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.
- 4Ω: 105W x 2Ch
(20Hz-20kHz, 0.06% THD)
- 6Ω: 70W x 2Ch
(20Hz-20kHz, 0.06% THD
- 8Ω: 55W x 2Ch
(20Hz-20kHz, 0.06% THD)
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,
- High Performance DAC: The amplifier 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 conventional controls.
- Proprietary Power & Ground Architecture: A proprietary power
supply ground configuration prevents sound degradation.
- Rigid Chassis: A highly-rigid metal chassis supplies the
stability necessary for clear, powerful music reproduction.
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
- 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 volume level.
- Advanced Bass Extension: Advanced Bass Extension Processing
provides a deeper, richer low-end sound - great for use with compact or
- 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 device.
Advanced Audio Features: The Yamaha WXA-50 offers additional audio
adjustments to get the most out of the speaker and your music.
- 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 networks.
- 3-Band EQ: The amplifier'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
- Speaker Type: Optimizes the WXA-50's audio output for the type of
speakers you have connected - Compact, Bookshelf, Floorstanding, In-ceiling,
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.
- 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 steps.
- 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
- Subwoofer Volume: Adjust the volume of the amplifier's subwoofer output
independently from the main volume. Adjustable from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5dB
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:
- 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.
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
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
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.
- 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, Bluetooth, USB, plus
analog & digital inputs for the WXA-50. You can also select a Phono input
from a MusicCast compatible Yamaha 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 app. If your MusicCast
device features a USB port, you can also browse music files on your
- 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
- 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 your 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
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.
or Bit-depth ||Gapless
|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 |
(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 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.
- SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the
standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the WXA-50 amplifier offers support of
AAC. By supporting AAC, the WX-030 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 the MusicCast
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 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
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
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
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
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 Alex-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
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.
- Horizontal Mount: 8.4375" (w) x 2.0625" [4.875" w/ antenna] (h) x
- Vertical Mount: 3.625" (w) x 8.625" [11.5" w/ antenna] (h) x
- Rack Mount: 8.4375" (w) x 1.75" [4.625" w/ antenna] (h) x 10.5"
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.