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Yamaha WXA-50 Integrated Amplifier + MusicCast

 

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WXA-50 powers traditional wired bookshelf, tower, in-ceiling or outdoor speakers and can also be used with other MusicCast products for wireless multiroom setups.

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Features

Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Yamaha Audio
Product Award HiFi Choice Recommended

Tech Specs

NETWORK
DLNA: Version 1.5
Format: MP3, WMA, MPEG4 AAC
WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD
other: Wi-Fi and AirPlay
Bluetooth: SBC / AAC

 

POWER
Rated: 70 + 70W (6Ω, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.06%, 2ch)
Max Out: 90 + 90 W (6Ω, 1kHz, 0.9%, 1ch)
Standby Power Consumption: 1.8 W

 

PERFORMANCE
Pure Direct: Yes
THD (20 Hz-20 kHz): 0.02 % (SP out)
SNR: 110dB (Opt/ Net /USB /Bluetooth)
SNR: 98dB (AUX in)

 

CONNECTIVITY
Audio In / Out: 1 / 1
Digital In / Out: 1 (Optical) / -
Other Input: USB, Ethernet
Subwoofer Out: 1
Remote In / Out: 1 / 0
Control (Trigger) In / Out: 1 / 1

 

GENERAL
Dimensions (WHD): 215 x 51.5 x 251.4 mm
Weight: 1.94 kg; 4.28 lbs.

Product Description

Yamaha WXA-50 integrated amplifier further expands the MusicCast range of wireless products, enabling streaming from multiple devices for an easy multi-room system.

Versatility

This integrated amp supports Bluetooth, DLNA, Apple AirPlay, Spotify Connect and is compatible with all other MusicCast products. The slim case design allows easy and flexible positioning vertically or horizontally in even the tightest of spaces without disturbing your decor. It is also suitable for rack mounting in custom installations. Thanks to 'one-push play', you can immediately power on and play your last selected source with a press of any button on the amplifier's front panel. With a power output of 65W per channel, the WXA-50 uses a rigid metal chassis and an ESS Sabre9006AS DAC for optimum performance.

Functions

Direct Mode is incorporated allowing you to play high-res audio sources (24-bit/96kHz or 24-bit/192kHz) without any additional processing along with a volume adaptive EQ that adjusts the bass and treble according to the volume level; Advanced Bass Extension for boosting bass when using smaller or in-wall speakers; and a Compressed Music Enhancer for improving sound quality when listening to compressed audio on smartphones and tablets. Connection is available via ethernet, USB, optical digital and analogue along with separate sub and analogue outputs. The Yamaha WXA-50 is compatible with the MusicCast controller app for smartphones and tablets.

MusicCast

MusicCast employs a high performance wireless network to deliver music and audio enjoyment. It can stream digital music content from your smartphone, PC or NAS to other MusicCast devices in your home. It can also share the music from connected external devices such as a TV or Blu-ray Disc player. Audio content from Bluetooth connected smartphones or tablets can also be streamed to MusicCast devices in multiple rooms.

Streaming

Play the same song in multiple rooms, or play different songs in each room. With MusicCast, freely enjoy the music you love anywhere in your home. You can hear all the music sources from your smartphone via wireless Bluetooth or AirPlay connection. You can play music from music apps, radio apps, or YouTube type video hosting services. The WXA-50 is compatible with all types of music sources and services, such as streaming services. Provided with various types of terminals for connecting a TV, CD player, computer and other AV equipment, you’ll be able to enjoy music from around the world throughout your home from just one component.

Easy Setup

Use your smartphone or tablet together with the MusicCast CONTROLLER App to operate the speaker and change settings quickly and easily. The same Controller app functions as a remote control for all your MusicCast-compatible devices too. Pressing any button on the front panel turns the unit on and initiates playback of the previously selected source. You can also set the six numbered buttons on the remote control for your favourite network / USB sources, such as internet radio stations, NAS or USB stick albums or songs, then just press a button to instantly hear that station or song.

Retro Modern

The simple design creates a stylish musical space and integrates beautifully with your audio system. With a high quality metal body and cool two-tone colouring, Yamaha’s fastidiousness extends to the exterior, for a completely enjoyable listening experience. Only 214 mm (8-3/8") wide, the compact body fits neatly in any space without drawing attention to itself. You can chose any convenient location, placing it horizontally or vertically, on its own or with other audio components.

Luxurious Sound

Thanks to Yamaha’s superior sound processing technologies, you’ll enjoy great sound from all your music sources, no matter what their quality, or your listening environment, or the kind of speakers you’re using. When listening to audio from smartphones or other compressed sources, the Compressed Music Enhancer greatly improves the sound at all frequency levels. Volume-adaptive EQ automatically adjusts the bass / treble balance according to the volume level. Advanced Bass Extension provides a deeper, richer low-end sound — it’s great for compact or in-wall speakers. And a Direct Mode allows you to play back high-resolution audio sources just as they are without any processing.

High Level Technologies

The WXA-50 reaps the benefits of Yamaha’s advanced audio technologies and circuit designs. The preamp circuitry, for example, minimises digital jitter and uses the same high performance ESS DAC that is found in high-end AV receivers. Yamaha’s proprietary power supply ground configuration, called DAC on Pure Ground, ensures that the power supply will never negatively affect sound quality. The 48-bit digital volume control provides much greater precision and quality that conventional digital or analogue controls. In addition, a highly rigid, metal chassis supplies the stability necessary for powerful, clear music reproduction.

High Resolution

WXA-50 supports a wide range of high res formats, including DSD 5.6 MHz, FLAC and WAV, AIFF 192 kHz / 24-bit, and ALAC (Apple Lossless) 96 kHz / 24-bit for iTunes. Whether from a music download site or streaming services, you can enjoy the full benefits of high resolution sound sources, for a feeling like you’re right inside a concert hall.

Low Power

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 W, and even when used for long periods, power consumption is environmentally friendly. In addition, the Auto Power Down lets you save energy by having the power automatically turned off after 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.

The WXA-50 offers various custom installation functions, so by using several units it’s easy to create an extensive home audio system. With a width of 214 mm and height of 42 mm (without feet), this component will fit easily into a 1U (19-inch) rack.

Professional Functionality

- Flexible Trigger In / Out setup
- Wired LAN connectivity
- Wireless Off function
- Web setup compatibility

Press Reviews

  • 'As a compact integrated amplifier that lends itself to being placed upright or horizontally depending on your preference, the WXA-50 packs a considerable amount of functionality into its neat form.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine March 2017)

  • 'Vocals are well presented and have a richness and realism that consistently impresses. It has a positive sense of drive and energy… it really delivers on the sense of fun and punch to the performance. The bass is impressively deep, but also starts and stops with sufficient speed to draw you into the performance.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine March 2017)

  • 'Listen for an extended period and it soon becomes clear that the sonic attributes are admirably consistent across the many inputs that the Yamaha supports. Bluetooth pairing is straightforward and stable, while performance with Tidal streams is nearly as convincing as it is via the network.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine March 2017)

  • 'One of the most surprising aspects of the performance is that the analogue input manages to retain the character of the connected device, even though it’s going through analogue-to-digital conversion… Although the Yamaha is a network audio product, it’s able to deliver most of its positive attributes with external sources too.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine March 2017)

  • 'This is a genuinely accomplished little amplifier that packs considerable functionality into a small chassis, but shows very few signs of compromise across its features. Connected to a capable pair of loudspeakers, it is a convincing one-stop solution that also offers impressive multi-room functionality should you desire it.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine March 2017)

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