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Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Wireless streaming speaker with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and Apple® AirPlay® (White)

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Overview

Our take on the Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Yamaha has a hand in all things music — instruments, studio recording, home stereos. So it's only natural they'd make it easy to enjoy music through your whole home. The Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 delivers rich, clear sound and puts a world of wireless music options at your fingertips. And it works together with other Yamaha MusicCast speakers and components so you can put together an easy-to-use whole-house music system. Rock out with the same song in the living room and the den, while a family member chills to their favorite playlist in a different part of the house.

Add wireless music to every room

Yamaha MusicCast WS-030 in kitchen

The Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 features a compact design and simple top-panel controls. (Keep in mind — you'll need to plug it into an AC outlet.)

Yamaha has a hand in all things music — instruments, studio recording, home stereos. So it's only natural they'd make it easy to enjoy music through your whole home. The Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 delivers rich, clear sound and puts a world of wireless music options at your fingertips. And it works together with other Yamaha MusicCast speakers and components so you can put together an easy-to-use whole-house music system. Rock out with the same song in the living room and the den, while a family member chills to their favorite playlist in a different part of the house.

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 2-way Bluetooth for even more freedom

Discover a new band on SoundCloud? Find a sick DJ set on Mixcloud? A classic music video on YouTube™? Use Bluetooth to stream sound from your phone through the MusicCast system — no restrictions! You can also send audio from the WX-030 speaker to other Bluetooth-enabled hardware. That means you can play MusicCast sound through portable speakers and wireless headphones. 

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.

MusicCast family

More MusicCast components to build a whole-home music system

Yamaha home theater receivers - Play MusicCast through your stereo and send sound from connected sources like TV, CD, or vinyl to other MusicCast components.

MusicCast YSP-1600 sound bar - Immersive TV sound and MusicCast wireless music from a single slim bar.

MusicCast SRT-1500 sound system/TV platform - Space-saving sound platform sits under your TV and plays home theater sound and MusicCast wireless music.

Product Highlights:

  • connects to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music listening
  • built-in Bluetooth lets you stream directly from compatible devices
    • also sends audio wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones
  • free MusicCast app lets you control the player and play music with your Apple or Android device
  • support for online music services, including Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and thousands of free Internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
  • connects wirelessly to other Yamaha speakers and receivers with MusicCast to play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
  • plays MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files
  • supports high-res playback for PCM-based files up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • built-in music enhancer for smoothing out the sound of over-compressed MP3 files
  • Apple AirPlay® for streaming from compatible Apple devices and computers running iTunes®
  • DLNA support for streaming music from compatible networked computers and NAS drives
  • wirelessly pair two WX-030s (sold separately) for stereo speakers (firmware update may be required)
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
  • supports 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz)
  • 9-9/16"W x 6-3/16"H x 4-1/2"D
  • weight: 4.9 lbs.
  • requires AC power (AC adapter provided)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless speaker
  • 10' AC power cord
  • Cable cover
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Supplement for Rhapsody
  • Supplement for AirPlay
  • Supplement for Spotify
  • Supplement for SiriusXM
  • US Warranty Card
  • Canada Warranty Card
  • Online Product Registration Card
  • "Yamaha Worldwide Representative Offices" note
  • "Spotify Premium" sheet

I prefer this speaker to my sonos. Im sold on musicast for my home.

Kiley, Northville, MI

Reviews

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(35 Reviews)

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Kiley from Northville, MI on 2/22/2018

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I prefer this speaker to my sonos. Im sold on musicast for my home.

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Bad Choice

Anonymous from San Antonio, TX on 1/27/2018

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I have tried repeatedly to get this speaker to hook up to my Yamaha receiver using the MusicCast app, but it doesn't work properly.

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Crutchfield response on 1/30/2018 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to help him further. We'll either help him get the speaker working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Great Technology, Features, and Sound

Anonymous from Tuscaloosa, AL on 1/18/2018

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Bought the MusicCast WX-030 with a Yamaha R-N303 receiver to have wired speakers and CD changer in the living room, stream music into our kitchen, and access our our online music through our WiFi network. Set up was easy. After downloading the MusicCast software to my android phone and pushing the "Connect" button on the speaker, the MusicCast software quickly found our wireless network. Pushing the connect button on the receiver linked it to the speaker. Easy to control the receiver and speaker from the phone and select in which rooms music is played along with volume and equalizing functions. After a few hours of playing music, the WX-030 sound began to fade in and out. After resetting the 1750 router (which is about 30 feet and two walls away) and reconnecting, we haven't had any more problems. One disappointment: MusicCast does not work with our Microsoft Surface tablet, but works fine with our Windows PC and android phone. Our kitchen is 14 feet x 22 feet with 10 foot ceilings and the single WX-030, placed on top of our wall cabinets, provides plenty of rich sound for the space at low to medium volume. No experience yet with accessing online subscription services. We are very happy with the sound, function, and the technology. Yamaha has, once again, led the pack in cutting edge home stereo technology.

Pros: Easy set up Robust sound in a fairly large room Great technology that allows seamless access to online music as well as hardwired receiver/speakers/CD player

Cons: Instruction manual and online support thin on a few important details. A little pricey.

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Anonymous from Kingsport, TN on 1/2/2018

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I ordered three of these speakers. Even though one of them would not connect to my wifi I am still giving them 5 stars and here is why. They have a very good sound for their size. The two that are in use connected easily to my wifi and have been operating flawlessly with the musiccast. Each can be operated independently either with a streaming service or with bluetooth or they can be linked to operate all together with the same source. The one that did not connect was returned to Crutchfield with no questions asked. The return label was sent to me while I was talking to their agent and the new one was sent out the next business day. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE. I have had the two speakers in service for about a week with no issues. The negative reviews could be issues with the reviewers wifi (I just installed a google wifi mesh system, great product) or possibly a defective unit. Hey,. it's a machine things go wrong in mass production. Just for those that care, I have had Yamaha products for years. I have a 1980 model CR840 which I purchased new and is still in use, a nine year old RXV 861 that was only replaced by a new RXA770 because I replaced my TV with a Sony 4K 930E (great bright picture by the way). So as long as you have good wifi coverage I would not hesitate purchasing the WX-030 speakers from Crutchfield. You have their 60 day return policy, what do you have to loose? But I don't believe you will need it.

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Not ready to make another purchase!

Jim from Mount Joy, PA on 12/25/2017

I have had this system for about a year. I got Yamaha's AV system and three speakers . One is a wx-010 and the other two are the wax-030s. I am running a Wi-Fi with 75mbs. So I have plenty of heat. But from one day to the next the system is not stable. I have done everything from resetting the app, the Wi-Fi and unplugging the speakers. Not sure if the latter helps but if it has a memory of any kind. I figured it could reset. I have been on the phone with Yamaha many times. I have change the location of the Wi-Fi router to have it in line of view of the speaker and I have added an extender in a different part of the house for a remote speaker. I have allowed for ALL fermware updates. I have even hard wired my main AV unit to make more band width. But to no avail. Nothing has made this system stable. I want to add two more speakers but until I can see an improvement in this system. I hesitate any new purchase.

Pros: Good sound when it works.

Cons: Is not stable from one day to the next. Studders, latency and drops out.

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Anonymous from Durham, NC on 12/17/2017

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Good sound for a patio party or a screened porch.

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Great when it works...

David from Chester, NJ on 11/24/2017

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As the title indicates, it's a good speaker when it works. I primarily use the SiriusXM radio streaming from the app, and the music quits unexpectedly. I also have home speakers connected to the WXC-50. Trying to run both units at once is chaos. One will shut off, then the other, then the other. Constantly have to go into the app and start them back up again. Apple airplay works great. Seems to only be a problem with SiriusXM function, but that's what I use 90% of the time, so for me this was a waste of money. Replacing everything with Sonos.

Pros: Good sound

Cons: SiriusXM drops constantly Control App is buggy

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Anonymous from Dover, NH on 11/6/2017

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Way better sound than I thought it was going to be. Strains a little on high volume and wish it was a little more powerful. But overall very impressed

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Neat Speaker

John from Leland, NC on 10/23/2017

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I use the two WX-030 wireless speakers linked & paired for stereo all controlled with my smartphone and a Yamaha R-N303 receiver. The Musiccast system with Android capability work with no problems & sounds great, but does take a little time to get used to. The receiver's FM radio can be controlled by Musiccast also. One speaker unit stymied Cruchfield's Technical Assistance, and required Yamaha Technical Support to correct a firmware set-up glitch, but trouble free after then. When using individually sound is good. By pairing to run in stereo mode, sound quality improved significantly.

Pros: Size, convenience, sound, Musiccast

Cons: Set-up issues, firmware update

Small speaker with big punch

Travis from Charlottesville, VA on 10/19/2017

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Fantastic product. I have MusicCast throughout my house and love it. It's especially great when we have a party as the songs will follow you throughout the home. This speaker produces more bass than I was expecting given its size. And because of its size, you can easily move it to a different location if you need to.

Pros: Small and unobtrusive, yet powerful and robust.

Cons: I use these in bedrooms and wish they had more tactile controls on the top of the unit, or maybe if they lit up so they can be seen in low light or at night.

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Scott from CO on 10/10/2017

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Nice sounding speakers, given their size. Set up with the Yahama MusicCast app was easy. Iwould have gone 5 starts but it was a little tricky to get 2 of them set up in stereo, but the Tech support at Crutchfield was able to get it done. Took a couple of trys, but we got there. My only other complaint is that I wish they had an outdoor waterproof speaker at this level and size.

Pros: Small size, good sound for their size, easy set up with MusicCast

Cons: A little pricy, likeot have waterproof outdoor versions, a little hard to get set up in stereo.

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Anonymous from Rockledge, FL on 10/3/2017

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Overall very happy with this product, just a few quirks I need to work out. It is about 20 feet from my wireless router on the other side of a wall. I bought it as a speaker for the kitchen which is rather closed off from the living room and I got tired of having to blare the main system to hear it in the kitchen. The speaker is paired with a Yamaha Aventage A-770 receiver. The speaker does seem to un-link from the main system on the app every so often, frequently it starts out off sync when I begin playing music but somehow pairs itself up within a few minutes, probably the biggest issue is that the microwave seems to cause interference. When I run the microwave the speaker will cut in and out and sometimes will completely stop working requiring a reset. The sound quality is good for the price though and when it is 100% working it is 100% great.

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Really solid unit that is easy to setup.

Anonymous from Raleigh, NC on 9/25/2017

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Super fast to set up and connect to my receiver and phone. Good strong sound. Well built, does not feel cheep like most portable speakers. Heavy on the bass but adjusted it down. Sounds grate for its size and price point. Nice long power cord. Wish the power cord had a place to wrap (might add myself). All in all, wonderful unit. Really want to put 2 in every room. If I could change one thing, I would have the ability to turn off the three little lights on the front. They shine like the sun at night when trying to sleep. $0.0001 worth of electrical tape fixed the issue, so not really a problem. Love the unit and will buy more.

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Yamaha WX-030BL MusicCast multi-room audio powered speaker

Anonymous from CA on 8/4/2017

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Sound is great but is underpowered which is surprising give this uses AC power. We have a Bose Bluetooth battery operated unit and it puts out more sound The other frustrating thing is MusicCast has a limitations using multi-access point wifi. Ultimately this was acknowledged by the techs at Crutchfield (who were great). While I can get to work, it takes some finessing and it is not so easy for the rest of my family. Might return.

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Great! Speaker

GaryNa from New Albany, IN on 7/14/2017

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The sound is amazing I'm very impressed with this new speaker I'm going to buy one for every room. However the price bit high

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Na

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Anonymous from Jacksonville, FL on 7/3/2017

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Easy setup. Exceptional full sound for my garage. Loud enough to hear while doing yard work in the front yard. Nice bonus. Glad I purchased this speaker.

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Anonymous from Newport News, VA on 6/20/2017

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Very good sound. Easy set up. Compact size!

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Yamaha WX-030BL MusicCast multi-room audio powered speaker

Anonymous from Raleigh, NC on 6/12/2017

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Sound is great and set up is not too hard. Negatives are that multiple speakers use a lot of bandwidth, and the only way to change network is to do a hard reset on speakers + delete the app!! it is a great Bluetooth speaker but using several Musiccast products at once is not practical over wifi.

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Good buy

Jim from Cherry Hill, NJ on 3/27/2017

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Good sound for a small speaker. I wouldn't say it creates true stereo sound, but it gets loud, doesn't break up when pushing the volume and fills a reasonably sized space with sound. The MusicCast app works well. The only issue I had is interference with our baby monitor bc it too uses the 2.4 frequency, but I can't totally blame that on this device although I have read Sonos devices still work strong with interference. Overall I'm happy with the product and may purchase another one in the future if Yamaha doesn't come out with something bigger like the Sonos Play 5.

Pros: Big sound small speaker Small speaker blends in well Long power cord Wifi and Ethernet ability MusicCast app works well

Cons: Interference with baby monitor that uses 2.4 frequency as well.

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

James from Greenville, NC on 2/6/2017

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I love the MusicCast system. I bought the r- N602 receiver and this is the second WX-30 speaker I have purchased from Crutchfield. Speaker is awesome with solid base and it is built like a tank. We use Pandora and net radio all day throughout the house and I am in the process of purchasing the WX-010s for my sun room. Highly recommend this speaker an the MusicCast system and buying through Crutchfield is always a pleasure.

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Surprisingly great sound from a small speaker

Teressa from Raleigh, NC on 2/5/2017

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I recently purchased the AVENTAGE RX-A3060 receiver and wanted to add a speaker in my small home office. This has been a great addition and seems very loud for such a small speaker! The streaming options work great, and the best is being able to have whatever is playing on the main receiver synced with this one! The app for my Android phone works surprisingly well, which hasn't always been the case with some of the Yamaha apps in the past. They've dramatically improved those over the past few years, and setup was a breeze. Looking forward to adding more of these throughout the house and hoping Yamaha adds larger speakers in the future as well as some true outdoor options!

Pros: Small, portable, great sound, syncs with other MusicCast systems, easy setup

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Anonymous from York, PA on 1/17/2017

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Love this speaker. Easy setup. Clear sound and good bass.

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Good, simple AirPlay speaker

Tom from Santa Fe, NM on 12/17/2016

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This met my needs and expectations. I just needed a basic speaker for the garage which I could drive via AirPlay from an app on a PC or iPad. This does it. You don't necessarily need the Yamaha app to configure it or use it. If you can can temporarily connect it to a router via an Ethernet cable, it will connect to the network automatically because its default has DHCP enable. Find the IP address assigned to it by the router and log into the speaker with a browser using that IP address. From there you can configure wifi, switch over to it and move the speaker to its final location.

Pros: Easier to configure than documented; the Yamaha app may not be necessary.

Cons: A little too much bass sound but it is good for my purposes.

Respectable little speaker

M. from Baltimore, MD on 11/1/2016

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This is a respectable little speaker. We have four of them: one in a bathroom, one in the master bedroom and two for outdoor use. The size is compact, and the sound is decent for the size. All of them are connected to a Yamaha RX-A2050 home theater amp and use the MusicCast system. The MusicCast app works pretty well and lets us stream Pandora, skip songs, thumb up or down songs, change stations, etc. Cons: As mentioned by others, the controls on the top can be hard to see and really should have been lit with some LEDs or have bolder lettering.

Pros: Small size, decent sound, MusicCast capability, MusicCast app is trick and allows bass, mid and treble controls

Cons: Top controls are hard to see, not well-suited for large rooms (of course), but not terrible, either

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Paul from Frederick, MD on 10/3/2016

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I was really surprised with how great this speaker sounds. I added it with the MusicCast preamp and I can now listen to my record collection throughout my whole house. I will definitely be adding some more of these in the near future.

Pros: Full sound that doesnt distort at high volumes. Easy to connect via Wifi, bluetooth, AirPlay, and more

Cons: Not entirely "wireless" you still have to plug it into the wall outlet for power. Fairly heavy

Yamaha MusicCast WX-030

Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on 9/29/2016

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Small powerful sounds great!

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great product

CRF from Viera, FL on 9/11/2016

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worked well, setup took a couple tries

Pros: the fact that its wireless, also it has a power cord so you don't have to deal with battery issues

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Flawless Performance & Sound Quality!

John D from Lansing, MI on 8/22/2016

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Handles FLAWLESSLY Wi Fi music from Yamaha network receiver. NO lags, or drops of content! That's assuming a solid 100MB internet connection. With respects to sound quality, the MusicCast WX-30 blows away other similarly priced units on the market. Simply stated, the Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 does everything that it claims to do extremely well!

Pros: Extremely easy to set up and configure. Flawless performance with good Wi Fi connection Superior sound quality and bass

Cons: Only available in Black or White. Color options are more relevant in todays AV marketplace. No available rechargeable model.

Great Sound That Is Easy To Hook Up & Maintain

Tracybjazz from Grand Rapids, MI on 7/31/2016

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This little speaker packs a great sound in a small footprint with some great color options. I needed some sound in a lower level where speaker wires were not possible. This speaker easily connected to my Yamaha A/V receiver through my AirTunes wireless network. I love the fact that it's essentially in an always-ready mode, I.e., no on/off is engaged. I simply connect the speaker through AirTunes and it plays. Yeah! Simplicity! I wish this had more portability (battery operated option) for moving it around but other than this distraction of always being tethered to an electrical outlet, this speaker rocks. It's so good, I only needed one speaker, not two in the lower level.

Pros: Great sound; easily connects to existing AirTunes network; seamless with my Yamaha A/V receiver; small footprint. Stylish - even my wife doesn't object to another speaker in our home.

Cons: Electric power required; no battery option to increase portability

Great power from small speaker

Steve G from Okeechobee, FL on 6/14/2016

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Best small wireless speaker i have ever owned, hands down. Has to be plugged into a socket to power it, but oh my is it powerful. Rich deep bass and strong highs. Id love to buy another

Pros: Big time sound at reasonable price point

Cons: Wish i could stream my house tuner thru it

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Anonymous from Phoenix on 6/1/2016

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Love it

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Awesome

Bob from Columbus, OH on 6/1/2016

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Excellent product, great sound.

Pros: Excellent product, great sound.

Cons: not weatherproof

Great sound, but...

JB Broussard from Baton Rouge, LA on 4/4/2016

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Bought these speakers to use in a big area, in addition to several pairs of wired speakers... There is a very noticeable lag between the sound from the wired speakers & this wireless speaker. According to Yamaha support: "Only network sources will be in sync when room linking. This would include Net Radio, Pandora, Spotify, and Server, as well as bluetooth audio and USB, which are controlled by the network card. Any other source, which includes external devices (HDMI, optical, coax, analog) and the tuner, will not be in sync when configured for room linking. This is a limitation of the product, and there is no available troubleshooting to address it." This is a deal breaker for me and I sent the speaker. Great idea, really good sound, but not quite ready for prime time.

Pros: Good sound Easy setup great to use as a standalone speaker, or with another wireless speaker

Cons: Not completely wireless, needs power Noticeable lag when in the same area as wired speakers

Crutchfield response on 4/18/2016 Yamaha reached out regarding this review with some additional information: The latest MusicCast app/firmware resolves audio delay issues for external sources when a MusicCast AV receiver is used with one or more WX-030 speakers in linked mode. Please make sure to accept prompts for firmware and app updates as Yamaha is continuing to add improvements and enhancements to MusicCast products.

Very good wi-fi speaker

Marty from Maryland on 12/30/2015

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I wanted remote speakers for several locations in my apartment, without a realistic possibility of installing speaker wires. I bought a Yamaha R-N602 stereo receiver with Musiccast, and two of these speakers, and will buy a third later. The Musiccast app (for mobile telephone) is essential for operating this speaker on wi-fi and is an integral part of the system. The speaker sounds very good, and the control for it in Musiccast has a three-band mini-equalizer to adjust high, mid, and low frequencies, which helps greatly to get the sound right. I operate my speakers via the home wi-fi network, although they also have an ethernet port and Bluetooth capability. Note that they are line-powered and will need access to a receptacle. The speakers operate on wi-fi with a very slight delay compared to the speakers that are directly wired to the receiver. Also, the wi-fi network "hiccups" occasionally, leading to occasional very brief interruptions to the audio stream. These have mostly been infrequent enough in my first two weeks of use that they have not been bothersome, but it does happen. There is an obscure setting called "link control" in Musiccast that offers two options: Standard and Stability Boost, with the warning that the latter "may result in a longer audio delay". I haven't tried it yet, but it might improve the streaming.

Pros: A wireless (except for power) remote speaker operating with more robust technology than Bluetooth. Good sound, good looks. Three-level equalizer in Musiccast app, along with other controls. Long power cord. Ethernet port for use in a wired network configuration. Firmware update via wireless network. Can be operated without physical access to the speaker once it is installed, so it can go in out-of-reach locations. Can be wall-mounted with an appropriate bracket.

Cons: See main review about wi-fi performance. Musiccast app requires a learning curve, is elegant but not intuitive, and poorly documented. The few manual controls on the speaker are almost invisible. The three LEDs are very close to each other and the same color, making it almost impossible to know which ones are on, unless all three are on. Not stereo.

Loving It!

JimH from Rhode Island on 10/17/2015

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The MusicCast speaker synch's perfectly with my living room Yamaha A/V receiver (RX-V679) and sounds great!

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Features

Wireless Streaming Speaker: The Yamaha WX-030 wireless streaming speaker is part of Yamaha's MusicCast multiroom audio eco-system. Start with a single MusicCast WX-030 speaker and add more over time, or add other MusicCast products like AV receivers and soundbars. Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be connected.

  • Two-Way Driver Design: The MusicCast wireless speaker provides exceptional sound clarity thanks to the two-way speaker design (1.125" tweeter + 3.5" woofer) coupled with a large passive radiator that enables deep, rich bass to be produced from such a compact system.
  • Built-in Amp: The WX-030 speaker's built-in amplifier is rated at 30 watts (6Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD) and provides clean, distortion free sound at all volume levels.
  • Music Enhancer: The onboard music enhancer smoothes out the stretched-out highs and muddled mids associated with over-compressed MP3 files.

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.

Note: Yamaha's new MusicCast system is not compatible with Yamaha's old MusicCAST system.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 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. Network setup is completed through the free MusicCast 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").

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 or Bluetooth for the WX-030. If you have incorporated a Yamaha AV receiver or soundbar with MusicCast into your system, you can also select from USB, Aux, Phono, analog and digital inputs.
  • 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.
  • Sound Settings: You can adjust the speaker's 3-band EQ (High/Mid/Low) from the app on your Apple iOS or Android device for a more personalized sound.
  • 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. 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
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

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 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.

Music 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)
Tidal 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.
Deezer
 (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 Podcast.

Bluetooth Audio: The Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 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 WX-030 speaker.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the WX-030 speaker 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 a MusicCast device 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 WX-030 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.

DLNA: The MusicCast WX-030 speaker 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 speaker system.

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

Alexa Compatible (Firmware Update Required): Alexa-enabled devices (including the Amazon Echo, 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 products simultaneously.
  • 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.

Stereo Pairing: A recent firmware update allows two individual WX-030 speakers to be paired for stereo reproduction. One WX-030 speaker can be set as the left speaker and another WX-030 (sold separately) can be set as the right speaker. Once the firmware update is completed, you will be able to use a combination of buttons to enable stereo left or right playback or to cancel stereo pairing.

Mounting Options: The compact and clean design of the MusicCast WX-030 wireless streaming speaker makes it perfect for use in the kitchen, bedside or anywhere space is limited. The speaker can simply be placed on a tabletop, shelf, stand, or other piece of furniture with a flat surface. You can even mount it on a wall using the integrated 1/4"-20 threaded mounting hole and an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately).

Firmware Updates: Firmware Updates for the MusicCast device 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.

AC Power: The Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 wireless streaming speaker operates off of standard household current using its internal power supply and detachable 10' power cord. This speaker is not battery powered.

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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Not a fan of Denon's HEOS app as I have that at my home, and received poor reviews on Sony. Relatively good reviews on this site for Yamaha's MusicCast. Buying this, and a MusicCast Yamaha receiver, for my mother so that she can listen to her albums playing in her office on the other end of the house without running cable. [ Adam  Feb 05, 2018 ]
Bought the Yamaha N303 stereo receiver and this speaker to be able to stream music into my kitchen. [ Rebecca  Jan 05, 2018 ]
Already have 1 WX-030 and will pair this to that one to get Stereo sound :) [ Elmer  Dec 01, 2017 ]
Recently purchased a Yamaha RXA3070 Receiver and needed a musicCast spearker to work with my receiver (Wireless) in my kitchen. [ Elmer  Sep 02, 2017 ]
Matches with my other MusicCast items. Wanted more music in the bedroom [ Dan  Aug 31, 2017 ]
Sounds very good and easy to use. Great app. Wi-fi and wired Ethernet connectivity options a plus. [ Brian  Aug 07, 2017 ]
Already have one and adding this to make a stereo pair. [ Donald  Apr 24, 2017 ]
Adding speaker to the kitchen. Own a Yamaha music cast capable receiver. [ Seth  Apr 15, 2017 ]
Adding one more to my home network [ Gerald  Apr 10, 2017 ]
works with the other yamaha speakers/receiver I have with the MusicCast system. [ Spencer  Apr 08, 2017 ]
Sound and brand name [ darryl  Mar 18, 2017 ]
Needed two for stereo [ Mark  Mar 12, 2017 ]
Needed a speaker in another room, but I felt it was to big, so I returned it. [ ROBERT  Feb 02, 2017 ]
Because MusicCast is awesome [ James  Jan 12, 2017 ]
I bought one and loved the sound [ Robert  Dec 23, 2016 ]
sale price and styling. also compatible with purchased yamaha receiver [ Jake  Dec 13, 2016 ]
Plan to use along with my Yamaha YSP-1600 which both have MusicCast feature. [ Michael  Dec 13, 2016 ]
To hear my music in another room. [ Ron  Dec 05, 2016 ]
I needed the best combination of a small sized/good sounding speaker. This item also can push audio to my Bluetooth devices. On top of that, I can easily add speakers should I move from a studio apartment to a more spacious location. I can't wait to hear what it sounds like! [ Christopher  Dec 04, 2016 ]
Compact, wireless, nice aesthetic, good sound per reviews [ Michael  Dec 04, 2016 ]
Works with my Yamaha AV receiver [ T  Oct 16, 2016 ]
Works with Yamaha N402 MusicCast receiver I purchased. Wanted independent wireless system. [ STEVEN  Oct 07, 2016 ]
Wanted to add wireless multi room technology to my existing system. I trust the Yamaha name [ Paul  Sep 20, 2016 ]
MusicCast speaker for Yamaha V679 [ Lorca  Apr 18, 2016 ]
Absolutely love Yamaha audio products. Never disappointed. The best quality for the buck. [ Al  Dec 19, 2015 ]
To get sound throughout an elongated, L-shaped listening area. [ Charles  Dec 17, 2015 ]
Cause a had read some technical aspects about this speaker on the internet . [ Gerardo  Jan 30, 2018 ]
I have a Yamaha RX-A850BL. This will be my intro to wireless multi-zone Home Audio. [ Greg  Jul 13, 2017 ]
I've wanted a whole home sound system for a while. When I bought a new home theater system form Crutchfield, I built it around a Yamaha MusicCast receiver. This is my first purchase to expand my new sound system into another room in my house. [ Michael  Jun 10, 2017 ]
have the Yahama music cast receiver these are a perfect match for our familynroom sound system [ Frank  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Very nice wireless speakers and work well with Yamaha receiver. I want one in the kitchen. [ Ron  Dec 18, 2016 ]
Going to hang this in my kids' room for nice sound, including MusicCast and streaming audio. [ Joseph  Dec 16, 2016 ]
the price was good and free shipping. Good reviews on the product. [ robert  Dec 13, 2016 ]
This speaker will go in our kitchen. I was looking a wi-fi speaker with decent sound that also supports Airplay. It's also nice to know that other Musiccast speakers can be added later. [ Craig  Nov 28, 2016 ]
I already own 2 of these speakers and they work great. [ Christopher  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Because I own a Yamaha receiver with Musiccast and this will make a perfect companion in another room. [ MICHAEL  Jul 10, 2016 ]
I'm upgrading to latest generation Yamaha receiver to take advantage of the wireless MusicCast system. [ David  Jun 27, 2016 ]
To try wireless speaker. [ Larry  Jun 27, 2016 ]
I purchased a new Yamaha AV and needed wireless speakers to round the system out. [ ANDY  Jan 12, 2016 ]
I picked it because of recommendations seen on CNET and other technology sites. Also it gave me music in other rooms as well as the main receiver. And it was much cheaper than SONOs! [ Ellen  Dec 17, 2015 ]
It goes with my new Yamaha receiver. The receiver works great on wifi. My wife wants to listen to music in another room, and I don't want to run the wire. With this, she can run airplay from her phone through the home receiver and listen wherever she wants to plug it in. Should be a winner! [ Robert  Dec 15, 2015 ]

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i have tried to do that and it doesn't seem to work properly or is not available. [ Lara Azzi  May 24, 2017 ]
I don't know for sure because I don't use Bluetooth, but the answer is probably yes. You would pair the Bluetooth device to the speaker, then link other speakers to it the same as you would for any other audio source. [ MAARTEN  May 23, 2017 ]
In my experimenting, it is possible. But only to other MusicCast caple speakers. For example you can pair your phone to a MusicCast speaker via bluetooth and then use the MusicCast app to "link" that speaker to other Musicast speakers (or receivers) and play the same music on all devices. In fact, there are many sources of music that work the same way. [ RANDY  May 23, 2017 ]
I have the WXC-50 wired directly to the internet and driving an amp powering speakers on my deck. I also have this speaker (WX-030) which is wireless to the internet in the nearby kitchen, which is next to the deck. With the audiosync on, I can sit in the doorway between the two, and they are perfectly in sync. [ jeff  May 31, 2017 ]
Yes, this is an issue. There is a "stability control" option on the Musiccast units which is a buffer in the audio stream: The more stable, the longer the lag. I'd guess that my Musiccast speakers lag a second or longer behind the wired speakers, so I can't run them within earshot of each other. I have to use the maximum stability setting due to the extensive Wi-Fi interference in my urban setting. The minimum setting might be close to simultaneous, but is more subject to breaking up. This lag does NOT seem to be a problem when the audio source is internet, but it's an issue with any other source. [ MAARTEN  May 23, 2017 ]
Can't help you with this one. I have my WX-030 connected to the Yamaha AV Receiver via a wired Ethernet connection and haven't noticed any discernible lag. With most receivers (when setting up surround) you can tweak the remote speakers for delay. As an aside, if you have DLNA compatible components in your home setup this speaker works great. I use Win7 PCs (OS is DLNA) and can move the speaker anywhere in the house on the wired network (using a Panasonic HD-PLC Adapter, 110v socket outlet and Ethernet cable) and listen to stuff. [ Paul  Apr 17, 2016 ]
I did not measure the lag, but I would estimate it to be a half second or longer. I bought this to put in my kitchen. The receiver and speakers are in the living room. The echo that was produced by the lag from the music cast speaker was terrible, especially when you were between the kitchen and the living room. I returned the MusicCast speaker for a refund. I would not advise using it in a situation where you will hear sound both direct from the amplifier and from the MusicCast speaker. The result is terrible. [ William  Apr 15, 2016 ]
I have not noticed any lag when using these Wi-Fi speakers I have a pair of them in two different locations running from an iPhone and an amplifier. They work perfectly well and a lot easier than having to Ethernet or wire set of speakers. [ JOHN  Apr 15, 2016 ]
I believe so. I have a receiver, and it is connected to my TV via HDMI. I can switch to the input on the receiver to have the TV sound come out of my WX-030's on MusicCast. I am not too familiar with the YSP 1600, but I believe at least one model is MusicCast ready, so I would think if that is the model you have, and it sends the TV output to it, it will work fine with the WX-030. [ RANDY  Aug 11, 2016 ]
Yes it will. In the musiccast app, you would have the speakers set up as "rooms" and would link the two rooms to play the same media. [ Kenneth  Aug 09, 2016 ]
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