Yamaha announces wireless MusicCast compact smart speakers with surround skills.
It’s how we connect. That’s what Yamaha says, and we have to agree. However, what Yamaha is talking about are their new MusicCast 20 and 50 smart speakers. It still counts, though. Both of these speakers can be used by themselves, in pairs or used to create a wireless surround-sound system. Nice.
The MusicCast 20 is a compact streaming speaker. The smart speaker uses MusicCast over WiFi and can also connect to other devices via Bluetooth. You also get Apple Airplay and Spotify.
Additionally, there’s also support for Amazon Alexa, for voice control.
The Yamaha MusicCast 20 comes with a 1-1/8-inch soft dome tweeter, a 3-1/2-inch aluminium cone woofer, and two passive radiators. If you require even more oomph, you can link two speakers together.
The MusicCast 50 has a low profile oval design and features dual aluminium woofers and a pair of soft dome tweeters. You will also find analogue and digital inputs on-board.
The speakers offer a versatile listening experience with ease. As well as being able to use them as a standalone speaker or paired, you can even use them as wireless surround speakers with a compatible MusicCast AV receiver or soundbar.
The Yamaha system also takes the pain out of multi-room audio. Just connect all your equipped devices to the same network and start sharing audio throughout the home.
Price and availability
Both MusicCast speakers are available in black or white.
The 20 has an RRP of £199 and the 50, £449.
If you fancy something more high-end, check out my thoughts about the new Yamaha 5000 series.