MU­SICCAST SUR­ROUND

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Yamaha’s Mu­sicCast plat­form has proven one of the most suc­cess­ful at con­nect­ing to­gether mul­ti­ple de­vices in dif­fer­ent rooms for multiroom mu­sic play­back.

With its re­ceiver ranges this year, the com­pany has ex­tended the sys­tem to the movies, con­nect­ing to­gether de­vices in the same room, to en­able the AV re­ceivers to con­nect with wire­less speak­ers.

Other multiroom sys­tems, in­clud­ing Sonos and HEOS, have pre­vi­ously al­lowed the use of their wire­less speak­ers to sup­ple­ment the rel­e­vant front sound­bar prod­uct, but Yamaha’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of ‘Mu­sicCast Sur­round’ with proper AV re­ceivers will al­low far more in­put flex­i­bil­ity, in­clud­ing full HDMI switch­ing, a higher cal­i­bre of sur­round pro­cess­ing and a wider choice of front speaker so­lu­tions.

For the rear speak­ers and sub­woofers, Yamaha has re­leased three new wire­less speak­ers, the first to carry the ‘Mu­sicCast’ tag in their head­line model num­bers. So for rears you can use a pair of Mu­sicCast 20 speak­ers ($349 each), or a sin­gle cen­tral stereo Mu­sicCast 50 ($699). Each of these can op­er­ate as a stand­alone Mu­sicCast mu­sic speaker, or be in­cor­po­rated into a sur­round sys­tem ei­ther per­ma­nently or ad hoc as re­quired for a big movie or for a bigscreen sports ex­pe­ri­ence. To bring up the bass, Yamaha’s new Mu­sicCast SUB 100 at $599 will also con­nect wire­lessly to the Yamaha re­ceivers to com­plete a sur­round set-up.

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