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Yamaha WXC-50

MusicCast wireless streaming preamplifier with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and Apple® AirPlay®

Item # 022WXC50DS

Yamaha's WXC-50 MusicCast preamp makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Internet music streaming services, audio...

Yamaha's WXC-50 MusicCast preamp makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Internet music streaming services, audio...

Item # 022WXC50DS

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About the Yamaha WXC-50

Add flexible wireless features to your home audio system

Yamaha's WXC-50 MusicCast preamp makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Internet music streaming services, audio files, and more in any room of your house. Just connect it to your A/V receiver, stereo system, or a pair of powered speakers, and use your existing Wi-Fi network to access your music with the free MusicCast app. This well-built Yamaha preamp sports a compact-but-sturdy metal chassis that you can place horizontally on a bookshelf or vertically on a desktop without taking up a lot of space. Best of all, Yamaha's advanced audio circuitry ensures detailed, accurate sound.  

Yamaha WXC-50

Already have an amp you love? Add flexible wireless music playback with the Yamaha WXC-50 and give it new life.

Add flexible wireless features to your home audio system

Yamaha's WXC-50 MusicCast preamp makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Internet music streaming services, audio files, and more in any room of your house. Just connect it to your A/V receiver, stereo system, or a pair of powered speakers, and use your existing Wi-Fi network to access your music with the free MusicCast app. This well-built Yamaha preamp sports a compact-but-sturdy metal chassis that you can place horizontally on a bookshelf or vertically on a desktop without taking up a lot of space. Best of all, Yamaha's advanced audio circuitry ensures detailed, accurate sound.  

High-res audio

MusicCast lets you choose how to listen

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 streamed directly from your mobile device, and you can even send those Bluetooth streams to other MusicCast players on your Wi-Fi network.

You can expand your wireless music system throughout your entire home by adding compatible Yamaha wireless speakers, sound bars, and receivers.

A free app puts the control in your hand

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.


Product highlights:

  • Featured in our article: Best network music players for 2022
  • built-in Wi-Fi® for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
    • includes support for Pandora, Rhapsody, and SiriusXM Internet Radio (subscription required for some services)
    • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming and transmission
  • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes
  • MusicCast wirelessly connects compatible Yamaha components for whole-home audio
  • free MusicCast app lets you control the player and play music with your Apple or Android device
  • DLNA certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
  • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer
  • built-in music enhancer for smoothing out the sound of over-compressed MP3 files
  • multi-zone synchronous playback (same music plays in multiple zones simultaneously) or multi-stream playback (each plays individually selected music)
  • can be placed horizontally or vertically to fit in nearly any space
  • front-panel volume and playback controls
  • Ethernet port for wired network connection
  • back-panel switch for turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • rear USB input for connecting a thumb drive or portable music player
  • ESS Sabre DAC for detailed, accurate sound
  • optical digital, coaxial digital, and analog RCA outputs for connection to your amplifier or audio system
  • subwoofer output
  • optical digital and analog RCA inputs
  • remote input and 12 volt-trigger in/out for use with external controllers
  • 8-3/8"W x 2"H x 9-5/8"D (4-7/8"H with Wi-Fi antenna raised; 1-5/8"H without antenna or feet)
    • Crutchfield's in-house depth measurements are made with all relevant cables in place
  • 4.28 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # WXC-50DS

What's in the box:

  • Wireless streaming pre-amplifier
  • 59" AC power cord
  • WiFi/Bluetooth antenna
  • Remote control (ZU09200)
  • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
  • 2 Stands
  • 6 Non-skid pads
  • Basic Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Online Product Registration Card
  • "Yamaha Worldwide Representative Offices" note
  • "MusicCast" brochure
  • "Spotify Premium" sheet

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Features & specs

Ethernet Port Yes
USB Port Type-A
3.5mm Input No
RCA Input Yes
XLR Input No
Phono Input No
Digital Input Optical
HDMI Input No
Headphone Jack No
Subwoofer Output Mono-RCA
Wireless Features
Bluetooth Built-in
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Bands 2.4 GHz
Audio Specs
Max. Digital Audio Bit Depth 24-bit
Max. Digital Audio Sample Rate 192 kHz
Apple AirPlay Yes
Apple AirPlay 2 No
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in No
Roon No
Sonos No
MusicCast Yes
SoundTouch No
Bose Home Speaker No
BluOS No
Klipsch Stream No
KEF Stream No
Music Services
Amazon Music Yes
Apple Music No
iHeart Radio No
Pandora Yes
Qobuz No
SiriusXM Yes
Spotify Connect
Tidal Yes
TuneIn Yes
YouTube Music No
Handheld Remote Yes
Control by app Apple iOS, Android
Amazon Alexa Optional
Google Assistant Optional
Other Specs
Width (Inches) 8.4375
Height (Inches) 2.0625
Depth (Inches) 10.5
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Audio Section
Wireless Streaming
Convenience Features

Audio Section

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 you add MusicCast multiroom audio to your existing home audio system (and vice versa).

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 pre-amplification.

  • 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 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 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 volume level.
  • 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 device.

Advanced Audio Features: The Yamaha WXC-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 effective, but the signal is more reliable for lower speed networks.
  • 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 access the internet and use the Web Control screen on your mobile device or 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 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 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 audio features, you will need to access the internet and use the Web Control screen on your mobile device or computer.

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 32-bit/192kHz.

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.

Wireless Streaming

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 32 MusicCast devices and 10 groups can be connected).

  • Compatible Multiroom Audio Sources:
    • All MusicCast music services (including Airable by TuneIn, Pandora, Tidal, Spotify, SiriusXM, Deezer, and Napster).
    • Music libraries on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone running the MusicCast Controller app, as well as on your DLNA compliant computer, laptop, or NAS drive.
    • Bluetooth audio (SBC codec only).
    • Analog & Digital inputs.
    • A radio station from a MusiCast AV receiver's AM/FM tuner can even be distributed to multiple rooms.
  • Incompatible Multiroom Audio Sources:
    • AirPlay cannot be multiroom distributed via MusicCast.
Note: Yamaha's new MusicCast system is not compatible with Yamaha's older MusicCAST system.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: 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 downloaded for Apple (iOS 10.0+) iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android (OS 5.0+) 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 WXC-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 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.

Online Music Services: The Yamaha WXC-50 preamplifier offers access to Internet Radio through built-in Airable by TuneIn; your Spotify account through Spotify Connect on your Apple iOS or Android device; and your Pandora, TIDAL, SiriusXM, Napster, or Deezer music account through Yamaha's MusicCast Controller app.

  • Airable by TuneIn: You can listen to Internet radio stations using Airable by TuneIn. Search worldwide internet radio content by Genre, Language, Location, Quality, Popularity, or do a keyword search.
  • Spotify Connect:Anyone with a Spotify account (whether free or premium) can enjoy the wireless freedom of streaming the Spotify app (for Apple iOS or Android) to to the MusicCast-enabled preamplifier. All files on Spotify can stream up to 320kbps, which is MP3 quality.
  • Pandora: Pandora is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS & Android. Pandora is personalized radio that plays music and comedy you'll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, comedians or composers and Pandora will create a custom station that plays similar tracks. You can also rate (thumbs up/thumbs down) songs as they play, and Pandora will adapt stations to your feedback. You can even bookmark stations and easily switch between favorites.
  • TIDAL: Tidal is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS & Android. TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
  • SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app and lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees will apply.
  • Napster: Napster is also accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app. This streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
  • Deezer: Deezer is an online music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month and is accessible through the Yamaha MusicCast Controller app. Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by genre.

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 pre-amplifier.

  • 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 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 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.

Note: Sound cannot be transmitted to Bluetooth devices that do not support SCMS-T standard.

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 playback.

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 pre-amp.

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

Convenience Features

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 & Google Voice Control: Alexa and Google Home enabled devices (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) are able to control key functions of Yamaha's MusicCast system using voice commands. With Alexa & Google Home voice control integration, all you have to do is ask. The MusicCast WXC-50 offers full compatibility with Amazon's and Google's range of voice control devices. Yamaha offers two Skill platforms that work hand-in-hand to give you a wide range of voice command possibilities, allowing you to control either a single MusicCast product or a whole MusicCast system. The Yamaha MusicCast WXC-50, other MusicCast components, and Alexa/Google-enabled devices must be on the same WiFi network.

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

Trigger In/Out & Remote In: The WXC-50 is fitted a 3.5mm Trigger In and Out for linked 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.

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Can you send audio simultaneously thru wired and bluetooth outputs?
[ David  Aug 18, 2022 ]
1 answer
In Bluetooth transmit mode you should be able to send signal through the analog outs and transmit Bluetooth simultaneously, David. When using this pre-amp to stream audio to another Bluetooth device it outputs a fixed level. You will have to adjust the volume on the Bluetooth device itself, it cannot be adjusted by the pre-amp or the MusicCast app. You also cannot make Bluetooth connections to a Bluetooth device like smartphones for source signal AND transmit Bluetooth to speakers/headphones at the same time, it's a one or other at a time feature. I hope this helps!
[ T  Aug 18, 2022 ]  Staff
is this compatible with Sonos?
[ c FQFD  Aug 18, 2021 ]
1 answer
No, it's compatible with Yamaha Music Cast, AirPlay 1 and Bluetooth.
[ marbs34  Aug 21, 2021 ]
I have a great Bose system with speakers that are just simply incredible for sound. I want to use a bluetooth component to allow the speakers to be wireless. What would be a great compatible bluetooth kit to make this happen?
[ TheMikeison  Jun 30, 2021 ]
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Calvin  Jul 14, 2021 ]  Staff
Is there a way to stream Apple Music to this unit via iPhone WiFi without using AirPlay? Trying to determine if it can handle Apple's upcoming lossless service.
[ Matthew  May 19, 2021 ]
2 answers
So to get lossless it can't be wireless. I don't know off the top of my head but if Apple TV supports the lossless format then you can come out of your TV digital into the box.
[ JASON  Jun 03, 2021 ]
Yes, I stream music from my iPhone to the Yamaha via wifi or bluetooth, without using AirPlay. The sound is better if it's hooked up directly, but still works fine
[ Glenn  May 21, 2021 ]
Can you specify a network stream URL into the interface? (http or rtsp) Such as a streaming radio station?
[ Roadside  Apr 28, 2021 ]
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Calvin  May 18, 2021 ]  Staff
Does wxc-50 have bass management? Is the output of subwoofer a variable signal when we set the wxc-50 in player mode? Meaning, if I adjust the volume on my integrated amp, will it also increase or decrease the signals volume for subwoofer? And also is the signal full range or attenuated to certain frequency ?
[ Pradeep  Apr 05, 2021 ]
1 answer
The subwoofer output sends full range audio and needs to be connected to a subwoofer with a low pass filter. Also, Player mode disables all volume control within this unit and the integrated amp needs to have a way to connect a subwoofer to it so that the sub volume can be controlled by the integrated amp's volume control. We have some with this ability and advisors that can be reached by calling 1-800-324-9695 who can give personal recommendation on a unit that will work.
[ Paul  Apr 20, 2021 ]  Staff
What is the highest fidelity method to connect latest generation Apple TV audio to the WXC-50?
[ Jeffrey  Mar 01, 2021 ]
3 answers
AirPlay over WiFi.
[ marbs34  Mar 13, 2021 ]
Starting with the basics, wires are susceptible to electro magnetics which can induce noise and other losses. So for starters optical cables are immune to all of this. Digital is also immune to the losses that can degrade anolog audio. If you can use an optical cable from any source as the input to your WXC-50DS this will yield the best performance.
[ Anthony Castrovinci  Mar 02, 2021 ]
Probably rca cable converter from your Apple TV. Not sure what kind of audio out it has
[ Stuart  Mar 01, 2021 ]
Can I link to Rear Amplifier?
[ Manchan7082  Dec 05, 2020 ]
2 answers
I'm not sure what you mean by link and rear. If your asking about the priamp WXC-50DS, any input will give you a line level output or digital output. If your asking about the WXC-50A power amp with a line level input the output will drive speakers.
[ Anthony Castrovinci  Dec 05, 2020 ]
Yes. I have linked to a SAE 100 watt/channel amp and works fine. RCA plug connection
[ Stuart  Dec 05, 2020 ]
I would like to connect this to my turntable in one room and connect it to my LAN via ethernet. Downstairs, I have both an AppleTV and an old Denon 3311ci internet enabled receiver. I want to be able to play music from my TT to either my AppleTV or the Denon directly over my LAN. Will this work??
[ James  Oct 27, 2020 ]
1 answer
I have owned the WXC-50 for a little over 7 months and have found it to be a very nice unit for the price and function it provides. I run it from my IPad Pro and the app stability and usability of the interface is quite good. Having said that, I use my unit a bit differently than how you intend to, but strongly feel it's worth trying in your case. I have ordered various things from Crutchfield on and off for literally several decades and they have always been very fair about letting me "kick the tires" to make sure what ever I've purchase fully meets my expectations. I know this doesn't give you a hard yes or no to your question, but hopes it helps you to at least give it a try.
[ Rob  Oct 28, 2020 ]
I have a Parasound HINT 6 amp with built-in DAC but it doesn't have Bluetooth/WiFi. Can I use the WCX-50 as a wireless/Bluetooth endpoint *only* and bypass it's DAC? What physical connection would I use between the 2? Optical/coax?
[ James  Oct 07, 2020 ]
3 answers
You can just use the Bluetooth in this streamer without ever entering any online streaming account information but that streaming interface cannot be disabled. It will be on; just unused in your goal. Using its digital audio output will bypass its DAC. This can output on both coaxial and optical digital cables so you can use the one that best suites your amp. Now, that being said, we have Bluetooth receivers with digital outputs so you don't have to pay for the extras you don't want. I recommend contacting an advisor by calling 1-800-324-9695 to check current model Bluetooth receivers
[ Paul  Oct 25, 2020 ]  Staff
I have WXC coax (same as optical) to PS Audio DSDAC. Does not matter what kind of res 44.1/96/192 I play, the DSDAC always shows res 48. Implies on my WXC, it did some digital processing to even out the res to 48 on the digital side. As for DAC, all these digital output (coax/optical), does not do DAC (digital to analog conversion)
[ YIJEN  Oct 22, 2020 ]
I am not 100% sure - but you can find the user guide online and a picture of the back of the unit (it does have an optical connection) that will probably help you figure out if your proposed solution would work. The unit seems pretty flexible (i have used iwth house wifi and with RCA cables directly from music source. Sorry i could not be more definative.
[ Stuart  Oct 22, 2020 ]
Can I hook an EQ to the Aux in/out?
[ Andrew  Sep 29, 2020 ]
1 answer
The WXC-50 Aux in and Aux out connections are not set up to be an External Processor loop. But there is little reason to need a processor loop because the WXC-50 is a preamp which means the EQ can be connected between the WXC-50 and the power amp.
[ Robert  Sep 29, 2020 ]
I have outside speakers connected to a receiver inside. I use Spotify, etc., on my pc, as well as music stored on my pc. Would like to control all this when outside -- via WiFi on my phone. I assume bluetooth through a wall is not feasible. Can someone explain how these streaming devices work? What do I see on my phone, can I access my stored music, etc.? thanks in advance
[ Kevin  Aug 20, 2020 ]
1 answer
Connect an Ethernet cable (WiFi works too but I like hardwire for components that do not move around). The WXC-50 will do all the streaming that your PC now does. It will play stored audio files from a DLNA enabled hard drive too. Connect the WXC-50 output to an auxiliary input on the receiver. The receiver is now just a power amp with the WXC-50 doing all the input selection, EQ, and level control. Regarding the phone, WIFI should work to run the WXC-50 from your phone depending on distance. Just need the App from Yamaha. The WXC-50 phone App is awesome. I rarely touch the WXC-50 for anything.
[ Robert  Aug 21, 2020 ]
Can I stream Amazon Music Ultra HD? Iâ??ve seen reviews that say that HD is the limit.
[ James  Jul 17, 2020 ]
1 answer
This unit is not able to stream Amazon Ultra HD. I had to get an AudioQuest Cobalt DAC for that,
[ Paul  Jul 21, 2020 ]
I currently stream Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and would eventually like to add SiriusXM and Tidal. I want to be able to stream music and use a turntable with my vintage Yamaha CR-2040 receiver. Should I use the AUX out on the WXC-50 to the AUX in on my CR-2040 to stream music through it? Would I need a DAC for this set up? The CR-2040 only has a pre-out and no main-in, so I'm not sure how I should use the WXC-50 with it. Would the WXA-50 make more sense to use with my vintage Yamaha via the pre-out? Wouldn't that be a loss of power?
[ Jason  Jun 15, 2020 ]
5 answers
A lot of receivers including vintage models output more power than the 55 watts RMS per channel amp that's built into the WXA-50. As for connecting the WXC-50 to your receiver, your description will work to play the audio because there is a DAC built into the streamer that allows the analog audio outputs on them to work
[ Paul  Jun 30, 2020 ]  Staff
I would use the WXC-50 "pre out", with the switch set to "player", into the Aux input on the Yamaha receiver. That way you get the high resolution DAC output from the WXC50. Don't use the Aux Out, it comes off a lower resolution DAC inside the WXC 50. Don't worry about levels; it should be enough, and the WXC 50 has lots of level adjusting capability. You won't need another DAC in any instance, the WXC 50 has two built in. BTW, the Aux input on the WXC 50 digitizes the analog input and feeds it on as digital. Great ADC by the way.
[ Steven  Jun 23, 2020 ]
I have WXC50 pre out plugged into a line in on my stereo. Work fine this way. I have WXC50 Vol set to max, but, of course, if WXC50 is set to the "player" mode, the vol control will be disable, I don't need to worry about the vol control, but I also lost the ability to control the vol from it. Not sure for WXA50, if go this route, maybe just replace CR2040 with Yamaha R-N series.
[ YIJEN  Jun 23, 2020 ]
Hello, so you have several options, I too have a vintage set up (much older 1957 tube pre-amps) the WXA-50 has a decent built in DAC so you can simply via the RCA outs of the WXA into your Auxiliary input of the CR2040. You also have the option as you hinted of doing the opposite, you can drive your receiver with the pre outs of the WXA, there will be no loss of power as there is plenty of gain from what I have experienced on this model. I think option one is the most simple and is what you are looking for but the other option lets you control all the volume from your streaming devices or via the WXA which can be convenient. My set up is first option, and it works perfect. I use Spotify, Pandora, and my own digital music server at home. I do use an external DAC but only because it re-times the digits from my slow network speeds I have at my home. Hope that helps it's a very easy set up.
[ JEFF  Jun 23, 2020 ]
Not sure of your exact configuration, but I stream Spotify into a WXC-50 and then feed the output into 3 cascaded Russound P75 amps each of which powers ceiling speakers in a different part of the house. Enables independent control of the volume in different regions and works great.
[ James  Jun 23, 2020 ]
If I plug a tv audio threw the aux in and then use the rca analog output for conecting to my old amp, does the sound pass threw the DAC or not? Can I use this as a Dac too? Thanks very much
[ Federico  Apr 22, 2020 ]
2 answers
From the schematic in the service manual, I learned that the analog input is digitized by an international A/D converter, and passes through the digital path like all other digital sources. So it comes out the analog output through the DAC like everything else. It seems to be a very good A/D converter though and sound through that path is surprisingly good.
[ Steven  Apr 23, 2020 ]
Yes, the analog input is applied to both the analog output and an ADC (IC211 PCM9211PTR) chip which creates PCM Code.
[ Anthony Castrovinci  Apr 23, 2020 ]
Can I use this to cast to a powered center channel speaker? Not a soundbar. My receiver is on the opposite side of the room with no wire going to the other side and no attic access.
[ Baron  Feb 27, 2020 ]
2 answers
I'm not the expert by any means. I think you can only cast to and from other musiccast devices. So if you have a Yamaha Receiver with MusicCast then yeah. Cast away. FYI, The musiccast audio quality is far superior to Apple air play and Google Chromecast. If you are casting to a receiver, I suggest you go with the Musiccast or simular unit with a quality DAC.
[ Scott  Feb 28, 2020 ]
I returned that product and do not have much experience with it But unless your center channel speaker is a smartg speaker you will not be able to cast to it
[ ELTON  Feb 27, 2020 ]
How many tracks/playlists can I put on the app?
[ Ivor  Jan 13, 2020 ]
1 answer
Five Playlists can be placed on my android phone app.
[ Scott  Jan 14, 2020 ]
Does this work with Amazon Music HD?
[ jmaruy  Oct 15, 2019 ]
1 answer
Unfortunately, the MusicCast app doesn't stream Amazon Music directly. However, you may be able to stream Amazon Music HD from your iPad or iPhone and play the stream on the WXC-50 via Airplay or Bluetooth, but signal quality may be compromised.
[ Roger  Oct 29, 2019 ]
Does this unit stream internet radio such as Pandora through a mobile device's app, or use the app as an authenticator only and stream directly to the wxc-50?
[ James  Jun 19, 2019 ]
2 answers
You can do either depending on if you're connected by Bluetooth or through your WiFi network.
[ Neil  Jun 19, 2019 ]
It does both and works great. You can connect any device via bluetooth and stream from that, or within the device's software those apps are pre-loaded (Pandora, Spotify, etc.) and you can directly select them as the audio source. I've had this unit now for a year and a half (my Christmas present in 2017) and it if there would be one word to describe it that word is "perfect".
[ Peter  Jun 19, 2019 ]
Can this unit stream from a Roon Nucleus on the network?
[ striation  May 03, 2019 ]
2 answers
Yes. The WXC-50 has audio inputs. You will control the roon separately but you will hear it through the Yamaha. It will also recognize other devices on the network.
[ Greg  May 04, 2019 ]
It can stream from anything with DLNA sharing protocol. If the Roon has that, then yes.
[ Mike  May 03, 2019 ]
I purchased the WXC 50 several months ago to act as a pass through for Tidal MQA to my Denon AVR 4200 and it seems to work ok. I have a secondary system in a different room where I would like to pass through Tidal MQA to my Yamaha R-N602 net receiver which uses MusicCast. Do I need to buy a 2nd WXC 50 or can I somehow use the one I have for both systems?
[ Paul  Mar 12, 2019 ]
4 answers
Try linking the WXC-50 to the R-N602 via the musicast app (they will need to share the same wifi/Ethernet network connection). If that doesn't work, my suggestion would be to connect the Denon (Zone 2 or 3) directly to the R-N602 via the headphone/RCA jack, or via HDMI (ARC) cable. I have a similar configuration but I broadcast using AirPlay.
[ David  Mar 20, 2019 ]
Assuming the WXC 50 and the R-N602 are on the same network then you should be able to send the audio from the Tidal MQA to either or both multicast devices. Selecting "rooms" on the app should give you these options.
[ Scott  Mar 20, 2019 ]
Assuming the WXC
[ Scott  Mar 20, 2019 ]
If you can get Yamaha receiver to recognize it on your network you can use it for both.
[ boatsr  Mar 20, 2019 ]
Can I stream from the WXC-50 to an Apple Homepod?
[ capuwrx  Dec 28, 2018 ]
3 answers
Not really. Homepod is limited to music sourced from Apple Music subscriptions. There may be a way via Airplay but the WXC would just be a redundant "middleman" even if it did work.
[ Gregg Adam  Dec 28, 2018 ]
Sorry. I don't have a homepod.
[ Cynthia  Dec 28, 2018 ]
This is more of a receiver than a transmitter. Maybe your HomePod will connect to the WXC-50. Btw this is not the powered unit. This will need to be connected to an amp. There is a powered version that you can hook speakers directly to. Have fun and good luck.
[ Greg  Dec 28, 2018 ]
Does the WXC-50 support gapless playback through DLNA and also through the optical input?
[ Mike  Nov 15, 2018 ]
1 answer
For compatible file formats and bitrates; yes. You'll find them all by clicking the "Details" tab on the WXC-50's main webpage.
[ Ryan  Nov 20, 2018 ]  Staff
How do connect a headphone amplifier?
[ michael  May 12, 2018 ]
1 answer
I haven't tried it, but I drive a preamp input using the line-level AUX output (stereo RCA connectors). The WXC-50 also has an optical output, and you can configure the line-level output to be variable, instead. I'd think one of those configurations would work to drive a headphone amp.
[ David  May 20, 2018 ]
The back of this unit (from left to right) has "aux" out with sub (LFE?) port, a second pre-out, and a optical out. can i use all three of these for 3 different zones? can the optical send 5.1 to a receiver if the source is 5.1 or will it convert to stereo only?
[ Joe  Apr 03, 2018 ]
2 answers
If the receiver that's getting the signal from the WXC-50 is 5.1 capable, I would have to say yes because you'd be using the brains of the receiver as the last in line before the signal hits your speakers. But don't quote me on it, it's just what makes sense to me... as far as using all the outputs in back for three separate zones, I'm not sure on that one. Hope this helps you out.
[ Neil  Apr 12, 2018 ]
Sorry don't know
[ Louis  Apr 09, 2018 ]
David references doing a deep setup if you have multiple Yamaha units to make the remotes get along. How do you do this? I have a Yamaha Aventage RX-A2000 that I have the WXC-50 hooked up to and would like to be able to turn them both on at the same time and control them with one app on my iPhone. Right now, I am toggling between MusicCast and the Yamaha AV Controller. With my AVR remote, I can turn both off and on, with the MusicCast App I can only turn the WXC-50 on/off. Ideally, I would like to be able to turn control volume, access my Tidal, iTunes music, and any other sources with one app. Thanks in advance!
[ Michael  Nov 11, 2017 ]
1 answer
If you purchased the WXC-50 (or your receiver) from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team for more assistance. They can discuss the remote control options with you in more detail to see which solution will work best. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. You can also try contacting an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat to discuss universal remote control options for your system. Thanks!
[ Larry  Nov 20, 2017 ]  Staff
Can you stream to this unit via AirPlay and then have the unit send that signal to MusicCast speakers throughout the house?
[ Guy  Oct 15, 2017 ]
1 answer
While the individual MusicCast devices support Apple's Airplay, this source is not shareable with other MusicCast devices on the same network. At least; not yet anyway. Like most networkable devices, the firmware can & will be updated to add new features and capabilities in the future.
[ Ryan  Oct 20, 2017 ]  Staff
On the YAMAHA WXC-50 streamer/preamp there are both digital and analog outputs, and digital and analog outputs. Does the AUX IN RCA-jack analog audio input get digitized and processed by the internal DSP when selected? (is there an internal D/A converter?). This is required if only using the optical output but wish to listen to AUX-IN audio. Does the PRE-OUT or/and AUX-OUT duplicate (in analog) the coax and optical outputs? If either of these doesn't work as describe, how are analog signals processed? I understand the pre-amp vs the player functionality, but this question relates to digitizing (then DSP tone/volume/loudness processing) AUX-IN, and analog out capabilities. The manual doesn't address this topic, or please provide a page number to clarify.
[ David  Oct 11, 2017 ]
2 answers
OK. I have purchased this unit, love it in all respects. I can now answer my own question: Do the AUX IN inputs get digitized and processed internally by the DSP (volume, treble/mid/bass adjustments/many more), and are those signals then available at the digital coax/optical outputs? Yes. This all works just like you hoped it would work but the manual nor marketing does not indicate that. I have just one unit, and use it for a preamp/input selector/stream collector, which then feeds optical digital to a Behringer DEQ2496 phase-coherent equalizer, and then my amp&speakers. The analog inputs ARE digitized (A/D converter), processed, and go in digital form to the equalizer. Great purchase at a fair price. BEWARE: IF you have other Yamaha devices, the two remotes will conflict turning on/off all devices, so you have to use a deep setup feature to change the WXC-50 remote ID to an alternate code. ALSO: I was greatly disappointed by the encoding/bit-rate quality of the free streaming AM/FM radio stations and do not consider this an adequate replacement for good FM radio, to my ear. The streaming services (Pandora, SiriusXM) are better.
[ David  Oct 25, 2017 ]
I have one of these units and love it, but have been wondering the same thing. I use it to play WAV files that are on flash drives on my other Yamaha units around the house, but (more importantly) I use it to play records from my all analog sound system to the rest of the house. I connect it all through my wireless so there is enough bandwidth to pass an analog signal but I can't help but think that it would convert it to digital. I am only using the RCA jacks on it as it is connected to a Sansui 9090DB. I have had the unit for a couple of months now and it really works well and the vinyl sounds great out of the other units in the house, but I would love to know if there it uses a ADC to convert the signal to send and the other units are then using a DAC to play. I really like the unit, but the price is a bit steep. If the unit was half the price I would probably get two or three more. -Dan
[ Dan  Oct 12, 2017 ]
I have Marantz SR6011 receiver and want to add Yamaha WCX-50 + power amp to whole setup. When i listen music, i want to use Yamaha WCX-50 (pre amp and dac) + power amp and when watching movies i use SR6011 + power amp. Is this possible connection?How to connect all components so it will work?
[ Martynas  Oct 02, 2017 ]
2 answers
Yes you can do this. Connect the Yamaha WCX-50 to an available input on the Marantz SR6011. When you want to listen to music you need to switch to the input you selected above. When you watch moves you switch back to the input your DVD player or TV is connected to. I do this and it works great.
[ GREG  Oct 04, 2017 ]
If I understand correctly, you want to use the WCX as a preamp for the power amp AND the SR6011 as a preamp/processor for the power amp. Not sure that will work as most power amps only have a single preamp input, i think it would require you to plug and unplug the WCX and SR6011 as needed to listen. If you connect the WCX to a digital input on the SR6011 then use a pre out to the power amp you should be good to go.
[ Scotrider  Oct 04, 2017 ]
Purchased the WXC-50 and just setting up. This is for a downstairs system with NAD integrated amp and Polk speakers. My questions is: I have another nice system upstairs with an Onkyo amp and B&W speakers, so to connect wirelessly the two systems I guess I have to another another box? (WXC-50) will the two boxes be in one zone? the manual does not address this
[ Roberto  Jun 15, 2017 ]
3 answers
Yes you need another MusicCast device in order for the two areas to connect wirelessly. Another WXC-50 serving as a preamplifier, or a WXA-50 as an amplifier, or any of the Yamaha receivers that has MusicCast. Inside the MusicCast app you have the option for the zones to play as stand alone areas or you can link the zones and play as one. I have (1) WXC-50 on a receiver in the bedroom, another WXC-50 on my receiver in the basement, and a R-N602 Yamaha receiver with MusicCast built in in my living room. I have the option to play all (3) rooms separately or link them to play in unison.
[ Mark  Jun 19, 2017 ]
You need to have two WXC-50s. Then you can link the two together using the smartphone app. They will play the same music in sync with each other. I have two WXC-50s on separate floors and they work great. For best results, make sure you have a strong WiFi router in your house.
[ GREG  Jun 19, 2017 ]
Not sure -but I can tell you the blue tooth feature is not accurate and nor strong signal
[ Louis  Jun 18, 2017 ]
Has anyone compared this to the Bluesound Node 2 ? I am interested in the ease of use with the MusicCast app and the overall sound quality. It will be used in a wired environment connected to a networked NAS. Thanks
[ Edward  May 16, 2017 ]
1 answer
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Kenny  May 17, 2017 ]  Staff
Has anyone compared this to the Bluesound Node 2 ? I am interested in the ease of use with the MusicCast app and the overall sound quality. It will be used in a wired environment connected to a networked NAS. Thanks
[ Edward  May 16, 2017 ]
1 answer
Thanks for your question. We have received no answers from other customers. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Kenny  May 17, 2017 ]  Staff
Is the volume control metal or plastic ?
[ Edward  May 14, 2017 ]
2 answers
Not sure. It feels solid.
[ Peter  Jun 19, 2019 ]
[ Lee  May 15, 2017 ]
Hi guys, I have the Yamaha wxc50 it has the Airplay feature, but how do I stream music from my Android phone using Airplay, I have the one plus works great with the music cast app.?
[ Jazzy  May 13, 2017 ]
1 answer
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer, or try our online support center:
[ Kenny  May 13, 2017 ]  Staff
In pre-amp mode, does the subwoofer output change with the volume control?
[ G  May 09, 2017 ]
2 answers
[ CHAD  May 13, 2017 ]
I connected my WXC through to a Denon integrated amp; it drives 2 Klipsch speakers. So, my config is different from yours. That said, the preamp is going into my integrated amp as 'an input' - so the speakers the Denon is driving would all behave as with any other input, like a CD player. I do find the preamp volume an interesting addition to the signal path - a volume control on my Android pad, a preamp volume control and the amp volume control. Not sure what the 'ideal' arrangement for these volume controls is!
[ Maxwell  May 12, 2017 ]
As a preamp, how is the sound quality? Is it warm, bright or neutral? Does it color the sound in any noticeable way? Also, does this work with Plex?
[ Michael  Feb 25, 2017 ]
6 answers
I just got mine a few weeks ago, but so far, I'm very pleased with the sound quality. I have not noticed any coloration, but I feed the output into a McIntosh tube preamp, and I'm mostly listening to Spotify Connect. So although the source (Spotify) is not hi-res, the tube preamp warms things up. The WXC-50 does have some deliberate signal processing that you can disable, but I like it so far.
[ David  Feb 27, 2017 ]
I use this to power two sets of Yamaha in-ceiling speakers on our outdoor porches, so it's not an optimal listening environment for an audiophile, but "warm" best describes the sound quality. We are very pleased with the results. Can't comment on whether this is PLEX compatible.
[ Donald  Feb 26, 2017 ]
Tough question since terms like "warm" and "bright" can be pretty subjective, but I'll try to describe my experience best I can. I'll say overall that the WXC-50 is a pretty neutral preamp. Using an example, before I was streaming Spotify from my laptop to an stereo amplifier (so my laptop was my preamp). Now, with Spotify streaming straight to the WXC-50, I notice that I'm picking up some lower frequencies that I wasn't before and the sound is bit more detailed. It's not a night-and-day difference but still noticeable. Plus you can manually adjust the EQ, the highs mids and lows, to meet your needs. I don't use Plex so I can't comment on that. However, I've had the WXC-50 for almost a month now and am really satisfied with how it's performed.
[ DAVID CRAIG  Feb 26, 2017 ]
The sound quality is very good. They tend to lean on the warm side in my opinion. They do not have a Plex app for this unit however.
[ GREG  Feb 25, 2017 ]
I like a warm sound with pronounced vocals. The equalizer allows adjustments to achieve this. I'm very happy with the sound. I don't know about Plex.
[ Raymond  Feb 25, 2017 ]
The sound quality is very good. I mostly use this to play pandora and WAV files from USB. It does have a direct mode so in theory the sound should be unaltered. It does have an enhancer mode which brightens things. There is also a bass extension mode that I personally do not care for, just doesn't sound natural. Of course the sound also depends on the amp you hook it to. In all I am happy with the WXC-50. I highly doubt it works with plex, but the MusicCast app is user friendly.
[ CHAD  Feb 25, 2017 ]
How is the speed for scanning a big library from USB? In my case big is almost 7000 songs across about 700 albums with not quite 900 artists. PowerAmp on Android is super fast, but I've had other apps where I just gave up waiting.
[ BRCAM  Jan 18, 2017 ]
4 answers
You can set up Windows Media player on your PC as a DLNA server over your network. I just did it with a 70GB library and it works beautifully.
[ CHAD  Jul 02, 2017 ]
USB must be formatted in FAT so the largest you can use is 32 GB. The library loads very quickly (almost instantly)
[ CHAD  May 13, 2017 ]
Send me 16gig stick and I will test this for you! I have not collected 7000 songs yet as I'm on old Vinyl/Cd guy. I love my Yamaha WXC-50 DAC at the recommendation from my friends at Crutchfield. I was going to spend $1000 on another Brand and Model and they saved me over $650! Nice Management and Network interface! Thanks Jim K.
[ JAMES  Jan 18, 2017 ]
My Bluesound Node 2 indexed 30,000 songs from a 2TB USB hard drive in about 45 minutes. However, it is not able to play music from a large hard drive connected to the USB port on the Bluesound, as this port does not supply enough current to correctly operate the drive. This was intentional design as this is a network streamer not a USB player. Bluesound prefers that you connect a USB hard drive to a network device like a computer or router and LAN the music via a network cable or wifi. Indexing time will likely be the same. The USB port can run flash drives and other low current hardware only. Streaming via ethernet cable or wifi has been absolutely flawless with this device in every configuration I have tried.
[ Mark  Jan 18, 2017 ]
Reviews of the Music Cast application are terrible, connection and play back are real problems. What are the buyers of this product saying here?
[ Scotrider  Jan 06, 2017 ]
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Those bad reviews may have been from a previous generation. I can't imagine my life without MusicCast now that I have it. It's great!
[ CHAD  May 13, 2017 ]
I have been using this app for several months on an Android phone and have not had any issues. It has been easy to use, allowing access to and navigate songs from a USB drive as well as Pandora.
[ Jeff  Jan 07, 2017 ]
Thus far it has been a total disappointment as far as connectivity, etc. I sent an email to Yamaha for support on Jan.1 but have not received any answer to my dilemma. At this point, I am stuck with an expensive but useless piece of equipment. Augmenting a traditional HiFi system with it in order to extend the sound to other rooms with bluetooth speakers does not seem to work as advertised.
[ Danny  Jan 06, 2017 ]
I've been using the MusicCast app every day for about a month and I really enjoy it. The WCX-50 is connected to an older Onkyo receiver and some tower speakers in my living room. I also have a pair of Yamaha WX-010 speakers in another room. You have to press a button on top of the wireless speaker and on the face of the WXC-50 unit to initiate the "connecting" phase. I did this connection process on the first day and have never had to do it again. The app is very user friendly, once you figure it out. The app is organized by room: select the room by hitting the power button, then select the source of music, and operate the volume in the app. Very simple. The app also allows you to link multiple rooms to synchronistically play the same music. I have had to relink the Yamaha speakers to the "Living Room" two or three times, but that just means using the app to click a few buttons. Takes 30 seconds and isn't a big deal to me. Others may be frustrated by that- a few finger taps during the span of a month isn't a big deal to me. I have had no issues with playback. Sound quality is pretty good, but the tower speakers with the base unit sound better than the much smaller wireless pair. Not sure that's the app's fault, though. Overall, I'm very pleased with the robustness and convenience of the MusicCast app. If this is any indicator, I intend to add Yamaha wireless speakers to at least two more rooms in my house. 4.5 out of 5 stars!
[ Sean  Jan 06, 2017 ]
I've purchased two of these this year. The MusicCast app is rock solid. I've had no issues with connecting or syncing my two receivers. They are awesome! I have a pretty solid WIFI setup though. If people are having trouble I would tend to look at their WIFI setup.
[ GREG  Jan 06, 2017 ]
I had major connectivity issues getting the unit working with my setup. Mind you My day job predominantly relates to computers. Finally got it working but have issues with Spotify dropping out and lagging. Running the same thru Sonos connect with no issues whatsoever. I do love the connectivity on the back of the unit but it does me no good if the wifi part is spotty. Whanted to give it a good try before using Crutchfield's generous return policy. Hope this helps.
[ Harkirat  Jan 06, 2017 ]
software has been updated and three music cast products work flawlessly in my three story home playing simultaneously. I have no problems at all connecting with Spotify on I phone.
[ Fred Lewis  Jan 06, 2017 ]
Love the Music Cast app and Yamaha WXC-50. Would highly recommend to friends. Easy set up and functions like a dream compared to a basic pre-amp.
[ NATHAN S  Jan 06, 2017 ]
Wifi has a problem keeping up with hi-def music streaming. They recommend an Ethernet connection for this very reason. I upgraded my router to a 3 channel, two of which are 5G. The playback problems disappeared immediately, but the 5G range is very poor. The router almost needs to be in the same room. You can't beat the convenience, but stay with a good CD player fo really good sound. (BTW, Spotify sounds terrible in spite of the new router. The sound is just very one-dimensional. It could be my ISP?.)
[ Hugh  Jan 06, 2017 ]
I have 3 Yamada WXC-50s. They work perfectly. The only quickie part was solving connection speed problems. I have many WiFi devices (3 Apple TVs, Xbox, IPAD, two wireless printers, (2) wireless Uverse boxes) networks. I installed a Linksys Powerline router and put the WXC-50 and Yamaha Receiver on this dedicated network connection. Since its essentially hard wired networking, there is no impact on the other wireless devices.
[ Joh  Jan 06, 2017 ]
Can this be connected to a power amp and a subwoofer simultaneously?
[ Adrian  Nov 21, 2016 ]
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Yes it can. I have this connected to a NuForce STA200 amplifier for the stereo speakers and to my sub-woofer.
[ Peter  Jun 19, 2019 ]
[ Louis  Nov 21, 2016 ]
Can it stream CD quality from NAS over WiFi? Or does it need wired connection for hi res files?
[ Eugene  Oct 29, 2016 ]
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Still trouble shooting my Wi-Fi Blue tooth connection ????
[ Ron  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Yes. It will stream CD quality audio over WiFi. Higher definition files like those on HDtracks would need a wired connection.
[ GREG  Oct 30, 2016 ]
Is this a 110V or 220V item?
[ Nic  Sep 07, 2016 ]
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[ Sivan  Apr 15, 2017 ]
This is the 110V version for the North American market.
[ jeanfrancois  Sep 15, 2016 ]
The owner's manual says US & Canada models are 110 volt 50/60 Hz power. Korean model is 220 volt, and all others are 100-220 volt 50/60 Hz. I would guess with the proper adapter you would be ok in another country, but the one I got from Crutchfield has a US plug and works with standard house voltage of 110 volts.
[ Scott  Sep 07, 2016 ]
When connected through cable (ethernet), reaching internet and/or a NAS, if I play an internet radio with my application installed on my phone, will it stream the data via cable or wireless (through the phone i mean)? Thank you and congrats for the exellent device.
[ neoneo  Aug 30, 2016 ]
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When using the Yamaha APP to stream from any of their supported online services, you will be using your home internet service. If you are streaming to the Yamaha from your phone via Bluetooth, you will use your phone's data plan to stream from online services (assuming you have not connected the phone to your home Wi-Fi network). I hope that helps. My Bio:
[ Ryan  Aug 31, 2016 ]  Staff
2 - Is this unit supporting wave ( CD 44.1/16 ) from USB imput?
[ Manuel  Aug 25, 2016 ]
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Yes, the USB input on the Yamaha WXC-50 supports playback of WAV files up to 192kHz/24-bit. I hope that helps! My Bio:
[ Larry  Aug 28, 2016 ]  Staff

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