Yamaha De­liv­ers Voice Ac­ti­vated Wire­less Sur­round Sound With New Mu­sicCast

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Ja­panese sound Com­pany Yamaha, has taken their Mu­sicCast net­worked au­dio sys­tem to a new level with a new re­ceiver that de­liv­ers sur­round sound wirelessly to a new gen­er­a­tion of rear speak­ers, also built in is voice con­trol via Alexa speak­ers.

Their lat­est prod­uct of­fer­ing, that makes Sonos look old hat, con­sists of a choice of one of three new 4K AV re­ceivers—the 5.1-chan­nel, RX-V485 and 7.2-chan­nel RX-V585 and RX-V685— two new speak­ers, the Mu­sicCast 20 and Mu­sicCast 50, and a new Mu­sicCast SUB 100 sub­woofers.

All of these prod­ucts have the new Mu­sicCast Sur­round wire­less tech­nol­ogy built in what ap­pears to be a new bench­mark for Hi Fi in Aus­tralia.

Ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing high res au­dio Yamaha is the first Hi Fi man­u­fac­turer to de­liver in­te­grated tech­nol­ogy that al­low users to get sound to the back of a room for sur­round sound speak­ers with­out hav­ing un­sightly ex­posed ca­bles.

The new of­fer­ing is a ma­jor step up for their Mu­sicCast wire­less multi-room au­dio sys­tem which has been around as long as the 16bit Sonos net­worked au­dio sys­tem.

Now users can build an AV re­ceiver-based 5.1-chan­nel sur­round sound sys­tem with wired speak­ers for the front chan­nels (Front Left, Cen­tre, Front Right) and wire­less speak­ers for the sur­rounds, Left, and Right speak­ers.

It also sup­ports the op­tion of us­ing a wire­less sub­woofer.

Those who have lis­tened to the sound out­put claim that it ri­vals the sound qual­ity of a wired sys­tem.

The RX-V 85 se­ries AV re­ceivers are also ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing wired sur­round speak­ers for those who pre­fer a tra­di­tional setup or a speaker con­fig­u­ra­tion with more than 5.1-chan­nels.

How it works is that when the Mu­sicCast Sur­round mode is em­ployed, a di­rect Wi-Fi con­nec­tion is made be­tween an RX-V 85 se­ries AV re­ceiver and the Mu­sicCast 20 or Mu­sicCast 50 wire­less speak­ers so that the sur­round au­dio streams do not have to pass through the user’s home router.

All of the new mod­els come fully-loaded with wire­less tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth, Ap­ple Air­Play and Spo­tify Con­nect. They sup­port nu­mer­ous built-in stream­ing ser­vices, in­clud­ing Spo­tify, Pan­dora, Sir­iusXM In­ter­net Ra­dio, TIDAL, Deezer, Nap­ster and thou­sands of free in­ter­net ra­dio sta­tions, all ac­ces­si­ble via the free Mu­sicCast app.

They also all fea­ture voice con­trol via Ama­zon Alexa-equipped de­vices, such as the Echo and Echo Dot smart speak­ers.

In ad­di­tion, all three re­ceivers de­liver lifelike im­ages to con­nected TVs with up to 4K res­o­lu­tion at 60 frames per sec­ond.

The re­ceivers also pass through high dy­namic range (HDR) video in the HDR 10, Dolby Vi­sion and Hy­brid Log-Gamma for­mats with BT.2020 wide colour gamut (WCG) com­pat­i­bil­ity, de­liv­er­ing a wider, more re­al­is­tic pal­ette of colours, greater bright­ness and con­trast, and de­tails pre­vi­ously not vis­i­ble in

the dark­est and light­est por­tions of a scene. The RX-V685 of­fers dual HDMI out­puts for rooms in­cor­po­rat­ing both a flat-screen TV and a video pro­jec­tor.

All three mod­els sup­port HD Au­dio de­cod­ing of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Mas­ter Au­dio sound tracks, while the RX-V585 and RXV685 also sup­port ob­ject-based Dolby Atmos and DTS:X de­cod­ing, which adds height ef­fects through over­head speaker chan­nels.

All fea­ture Yamaha-ex­clu­sive sound tech­nolo­gies, such as YPAO au­to­cal­i­bra­tion and Cin­ema DSP, which trans­forms the dy­nam­ics of the lis­ten­ing en­vi­ron­ment to recre­ate the acous­tic ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in a movie theatre or even fa­mous mu­sic venues like the Bot­tom Line, Roxy Theatre or Euro­pean cathe­drals.

Mu­sicCast Speak­ers: The com­pact Mu­sicCast 20 and high per­for­mance Mu­sicCast 50 wire­less speak­ers stand out for their ver­sa­til­ity. Both can be used as stand­alone au­dio sys­tems, or with ex­ist­ing Mu­sicCast com­po­nents for multi-room au­dio link­ing or used as wire­less sur­round speak­ers with Mu­sicCast Sur­round en­abled AV re­ceivers.

Two Mu­sicCast 20 speak­ers can be paired in stereo mode. A sin­gle Mu­sic Cast 50 de­liv­ers stereo sound by it­self, while us­ing two Mu­sicCast 50 speak­ers yields even higher out­put and a wider sound field.

The pric­ing and avail­abil­ity for prod­ucts are be­low:

Writ­ten by David Richards

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