Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Preamplifier
Connect your existing home theater AV receiver or Hi-Fi system to this compact preamp, then use your Wi-Fi® network to access all of your music from a simple app. Add other MusicCast speakers, sound bars or receivers for wireless multiroom audio playback. In addition to Wi-Fi, this preamp also supports Bluetooth® and AirPlay®, allowing for greater wireless connection flexibility.
High-performance design with premium audio components
Extremely versatile control and connectivity options
Access to your music library, Pandora®, Spotify, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer and more
Add audio in up to 9 additional rooms with MusicCast
Voice control using your Alexa device like Echo or Echo Dot
MusicCast app for Apple® iOS and Android™ devices
Conveniently slim, can be placed horizontally or vertically
Audiophile Sound, Exquisite Design
The WXC-50 features a solid metal body with an aluminum cover and a slim, compact design that fits just about anywhere. Under the hood, you’ll find high-performance components and advanced circuitry that deliver powerful, sonically-pure preamplification.
Control at Your Fingertips
Connect the WXC-50 to your existing AV 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.
Access all of your music with a simple app and wirelessly stream it throughout your home using your existing Wi-Fi® network.
Stream it all. Listen to Pandora®, Spotify, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, thousands of free internet radio stations and the music stored on your smart devices and computers.
Wireless connectivity. All MusicCast products are fully loaded with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and AirPlay®.
Expand to a whole home audio experience. When you’re ready, add MusicCast wireless speakers, sound bars or other devices in up to 9 other rooms and listen throughout your home.
No wires, easy installation. By using MusicCast, you don't need to fuss with placing wires through walls into other rooms.
Alexa on MusicCast
Amazon Alexa-enabled devices — including Echo, Dot, Tap and Show — can now control key functions of any MusicCast product using voice commands. Discover a new, exciting way to control music and entertainment experiences in your home.
Bluetooth® and AirPlay®
Stream virtually any audio source via Bluetooth as an input to the WXA-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.
Slim, Compact Design
Only 2" tall and 8-3/8" wide, it can be placed horizontally or vertically, allowing it to fit neatly in almost any space.
Rack Shelf Friendly
With the feet removed, the WXA-50 is only 1-5/8" high, allowing it to be placed on a rack shelf within a 1U high rack space. Two units can be placed side-by-side on a 19" wide shelf.
Superior Audio Technology
Yamaha’s relentless pursuit of sonic purity is clearly evident in the engineering of the WXA-50. The preamp circuitry uses the same high-performance ESS Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) found in high-end Yamaha AV receivers and a proprietary power supply ground configuration prevents sound degradation. A 48-bit digital volume control provides much greater precision and quality than conventional controls. A highly-rigid metal chassis supplies the stability necessary for clear, powerful music reproduction.
The WXA-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 greatly improves 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 — great for use with compact or in-wall speakers. Direct Mode allows you to play back high-resolution audio sources just as they are, without any processing.
If you want to adjust volume from a connected Hi-Fi amp or AV 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.
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 an ultra-slim remote offering six presets, so you can quickly access your favorite Internet radio stations even when your smartphone or tablet’s not handy.
Pro-Grade Connectivity and Control
The WXA-50 supports professional-grade features including:
・High-quality binding posts
・Wired Ethernet port
・Wireless off switch
・Optical and analog inputs
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. When connected in the manner shown here, 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 WXA-50 consumes less than two watts of power in standby mode. When the power is on, power consumption is still a low 15 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
Turn your entire home into a concert hall. Combine the world’s most advanced piano, the Disklavier ENSPIRE, with MusicCast to enjoy the sound and music of a real acoustic piano in any room of your home.
With a firmware update coming in Fall 2016, the WXA-50 amp can be used to power speakers for backing tracks in the same room as the Disklavier, while the WXC-50 preamp can be used to transmit both the piano sound and backing tracks to other rooms.
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)
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)
Package Weight 5.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 11.0 x 4.0"