• Yamaha MusicCast is a Sonos alternative

    If you previously purchased one Yamaha‘s Aventage receivers, you may be eligible for a free MusicCast upgrade. All six options are part of the Aventage RX-A 50 Series and are available today. The least expensive of the lot is the RX-A550 ($549.95), a 5.1-channel receiver with 4K Ultra HD video pass-through, HDCP 2.2 support, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. The RX-A750 ($699.95) is a 7.2-channel model that adds in high dynamic range (HDR) support. The Aventage RX-A850 ($999.95) is a 7.2-channel AVR with Dolby Atmos and two HDMI outputs, while the RX-A1050 ($1,299.95) adds in DTS:X support and ESS Sabre DACs. For larger systems, the RX-A2050 ($1,699.95) packs all of the above into a 9.2-channel receiver, with playback for up to four zones. And finally, the Aventage RX-A3050 ($2,199.95, pictured) promises all of the above, with two ESS Sabre DACs, an advanced version of the YPAO calibration system, and more.

  • Yamaha MusicCast is a Sonos alternative

    Several current non-Aventage receivers can also get a MusicCast upgrade today. The RX-V479 ($449.95) 5.1-channel receiver is out now, with 4K Ultra HD and HDCP 2.2 support, Bluetooth, and WiFi. The RX-V579 ($549.95) is a 7.2 AVR with the ability to accommodate a second zone and different speaker configurations, via Virtual Surround Back Speakers. The RX-V679 ($649.95) is a 7.2-channel AVR with all of the above, as well as HDR support. The last of the current MusicCast receiver models is the RX-V779 ($849.95), a 7.2 AVR with multi-point calibration and a second HDMI output. If you‘re seeking something new and can wait a few weeks, Yamaha plans to launch the slimline RX-S601 ($649.95, pictured) sometime in September. Designed for space-conscious listeners, this 5.1-channel model will have MusicCast out of the box, 4K pass-through, HDCP 2.2 support, and Zone 2 audio with a Party Zone option.

  • Yamaha MusicCast is a Sonos alternative

    Receivers aren‘t the only components to get the MusicCast perk. The YHT-5920 ($699.95) is an entire 5.1 home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) package, with a receiver, five speakers, and a 100-watt powered subwoofer. The setup also has 4K Ultra HD and HDCP 2.2 support, Bluetooth and WiFi, as well as YPAO sound optimization, a front-panel USB input, and six HDMI inputs. The company also plans to launch the CX-A5100 preamp/processor ($2,999.95) into the Aventage lineup next month. Designed as a companion for the MX-A5000 11-channel amp, this model has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, Yamaha‘s Cinema DSP HD3 processing, HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2, and balanced subwoofer outputs.

  • Yamaha MusicCast is a Sonos alternative

    Sometime in October, Yamaha will launch the MusicCast Wireless Speaker. It will include a 2-way design with 3.5-inch woofer, a 1.12-inch tweeter, a passive radiator, and Yamaha‘s own digital sound processing. Designed for sitting on a counter, table or shelf, each speaker can also be wall-mounted. Available in black or white with a silver accent, the speakers will be sold individually for $249.95 each.

  • Yamaha MusicCast is a Sonos alternative

    This September, Yamaha will introduce a pair of speakers designed to give that TV sound a hearty boost. However, since each one also has MusicCast features, both can incorporate all sorts of wireless music or be part of a bigger, whole-house setup. Both the MusicCast Sound Bar (YSP-1600) and the MusicCast TV Speaker Base (SRT-1500) will include Yamaha‘s Digital Sound Projector technology, HDMI connectivity, 4K Ultra HD and HDCP 2.2 support. Priced at $499.95, the MusicCast Sound Bar has eight speaker drivers and two built-in subwoofers inside a cabinet that measures 2.5 inches tall. The MusicCast TV Speaker Base has 10 speakers drivers and two built-in subwoofers stuffed into a cabinet that‘s designed to slide under any TV from 32 to 55 inches. That model is priced at $599.95. Before the end of the year, Yamaha plans to release a second MusicCast Sound Bar, the YSP-5600 (pictured). This model will add in support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio formats via Digital Sound Projector technology, all for $1,699.95.

  • Yamaha MusicCast is a Sonos alternative

    This October, look for MusicCast to pop up in the R-N602 Network Hi-Fi Receiver ($649.95). This component is compatible with all sorts of sound options, from streaming to smartphones, as well as high-res sources. Other features include Bluetooth, WiFi and AirPlay, as well as a front-USB port, Pure Direct processing, and a phono input. The last of this year‘s MusicCast lineup will launch right before the end of the year. NX-N500 powered speakers are coming in December and will be sold in pairs for $799.95.