Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Preamplifier (Dark Silver)

Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Preamplifier (Dark Silver)

Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Preamplifier (Dark Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • Built-In Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay & Bluetooth Music Streaming
  • DLNA Certified
  • Optical, Stereo RCA, and USB In
  • Digital Coaxial, RCA Out, RCA Pre-Out
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Yamaha WXC-50 overview

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Stream wirelessly to your home theater or stereo system with the dark silver Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Preamplifier. It has Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth, and DLNA connectivity built-in for a wireless connection to your compatible smart device. Its optical and stereo RCA inputs allow for a wired connection while its USB input will play digitally stored files from a compatible USB drive. The preamp connects to your home theater or Hi-Fi system via its digital coaxial or stereo RCA outputs.

Compact Design
The WXC-50 features a metal body with an aluminum cover and a slim design that fits just about anywhere. Only 2" tall and 8.4" wide, it can be placed horizontally or vertically, allowing it to fit neatly in almost any space.
Control at Your Fingertips
Connect the WXC-50 to your existing A/V receiver or Hi-Fi system, then download the free MusicCast app to connect it to your existing home Wi-Fi to create a powerful streaming audio system. Quickly select sources, browse your music library, and control playback right from your smartphone or tablet. You can also control sound EQ settings from the app.
All Your Content
Access streaming music and Internet radio stations, music files on your mobile devices and computers, Bluetooth sources, and external sources such as a TV, Blu-ray Disc player, or a turntable.
A single WXC-50 can be used with your home theater or Hi-Fi system to create a standalone streaming audio system, or multiple units can be used throughout the home. Play different music in each room or get everyone listening to the same thing. It can also be used with other MusicCast speakers, sound bars, A/V receivers, or Hi-Fi gear, providing more connectivity options.
Bluetooth and AirPlay
Stream virtually any audio source via Bluetooth as an input to the WXC-50. Bluetooth sources can be redistributed through Wi-Fi to other MusicCast devices. Or stream using AirPlay from an Apple device to a single unit.
Rack Shelf Friendly
With the feet removed, the WXC-50 is only 1.6" high, allowing it to be placed on a rack shelf within a 1 RU rack space. Two units can be placed side-by-side on a 19" wide shelf.
Design Detail
The 48-bit digital volume control provides precision while the metal chassis is designed to supply the stability necessary for clear, powerful music reproduction.
High-Resolution Audio
The WXC-50 supports high-resolution audio – including FLAC/WAV/AIFF up to 192 kHz/24-bit, Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96 kHz/24-bit, and DSD up to 5.6 MHz – for more accurate reproduction of sonic details, presence, and atmosphere.
Yamaha Proprietary Sound Processing
The Compressed Music Enhancer is designed to improve sound reproduction from smartphones or other compressed sources, like MP3 files. Volume-adaptive EQ automatically adjusts the bass/treble balance according to the volume level. Advanced Bass Extension provides a deeper, richer low-end sound – designed to work well with compact or in-wall speakers. Direct Mode allows you to play back high-resolution audio sources just as they are, without any processing.
Player Mode
If you want to adjust volume from a connected Hi-Fi amp or A/V receiver, the WXC-50 allows you to turn off "preamp" mode and use the device as a network audio player. Switching to "player" mode bypasses the volume control and any processing, allowing direct playback of high-resolution audio.
One-Touch Controls
Pressing any button on the front panel turns the unit on and initiates playback of the previously selected source providing quick and easy access to your favorite music. The WXC-50 also comes with a slim remote offering six presets, so you can quickly access your favorite Internet radio stations even when your smartphone or tablet isn't handy.
Convenient Connectivity with Select Yamaha Hi-Fi Amplifiers
The WXC-50 provides a convenient way to connect with select Yamaha Hi-Fi amplifiers that have main in and trigger inputs; the Hi-Fi amplifier's system power can be turned on and the volume can be controlled via the MusicCast app.
Low Power Consumption
The WXC-50 consumes less than two watts of power in standby mode. When the power is on, power consumption is still a low 5 watts. In addition, the Auto Power Standby feature lets you save energy by automatically turning the power off after two, four, eight or 12 hours.
Connectivity and Control
  • Wired Ethernet port
  • Wireless off switch
  • Digital optical and coax outputs
  • Subwoofer out
  • Trigger in/out
  • Remote in
UPC: 027108954233
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Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Preamplifier (Dark Silver)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Yamaha WXC-50 specs

    Total Harmonic Distortion 0.003% @ 20 Hz to 20 kHz, pre-out
    Signal to Noise Ratio 112 dB (optical, network, USB, Bluetooth in)
    98 dB (aux in)
    Bluetooth Yes (SBC/AAC)
    AirPlay Yes
    Wi-Fi Yes
    DLNA Certified Yes, version 1.5
    Pure Direct Yes
    Supported File Types MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD
    Inputs 1 x Optical TOSLINK
    1 x Stereo RCA
    1 x USB
    Outputs 1 x Stereo RCA
    1 x Stereo RCA pre-out
    1 x Optical TOSLINK
    1 x Digital coaxial
    1 x RCA subwoofer pre-out
    Other Ports 1 x Trigger in
    1 x Trigger out
    1 x IR remote in
    1 x Ethernet in
    1 x Wireless antenna
    1 x AC in
    Power Consumption Typical: 5 W
    Standby: 1.8 W
    Dimensions (W x H x D) With Feet, No Antenna: 8.4 x 2 x 9.6" (21.3 x 5.1 x 24.4 cm)
    With Antenna and Feet: 8.4 x 4.9 x 9.6" (21.3 x 12.4 x 24.4 cm)
    No Antenna or Feet: 8.4 x 1.6 x 9.6" (21.3 x 4.1 x 24.4 cm)
    Weight 3.17 lb (1.4 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 11.0 x 4.0"

    Yamaha WXC-50 reviews

    WXC-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Preamplifier (Dark Silver) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great hardware but MusicCast needs an upgrade. I am using this in my main system connected to a Monarchy DAC. The build quality is very good and it the operation interface is good, but not great. It functions almost as advertised. It may be user error, but I cannot get MusicCast to read all the shared folders on my computer and the interface is slow and it takes a while to read all the folders as you scroll down the list. The USB reader words great and I have a 140GB USB flash drive plugged in with FLAC files and the files sounds good, albeit, I am hearing my Monarchy DAC in the chain. I am hoping for firmware upgrades and software upgrades to the MusicCast that will allow me to adjust network setting from the Yamaha end like the SONUS software does for their product. The four stars is because of the limitation of the MusicCast software, which the Yamaha is completely dependent on. I would give five stars for the build quality and sound.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WXC-50 the perfect choice for music streaming. Well, the Yamaha Wxc-50 is a perfect choice for listening music over your house because the great versatility and flexible options making the WXC-50 the right choice for stream music with high quality and extense file support like MP3,DSD,FLAC,WAV,WMA, AIFF,and ALAC. Equipped with powerfull bluetooth transceiver you can transmit and receive music from to your phone or toward bluetooth and WIFI DNLA speakers. Connected to your lan via WIFI or RJ45 cable and with the android application you can add and select different rooms from the entire house where you can listening music. The great versatility from input and output audio connectors permit to use this unit with you existent amplifier or av receiver equiped with digital or analog inputs plus the option to use it like a pre amplifier. With the USB input from rear pannel you can attach a pen drive and play music files stored on it. The Yamaha WXC-50 is well constructed with high quality components inside and with hard rugged metal case. I'm very satisfied with the purchase of this unit.
    Date published: 2016-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful compact preamp used for streaming This very compact preamp does a great job with streaming, both from the internet, and with linking to other Yamaha devices in my house.
    Date published: 2016-11-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from I would wait for a better unit to come along. Using it to powered speakers with the TV. Controlling the volume is very slow to the point it seam no responsive. Waiting for a better pre-amp unit to come along.
    Date published: 2017-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product to upgrade old Receiver to wireless Plugged my Yamaha RS-700 receiver to this WXC-50, along with CD charger, worked perfectly at first try. Thank you Yamaha!
    Date published: 2017-08-28
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