Yamaha WXC50 Network Stereo Pre-Amplifier

Yamaha WXC50

Network Stereo Pre-Amplifier

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(1 available across all stores)

£224.95 RRP £349.0000

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36%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.

Bring the brilliance of Yamaha's MusicCast to your main system, with the WXC50, MusicCast pre-amp.

MusicCast for music all around your home

The Yamaha WXC50 is part of Yamaha's hugely impressive network audio system, MusicCast. With MusicCast you can control all your compatible Yamaha MusicCast products via your smartphone or tablet. Play the same music on all the components or split the sound into different zones for different moods in each room; the choice is yours. The MusicCast CONTROLLER app also lets you operate the speaker and change settings quickly and easily.

Wi-Fi with Spotify Premium and AirPlay
Connect via Ethernet or wi-fi to your home network and gain access to a whole new world of entertainment. From here you'll be able to access a massive range of Internet radio stations plus music services such as the hugely popular Spotify Premium and Naspter. Also standard is AirPlay, making it easier than ever to stream from your Apple iOS devices.

Stream music from your mobile with Bluetooth
With a Bluetooth receiver built in, it's easy to enjoy your music from other devices. Pair with your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC and wirelessly stream all your favourite music. With the possibility of streaming music services, such as Spotify, Deezer and Tidal, as well as your own music library, you get access to near unlimited music!

Compatible with High Resolution music files
The Yamaha WXC50 makes a superb choice for listening to your High Resolution music files. It's compatible with WAV/FLAC 192kHz/24-bit, Apple Lossless 96kHz/24-bit, DSD 5.6MHz and even the new AIFF 192kHz/24-bit formats. Using a high quality ESS DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor), the sound is sensationally detailed.

Wire it in with USB, optical or RCA phono
As well as the wide range of wireless connectivity, the WXC50 also features a USB interface plus optical and RCA phono inputs. The USB socket is ideal for USB stick devices while the phono inputs let you hook up a traditional Hi-Fi source such as a CD player or turntable with built-in pre-amp. The optical input is ideal for connecting your TV or Blu-ray/DVD player.

Compact and stylish
More router than conventional amplifier-sized, the WXC-50 can easily be accommodated; it can even be turned on its side for really tight spaces. The rigid casework is made to Yamaha's usual high standards and, with 1U rack mounting capability, ideal for professional use.

For one of the finest and most flexible music streaming systems around, just add your Hi-Fi.
Bring the brilliance of Yamaha's MusicCast to your main system, with the WXC50, MusicCast pre-amp.

MusicCast for music all around your home

The Yamaha WXC50 is part of Yamaha's hugely impressive network audio system, MusicCast. With MusicCast you can control all your compatible Yamaha MusicCast products via your smartphone or tablet. Play the same music on all the components or split the sound into different zones for different moods in each room; the choice is yours. The MusicCast CONTROLLER app also lets you operate the speaker and change settings quickly and easily.

Wi-Fi with Spotify Premium and AirPlay
Connect via Ethernet or wi-fi to your home network and gain access to a whole new world of entertainment. From here you'll be able to access a massive range of Internet radio stations plus music services such as the hugely popular Spotify Premium and Naspter. Also standard is AirPlay, making it easier than ever to stream from your Apple iOS devices.

Stream music from your mobile with Bluetooth
With a Bluetooth receiver built in, it's easy to enjoy your music from other devices. Pair with your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC and wirelessly stream all your favourite music. With the possibility of streaming music services, such as Spotify, Deezer and Tidal, as well as your own music library, you get access to near unlimited music!

Compatible with High Resolution music files
The Yamaha WXC50 makes a superb choice for listening to your High Resolution music files. It's compatible with WAV/FLAC 192kHz/24-bit, Apple Lossless 96kHz/24-bit, DSD 5.6MHz and even the new AIFF 192kHz/24-bit formats. Using a high quality ESS DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor), the sound is sensationally detailed.

Wire it in with USB, optical or RCA phono
As well as the wide range of wireless connectivity, the WXC50 also features a USB interface plus optical and RCA phono inputs. The USB socket is ideal for USB stick devices while the phono inputs let you hook up a traditional Hi-Fi source such as a CD player or turntable with built-in pre-amp. The optical input is ideal for connecting your TV or Blu-ray/DVD player.

Compact and stylish
More router than conventional amplifier-sized, the WXC-50 can easily be accommodated; it can even be turned on its side for really tight spaces. The rigid casework is made to Yamaha's usual high standards and, with 1U rack mounting capability, ideal for professional use.

For one of the finest and most flexible music streaming systems around, just add your Hi-Fi.
Brand Yamaha
Analogue RCA Inputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 1
USB Input 1
Pre Output 1
Sub Output Yes
Headphone Output No
Frequency Response 10 - 80,000
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 21 x 25 x 5
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 215 x 246 x 52
Weight (KG) 1.44
Power Consumption - Standby 1.8
DLNA Compliant Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value, well specified, flexible streamer Flexibility is key with this unit. A pre-amp designed to connect to amplifier/receiver or on its own with active speakers. Connect digitally to use the receiver/amplifiers DAC (or indeed connect to an alternative DAC first) or use the on board DAC when connected to active speakers. Streaming options are many and should satisfy most requirements including hi res audio from the likes of Qobuz or Tidal via the associated Musicast app. Easy to set up and use, the only dislike is the “remote”...one of those nasty credit card type remotes which can easily slip down the side of the sofa no problem! The unit has a small footprint which can be even smaller by using it vertically with the stand. All in all a very flexible, well specified unit that won’t break the bank.
Date published: 2021-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features and very easy to set up. I purchased this product 2 weeks ago. Has upgraded my amplifier into an excellent streaming device with great conectivity. Yamaha app is very easy to use with access to all main services such as qubos etc.
Date published: 2021-02-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No 5 Ghz Wi-Fi, bad software, good sound quality If you only take one thing from this rant, CHECK THE STRENGTH / VIABILITY OF YOUR 2.4 GHZ WI-FI SIGNAL BEFORE BUYING THIS PRODUCT. A mixed bag. The hardware is pretty good, though it has one glaring problem. Sadly, there are numerous problems with the MusicCast software, too (seems to be a common trend with streaming separates). On the hardware side, the WXC50 doesn't support the 5 Ghz Wi-Fi band. I had to triple check this, as it's such a glaring & seriously limiting omission that I honestly couldn't believe it. To be clear, if your home doesn't agree with a 2.4 Ghz signal, this product won't work without extra effort/setup. I spent a few hours wondering why the WXC50 refused to detect my Wi-Fi network. After a while, I downloaded the extended manual which clearly states that it supports 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi only. The setup process offers very little help or advice for troubleshooting this problem. If you're not tech-savvy then you're potentially in for a bad time. Sure enough, after re-enabling the 2.4 Ghz channel my Wi-Fi SSID finally showed up during setup, but was not good enough to complete setup, let alone use the product. A quick Wi-Fi fact: Most modern-ish routers offer dual-band Wi-Fi; they simultaneously offer both a 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz Wi-Fi signal and devices seamlessly connect to the strongest signal. Every router and device I've had since ~2014 supports dual-band. Because this is largely hidden from users, there's a chance that you're in the same boat as me but won't know it. For context, my 2014 cheap-as-chips smart TV supports both bands and can easily stream 1080p quality (~3GB per hour) via the 5Ghz channel but it can't even reliably stream SD quality (~0.7GB per hour) via the 2.4Ghz channel. This is using a recent version of the BT smart hub, which has very good Wi-Fi performance relative to other ISP commodity routers. If you're like me and have your router by your master socket which is a fair distance from your connected devices, this really, really matters. It's a >4x difference in throughput for me and ultimately means that my WXC50 needs a wired Ethernet connection before it can kick a ball. I had some spare powerline adapters & Ethernet cables, so I was able to work around this problem, but jeez, it's a wireless streamer that doesn't support the predominate standard. I've been running my router(s) with the 2.4 Ghz band switched off for years and this is the first time I've encountered a device that's single band. I would strongly recommend that any prospective purchasers test their 2.4 Ghz signal strength before splashing out -- for a quick test, turn off the 5 Ghz band via your router's admin panel and see if your TV can still stream in HD. Construction is reassuringly heavy & solid. Sound quality is good. The only downside is the cheap and nasty remote which feels like an afterthought. You'll be using your phone to control it mostly, so that's not the end of the world, though. Onto the software. It's got a lot of diverse options for difference sources and that's great, but it feels distinctly grating once you start using it. Things you take for granted in other products are either hobbled or missing entirely. Firstly, I can't believe I'm writing this in 2021, but (screaming) THERE ARE NO PLAYER CONTROLS other than play/stop/prev/next. While this isn't a big problem for albums or singles, it's borderline useless for long-form content like podcasts. I started listening to an hour-long podcast (quickly found via the intuitive "internet radio -> podcast -> search" menu), but had to step out half way through. I resumed it later and it ... played from the start. And there's no way to jump to 30 minutes in. I'm ... speechless. I was using Winamp circa ~1998 and it supported seeking. How did we get here? Why do Yamaha think this is acceptable in 2021? Secondly, when playing music from a media server, there is no search functionality. I've got hundreds upon hundreds of albums, and scrolling through the list can take multiple minutes. I mainly bought the WXC50 so I can listen to my mp3s, but it's a tedious slog to find what I want. If you can use Spotify or another app to send music to the WXC50 without touching Yamaha's software, you will be a lot happier. For my use case, I'm sadly stuck with Music Cast. Thirdly, basic things like track length aren't displayed. Would you start listening to a 40 minute podcast on your 30 minute break? Given that you can't resume or seek, the answer is "probably not". Well, too bad because this information is hidden from you. Finally, on Android, the app takes over your volume control even when you background or even close it. There's no feedback that it's doing this. This ties up your device until you choose to stop playback. Overall the experience is just frustrating. Practically every aspect of the software involves friction. It doesn't do the fundamentals well.
Date published: 2021-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The WXC50 is incredibly versatile I use the the WXC50 to receive a digital signal through Musiccast to output digitally to a external DAC. It works well, noticeably better sound from the external USB and musiccast is proving to be stable and reliable for transmission. The WXC is incredibly versatile. Value for money. Internet radio is an added bonus, really easy to find and store stations
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to set up, and great sound I now have all my music on my PC now, either downloaded or ripped from my CD collection. I needed something to enable me to play my music on my hi-fi system (Marantz amp and Tannoy Mercury M2s), up until now I had achieved this with a long RCA cable connected to my computer's HDMI, and the sound was not great. So better sound and gapless playback were essential to me (Dark Side of the Moon is just not the same without gapless) and the WXC50 provided just that. Very easy to set up (I already had the Multicast app for another Yamaha amp I have). Works great using either Windows Media Play or Plex as a media server.
Date published: 2020-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I bought this to add streaming and the ability to play computer music files through my Hi-Fi. I've also connect my TV to it. It was easy to set up, the MusicCast App works well, and it sounds great. Just what I wanted!
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice pre amp with server built in! Bought as having problems with my intergreted amp line level inputs, but phono works. This product filled a niche by providing a preamp combined with a streamer to take care of my line level inputs. It only has one line level, but it also has digital input for my CDR/HDD. Pleased with luxury of using a tablet as remote! Slight metalic sound to upper range but possibly just uncustomed to it? One suggestion , you should add the Cambridge DAC plus , or the audio lab dac, into the amplifers section . As I might have bought these instead to do a similar role as this did . It took alot of searching to find this solution but I had another option hiding in the cd /dac section. I didnt want a streamer but like it as an add on to my preamp. Excellent service as usual.
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fails to operate as advertised Afraid after a couple of months use Yamaha have managed to break the Musiccast App, both Android and Iphone, when using Qobuz. I have rang Yamaha support every week for the last 8 weeks to ask when it will be fixed. They confirm there is an issue in that it is impossible to select any new music. All are greyed out. It has apparently been reported to Yamaha support in Japan but to date nothing. One chap also even suggested using Deezer instead until they have fixed it. Ideally I would like to return it to Richer Sounds and exchange for Node 2i, happy to pay the extra.
Date published: 2020-07-17
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(1 available across all stores)

£224.95 RRP £349.0000

SAVE

36%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.