Yamaha WXC50 Network Stereo Pre-Amplifier

Yamaha WXC50

Network Stereo Pre-Amplifier

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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.

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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 4 out of 5 by from Neat, unobtrusive, and enjoyable Easy to set up, enables me to play Spotify premium via my phone and through my onkyo amplifier, sounds great, internet radio, massive bonus, excellent service as always
Date published: 2020-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value product. Sound is clear, base is deep, controls and remote are useful and easy to use. Product is well-made. Navigating the MusicCast interface requires patience as it is not completely intuitive, especially the Airplay function. This does not work at all from a Mac computer.
Date published: 2020-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing piece of equipment I have a very good audio system but ageing and wanted to stream through my primare equipment and B&W speakers after listening to dragonfly red i opted for the yamaha WXC50 and can verify streaming at 320kbps is as good as my £2500 cd player. This product is a steal.
Date published: 2020-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sounds - ok app... I bought this about 6 months ago and am running through a CXA60 amp and some older MA Gold GX100 Standmounts that I picked up second hand. The app is a bit clunky but I mainly use through the Spotify app so I don't use it. One tip - if you can live without volume control etc from your phone, switch to "player" mode. It may be my ears but the sound quality goes from good to great with much more detail and clarity.
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great preamp, musiccast app not so great The preamp does exactly what I want: connect my old nad c 350 amplifier to internet radio and my music on my pc. It also has an optical in so I can also attach my TV. The sound quality of the streamer is more than enough for my setup. The app to control the WCX-50 definitely needs some work. Finding and sorting music from my PC is not straight forward. Hopefully this gets updated soon.
Date published: 2020-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features, easy set up. Excellent sound, grea I bought this a couple weeks ago at Richer Sounds Cambridge, the unit was well reviewed and has proven to be excellent. The set up was very straight forward and I linked my NAS drive and hifi via the unit and the sound is excellent. The app works well and I found it intuitive. A special mention goes to staff at Richer Sounds because the original unit was defective: the staff arranged for a new unit to be sent and the defective collected within 48 hours. Excellent service and helpful throughout the purchase process. I would definitely return to Richer Sounds Cambridge to purchase a network attached speaker for another room.
Date published: 2020-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic little network music streamer I wanted a network music streamer so that I can use my NAS to store and play FLAC files. The Yamaha unit was very easy to connect and set up. "Musicast" was downloaded and installed on my Android phone and connected to the WXC50 at the first attempt. I also ran a digital optical Toslink cable direct from my Blue Ray/DVD player to the WXC50 and after a fiddle in the DVD menus got the sound working pefectly. This is a fantastic piece of kit - adding music streaming from my NAS, internet radio, internet music streaming, USB playback & cinema sound into my existing Cambridge Audio / B&W hi fi system. And at a fraction of the cost of other units. The music sounds top-notch. Highly recommended
Date published: 2019-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good service I bought a Yamaha audio streamer - fantastic product!
Date published: 2019-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yamama WXC50 Pre-Amplifier Very impressed with this small and delightful pre-amplifier. Most pleased that when using Musiccast app' it facilitates easy selection of the various inputs. Especially pleased that it copes with my FLAC audio files on my 1 TB USB Hard Drive - all folders and audio files easily accessed and played.
Date published: 2019-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound Good price to purchased via richer sound, easy to ordered,
Date published: 2019-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enhanced Soundscape. The Yamaha WXC50 has breathed new life, into my old school set-up. It has a plethora of connectivity options, allowing older systems to be used and simply controlled, by using the smart phone app and the inclusive remote control. It’s immensely simple to set-up and I was connected to my WiFi in a few easy steps. Using Airplay, I can listen to an array of radio stations, streamed internet services and music stored on my iPhone and MacBook Pro. Plugged into the optical input, I have a 90’s Harman/Kardon DVD player, which when switched to the PCM option, gives a clean and vibrant soundscape. The AUX-RCA input/output is a nice touch, I have plugged in a Cambridge Audio Duo pre-amp/phono stage, enhancing the sound further, from a Rega turntable. The USB has been used to host a 128GB usb stick, loaded with Hi-Res audio files. The pre-amp output is connected to an early 1980’s, Teac Integrated Amplifier, enhancing the overall soundscape, to an entirely new level. My only minor gripe, is the iPhone app is primitive and can be slightly unstable.
Date published: 2019-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little amp for the money Absolutely great little app which I have got an old quad 306 on the end Jb control 1 pros and an sb5 sub. The sound is superb and it’s easy to hook up to Bluetooth devices. The app is very good for basic stuff , I am sure they will develop it over time. My only minor gripe is that it doesn’t have spdif input , it’s only optical , so putting the PlayStation on the end has got me baffled. If they bring one out that has more rca inputs , I’ll upgrade , but for now , you can’t beat this little beauty and you get a Bluetooth turntable from audio technical that will do the job and save me getting the linn out of the cupboard! Well done yamaha , great little amp for the money!
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good things come in small packages... I was looking to turn my CD collection into FLAC for streaming to my Primare/Kef HiFi separates. First off I converted all my CDs using Exact Audio Copy software onto a hard disk. Once converted I started looking for something to stream them to. Once you start looking you realise there are an awful lot of solutions on the market of all price ranges. Originally I thought having a remote control was a big factor, then the more I thought about controlling it with an App the more I warmed to that idea. Next I just wanted to plug something in to the back of my amp with a phono lead. I stumbled across the Yamaha WXAD10, the cheaper sibling of the WXC50 with excellent reviews. I decided to take the plunge and was very impressed, I have a few favourite CDs that I know very well and I always use them whenever I change gear as a reference point, and I wasn't disappointed, the sound was every bit on par with my aging Primare CD player. After a few days (and many CDs) I was looking around at reviews to see how other people's opinions compared to mine and spotted the Yamaha WXC50 and liked the cut of its jib, I liked that I could plug a USB stick directly into the back, plus a few other features, so I decided to buy that as well. Surprisingly, the WXC50 was another step up in audio quality, not huge, but noticeable, and I knew I'd made the right move and sold the WXAD10. I would still highly recommend the WXAD10 if that's neared to your budget, you won't be disappointed, but if you want to go the extra mile then the WXC50 should be pretty near the top of your list, something would have to be pretty special for me to look elsewhere. Rediscovering my CDs has been a pleasure, and so easy to look for something to play using my Samsung tablet or my laptop (using the browser app). The MusicCast software works fine, if not a little tricky to first implement, but once set up you are good to go. Top notch, well done Yamaha.
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great way to extend the life of my system Bought this when I realised I needed USB capability to play my FLAC files on my old NAD C350 amp (looking to bin my CDs). This device was a piece of cake to set up. Linking my system to my phone and wifi has injected a new lease of life into my music listening. I can use Apple Music to research new music before I buy, over the last few weeks my wife and I have discovered Billy Eilish, Freya Ridings.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reasonable price and excellent sound I decided on the most appropriate product to purchase based on an incredibly useful discussion with one of the team in the York Richer Sounds. Sound advice and great way of updating functionality to my older, but still great sounding system.
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great device let down by one flaw I bought this so that I could stream a large collection of flac and mp3 files through my old but great sounding system, it does this admirably but I have discovered one major flaw - there is no way to search for files by artist or title for example. It doesn't matter too much as everything is ripped and named in an organised manner but this seems like a major oversight by Yamaha.
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile Great piece of kit to have, sound is absolutely excellent
Date published: 2019-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Product! Bought just a couple of weeks ago and still finding more great features and uses! Terrific product at a great price from Richer Sounds.
Date published: 2019-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tidy little unit Bought this to replace an Apple Airport Express for streaming music to my Arcam amp: definite improvement in sound quality over the APE and great array of features such as optical input for my TV, net radio and Bluetooth. The tiny remote is handy when basic functions are required, and the Musiccast app, although a bit convoluted, works as well as to be expected when engaging with other apps such as Spotify. Just what I needed to add hi-res streaming capabilities to my traditional hi-fi set up. The built in DAC does a good job of making streamed media sound as close to CD quality as possible. Form factor of the unit itself is stylish due to its aluminium casing, which adds to the overall quality finish. Haven't tried out the multiroom functionality yet, but it's nice to have. Recommended.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking device and features! Great sound and packed with so many features. Musiccast is spot on!
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect solution for simple streaming Just purchased this Streaming amp after reading a few reviews .. Simple to use .. surprisingly good sound quality. I’m not overly technically minded, so wanted to find a streamer that would Air play from my iPad, I’m now able to stream all of my various music collections // Amazon music, iTunes, and Spotify. I’m just looking at trialing Qobuz for extra quality sound .. I would like to try Tidal but it’s Hi res tracks are desktop only. Either way this is a great bit of kit .. connected to my Audiolab Dac the sound quality is awesome ! It’s been a long time since I spent so little on what is seemingly an Audiophile gem !!
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great price great sound Excellent pre amp, the sound is very good. Stream using Spotify I would recommend selecting music quality very high with in the app as it does make a huge difference. The set up could be made a little easier as the setup instructions are a little unclear. But over all it’s good very good. Connected to Arcam solo and kef r100 speakers
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yamaha hits the spot This little box of tricks is just so neat, it can do almost anything around the home except make toast. I’m amazed at its functionality, it’s superb sound, and the overwhelming facilities this streamer carries. It does the lot. You name it, it’ll stream anywhere around the home. I wasn’t convinced until a another hifi buff friend of mine gave me a demo. Needless to say, I was straight round to Richer sounds to make my purchase. But don’t take my word for it. Go have a listen for yourself. You’ll be amazed!
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good update for HiFi system. I bought this to replace the pre amp in my hifi system which also has an optical input to connect the optical output from TV producing a really good sound. Volume can also be controlled by remote. It also has a bluetooth input for streaming up to date sound sources. All in all a good buy & solves a lot of compatibility problems.
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small, stylish and perfect for a desktop I bought this to bypass relying on a pc to access music on a NAS drive, access Spotify, internet radio and play tracks straight from a USB stick into a pair of Ruark MR1 active speakers. It does all this very well with great sound quality, is small and beautifully designed. Only issue is with the MusicCast software on my iPad that keeps losing the connection to the streamer despite everything being within 10 feet of the router.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yamaha WXC50 Network Stereo Pre-Amplifier This is a very good value-for-money product for someone who already has a hi-fi system but add-on a network player. The best of it is that it has a pre-amp out so that I could plug into my current pre-amp input integrated amplifier (so my integrated amplifier just serves as power amp). Control is very user friendly and lot of fine-tune option. Sound quality though not top class but certainly very enjoyable. It does not decode MQS if just solely subscribe Tidal. But it plays Tidal hi-fi quality music track very clean and crispy.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound, well built, minor software issues I was upgrading from Logitech Squeezebox Duo. WXC-50 sounds better, gives more connectivity and is more stable. BUT, the major issue is in MusicCast software. There is no search for the connect USB drive or on the DLNA server - though Yamaha site says they'll add this feature in 2018 - it's not ready yet. So you have to browse for the music you want to here. Plus there is no random play by song/artist/year/genre - this was very useful feature in Squeezebox. And the last one - you can't cast youtube sound without using Bluetooth from phone (and enabling wireless interfaces degrades sound quality a little, so I left them all off). Since MusicCast is based on WiFi/LAN - I expected I could share sound from phone, but there is no such option.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I wanted I've always preferred separates for better quality sound, but I needed an internet streamer to compliment the existing setup, and the Yamaha is absolutely perfect.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ignore it at your peril! I have had a mixed experience of this product - the first sample I bought kept losing its stream and stopping playback, and regrettably was returned to the store. But - the last firmware update appears to have resolved this issue, and - Oh boy. This is one fantastic product which is currently singing its little head off in a high-end Linn system and frankly not putting a foot wrong. The sound quality is astonishingly good for the price, and I suspect it will have some of its big-name competitors very worried indeed. Just because it is cheap to buy, doesn’t mean its performance is substandard and it should not be overlooked because of its budget price - it plays a fantastic tune with all the detail and punchy low frequency that you could want. Big smiles all round; that’s what it’s all about! Yamaha should be congratulated for the WXC-50 and I believe they have been - it won an EISA award. It works flawlessly with their MusicCast app, and was up and running in a few minutes after finding and installing its firmware updates. Treat it to a wired ethernet connection and a good streaming source such as Tidal for a further step up in sound quality, and turn its PLL Jitter Removal to level 3 for, wait for it, ANOTHER big improvement. I also much appreciate the fact that its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth receivers can be turned off if not needed - the less stray RF interference the better. Sure, there is probably better than this - but you would need to spend a small fortune to bring about any noticeable improvement. Once again, congratulations Yamaha - ignore this at your peril.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good product I bought yamaha wxc-50, to pair with yamaha as 1100, really like it, lots of good features, put a 256g usb in the back for all my music, there are better preamps out there, but for £250 you definitely can't beat it, 5 stars all the way.
Date published: 2018-06-29
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