Overview: The Yamaha MCX-RC100 Network Music Commander is a
wireless remote control that allows you to access and control your MusicCAST2
system. It is designed to control multiple Yamaha MusicCAST2 players (item numbers
022MCXA300, both sold separately). It can also play music files on your
networked PCs, Internet Radio stations, and the Rhapsody music service. Up to 32
MusicCAST2 players can be controlled (creating up to 32 zones) and up to 16
computers can be accessed. Additionally the MCX-RC100 can control Yamaha network
receivers. Commands are broadcast wirelessly to your wireless router (802.11
b/g) and forwarded to the other components in the system either wirelessly or by
Rechargeable Battery: The MCX-RC100 is powered by a built-in
rechargeable battery. Completely charging the battery in the included cradle
takes about 135 minutes and under typical use a fully charged battery will
operate approximately two days.
Display: The commander features a 3.5" (diagonally measured)
color LCD screen, with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and 16.7-million colors,
for navigating zones, menus, sources, etc. Full color album artwork is also
displayed when available. A built-in light sensor located above the LCD screen
automatically adjusts the LCD brightness based on ambient light in the room.
Controls: The MCX-RC100 features 11 hard keys, three soft
keys, and a control pad to move the cursor across the LCD display and select
highlighted items (the LCD is no a touch screen):
- Hard keys:
- Zone: access the menu to select a zone to play
music in (one of the MusicCAST2 players or Yamaha network receiver)
- Music/Remote: access the menu to browse music
contents (first choose from the sources available for the specific zone,
then navigate music options)
- Volume: buttons for volume up and volume down
- Mute: temporarily mutes the music in a specific
- Back: returns to the previous menu screen
- Home: returns to the top menu screen
- Play: play selected music
- Pause: pause playback
- Skip Backward: return to beginning of current song
(press multiple times to continue skipping backward)
- Skip Forward: skip to next song (press multiple
times to continue skipping forward)
- Soft Keys: The three soft keys are located across the
bottom of the LCD; their functions vary with the menu that's displayed
on-screen; each key corresponds to the command displayed immediately above
- Control Pad: Like the mouse touchpad on a laptop
computer, the control pad moves the cursor across the display and selects
Computer: By connecting the MusicCAST2 system to a DLNA server
(such as Windows Media Player 11 or TwonkyMedia Server) via your network router,
you can play the PC's music contents with any of the connected MusicCAST2 players.
Up to 16 computers can be integrated with the system. Supported file types include
MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-4 AAC, and FLAC. A license key is included for TwonkyMedia
Server software, useful for three computers running Windows Vista, Windows XP,
Internet Radio: The MCX-RC100 commander uses the vTuner
Internet Radio service, customized for the MusicCAST2 system, providing a
database of over 10,000 radio stations.
Rhapsody: You can also stream music using the Rhapsody
service (subscription required). A free 30 day trial subscription is included
with the MCX-RC100 commander.
iPod Universal Dock: When an iPod is added to one of the
system's MusicCAST2 players using the optional YDS-11 iPod Universal
Dock (item number 022YDS11) it is controlled using the MCX-RC100 commander. Most
fourth generation and later iPods (Click Wheel) are compatible. Playback status,
album art, song time (elapsed and remaining, as well as the progress bar), album
title, artist name, and song title are displayed on the MCX-RC100's LCD screen.
The iPod can only be played on the player to which it's connected, not in other
zones in the system.
Bluetooth: An optional YBA-10 Bluetooth adapter (item number
022YBA10) can be connected to any MCX-P200 or MCX-A300 player in the system allowing
you to stream audio wirelessly from your compatible Bluetooth device to that player.
The Bluetooth device is controlled locally, not by the MCX-RC100 commander.
Note: Either the iPod dock or Bluetooth
dock can be connected to each player, not both.
USB: The MCX-P200 and MCX-A300 players have rear panel USB
port is for use with a USB flash memory mass storage class device formatted as
FAT16 or FAT32. Supported file types include MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-4 AAC, and FLAC.
Playback from the USB device is controlled by the MCX-RC100 and the playback
status, album art, song time (elapsed and remaining, as well as the progress
bar), album title, artist name, and song title are displayed on the LCD screen.
Files on a USB drive can only be played on the player to which it's connected,
not in other zones in the system.
Miscellaneous Controls: The MCX-RC100 offers numerous other
controls for each MusicCAST2 player:
- Zone Name: customize each zone name
- Party Mode: play the same source in up to three zones
- Sleep Timer: set the sleep timer in any zone to 30, 60,
90, or 120 minutes
- Alarm: individual alarms can be set in different zones
- Stop All: playback can be stopped in all zone
- Bass/Treble: adjust the bass and treble independently
in each zone; ±6 dB at 20 Hz and 20 kHz respectively