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Yamaha MusicCast WXC-50 - Streamer/Zone Pre-Amplifier

Yamaha MusicCast Streaming Network Audio & Zone Player/Pre-Amplifier

Yamaha's new MusicCast WXC-50 is a new-concept audio component that goes beyond conventional audio thinking. It lets you access a wide variety of audio content such as music from streaming services or stored on a smartphone, and enjoy high quality sound and style thanks to the ability to network with Yamaha’s exclusive MusicCast multi-room audio system.  It is more than just an audio streamer in a box, it enables you to have indivdual sources specific to the unit you are controlling and listening to, but also enables music to be shared from other Yamaha MusicCast devices like networked AV Receivers, networked Soundbars and networked HiFi products. This level of high functionality and also audio and control performance bring you musical enjoyment just the way you want it

MusicCast employs a high performance wireless network to deliver music and audio enjoyment. It can stream digital music content from your smartphone, PC or NAS to other MusicCast devices in your home. It can also share the music from external devices such as a TV or Blu-ray Disc™ player connected to the WXC-50. Audio content from Bluetooth®-connected smartphones or tablets can also be streamed to MusicCast devices in multiple rooms. with this level of operability you can play the same song in multiple rooms, or play different songs in each room. With MusicCast, freely enjoy the music you love anywhere in your home.

Control is simple and intuitive. Use your smartphone or tablet together with the MusicCast CONTROLLER App to operate the speaker and change settings quickly and easily. The same Controller app functions as a remote control for all your MusicCast-compatible devices too. a remote control is also provided for those applications where you need to be more like a conventional piece of Hi-Fi too.

WXC WXA 50 MusicCast Video

Thanks to Yamaha’s superior sound processing technologies, you’ll enjoy great sound from all your music sources — no matter what their quality, or your listening environment, or the kind of speakers you’re using. When listening to audio from smartphones or other compressed sources, the Compressed Music Enhancer greatly improves the sound at all frequency levels. Volume-adaptive EQ automatically adjusts the bass / treble balance according to the volume level. Advanced Bass Extension provides a deeper, richer low-end sound — it’s great for compact or in-wall speakers. And a Direct Mode allows you to play back high-resolution audio sources just as they are without any processing.

The WXC-50 reaps the benefits of Yamaha’s advanced audio technologies and circuit designs. The pre-amp circuitry, for example, minimises digital jitter and uses the same high performance ESS DAC that is found in high-end AV receivers. Yamaha’s proprietary power supply ground configuration, called DAC on Pure Ground, ensures that the power supply will never negatively affect sound quality. The 48-bit digital volume control provides much greater precision and quality that conventional digital or analogue controls. In addition, a highly rigid, metal chassis supplies the stability necessary for powerful, clear music reproduction.

The WXC-50 supports a wide range of high resolution formats, including DSD 5.6 MHz, FLAC and WAV, AIFF 192 kHz / 24-bit, and ALAC (Apple Lossless) 96 kHz / 24-bit for iTunes. Whether from a music download site or from music streaming services, you can enjoy the full benefits of high resolution sound sources, for a feeling like you’re right inside a concert hall.

The WXC-50 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. The WXC-50 output connectivity consist of standard high quality pre-amp output (RCA) for use with standard analogue platforms - and also caters for both digital connectivity with the provision of both optical and coaxial outputs too. The WXC-50 also has a useful sub-woofer output for when extra bass re-reinforcement is required and a 12v trigger input/output for integration with compatible power amplifiers as well.

The WXC-50 is compatible with all types of music sources and services, such as streaming services. Provided with various types of terminals for connecting a TV, CD player, computer and other AV equipment, you’ll be able to enjoy music from around the world throughout your home from just one component.You can hear all the music sources from your smartphone via wireless Bluetooth or AirPlay connection. You can play music from music apps, radio apps, or YouTube™-type video hosting services.

On the input arrangement the WXC-50 aside from the networked audio and Bluetooth inputs - it has an auxialliary analogue input (standard RCA's - with output loop), plus an optical input for TV's etc. and also a USB input handy for storage devices locally.

For ease installation like the networked Yamaha AV Receivers, the WXA-50 also benefits from a web set-up utility as well - meaning that configuring can be done quickly and effectively prior to commissioning your MusicCast system. At home as a piece of Hi-Fi on display or housed with several other units in a central rack for a complete multi-room system, the WXA-50 is the new modular building block for whole home, integrated audio entertainment.

Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Network Audio Player - 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
One push play — Pressing any button turns the unit on and initiates playback of the previously selected source
Retro modern and superior quality
48-bit digital volume control is far greater than the input signal bit resolution, achieving high quality control
Supports DSD 5.6 MHz and FLAC / WAV / AIFF 192 kHz / 24-bit for high resolution reproduction
Compact body only 214 mm (8-3/8") wide fits in any convenient location, can be used horizontally or vertically.
Easy installation - Suitable size for 1U rack with a width of 214 mm (8-3/8") and height of 42 mm (1-5/8") (without feet).
Low standby power consumption: 1.8 W
Seamless linkage to Yamaha amp with MAIN IN and Trigger In terminals for control of system power and volume.
Player mode — turn off Pre Amp mode and use the device as a simple network audio player.

Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Network Audio Player - Specifications:

Network section:
- DLNA Version 1.5
- Wi-Fi: Yes (Hard wired also)
- AirPlay: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes (SBC / AAC)
- Streaming services: Juke, Napster, Quboz & Spotify
- Internet radio (vTuner)
Pure Direct: Yes
Total Harmonic Distortion: (20 Hz-20 kHz) 0.003 % (Pre out)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 112 dB (Opt / Net / USB / Bluetooth in) / 98 dB (AUX in)
Audio In/Out: 1 / 1
Digital In/Out: 1 (Optical) / 1 (Optical, Coaxial)
USB Input: 1
Ethernet: 1
Pre Out: 1
Sub-woofer Output: 1
Remote In/Out: 1 / 0
Control (Trigger) In / Out: 1 / 1
Standby Power Consumption: 1.8 W
Dimensions (W x H x D): 215 x 51.5 x 245.9 mm (with antenna: 214 x 123.6 x 245.9 mm)
Weight: 1.44 kg

Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Network Audio Player - Resources & Downloads:

Yamaha WXC-50 Owners/Installation Manual