Yamaha MusicCast Wireless Music System vs Sonos: Which is Better?

Which Wireless Streaming Solution Seems the Most Complete and Easy to Use?

  • Apple Airplay

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Google Cast

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Sonos

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Yamaha MusicCast

    Votes: 7 58.3%

  • Total voters
    12
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bikemig

Audioholic Chief
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191
#21
Yes they can link (that was in the original review) and yes they can stream all those services and my library. Sure some things missing are MQA and airplay 2. No doubt there are other differences as well.

The sound quality is excellent with the yamaha wxc50 preamp in my main stereo rig and the yamaha wxa50 amp in my bedroom. I couldn't agree more that the value lies in total capability which is what is so cool about music cast since you have so many devices (stereo receivers, integrated amps, AVRs, and powered speakers) that have it.

By the way, we all need to make buying decisions without actually trying a product based on things such as price, specs, etc. All I was saying is that there are reasons that somebody might pick yamaha/music cast over NAD/PSB/bluesound. Not saying that bluesound isn't excellent; it likely is. What I am saying is that yamaha music cast has an excellent sound quality, excellent functionality, and there are a lot of really great devices that have it built in which is why I went with it.
 
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Audioholic Warlord
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2,673 9 4
#22
As I mentioned, you wouldn't know the true value until you tried the app. And another thing you don't get is MQA, just in case that matters.

Do those WXC50's stream all the same services plus internet radio and your library of music? Can they link with one or all other players and/or powered speakers on the same LAN or transfer the active play queue to another unit? Can they build, save, and play a playlist made up of mixed sources? How about acting as a Roon endpoint? Does it get free lifetime firmware and app updates?

My point is that the true value lies in total capability, and of course sound quality.
I'm using a WXC-50 as my preamp because I sold my other preamp and haven't decided what will replace it but I have zero complaints about the sound. I wouldn't be able to say the same if I tried to use a Sonos because they don't have as many inputs, there's no 12V trigger, no optical out and if you look at the jacks on all of these, it's clear that Sonos isn't the best choice from the connectivity standpoint.

Never used ROON and I haven't seen anything about it but it seems pretty cool for those who need to access music files from multiple sources.
 
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Hobbit

Full Audioholic
Ratings
110
#23
Disclaimer, I've only used Chromecast Audio. I have one system with it CCA built-in and dongles on two other systems.

The main selling point of CCA is you can plug the dongle into any of your systems and it's very inexpensive. It works flawless too. There's no buying dedicated speakers/systems. For me, this is it's biggest plus and the down-fault of other "closed" systems. YMMV. I even plug the dongle into a boom box, which has a powered USB.

Sound wise it's very good with the 3.5mm cable. Particularly for it's purpose, which is playing music throughout the house and patio. With my main system I connect it through Toslink (optical cable),and the best I can gather is it's bitperfect out. When streaming music through all three CCA's, the music is perfectly synced throughout the house.
 
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#24
Disclaimer, I've only used Chromecast Audio. I have one system with it CCA built-in and dongles on two other systems.

The main selling point of CCA is you can plug the dongle into any of your systems and it's very inexpensive. It works flawless too. There's no buying dedicated speakers/systems. For me, this is it's biggest plus and the down-fault of other "closed" systems. YMMV. I even plug the dongle into a boom box, which has a powered USB.

Sound wise it's very good with the 3.5mm cable. Particularly for it's purpose, which is playing music throughout the house and patio. With my main system I connect it through Toslink (optical cable),and the best I can gather is it's bitperfect out. When streaming music through all three CCA's, the music is perfectly synced throughout the house.
I don't know if they changed it, but Chromecast didn't work well with Apple hand-helds.
 
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bikemig

Audioholic Chief
Ratings
191
#25
I don't know if they changed it, but Chromecast didn't work well with Apple hand-helds.
Disclaimer, I've only used Chromecast Audio. I have one system with it CCA built-in and dongles on two other systems.

The main selling point of CCA is you can plug the dongle into any of your systems and it's very inexpensive. It works flawless too. There's no buying dedicated speakers/systems. For me, this is it's biggest plus and the down-fault of other "closed" systems. YMMV. I even plug the dongle into a boom box, which has a powered USB.

Sound wise it's very good with the 3.5mm cable. Particularly for it's purpose, which is playing music throughout the house and patio. With my main system I connect it through Toslink (optical cable),and the best I can gather is it's bitperfect out. When streaming music through all three CCA's, the music is perfectly synced throughout the house.
Agreed. I relied on chromecast for a while before I started to migrate to music cast. Chromecast is great. It's cheap and as you point out, device independent. What music cast has going for it is that it is built into all kinds of Yamaha hardware. In setting up my bedroom system, I thought about buying an integrated amp with a digital input and adding a chrome dongle but the Yamaha WXA 50 ticked all my boxes and it has music cast so I bought it. Plus music cast has airplay so it plays nicely with IOS devices.
 
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Audioholic Warlord
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2,673 9 4
#26
Agreed. I relied on chromecast for a while before I started to migrate to music cast. Chromecast is great. It's cheap and as you point out, device independent. What music cast has going for it is that it is built into all kinds of Yamaha hardware. In setting up my bedroom system, I thought about buying an integrated amp with a digital input and adding a chrome dongle but the Yamaha WXA 50 ticked all my boxes and it has music cast so I bought it. Plus music cast has airplay so it plays nicely with IOS devices.
I bought one after a training session at a distributor and I like it- I think I bought it over two years ago.
 
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Hobbit

Full Audioholic
Ratings
110
#27
I don't know if they changed it, but Chromecast didn't work well with Apple hand-helds.
I'm not an apple user, but from what I've read it does work with iphones and ipads. There's a setup page for these devices. Looks as simple as setting up on a droid.
 
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Hobbit

Full Audioholic
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110
#28
Agreed. I relied on chromecast for a while before I started to migrate to music cast. Chromecast is great. It's cheap and as you point out, device independent. What music cast has going for it is that it is built into all kinds of Yamaha hardware. In setting up my bedroom system, I thought about buying an integrated amp with a digital input and adding a chrome dongle but the Yamaha WXA 50 ticked all my boxes and it has music cast so I bought it. Plus music cast has airplay so it plays nicely with IOS devices.
And now we have HEOS, which even though it's on my Denon, I'll never use it because I won't by dedicated speakers. It does support airplay 2.

Too bad these don't play well together.... That would be best:confused:
 

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