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 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 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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What you get

Full parts and labour cover
If your unit goes wrong we'll fix it . No quibbles and no fuss . (Excludes projector bulbs)

Like for like machine replacement if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it . Naturally, models do change, so while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications

Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge
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 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 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.
Analogue RCA Inputs 1
Dimensions WxDxH 215 x 246 x 52
Dimensions WxHxD (mm) 21 x 25 x 5
DLNA Compliant Yes
Frequency Response 10 - 80,000
Headphone Output No
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Power Consumption - Standby 1.8
Pre Output 1
Sub Output Yes
USB Input 1
Weight (KG) 1.44
Brand Yamaha
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hidden gem! Yamaha have targeted the everyday hifi enthusiast with an incredibly generous feature set and impressive performance at a palatable price. This might not be a unit for obsessive purists who spend their days listening for differences between different file types - first and foremost it just helps you enjoy your music in as many ways and as high a quality as you would expect from something double the cost. I was struggling to find any unit (even at double or triple the price) that offers as many features as the Yamaha. Bluetooth, Airplay, WiFi streaming via Spotify Connect, a USB port for playing back files from a memory stick, optical, and phono inputs mean pretty much any analogue or digital source imaginable can be played back, and switching back and forth between sources couldn't be easier thanks to the intuitive and fully featured MusicCast app, which connects in seconds to your WiFi network. In the DAC landscape, I felt I had to choose between connectivity or quality, but in terms of sheer musical enjoyment this Yamaha proves you can have both. The 'enhancer' feature for compressed music makes Spotify streams really punch above their weight, and the ability to play lossless hi-res ALAC and FLAC files over AirPlay, a wireless server, or through the USB port means you can effortlessly switch to your main music library with just a few taps on the app. There's a host of sound options like EQ, speaker type (floorstanding, standmount etc), and bass extension that some purists may sniff at, but for the majority of people who have sub-£1000 setups this Yamaha will really bring an extra sense of clarity and width to your sound that will make it hard to ever go back to the old 'smartphone and aux cable' days. The combination of decent quality DAC with simply customisable settings means my music collection is sounding better than ever and, most importantly, I'm listening to it more often. What higher praise for a piece of hifi equipment? No longer am I messing around setting up my old cabled USB DAC, linking it to my laptop and running cables across the room to my hifi - I just boot up the app, and hit play. I cannot believe that this device hasn't had more fanfare or been advertised more aggressively, but compared to the nightmare setup experience and average sound quality of Sonos, this Yamaha should be considered a game-changer. My system was always a little warm in tone, so a tiny bit of extra high-end in the EQ settings and it's like a layer of dirt has been wiped off my music. I use floorstanding B&W speakers but if you've got a smaller system the bass extension setting could be for you. Whatever your speakers and amp, I have no doubt this unit will make you fall in love with them again. One small point: anyone keen to use a USB stick to play back files (highly recommended and probably the easiest way to have full plug-and-play access to a large lossless library via the app - I leave a 128gb USB stick plugged in the back at all times) should note that it must be formatted in FAT32 to work with the WXC50.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great preamp but..... Great preamp but if using like me as a streamer and a DAC on the optical connection you lose quite a lot of functionality in the software. Also this keeps dropping the Net Radio with no explanation, luckily I have a WXAD 10 and use that connection to then listen to radio by back casting to the preamp still annoying though as 50% + of my listening is from net radio. No free Quoboz as advertised? Last annoying thing is different sound levels from net radio, Spotify or CD. Although there is a function in the software to change this you can only do this in preamp mode not as a streamer. That being said the built in DAC in this device is really good bringing out real good detail and very musical from a Cambridge CXC CD transport. You can even adjust the jitter within the software which you don't get in cheap DACs Connected to Spotify it's very good on highest resolution. The sound quality is very, very good and have connected mine to a Rega Brio to give it added functionality.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Digital pre amp and dac I got this Digital pre amp and dac 2 weeks ago, very happy with it, sounds very good connected direct to two rotel power amps feeding floor speakers and rel sub, use optical in from cd transport and Internet radio good considering the low bit rate that it uses. Build quality is vgood for the cost, nice and small so keeps the wife happy, the app is good once set up but a bit fiddly getting the thing to work out the box. the 3 months free qobuz was not in the box ? Highly recommended, the staff at Newcastle were Great :) would like to try HD audio streaming looks like it could be the way forward when someone gets it cracked, Quality/price/mobility.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The missing link This is what I have been waiting for, a reasonably priced streamer that would connect to my existing hi-fi. For several years I have owned a Sonos3, which is great except that the sound quality does not compare to a reasonable hi-fi set up. The WXC-50 plugs into my Arcam amp and the set up is very simple. Using the MusicCast app on phone or tablet gives access to a range of streaming services, Internet radio stations and my NAS drive on the home network. You can also play music stored on your smartphone and connect your tv.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Quality Excellent build, flexibility/features and sound quality. Using it in conjunction with my Linn amp and Castle floorstanders and streaming from my WD NAS, have compared with the Arcam equivilant IR Dac II (although Arcam does not Wi-fi stream) very little difference in sound as they both use the same Sabre DAC chip.
Date published: 2018-01-05
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Yamaha Network Stereo Pre-Amplifier is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16.
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6 Year Guarantee included

Our VIP club is completely FREE for ALL customers and comprises a fantastic set of privileges. Sign up instantly in-store or online

What you get

Full parts and labour cover
If your unit goes wrong we'll fix it . No quibbles and no fuss . (Excludes projector bulbs)

Like for like machine replacement if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it . Naturally, models do change, so while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications

Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge