Yamaha MCX-SP10 MusicCast review: Yamaha MCX-SP10 MusicCast

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Aesthetically complements the MCX-A10 digital media receiver; two-way speakers; wall mountable; includes two stands; standard spring-clip speaker connectors.

The Bad They sound only OK.

The Bottom Line The MCX-SP10 speakers are a worthwhile add-on to Yamaha's MCX-A10 wireless digital media receiver for those who value aesthetics over sound quality.

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Yamaha MCX-SP10

Yamaha recently launched several distributed audio products as part of its MusicCast family. The MCX-SP10 speakers connect to the company's MCX-A10 , a compact digital media receiver that wirelessly streams music from the company's MCX-1000 high-end component. Although the MCX-SP10 speakers sound only decent, they perfectly match the MCX-A10 and can be table or wall mounted next to it. That's enough to make this $119 product worthwhile for MCX-A10 owners.

Measuring 8.25 by 8.25 by 3.125 inches each, the MCX-A10 speakers are the same size, shape, and color as the MCX-A10 client. The slender speakers have white plastic casings and removable silver-color grille cloths designed to complement the MCX-A10. The speakers can be perched next to the MCX-A10 on the included metal stands or hung beside it on the wall with nails. The system's svelte figure makes it a prime candidate for wall mounting in locations where space is tight. Unfortunately, the MCX-SP10 speakers don't attach to the MCX-A10 for enhanced portability.

The speakers are two-way units as opposed to the less desirable one-way designs employed by some compact systems. Each sports a 4-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter. A port located between the drivers helps beef up bass output. Around back is a set of standard wire spring clips.

Using the MCX-A10, we first connected the MCX-SP10 speakers, then an old pair of Boston Acoustics A-70s, midsize two-ways. We tested both setups with and without an NHT Pro S-00 powered subwoofer in the mix. Although they couldn't match the volume or sound quality of the A-70s, the MCX-SP10 speakers were capable of playing surprisingly loud. When we fired up Macy Gray's track, "Relating to a Psychopath," the MCX-SP10s' sound was a bit boxy and didn't have much depth. Bass response was fairly weak until we fired up the NHT sub. Additional listening sessions confirmed the MCX-SP10s' mediocre but inoffensive sonics.

That said, because they're only $119, the MCX-SP10 speakers are worth picking up if you want to install the MCX-A10 in the garage, kitchen, or anywhere else you probably wouldn't have a set of more serious speakers at hand.

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Yamaha MCX-SP10 MusicCast

Part Number: MCX-SP10 Released: Jun 15, 2003
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  • Release date Jun 15, 2003
  • Speaker System Type Bookshelf
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 20 Watt
  • Speaker Type Bookshelf speaker
  • Nominal Impedance 4 Ohm
  • Amplification Type passive
  • Connectivity Technology Wireless
  • Crossover Channel Qty 2-way
  • Sensitivity 89 dB