Yamaha has detailed five new products joining its MusicCast wireless music family, including a small benchtop speaker and a high-end sound bar.
MusicCast is Yamaha's proprietary multiroom system which allows streaming from user's phones, network devices or services such as Spotify, Pandora and SiriusXM.
Until now the MusicCast range has been missing two important elements: an entry-level speaker, and a preamp enabling existing stereos to be connected to MusicCast. Yamaha remedies this with the introduction of the $200 WX-010 wireless speaker and the Sonos Connect-like $350 WXC-50 streaming preamplifier.
The WX-010 is roughly 5 inches square and features a 3.5-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter.speaker in addition to opposing passive radiators (for better bass). Users can pair two together using the MusicCast app for stereo sound if they wish.
Yamaha has also announced its YSP-2700 sound bar -- designed to be a step-down from the Atmos-ready YSP-5600 -- starts shipping as of today. The $1200 YSP-2700 offers the company's Digital Sound Projector technology to beam 7.1 channels around the room in conjunction with a wireless subwoofer. It also incorporates three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output which will pass-through 4K/HDR content.
Rounding out the range is the $500 WXA-50 streaming amplifier and $450 R-N402 Hi-Fi network receiver. Both the WXC-50 preamp and WXA-50 feature a stylish aluminum chassis and ESS Sabre digital-to-analog converters.
We've spent some time listening to WXA-50 in particular and have found it able to easily drive speakers such as the PSB X2T. The app has had some tweaks since it was introduced 12 months ago, and it remains one of the more enjoyable multiroom systems.
The products are available in the US now while Australian and UK pricing and availability are yet to be announced.