YAMAHA MUSICCAST: This platform technology for wireless multiroom audio streaming was introduced with a collection of products in August 2015, and has kept growing. The system itself went on to win our Sound+Image Multiroom System of the Year for both 2016 and 2017, along with various product awards, notably to the excellent NS-N500 wireless active speakers.
MusicCast Surround has also now been announced, extending the platform to form surround set-ups: more details here.
While Yamaha was far from first into the multiroom streaming market, long dominated by Sonos, it arrived with a cleverly diverse range of multiroom-enabled products, which has continued to expand. Where rivals have each created little ecosystems of products that can share their music around the house, Yamaha has delivered a platform that will operate throughout its extensive range of audio and AV — in small wireless speakers, soundbars, AV receivers, stereo receivers, micro systems, standalone speaker units, active stereo speakers… even recently in one of Yamaha Music's Clavinova baby grand pianos.
All MusicCast devices to date have been able to receive by Bluetooth and by AirPlay, in addition to app-based control of network playback and online music services.
Plus there’s a rather useful bonus in each MusicCast device also being able to push to one additional Bluetooth speaker (or headphone), whether that be a Yamaha-branded unit or not.
That puts a lot of pressure on the app, and on the quality of connections. Fine hardware can fumble if the control system doesn’t work.
So MusicCast is closely bound together with its app for smartphones and tablets (iOS or Android), with the whole connected via your home network, able to play tunes from your smart devices, from home network shares, from internet services including online radio, Pandora, Spotify and Tidal, also happily streaming point to point via either Bluetooth or Apple’s AirPlay.
With such a vast system to examine, we initially called in four of MusicCast’s key launch products:
Yamaha has introduced a wireless music system it calls MusicCast. What differentiates Yamaha’s MusicCast from all other wireless music systems is the enormous range of device options on offer: more than 50 devices over a range of product categories