What is Yamaha's MusicCast?
MusicCast is a multiroom system that comes included in many of Yamaha's latest products, including soundbars, AV receivers, wireless speakers and HiFi systems. That means that you don't have to buy into a dedicated ecosystem and instead can effectively create a MusicCast network by simply owning a series of compatible Yamaha products. You might not even initially want a multiroom system but if you have enough Yamaha products that support MusicCast, then you can easily create one should you change your mind. The ability to easily setup a networked series of products is the defining characteristic of a good multiroom system, as is the ability to handle high-res audio and the addition of an effective remote app. MusicCast has all these elements, along with an amazing level of flexibility, so let's see if it lives up to the hype.
All MusicCast products have built-in WiFi (2.4GHz, 802.11 b/g/n) and DLNA version 1.5, so you can not only connect to other compatible devices in the MusicCast network but also connect to your network server, as well as use Bluetooth or AirPlay to listen to streaming services such as Spotify or internet radio. It also means that each compatible device can connect to the MusicCast network, allowing you to access other compatible devices within that network and, as a result, you can listen to audio from other devices and vice versa. So for example if you are listening to your TV through a soundbar and you want to do something in another room where there is a musicCast speaker, you could just listen from there.
- Easy to setup
- Very flexible
- Effective remote app
- Great performance
- Plenty of features
Yamaha MusicCast Multiroom System Review
Set up is easy, with the excellent remote app taking you through the process and adding more MusicCast devices later is just as simple. The multiroom platform is robust and intuitive to control thanks to a well designed user interface, whilst the system supports a wide range of music files including high resolution formats. You can choose from a multitude of sources and play music in any room or all your rooms simultaneously. The MusicCast system is highly flexible and since all these devices are connected you can listen to a source connected to one device through another device in a separate room. Yamaha appear to have thought of everything and the result is a very impressive multiroom system that can grow with you as you gradually add more compatible products.
The obvious competitor to any multiroom system is Sonos and whilst they're currently the market leader, MusicCast will certainly give them a run for their money. MusicCast is as easy to setup as Sonos but is far more flexible and included in a wider range of products. The fact that MusicCast is in Yamaha's latest AV receivers is a major plus point and the flexibility means you can use better speakers and thus enjoy superior sound quality than Sonos. The multiroom market is booming and becoming highly competitive with alternative platforms from Samsung, LG and Denon to name just a few. However Yamaha have clearly been developing MusicCast for some time and the result is a platform that really demonstrates all the best aspects of a multiroom system.
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