Yamaha’s MusicCast System
On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Yamaha® introduced their new MusicCast system – A new way to bring music to every room over an existing Wi-Fi network. Controlled with an Android or iOS app, the system lets users browse content and play it back in any room of the home. Two, more or all rooms can also be linked together so multiple rooms or the whole home can be synchronized.
MusicCast offers access to a wide range of audio content. This includes digital music libraries stored on computers and NAS devices, streaming services, Bluetooth® devices and external sources connected to MusicCast products, such as TV set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, CD players and audio turntables. In addition to thousands of free local and international Internet radio stations, MusicCast includes streaming Pandora®, Spotify® Connect, Rhapsody® and SiriusXM® Internet Radio. Additionally, MusicCast can select terrestrial AM/FM radio stations for playback throughout the home when linked to a tuner-enabled MusicCast device. Both Internet radio and terrestrial radio stations can be saved as "Favorites" for quick in-app recall.
By the end of this year, Yamaha will offer over 20 MusicCast enabled products across an array of categories including AV receivers, wireless speakers, sound bars, Hi-Fi components and powered monitor speakers. Also included in the range of MusicCast products are those that include multidimensional Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™.
All MusicCast products support Bluetooth playback allowing users to listen to content played via their mobile devices. Alternatively, a MusicCast device can output a Bluetooth stream allowing connection to Bluetooth speakers and headphones.
MusicCast devices also support wireless playback of high-resolution audio files. The products are compatible with Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96 kHz / 24-bit, as well as FLAC, AIFF and WAV files up to 192 kHz / 24-bit. Most MusicCast models also support single-device playback of DSD streams up to 5.6 MHz.
MusicCast products are controlled with an Android or iOS app. In addition to controlling the rooms and content, the app also features personalization features allowing the user to choose from preloaded room images, change the button colors or assign images to each button. Content source buttons can also be customized to rename, remove or reorder selections. The app provides for browsing of all music libraries on network-connected mobile devices, computers, NAS and other storage devices including USB thumb drives.
Pricing and Availability
Starting immediately, the recently launched RX-V 79 and AVENTAGE RX-A 50 Series of Yamaha network AV receivers will be able to perform a firmware update to enable MusicCast capabilities. Every one of the latest Yamaha network AV receivers support MusicCast, including AV receiver models RX-V479, RX-V579, RX-V679, RX-V779, RX-A550, RX-A750, RX-A850, RX-A1050, RX-A2050 and RX-A3050.
In September of this year, the CX-A5100 preamp/processor, a new companion to the MX-A5000 11-channel amplifier, will become available and will include MusicCast. Also in September, the slimline RX-S601 will join the roster of MusicCast enabled models.
Various other MusicCast products including, a wireless speaker, sound bars, and powered monitor speakers will become available starting in September and throughout the end of the year at various price points.
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