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Yamaha's new MusicCast WXAD-10 is a new compact and cost effective way of getting Yamaha's brilliant MusicCast platform into old or new homes.
The WXAD-10 has high-performance wireless network capabilities that let you stream digital music content from your smartphone or tablet, as well as music libraries from your computer or network storage, plus a variety of online streaming services and Internet radio — for accessing any music you want. Plus, with the MusicCast features, you can share music with MusicCast-enabled devices in other rooms of your home.
MusicCast is a new revolution in network audio, use all your MusicCast products together or separately, it’s completely up to you. Control it, all from one app, designed to be intuitive, quick and simple to use. Use a soundbar, a wireless speaker, an AV Receiver, HiFi audio whichever suits you best, mix and match then expand your MusicCast system as time goes on. All new from Yamaha, the MusicCast system brings everything to everywhere for everyone. The dedicated MusicCast CONTROLLER app lets you use your smartphone or tablet to easily and conveniently select desired songs and streaming music services, control the volume (available only for stereo mini-plug connection), and more. You can also use the app on your smartphone to remotely control all your MusicCast-compatible devices in other rooms.
The WXAD-10 supports a wide range of high resolution formats, including WAV, FLAC and AIFF in 192 kHz / 24-bit resolution, as well as ALAC in 96 kHz / 24-bit resolution. Moreover, the unit employs a special circuitry design that minimizes and optimist the signal path, and utilizes high-quality parts and technologies — including the renowned Burr-Brown DAC, original PML condensers used in Yamaha’s AV receivers, and Yamaha’s own original technology which combines network modules to achieve jitter reduction. As a result, the unit thoroughly draws out all the sonic merits of high-resolution sound sources, effectively reproducing even the subtle ambience of concert halls and delicate expressive nuances in the sound.
The key device that determines the sound quality of network audio is the Yamaha Original Network Module, which contains a high precision low-jitter clock that improves the reproduction of high resolution sound sources. Pure audio clock generation without an added jitter constituent caused by the clock generator sharply lowers the creation of jitter noise in playing network and Bluetooth® sources, and achieves further S/N improvement. It faithfully distinguishes delicate differences in the sonic characteristics of high resolution sound.
Catering for a host of 'regular' streaming applications with support for Deezer, Juke, Napster, Spotify (and also high resolution services like Tidal & Qobuz) and also the convenience of Airplay too, it is the perfect solution for a host of multi-room audio applications. Being a network audio device also means that it will of course communicate with NAS drives seamlessly as well - meaning that existing music libraries and a host of file formats can also be enjoyed and controlled.
Equipped with RCA and stereo mini output terminals, the WXAD-10 can be connected to a wide range of audio products — whatever components you currently have. Use it with a shelf stereo system, Hi-Fi component, home theatre system, or even a soundbar. The possibilities are endless. The WXAD-10 is designed to be paired with a designated stereo amplifier or even multi-channel amplifier (such as a Russound D850i or Parasound ZM650 for instance for larger multi-room installations) as it carries no on-board amplification. But as such, it can be used as a highly flexible and cost effective multi-room streaming platform for new builds or retro fits.
If installing for a new multi-room streaming system - be sure to check out our complete system kits with amplifiers and speakers - 4, 6 or 8 rooms+ they are a definite option for any streaming project!
Yamaha WXAD-10 MusicCast Network Audio Streamer - Features & Benefits:
Use with non-MusicCast amp or receiver to enjoy streaming music or a true MusicCast system
Compatible with all types of music sources and services, such as streaming services
MusicCast App for easy operation. The app lets you control other MusicCast-compatible components
Small & cost effective high quality streamer
MusicCast for audio enjoyment in every room
Control app for easy operations (MusicCast CONTROLLER)
Connectable to any audio device (Amplifier or multi-channel amplifier)
High-quality sound, compatibility with high-resolution sources
High-quality sound in-house-design network module
Yamaha WXAD-10 MusicCast Network Audio Streamer - Specifications:
Ethernet interface: 100 Base-TX/10 Base-T
Internet radio: airable.radio service supported
PC client function: DLNA Ver. 1.5 (DMR function) supported
Supported file format: WAV (PCM only), MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF
Wireless LAN standards: IEEE 802. 11 b/g/n
Radio frequency: 2.4 GHz
Available security method: WEP, WPA2-PSK (AES), Mixed Mode
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth Ver. 2.1+EDR
Supported profile: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) + AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
Sink: SBC, AAC
Operation mode: Sink or Source
RF output power: Bluetooth Class 2
Maximum communication range: 10 m (33 ft) (without interference
Variable line output connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
Fixed line output: RCA Jack (L&R).
Power consumption: 2.8 W
Standby power consumption:
Network standby off / Bluetooth standby off: 0.2 W
Network standby on / Bluetooth standby off: Wired 1.6 W / Wireless (Wi-Fi) 1.7 W
Network standby on / Bluetooth standby on: Wired 1.6 W / Wireless (Wi-Fi) 1.7 W