/21/2017

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I loved my first one so much I bought a second one. I will more than likely buy a third and thinking about adding the Yamaha sound bar and subwoofer later down the road too. These speakers sound great and you can't beat the price.

Pros: Great sound, compact, easy to use. Comparable to Bose.

Cons: MusicCast app takes some getting use too.

Great Sound and Easy Installation

Ricardo from Miami, FL on 11/18/2017

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Great sound and the easiest installation. With Musiccsat you can easily integrate with other Yamaha models to build a home based music layout.

Pros: Great for an office, bathroom or kitchen sound

Cons: Power cable is too long and hard to hide. Would be nice to have a 1 or 2 feet cable.

Nice sound, small footprint.. perfect for office background music

Bob from Marshall, MI on 11/8/2017

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Works well with a (relatively) new Yamaha N-402 receiver and MusicCast system. Set-up was OK... the challenge is the less-than-user-friendly MusicCast app. Do things exactly as outlined in instructions and you will prevail for the set-up. I'm still fiddling with the daily operation. The speaker itself... sounds quite fine in a medium-sized office space. Just as expected. The small size fits well next to a table top printer. Yes, the control buttons on top are not the easiest to see. No trouble with wi-fi connection... but then it sits about 30 feet away from the router. I can hear a quite small lag (probably less than a second, but audible) when listening to the same station playing on main speakers that are one room away. Simple solution... close the office door. A welcome addition to the app... the ability to move all Internet radio selections made for one room to another without having to search and enter each one again. Surely Yamaha folk can add this while keeping ability to add different stations if wanted.

Pros: Size, sound, design.

Cons: Operation on MusicCast app... not the fault of the speaker. Wee small control buttons.

Pleasantly Suprised

Paul from Ishpeming, MI on 11/8/2017

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Easy set up, great sound. I plan on buying 2 more!

Pros: Small footprint, big sound

Cons: None

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Lara Azzi from Royal Oak , MI on 11/6/2017

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so much great sound from such a small size. you have to be realistic with the expectations from this size (i have the 030 and a soundbar). but love the range and the response of the small 010 speaker

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Anonymous from Mount Joy, PA on 11/6/2017

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Easy to set up. But musiccast tends to drop out once in a while. I'm still tweaking the system.

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Excellent small wireless remote speaker

Kevin from Ft Collins, CO on 6/9/2017

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Perfect for moving from one location to another as needed. Simple tasteful appearance - fits in well in various settings. Easy to set up and operate with MusicCast app. I am impressed with it's ability to connect with my other systems.

Pros: Small footprint Easy to set up and use Good sound

Cons: Power cord is a bit heavy.

Good sound - Small Footprint

Anonymous from Orinda CA on 5/21/2017

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Having just gotten Yamaha's N-R602 receiver, I was keen to explore a MusicCast solution for our patio dining area. The WX-010 is our first extension speaker. It works great and sounds just fine for background cover. The small footprint is a dream. While we recognize it is early days for MusicCast, Yamaha or someone should get a weather resistant wireless speaker to market, and even a rechargeable battery version (ala Bose) to make it truly portable and flexible. Outdoor electrical outlets are rare at our "Palace"... As others have pointed out, the MusicCast app is borderline appallingly complex and often illogical. But it does work like a charm once you patiently set it all up. We are pleased with this speaker and the new totally connected receiver...

Pros: Sound reproduction is good, fits in a small spot out of the way, MusicCast interface

Cons: Tough set-up, Not weather friendly, needs power outlet-portability suffers

Good Sound, Small Footprint, Wireless Baby!

Tracy W from Grand Rapids, MI on 4/25/2017

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As long as you a fully aware of what you're buying, the WX-010 is great. It has a very small footprint (which I needed) and was very easy to hook up to my existing Yamaha MusicCast (wireless) network using the Yamaha mobile app . . . . just follow the instructions, don't try to wing it. The WX-010 sound quality is good for a small, bookshelf-sized speaker. It works very nicely for ambient or background music in my living room - providing just enough volume and clarity to be heard/enjoyed but not so intrusive that it overpowers the room conversations. (I actually have another set of Definitive Tech speakers when I want to seriously listen to music and overpower the room). The WX-010 lacks the bass thump and clarity of its sister bookshelf speaker, the WX-030, so if you've got the room for a slightly larger speaker, I would recommend the WX-030 over the WX-010. The 030 is a few dollars more but worth it for the improved sound quality. To be clear, I got exactly what I wanted with my WX-010 so that's why the 5 star rating.

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Buena ilustración y explicación del producto

Enrique from Guaynabo PR on 4/23/2017

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Me gustó mucho , buen precio , buena calidad de sonido y fácil conectividad. I liked it a lot; good price, good quality sound and easy installation.

Pros: Fácil conectividad Easy connectivity

Cons: Falta base para la pared Base missing for wall

Crutchfield response on 4/26/2017 Translation provided by Crutchfield's International Sales & Support team.

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

David from New Orleans, LA on 4/1/2017

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Bigger sound than I expected from a small box. Vary satisfying and versatile. This is my second MusicCast piece after the WXC-50. They play well together and apart.

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Anonymous from Charlottesville, VA on 3/12/2017

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The speaker itself has a nice rich sound, but, the MusicCast app that drives them is very very difficult to maneuver through.

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Horrid app but great sound

Rose from Charlottesville, VA on 3/8/2017

For such little speakers, wonderful, rich, sound--not tinny at all! Setting up was a breeze and enabling ONE speaker is easy as well However, the MusicCast app will test your frustration level to the absolute max!!!! Getting the receiver to connect to Wi-Fi takes about 5 times, even when standing inches away, getting them the speakers to link together is a joke and navigating the app itself is another foray into frustration Hell. Nevertheless, once the blood pressure subsides, the system works really well

Pros: Great sound, little, portable, inconspicuous

Cons: App needs some really SERIOUS work App hard to navigate System takes multiple times to connect to Wi-Fi

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Steven from Worcester, MA on 3/1/2017

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This speaker sounds great. I have it on my bedroom night table. I listen every morning and sometimes at night. connecting to my Yamaha receiver was a breeze. It's the perfect size as well. My only complaint would be that it needs a rechargeable battery.

Pros: Great sound Easy setup

Cons: Needs battery power

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Anonymous from Sahuarita, AZ on 1/24/2017

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Paired them and they sounded great

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More features than expected

PJ from Sunnyvale, CA on 1/12/2017

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**SO** much more than I expected. I thought this was just going to be a remote speaker - like Sonos - that connected to my receiver. Not only can I connect to my Yamaha receiver, I can stream Pandora, radio, and more. Setup was a little challenging. I downloaded the app to my Android cell phone but for some reason the unit just wouldn't connect to the network where the WiFi hub was literally 3 feet away. I tried the app on my iPad and everything worked fine. Not all of the settings are intuitive. Thank goodness for Google and YouTube.

Pros: Easy to use app Lots of features Compact and attractive Great sound

Cons: Android app would not connect unit to WiFi network Buttons are not tactile

MUSICCAST

RICH from Red Hook, NY on 12/28/2016

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SEEMS GREAT CANNOT CONNECT WIRELESSELY YET A LITTLE DIFFICULT BUT WILL FIGURE IT OUT

Pros: NICE PRODUCT

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Good sound quality

Paul from Oakland, CA on 12/13/2016

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Got one of these to expand on our MusicCast system. This was very easy to add on and the overall sound is so much better than many of the other systems on the market. I spent some time in my local retailer and was very disappointed with the options so the Yamaha system was interesting to me. I have been very happy with the result.

Pros: Sound quality Ease of setup

Cons: More expensive than competitors Bass a little muddy

Yamaha MusicCast WX-010

Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on 12/4/2016

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I love this speaker. I have it in the kitchen, garage, or any where I plan to be working for the day. The sound is great for such a small speaker. The 2x baffles give it a lot of base, which I found a little muddy. The app has an equalizer, so a tweak down on the base and up on the treble was more to my liking. Stream from phone audio library, favorite radio station via net radio, etc.

Pros: Great sound Nice app Small foot print Nice speaker design

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Great for digital sources, not so great for vinyl

JW from Wilmington, DE on 10/27/2016

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I own a Yamaha RX-A550 receiver and wanted to be able to listen to my music in my kitchen as well as the den. The initial installation seemed easy enough (make sure to use the MUSICCAST app and not the YAMAHA AV-CONTROLLER app... oops). For whatever reason my Moto G3 phone was hanging up on the "Acquiring Device IP Address..." step and would never connect. After a few days of this I called Crutchfield tech support. He suggested I use a different device. Maybe my phone had security issues with connecting to local unsecure wifi sources (the speaker). I tried my wife's Samsung tablet running an older version of Android (4.*.* instead of 6.0) and everything worked perfectly. Once the speaker was hooked up to my home wifi I was able to see it with my original phone and get my den and kitchen running all at the same time. Sweet! It was a thrill listening to Pandora on my home stereo and walk in to the kitchen to hear a perfectly synced song playing throughout. Unfortunately, when I tried playing some vinyl the synced signal was no more. There was a noticeable lag between the main receiver and the WX-010. Not sure if this is due to the record player being an analog input or what but it's a huge bummer. I tried adjusting the "sync" settings to no avail. I also changed the streaming settings from "normal" to "speed" but this setting is intended for wired connections so the signal became glitchy. Hopefully an update fixes this... I'll update this review if things change.

Pros: - Easy to set up (with the right device) - App is very intuitive - Perfectly synced audio throughout house using digital source (Pandora, etc.) - Looks great - Good sound quality - Crutchfield Tech Support was Awesome.

Cons: - My phone couldn't connect to device for original setup (Moto G3). Used a Samsung tablet, set up the speaker, then was able to see and control with Moto G3 - Noticeable audio lag when playing record player through audio input of Yamaha Adventage RX-A550 and streaming to speaker in another room

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Wireless Streaming Speaker: The Yamaha WX-010 wireless streaming speaker is part of Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system. Start with a single MusicCast WX-010 speaker and add more over time, or add other MusicCast products like AV receivers and soundbars. Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected.

  • Two-Way Driver Design: With a two-way speaker design (1" tweeter + 3.5" woofer), plus two side-firing passive radiators, this speaker will surprise you by how well it fills a room with robust, dynamic sound, despite its compact size.
  • Built-in Amp: The WX-010 speaker's built-in amplifier is rated at 25 watts (15W to the woofer + 10W to the tweeter) and provides clean, distortion free sound at all volume levels.
  • Music Enhancer: The onboard Music Enhancer smoothes out the stretched-out highs and muddled mids associated with over-compressed audio files.

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.

Note: Yamaha's new MusicCast system is not compatible with Yamaha's old MusicCAST system.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 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. Network setup is completed through the free MusicCast 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").

MusicCast App: The free MusicCast app can be downloaded for Apple (iOS 7.1+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS 4.1+) 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.

  • 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, select online music services, Internet Radio or Bluetooth for the WX-010. If you have incorporated a Yamaha AV receiver or soundbar with MusicCast into your system, you can also select from USB, Aux, Phono, analog and digital inputs.
  • 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.
  • Sound Settings: You can adjust the speaker's 3-band EQ (High/Mid/Low) from the app on your Apple iOS or Android device for a more personalized sound.
  • 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. 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 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.

Music 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)
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.
Deezer
 (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 WX-010 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 WX-010 speaker.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the WX-010 speaker offers support of AAC. By supporting AAC, the WX-010 offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  • 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.
  • Bluetooth Output: The Bluetooth Output feature allows you to wirelessly stream audio from a non-Bluetooth source of a MusicCast device 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 WX-010 speaker, 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 speaker. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the MusicCast speaker.

 Note: AirPlay is not available for multiroom audio playback.

DLNA: The MusicCast WX-010 speaker 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 speaker system.

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

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).

  • 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 products simultaneously.
  • 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 Alex-enabled devices must be on the same network.

Stereo Pairing: Two WX-010 wireless speakers can be paired via the MusicCast Controller app to function as left and right channel speakers, providing stereo sound for a wider listening area

Top-Panel Controls: The Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 features touch-sensitive top-panel controls for Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, and Play/Pause.

Mounting Options: The compact and clean design of the MusicCast WX-010 wireless streaming speaker makes it perfect for use in the kitchen, bedside 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 even mount the speaker on a wall using its integrated 1/4"-20 threaded mounting hole and an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately).

Firmware Updates: Firmware Updates for the MusicCast device 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.

AC Power: The Yamaha MusicCast WX-010 wireless streaming speaker operates off of standard household current using its internal power supply and detachable 10' power cord. This speaker is not battery powered.

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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