Yamaha to Add Amp and Preamp to Its MusicCast Lineup

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Yamaha-WXA-50.pngIn August, Yamaha will add a stereo amplifier and preamplifier to its lineup of MusicCast-enabled products. MusicCast is a multi-room audio platform that allows you to wirelessly stream your personal audio sources and a variety of streaming services around the home. The new WXA-50 amp (shown here) and WXC-50 preamp allow you to incorporate non-MusicCast speakers, AV receivers, stereo amplifiers, and other audio devices into your MusicCast network. The WXA-50 will carry an MSRP of $499.95, and the WXC-50 will  carry an MSRP of $349.95.

From Yamaha
Yamaha has unveiled the WXA-50 Wireless Streaming Amplifier and WXC-50 Wireless Streaming Preamplifier--new products designed to supercharge existing speakers and home audio equipment with MusicCast streaming capabilities.

Introduced in August 2015, MusicCast is a new way to bring music to every room in a home wirelessly with control provided by a simple app. MusicCast is already available on a wide and growing range of Yamaha AV receivers, wireless speakers, sound bars and Hi-Fi gear. It is ideal for those who want a broad spectrum of audio performance and content options to choose from.

The new WXA-50 amplifier significantly expands the versatility and enjoyment of the MusicCast multiroom wireless system by enabling the user to easily connect a pair of their favorite speakers to this stereo amp, then use an existing Wi-Fi network to access a music library, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody and more, directly from the MusicCast app. The WXA-50 can power any pair of traditional wired speakers, including bookshelf, tower, in-ceiling or outdoor speakers. It can also be used in tandem with other MusicCast wireless speakers, sound bars or receivers for wireless multiroom audio playback. 

The new WXC-50 preamplifier is the perfect solution for those who want to get the most out of their existing home theater or Hi-Fi system. Connecting the WXC-50 to an AV receiver or stereo amplifier not only adds powerful streaming audio capabilities, but also enables wireless multiroom playback when used with other MusicCast products.

"Yamaha fully appreciates that many of our customers already have speakers, AV receivers and Hi-Fi equipment that they love, yet they want to enhance their overall wireless audio listening experience," said Bob Goedken, general manager, AV division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "The WXA-50 and WXC-50 not only allow them to seamlessly and effortlessly integrate their legacy equipment with our popular MusicCast system, but also with superior sonic fidelity that will bring them hours of music listening enjoyment."

As with other models in the MusicCast system, the WXA-50 and WXC-50 are compatible with all types of music sources and streaming services, Internet radio stations, music files on smart devices and computers, Bluetooth sources, as well as external sources such as a TV, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, CD and even vinyl. They support playback of high-resolution audio files for more accurate sonic reproduction, including Apple Lossless (ALAC) files up to 96-kHz/24-bit, as well as FLAC, AIFF and WAV files up to 192-kHz/24-bit. They also support single-device playback of DSD streams up to 5.6 MHz.

Both the WXA-50 and WXC-50 feature premium audio components, including the same ESS Technology digital-to-analog converter (DAC) used in high-end Yamaha AV receivers and advanced circuit designs to deliver clear, detailed music reproduction. Yamaha proprietary sound processing technologies --such as a Compressed Music Enhancer, Volume Adaptive EQ and Advanced Bass Extension Processing--help improve sound performance even with less-than-ideal content or speakers.

Both models employ a solid metal chassis with a retro modern design in a compact (8.4" wide x 2" high x 9.6" deep) enclosure that can be placed horizontally or vertically and easily integrated into a 1U audio system rack. Two units can fit side-by-side in a 19-inch wide rack space.

Both also offer "pro-grade" connectivity and control features, including a wired Ethernet port, trigger and remote inputs and an auxiliary bus mode, making them great for custom integration applications.

Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha WXA-50 (MSRP $499.95) and WXC-50 (MSRP $349.95) will ship in August 2016.

Additional Resources
Yamaha Announces New Entry-Level RX-V381 AV Receiver at HomeTheaterReview.com.
Yamaha Announces First Dolby Atmos Soundbar at HomeTheaterReview.com.

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