What is Yamaha’s MusicCast?

It’s a blast from the past as Yamaha launch their new multiroom system

by Steve Withers Aug 20, 2015 at 7:43 AM

  • Yamaha has always been ahead of the game.
    Think about it, they were using height or as they like to call them 'presence' speakers decades before immersive formats like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D came along. In the case of Atmos, Dolby’s use of sound projection to create overhead effects with upward-firing speakers is nothing new either, Yamaha have been using a similar technology on their soundbars for years. In fact Yamaha helped pioneered the concept of soundbars long before they became a commonplace sight in our living rooms.

    So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to discover that Yamaha first launched a multiroom system called MusicCAST as far back as 2003. At the time the concept was probably a bit too revolutionary and the technology just couldn’t support it. Since then Sonos have gone on to dominate the multiroom market and just about every manufacturer is launching their own version. So now would seem the ideal time for Yamaha to bring back MusicCast in an entirely new form and give Sonos a serious run for their money.

    So what exactly is MusicCast? Well its a multiroom audio system that has been developed in-house by Yamaha. The Japanese manufacturer has brought all of its engineers and designers together to build from the ground up a new system that is reliable, stable and effective. The idea isn’t just that MusicCast will work but that it will also sound good. So Yamaha have drawn on all their Japanese and European tuning experience to create products that can re-create the original sound, remaining clear and natural over long hours of listening.

    Yamaha have years of experience when it comes to building routers in Japan, as well as a strong background and extensive knowledge in networking. So they feel they can produce a reliable network that not only sounds good but is also reliable and robust. The way that we listen to music has fundamentally changed but now that people have convenience they also want sound quality. So Yamaha have developed MusicCast to address these changing needs in the easiest and most effective manner.
    Yamaha has drawn on years of experience to develop a system that is convenient, reliable and sounds good.
    What makes MusicCast different from many other brands is that it will be included across their entire range of products, allowing you to build a multiroom system without having to buy all new units or lock yourself into a single ecosystem. MusicCast will be available on Yamaha’s new receivers, amplifiers, soundbars, soundstage, mini systems, wireless music speakers, HiFi active speakers and interior audio. All MusicCast products will include the MusicCast chipset and support for both WiFi and Bluetooth.

    There will be access point networking functions inside all MusicCast products, allowing them to create a network with your wireless router or directly with each other. So no matter what setup you have, MusicCast will find a way of creating a network. The system is also designed to be easy to setup, all you need to do is download the MusicCast app to your smart device. Then you connect the MusicCast product to your network and press connect to pair it with your smart device. It’s that simple and once you’ve started, you can also easily add more MusicCast products to your system.

    Watch the video report from the MusicCast launch event.
    MusicCast allows you to build a multiroom system without having to buy all-new components or lock into a single ecosystem.

    What does this mean in practice? Well for a start if you have a MusicCast soundbar or soundstage, you can take the audio from your TV and send it to a wireless speaker in another room. Or perhaps you have a turntable attached to a HiFi amplifier that supports MusicCast, in which case you can listen to your vinyl via a wireless speaker in another room. In fact the possibilities are endless and any MusicCast product can send audio to any other MusicCast product. Depending on which MusicCast products you have, the system is compatible with codecs up to 192kHz and even DSD up to 5.6MHz.

    It doesn't just stop with MusicCast products however, you can even add other Bluetooth products to your MusicCast system. All you need to do is connect your existing Bluetooth product to a MusicCast product via Bluetooth and you can send music from the non-MusicCast product to any connected MusicCast product in your network. MusicCast also supports Apple AirPlay and Spotify, making it one of the easiest and most comprehensive multiroom systems to expand. Ultimately, it’s this flexibility that makes MusicCast so impressive and delivers on Yamaha’s promise of “everything to everywhere for everyone”.

    You can read all about Yamaha’s new range of MusicCast products here.

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