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Yamaha WXC-50

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

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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

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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:

  • 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)
  • 4.28 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Wireless straming 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

This little gadget has me using my audio equipment much more. Easily connects music sources wireless over wifi to my hard wired NAD integrated amp and speakers. Can now use my phone to direct music from iTunes, pandora, and other sources. Love this gizmo.

Warren H, Houston, TX

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Wireless Streaming
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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 your at MusicCast multiroom audio to your existing home audio system.

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 effect, 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 use the Web Control screen on your 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 volume settings, you will need to use the Web Control screen on your 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 10 MusicCast devices can be connected).

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

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 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.

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 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.

Trigger In/Out & Remote In: The WXC-50 is fitted a 3.5mm Trigger In and Out for liked 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. Click here for latest firmware updates.

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Under recommendation from Crutchfield to control multiple amplifier volumes and expand my Wi-Fi capability. [ GERRE S  Oct 24, 2018 ]
I'm looking to add whole home audio to my house. I want multiple digital inputs for existing devices, so Sonos does not fit my needs. It was between MusicCast and Heos, but MusicCast has more supported devices at a slightly better price point. Hopefully I made the right choice. [ Jim  Oct 13, 2018 ]
Having problem with bluesound an need something else. Trust the Yamaha name plus good reviews [ ELTON  Sep 03, 2018 ]
associate recommendation [ Glen  Jul 05, 2018 ]
The price was right for a secondary streaming device. [ Everett  Apr 28, 2018 ]
I recently purchased a Yamaha receiver that has music cast capabilities. I like to expand on the music cast environment where I can enable this function on my older Yamaha unit and speaker distribution amp. I am hoping this preamp will allow me to do this. [ Ed  Feb 26, 2018 ]
Update existing Yamaha receiver for internet radio and streaming SiriusXM [ ROBERT  Feb 11, 2018 ]
Inexpensive music streamer for my analog whole house stereo [ S  Feb 07, 2018 ]
This had all of the functionality I could possibly want and the reviews were very positive. [ RICHARD  Jan 05, 2018 ]
It compliments the A/V system I have, looking to expand the musicast portion in 2018. [ Joseph  Dec 26, 2017 ]
Allows me to integrate digital audio sources and WiFi capability with my old school audio equipment. Owned Yamaha stereo equipment for over 40 years. Yamaha equipment has audiophile quality at a reasonable price. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. [ Carlos  Dec 15, 2017 ]
After much research, reviews, and mainly Tyler's guidance I chose this because I know Yamaha makes great products. [ Tom  Dec 06, 2017 ]
I have a decent stereo setup with an Onkyo receiver AudioSource amplifier and 4 zones. My goal was to wirelessly control my music system, and this fits the bill perfectly! I helped my son set up his Yamaha Music Cast system and was so jealous, I started investigating how I could upgrade. This solution is relatively inexpensive but gives me the functionality I wanted. The Crutchfield advisors helped me ensure I had what I needed and how it will all connect-now just waiting on the equipment! [ Elizabeth  Sep 15, 2017 ]
To play records from the library room system to the living room system. And to play audio from the living room to the library. [ Dan  Aug 31, 2017 ]
I want to control my playlist from the pool. [ Mount Alpha Nei  Aug 23, 2017 ]
Did a lot of research for this type of item. Best reviews and priced where I could afford. [ Scotrider  Aug 09, 2017 ]
Convenience of many features and connections. Yamaha name. [ Ivan  Jun 15, 2017 ]
Good reviews [ Roberto  Jun 11, 2017 ]
Looking for a DLNA Streamer that can play back FLAC files from NAS [ Christopher  Apr 07, 2017 ]
to stream music better [ KENNETH  Mar 11, 2017 ]
1. USB support Flac 24/192 files, 2. can connect to the network, 3, bluetooth, 4. air play, 5. internet radio, and good aplication for control. I can use like preamplifier and kip use my old Pioneer ( was bilded in 1978 ) amplifier wich I tray to repleplace but was imposible to find new one with similar sound quality. [ Manuel  Mar 04, 2017 ]
Updating older preamp to provide integration with online music services like Spotify [ Steven  Mar 03, 2017 ]
Well reviewed component from trusted manufacturer to add streaming to my existing hi-fi [ David  Feb 07, 2017 ]
I have been using my Apple TV to stream music for many years, but the streaming has become very patchy/spotty and interrupted over the past 4-6 months. This is frustrating beyond what I can tolerate. I did a lot of research on music streaming, and one of the Crutchfield advisors turned me onto this Yamaha product. For the price, the quality, feature set, and capabilities of this unit are perfect for my needs. Thanks, Rusty! [ jor-el  Jan 07, 2017 ]
Product performance and assistance from CJ [ GREGG  Jan 01, 2017 ]
The bluetooth/apple airplay/MusicCast combo will let me integrate an older (but still rocking) Onkyo receiver into a house-wide network. This unit offers a lot of tech for the price! [ Sean  Dec 14, 2016 ]
easy control, great sound, very versatile [ paul  Nov 26, 2016 ]
I have used Yamaha products in the past and they have been great! I was looking to add wireless speakers throughout my house and decided to go with Yamaha MusicCast. I will hook this unit to my NAD integrated amp. [ BRYAN  Oct 12, 2016 ]
Wanted to add wireless multi room technology to my existing system. I trust the Yamaha name [ Paul  Sep 20, 2016 ]
Good reviews for the app that drives it, streaming capabilities and ability to transmit Bluetooth connected devices [ Carole  Sep 01, 2016 ]

22 questions already asked

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 ]
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 ]
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
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
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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
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
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: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny  May 13, 2017 ]  Staff
Yes [ 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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
yes [ 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 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: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Aug 31, 2016 ]  Staff
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: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Aug 28, 2016 ]  Staff
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