Yamaha WXC50 is rated out of 5 by 56.
Network Stereo Pre-Amplifier
£269 RRP £359
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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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Neil user from Convenient way to access music Fixed up easily and gives access to great music. Just what was wanted at a great price
Date published: 2021-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by K Dunkin from New lease of life for my 10 year old expensive HiF I bought this a week ago and am delighted to be able to stream music easily (by Bluetooth) to my 'Traditional' amp and 5.1 speaker set up. I've not used my bulky 'main' system for years or bought a CD, but I can now listen to all my favourite tunes, new & old from my phone/iPad & MacBook cranking up the volume to take advantage of the big speakers & powerful amp with the sound quality they provide. er..not sure the neighbours agree!
Date published: 2021-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by 12Bar from So pleased with my purchase Excellent equipment, delivering great performance and sound.
Date published: 2021-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris1234567 from Great sound just what I needed Linked to a vintage marantz via a dac magic it’s the perfect hybrid of new and old
Date published: 2021-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by ajbond from Painful install but once I managed, sounds great I have worked in networked computing for several decades, and despite that, getting this on the wifi was a major challenge. It took me over 20 attempts and even now I'm not sure what made it work. Doubly frustrating because I was able to join it to the wifi easily by plugging it into the router and configuring it via web browser (I also updated the firmware) - but then I couldn't find a way to add it to the app! Back to to the app and another maybe 10 attempts... before it suddenly just worked. Once it was finally added to the app it seems good, and the sound quality with FLAC is excellent. Apart from the installation (I'd give the software and documentation 2* overall), the only other issue I have is really my fault for not reading the specs - most of my collection is in ogg vorbis, which the Yamaha doesn't support.
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mr Lincoln 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 JJhifi 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 prancing_gibbon 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