Yamaha MusicCast 50 (WX-051)
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From Yamaha: MusicCast 50 Powered Speaker
Yamaha MusicCast 50 (WX-051) - White - Control your MusicCast 50 with the free MuscCast app for your smartphone
Control your MusicCast 50 with the free MuscCast app for your smartphone.
Sporting a sleek, oval design, the Yamaha MusicCast 50 speaker fits into most any room's décor. And its wireless capabilities let you enjoy music however you like to stream it. Play music from your smartphone via Bluetooth — or Apple AirPlay if you have an iPhone® or iPad®. This speaker can connect to your home Wi-Fi network to give you access to internet radio, podcasts, and more. And it can be part of a Yamaha MusicCast multi-room audio system. If you have an Amazon Echo device, you can control the MusicCast 50 through Alexa voice control.
The MusicCast 50 features two 1-1/8" soft dome tweeters for clear highs and two 3-7/8" woofers for rich mid-range and lower frequencies. The four speakers are arrayed to disperse a wide soundfield. And with 70 watts of maximum power, the MusicCast 50 can fill even a large, open room with sound. Top-panel buttons include three one-touch presets and an alarm control.
You can combine up to 10 MusicCast speakers and components in a whole-house system, and control them all with Yamaha's excellent MusicCast mobile app. Play your digital music library, internet radio stations, 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. You can even stream high-resolution audio files.
Here's a cool feature for folks who like to declutter. You can use one or of these speakers as wireless rear surrounds with any newer MusicCast-capable Yamaha home theater receivers, such as the RX-V485 and AVENTAGE RX-A780.
Bluetooth streaming from your phone is handy. But with MusicCast, Bluetooth becomes even more convenient. Stream from your smartphone to the MusicCast 50. Then you can use the MusicCast app to send that audio content to any and all other MusicCast speakers and components throughout your home. It's an easy way to share the audio from any app on your phone or tablet, including podcasts and YouTube™ clips.
Average Customer Review(s):
So far I am really enjoying this speaker. I am using it as a wireless rear surround for my home theater set-up with a compatible Yamaha receiver. I can also disconnect from the home theater and use it as a stand-alone network or Bluetooth speaker with the MusicCast app. The sound is very good and the speaker appears to be very well built. It's also a very nice looking speaker so it's even wife approved!
MusicCast 50: (WX-051) Wireless Streaming Speaker: The MusicCast 50 (WX-051) wireless streaming speaker is part of Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system. This wireless desktop speaker system fills your room with dynamic, natural, and crystal clear stereo sound from two 2.18" soft-dome tweeters and two 3.875" woofers powered by a built-in 35 watts x 2 channel amplifier (70 watts total).
- Start with a single MusicCast 50 (WX-051) and add more over time, or add other MusicCast products like AV receivers and soundbars. Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected in one system.
- An Apple iOS or Android OS device running the MusicCast Controller app is required for setup & operation of the MusiCast 20 (WX-051) speaker.
MusicCast Wireless Multiroom Audio: MusicCast from Yamaha, brings music to every room in your home wirelessly with control provided by the free MusicCast Controller app for Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.1+. Designed to easily work with your existing home WiFi network, MusicCast offers access to a wide range of audio content from your downloaded music library, Internet radio, and select online music services. MusicCast is enabled on many 2015-up Yamaha components like their AV receivers, wireless speakers, soundbars, and other HiFi components.
Note: Yamaha's new MusicCast system is not compatible with Yamaha's older MusicCAST system.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: With MusicCast you can choose to build a wireless or wired network, or a combination of both if desired. The Yamaha MusicCast 50 (WX-051) supports both wireless and wired network connectivity through its built-in dual-band (2.4/5GHz) WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) and wired Ethernet (RJ-45) port. Network setup is completed through the free MusicCast Controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
Note: If you want to install a MusicCast device to a location that is out of range of your wireless router, connect another MusicCast device to the router with a network cable to extend the range ("Extend Mode").
Stereo Pairing: You can pair two MusicCast 50 (WX-051) speakers to create a space-saving, yet powerful stereo setup that delivers a better soundstage with a wider listening area. One MusicCast 50 (WX-051) speaker will be assigned as the Right and the other as the Left.
Wireless Surround: You can combine the MusicCast 50 (WX-051) with a MusicCast compatible 2018-up Yamaha AV receiver (sold separately) and enjoy the convenience of creating a home theater with wireless rear speakers in a 5.1-channel system. Wireless surround requires that the MusicCast AV receiver and speakers be on the same wireless network. You can use one or two MusicCast 50 (WX-051) speakers to create wireless surround.
- The following functions and operations are not available when the speaker is used as rear surrounds - Volume, Favorites, & Alarm.
- 2017 and earlier Yamaha AV receivers with MusicCast are not compatible with wireless surround.
Optional Wireless Sub: Add Yamaha's MusicCast Sub 100 wireless powered subwoofer (sold separately - coming soon) for bigger bass response and fuller sound.
Mounting Options: This wireless desktop speaker system is designed to fit most environments you might desire - including the living room, bedroom, kitchen, or office. The speaker can simply be placed on a tabletop, shelf, stand, or other piece of furniture with a flat surface. No bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert is included to wall-mount the speaker.
AC Power: The Yamaha MusicCast 50 (WX-051) wireless audio speaker operates off of standard household current using its internal power supply and detachable 10' power cord. This speaker is not battery powered.
Firmware Updates: Firmware updates for the MusicCast products can be made through their network connection and the MusicCast app on your Apple iOS or Android device. The app will notify you when a firmware update is available.
High Resolution Audio: The MusicCast 50 (WX-051) supports true high-resolution audio formats to deliver more accurate reproduction of sonic details. The MusicCast eco-system is compatible with high resolution FLAC, AIFF and WAV music files up to 192kHz/24-bit; as well as Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96kHz/24-bit. It also supports lower resolution music files like MP3, WMA, and AAC up to 48kHz.
|File||Sampling Frequency||Bit-rate or Bit-depth||Gapless Playback|
|MP3||32/44.1/48 kHz||up to 320 kbps||N|
|WMA||32/44.1/48 kHz||up to 320 kbps||N|
|AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||up to 320 kbps||N|
|WAV (PCM)||32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz||16/24-bit||Y|
Note: When multiple MusicCast devices are "linked" for multiroom audio playback, the Master room device's playback is at the native sampling rate (up to 192kHz/24-bit), while the other rooms and MusicCast devices are down-converted to 48kHz.
Online Music Services: MusicCast and the free MusicCast Controller app for (Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.1+) offers access to a wide variety of Internet radio and online streaming services - including Airable by TuneIn, Pandora, TIDAL, Spotify, SiriusXM, Deezer, and Napster.
DLNA: The MusicCast 50 (WX-051) speaker supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5, allowing access to DLNA-compatible Windows 7/8/10 computers (with Windows Media Player 11 or 12) and network attached storage (NAS) devices. You'll be able to wirelessly stream the music libraries on your computer, laptop, or NAS to the Yamaha MusicCast speaker system.
Note: Digital Rights Management (DRM) content cannot be played back.
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 50 (WX-051) speaker, over your home's WiFi network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music and music apps on your device to the Yamaha MusicCast speaker. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the MusicCast speaker.
Note: AirPlay is not available for multiroom audio playback.
Bluetooth Audio: The Yamaha MusicCast 50 (WX-051) offers built-in Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless music streaming (A2DP) & control (AVRCP). This allows you to stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth-enabled source devices (such as your smartphone, tablet, desktop computer, or laptop) to the MusicCast WX-051 speaker. The speaker has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 33'.
- If you do not desire wireless network audio or wireless multiroom audio, you can simply use the MusicCst 50 (WX-51) as a Bluetooth speaker without utilizing a network connection and the MusicCast Controller app. You can pair/connect and control playback functions from your Bluetooth source device. You can select the Bluetooth source input and control Play/Pause functions from the speaker's top-panel.
- The MusicCast 50 (WX-051) does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.
Analog & Digital Inputs: The MusicCast 50 (WX-051) is outfitted with analog & digital inputs to connect your external audio components. There are two analog inputs that consist of a 3.5mm jack (Aux 1) and stereo RCA jacks (Aux 2). There is also an optical (toslink) digital input which supports 2ch PCM audio (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS). Both the analog & digital inputs can be distributed throughout a MusicCast multiroom audio system.
Note: If you do not desire wireless network audio or wireless multiroom audio, you can simply use the analog & digital inputs to connect external audio source without utilizing a network connection and the MusicCast Controller app. You can select between source inputs from the speaker's top-panel controls.
MusicCast Controller App: The free MusicCast Controller app for (Apple iOS 10.0+ and Android OS 4.1+) will need to be downloaded on your compatible smartphone or tablet device. The MusicCast Controller 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, listen to Internet Radio, plus control music playback functions.
Alexa Compatible: Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately - see Accessory Tab) are able to control key functions of a MusicCast system using voice commands. With Alexa voice control integration, all you have to do is ask. The MusicCast 50 (WX-051) offers full compatibility with Amazon's range of voice control devices. Yamaha offers two Alexa 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 MusicCast system and Alex-enabled devices must be on the same WiFi network.
Note: Click here for a full list of commands. Yamaha will be adding more Alexa control features in 2018, including the ability to play a specific artist, album or song from select streaming services.
Top-Panel Controls: The Yamaha MusicCast 50 (WX-051) features touch-sensitive top-panel controls for local operation. Control functions include Power On/Off, Source Selection, Play/Pause, Volume Up/Down, Presets, and Alarm.
Note: This unit is equipped with a child lock function. When the child lock function is enabled, some top-panel controls are disabled to prevent unintended or accidental operation.
Auto Standby & Sleep Timer: The MusicCast speaker will automatically enter standby mode after approximately 20 minutes of no audio playback and no operation. You can set the unit's Sleep Timer to 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes from the app on your compatible mobile device.
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