Yamaha MCX-SP10 MusicCast review: Yamaha MCX-SP10 MusicCast
If you own the rest of Yamaha's MusicCast system, you might as well throw in a pair or two of MCX-SP10 speakers.
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.