latest multi-room speaker from yamaha ticks all the right boxes - bluetooth compatible speakers
It has been 16 years since John McFarlane, Craig Shelburn, Tom Cullen and Trung Mai founded Sonos in Santa Barbara, California.
As they say, the rest is history.
Let anyone say more wireless.
You may hear the word "sonos.
In terms of recognizable audio brands, Bose is there.
The times are changing and the technology is changing.
In these 16 years, almost every home has a wireless network, and sales of traditional stereo devices have declined as people use smartphones and tablets to play their favorite music at home. Now every self-
The respect audio brand has its own smart speaker range that can play music throughout the home or as a stand-alone unit.
Room wireless audio is pieced together by proprietary standards on the market, in addition to some open systems, if you want to build a seamless music network at home, just need a brand.
Yamaha has made great progress in many ways.
Room audio and its MusicCast system are now built into most of the company's audio range, from home theater receivers to hi-
Fi ribbons and all-in-one mini hi-fi units.
Yamaha has also produced a range of musical actor speakers and speakers so that there is a perfect
From the kitchen to the bedroom, there are speakers of the size of each living space.
However, what Yamaha has not yet offered is an open standard option like Apple AirPlay 2 or DTS Play --
Fi, both enable compatible speakers made by different manufacturers to run on the same network as multiple speakersroom system.
Yamaha's MusicCast is a closed system, which is not a big deal because the quality of Yamaha audio products has always been highly valued.
As an audio manufacturer, Yamaha produces almost all types of equipment, including large power amplifiers, home theater receivers, CD players, radio tuners, music ribbons, speakers, and even all-in-one mini hi-fi units.
Two of the latest MusicCast speakers from the Japanese behemoth are MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50, both of which have the ability to accommodate all of the current major streaming services.
So let's start with the MusicCast 20, a smart wireless small speaker that is perfect for use in the kitchen or bedroom.
YamahaMusicCast 20 is two Wi-
Fi and Bluetooth are compatible and, of course, can also work with Yamaha's MusicCast system, which can handle up to 24-
Bit 192 KHz, though DSD is not supported.
MusicCast can link the room or Speaker group together so they can play the same music in perfect sync or they can play spotify alone in the kitchen, others can listen to the radio in the restaurant.
It's all controlled by Yamaha's MusicCast app, which is a very powerful and most importantly stable software.
In addition to using the MusicCast system, the MusicCast 20 can also accept audio streams from any Bluetooth device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
It is also compatible with Apple's original AirPlay, which can stream from almost any iOS device or Mac OS computer in a higher quality mode.
By the way, the original AirPlay should not be confused with Apple's new AirPlay 2, which is one more
Room Flow Protocol is currently being rolled out.
Yamaha has not yet confirmed if Apple's AirPlay 2 will be registered, but if so, I was told that the firmware update will make the speakers in the ususiccast range compatible with AirPlay 2.
For people like Yamaha, joining AirPlay 2 can be a bit risky as it means that AirPlay compatible speakers from other manufacturers can join the MusicCast ecosystem.
Despite its small size, the YamahaMusicCast 20 is a huge little beast built with a very high standard and finish.
My review sample is white and looks smart.
This is an upright cylinder design that provides 40 w output between a 25 w bass speaker and a 15 w tweeter.
There is also a passive radiator for extra bass.
The Themusiccast20 can be used in pairs with a stereo pairing device, providing a double output and a wider stereo stage.
No external input, for example 3-
The 5mm analog jack, optical link, or USB socket for the flash stick.
There is no headphone socket to listen to when sleeping at night.
I would love to see this in the next release.
The top of the 20 th satellite is an oval glass with touch function.
Includes power switches, volume buttons, alarm settings, pause/play buttons, and sensitive controls for recalling three preset memories of your favorite radio stations or playlists.
The themusicast20 also provides alarm and sleep features through the Yamaha MusicCast app, so you can drift with music and wake up with music.
It is very simple to set up themusiccast20 to join the home network using the free MusicCast iOS or Android app.
All you need to do is connect to mc20's Wi-
Then select the Wi-Fi BeaconFi network (either 2. 4GHz or 5GHz)
You want it to be used and the rest is handed over to them.
There is also an Ethernet socket if Wi-
Fi is not available. Unlike some Wi-
The Fi speaker, ususiccast20 is easy to set up, the connection is stable, and The reconnect from standby is also fast.
Yamaha MusicCast app offers the following services: tides, Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Qobuz or DNLA-
If you happen to have a compatible music server in your home.
In addition, the network radio is built in to browse thousands of radio stations around the world, and each station can be obtained by the touch button.
You can store up to 40 favorites in the app for recall.
Other music sources can be transferred using wither Bluetooth or AirPlay.
Google Chromecast is not supported, but the themusicast20 can accept Alexa voice commands via either the Alexa app or the Echo device;
You can't issue Alexa voice commands directly to them.
Although such a small unit naturally limits the bass, the sound quality is still very good.
If you want a lower wireless speaker
Yamaha's larger musical actor 50 speakers may be a better option, but for the kitchen or the bedside --
Listen, the 20-year-old is ideal. Verdict: Multi-
The room speakers are great when they work reliably.
Fortunately, Yamaha's MusicCast system is very stable and the app works very well with access to all the streaming services you want, plus music on your smartphone, and any source played via Bluetooth or AirPlay.
Increasing the compatibility of Alexa is a very eye-catching device.
In one room, pairing twoMusicCast20sin as a stereo pair creates a stereo stage and makes a compact 2.
1 if paired with Yamaha's wireless sub, home theater sound systemwoofer.
It would be nice if Yamaha considered adding an external input to the USB memory, maybe a 3.
The 5mm jack of the analog source.
I also want to see a headphone socket. Listen at night
These little criticisms aside, this is a very good little speaker. Prices: $229.