SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // YAMAHA - Writ­ten by THOMAS HELLIER

Con­tin­u­ing the Alexa in­te­gra­tion trend, Yamaha has of­fi­cially an­nounced that Aus­tralian con­sumers will be able to use the de­vice to con­trol their MusicCast line of prod­ucts. This an­nounce­ment comes as a fol­low up to the re­cent re­lease of the Smart and Cus­tom Skills on the Aus­tralian Alexa Skills store.

MusicCast is an app that com­mu­ni­cates with multi-room Yamaha sound sys­tems and is al­ready in­stalled on a broad range of their prod­ucts, such as AV Re­ceivers, Stereo Re­ceivers, Sound Bars and Wire­less Speak­ers.

For own­ers of Yamaha MusicCast prod­ucts this means you can now use a large range of voice com­mands to con­trol your equip­ment, in­clud­ing voice com­mands like: “Alexa, ask MusicCast to shuf­fle all songs in the study”.

So long as you have the most re­cent firmware up­date on your sound sys­tems and an Ama­zon Alex­aen­abled de­vice, you will be able to start us­ing the prod­uct as of right now.

To cel­e­brate the re­lease, Yamaha is of­fer­ing a free Ama­zon Echo Dot for cus­tomers who buy the AVENTAGE Series 9 AV Re­ceivers from au­tho­rised deal­ers within Aus­tralia. Shaun McMahon, As­sis­tant Mar­ket­ing Man­ager for Yamaha Mu­sic Aus­tralia com­mented on how much of an achieve­ment this new in­te­gra­tion is, say­ing “The big break­through for us is that, as far as I’m aware, we’re the first au­dio brand to fea­ture Cus­tom Skills in ad­di­tion to your stan­dard Smart Skills.

“This makes more so­phis­ti­cated com­mands pos­si­ble with voice.”

Yamaha plans a slate of prod­uct releases to fol­low up this an­nounce­ment, em­pha­sis­ing wire­less tech­nol­ogy and more voice-con­trolled de­vices.

Mu­sicCast50 and MusicCast 20 speak­ers will be avail­able in Aus­tralia in a fort­night, in sync with the re­lease of MusicCast wire­less rear func­tion­al­ity, al­low­ing for the new speak­ers to op­er­ate in sur­round sound con­fig­u­ra­tion with the new range of MusicCast BAR prod­ucts.

Those MusicCast Bar prod­ucts are new as well, and we can ex­pect to see a MusicCast BAR 400 sound bar and sub combo, MusicCast BAR 40 sound bar and a MusicCast SUB 100 net­work sub all land in Aus­tralia some­time next month.

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