MusicCast FAQs

Where can I find a list of models that are compatible with MusicCast?

To see a complete list of models that are part of the current MusicCast system, click here.

MusicCast - List of Current Compatible Models

Below is a complete list of models that are compatible with the current MusicCast system first introduced in August 2015.

Updated December 5, 2017

The models below are NOT compatible with the current system. These products were part of a similarly-named MusicCAST system introduced in 2003.

Discontinued MusicCast Models

The models below are NOT compatible with the current system. These products were part of a similarly-named MusicCAST2 system introduced in 2009.

Discontinued MusicCast2 Models

Is the new MusicCast system compatible with an old MusicCAST or MusicCAST2 system?

No. Yamaha was one of the first AV manufacturers to introduce a wireless multiroom audio system, similarly named MusicCAST, back in 2003, followed by MusicCAST2 in 2009. The current MusicCast system introduced in August 2015 is NOT compatible with these earlier systems.

To confirm that a model is part of the current system, click here.

MusicCast - List of Current Compatible Models

Below is a complete list of models that are compatible with the current MusicCast system first introduced in August 2015.

Updated Sep. 2, 2016

The models below are NOT compatible with the current system. These products were part of a similarly-named MusicCAST system introduced in 2003.

Discontinued MusicCast Models

The models below are NOT compatible with the current system. These products were part of a similarly-named MusicCAST2 system introduced in 2009.

Discontinued MusicCast2 Models

How does MusicCast work?

MusicCast is designed to work with an existing Wi-Fi router in a home and with a free MusicCast Controller app operating on an Apple iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Yamaha offers a wide range of MusicCast-enabled devices, including AV receivers, wireless speakers, sound bars, powered monitor speakers and Hi-Fi components. The app allows access to a variety of content sources and controls the playback of MusicCast devices.

Is it necessary to use an Ethernet cable to connect a MusicCast device to a Wi-Fi router?

No. Connection of MusicCast devices to your home Wi-Fi router can be made wirelessly following a few simple steps in the app and by using the "Connect" button on the device. MusicCast devices do offer the option of using a wired Ethernet connection if this is preferred.

Is it necessary to use a special adaptor to connect a MusicCast device to a Wi-Fi router?

No. MusicCast devices can be connected directly to your Wi-Fi router without using any special adaptor.

Does Yamaha offer a MusicCast wireless extender/booster?

MusicCast makes use of standard Wi-Fi 802.11 wireless technology. Wi-Fi extenders and boosters are already widely available in the market and may be used to improve Wi-Fi coverage in your home.

What types of mobile devices does the MusicCast Controller app work on?

The MusicCast Controller app is available for Apple iOS (iOS 7.1 and later) and Android (OS 4.1 and later) and is compatible with both smartphones and tablets.

How do I add a MusicCast device to the MusicCast Controller app?

The MusicCast Controller app makes it easy to add a MusicCast device to the system. From the Settings menu, select "Add a new device", then follow the simple steps which includes pressing and holding a "Connect" button on the MusicCast device for a few seconds.

How many MusicCast devices can be controlled with the MusicCast Controller app?

Up to 10 MusicCast devices can be controlled by the MusicCast Controller app.

Does the MusicCast Controller app support Zone functionality on MusicCast AV receivers?

Yes. In the MusicCast Controller app, you can activate the Zone function from the settings menu. The MusicCast Controller app will allow users to select inputs and provide basic volume controls on secondary zones.

Can I control my Yamaha AV receiver from the MusicCast Controller app?

Yes, the MusicCast Controller app will provide access to the most commonly used features, such as input selection, volume control and sound settings.

Will you still have the Yamaha AV Controller App?

If you use and love our top-rated Yamaha AV Controller app, it will still be supported and you can still use it to control your Yamaha AV receiver. The MusicCast Controller app provides access to the Yamaha AV Controller app in case you want to access more in-depth AV receiver settings.

What high-resolution audio formats does MusicCast support?

All MusicCast devices support Apple Lossless (ALAC) up to 96 kHz / 24 bit as well as WAV, FLAC, and AIFF up to 192 kHz / 24 bit. MusicCast AV receivers, Hi-Fi components and powered monitor speakers support DSD up to 5.6 MHz.

Can MusicCast stream high-resolution audio formats to multiple rooms simultaneously?

When multiple MusicCast devices are "linked" for playback, Master room playback is at the native sampling rate and other rooms down-convert to 48kHz. Playback of DSD content is not available in the Link mode.

Which streaming services are supported by MusicCast?

Streaming service availability varies by country and by model. In the United States, Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Deezer, TIDAL and Napster can be accessed from the MusicCast Controller app on most MusicCast devices.

The RX-V479/579, RX-V481/581, RX-S601 and RX-A550 support only Pandora and Spotify Connect in standalone use, but can accept a linked Deezer, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio or TIDAL stream from another MusicCast device such as a MusicCast Wireless Speaker. The RX-V483/583 support Deezer, Pandora, Spotify Connect and TIDAL in standalone use, but can accept a linked Napster or SiriusXM Internet Radio stream from another MusicCast device.

Using Bluetooth, MusicCast supports content from any streaming service available from your smartphone or tablet.

With MusicCast, can multi-channel surround sound content (5.1-ch, 7.1-ch, etc.) be enjoyed in other rooms?

Multi-channel content (5.1-ch, 7.1-ch, etc.) is down-mixed to 2-channel sound for playback in other rooms without affecting the master room.

Does MusicCast support Apple AirPlay?

All MusicCast products support AirPlay. You can stream content from your iOS device or Mac to a MusicCast device using AirPlay. However, AirPlay playback is not available in the Link function. Use a Bluetooth connection if you wish to link content for multiple device playback.

Does MusicCast support Bluetooth?

Yes. All MusicCast devices support Bluetooth as an input source. A Bluetooth input source can be used with multiple linked MusicCast devices, so music can be played in multiple rooms simultaneously. The MusicCast Controller app provides basic volume, play/pause and track skip control of Bluetooth input devices during playback.

Does MusicCast play in sync when using Bluetooth sources?

Bluetooth wireless technology inherently has some latency. When Bluetooth is used as an input into the MusicCast system, all of the MusicCast devices will play in sync with each other, but there will be some latency between the transmitting device and the receiving (master) MusicCast device. This is typically not noticeable for audio-only content, but may result in a visible "lip sync" delay when playing back video content on a smartphone/tablet with audio streamed to a MusicCast system.

Can MusicCast send audio content out using Bluetooth?

Yes. All MusicCast devices support Bluetooth transmission as an output stream to a Bluetooth enabled speaker or headphones. Note that if you are using Bluetooth as an input, you will not be able to transmit content at the same time.

Will a Bluetooth speaker or Bluetooth headphones play in sync with MusicCast devices?

Bluetooth wireless technology inherently has some latency. When a MusicCast device is set up to output a Bluetooth stream to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones, the playback will be slightly delayed relative to the MusicCast devices. This will be noticeable if both device types are played in the same or nearby room, but may be less noticeable if the devices are separated in different spaces. Also there are many applications where it may be desirable to stream to a Bluetooth device and simply mute the MusicCast device volume, such as nighttime listening via Bluetooth headphones or streaming to a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker in a bathroom.

Does MusicCast support DLNA and Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives?

Yes. All MusicCast devices support DLNA, allowing access to DLNA-compatible computers and network attached storage (NAS) devices.

Can an external input into a MusicCast sound bar or AV receiver - such as an HDMI, optical, analog or phono input - be played in multiple rooms?

Yes. External inputs can be selected for playback and shared in linked mode with multiple MusicCast devices. The latest MusicCast Controller app/firmware allows you to quickly and easily switch between prioritizing Audio Sync (default setting) or Lip Sync for external sources connected to a MusicCast sound bar or AV receiver. For typical system configurations, the Audio Sync setting eliminates audio delays between linked MusicCast devices when external sources are used. Even in advanced systems, such as those with multiple sound bars and/or AV receivers, the delay is usually reduced to less than 100ms, which is typically unnoticeable if the devices are located in separate, non-adjacent rooms. This setting is especially helpful for audio-only content - such as CDs, vinyl, etc. - and for situations where lip sync accuracy may not be crucial, such as playing sound of the big game throughout your home for a party.

Can two MusicCast Wireless Speakers be used in stereo mode?

Yes. To experience music playback with better audio imaging and realism, it is possible to pair two MusicCast Wireless Speakers (WX-030 or WX-010) in stereo mode. Make sure that you have updated the firmware of both speakers to the latest version.

For details on how to pair the speakers: Download PDF instructions.

To watch a video on how to pair the speakers, click here.

Can MusicCast Wireless Speakers be used for surround sound speakers?

The MusicCast Speaker is not intended for use as a wireless surround sound speaker. However, MusicCast products in general support a wide variety of surround sound experiences. For those who want the ultimate home theater, MusicCast AV receivers support many multi-channel configurations and technologies, including up to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, depending on the model. For those looking for a simple installation, select MusicCast sound bars use Yamaha digital sound projector technology to deliver true 5.1-channel surround sound without the need for wiring surround sound speakers.

MusicCast + Alexa FAQs

What is Amazon Alexa?

Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. You can talk to Alexa to play music, hear the news, check weather, control smart home devices and more. Alexa is built into many Amazon products, including all of its Echo devices, Fire TV devices and Alexa-enabled devices from other companies.

Which MusicCast products can be controlled with Alexa?

All MusicCast models can be controlled with Alexa using the MusicCast Smart Home skill and/or the MusicCast skill. It is necessary to have the latest firmware loaded on your MusicCast products and to have the latest version of the MusicCast app on a compatible smart device.

Which Alexa products can be used to voice control MusicCast products?

All Alexa-enabled products with a microphone should be able to voice-control MusicCast products. This includes Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Look, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire HD Tablets – as well as on many devices from other companies.

How do I setup Alexa to work with MusicCast?

To get started with Alexa on MusicCast, you’ll need to have your Echo and MusicCast products installed with Wi-Fi® access and both the Alexa app and MusicCast app need to be loaded on your smart device. For step-by-step instructions on setting it up, click here.

What is the difference between the MusicCast Smart Home skill and the MusicCast skill?

The MusicCast Smart Home skill supports the most common, everyday voice commands you would use to control a single MusicCast AV receiver, sound bar, wireless speaker or Hi-Fi receiver. These basic commands include power on/off, volume control, play/pause/skip/previous, mute/unmute and input selection. This skill supports simple, Alexa-standardized commands such as "Alexa, volume up in the Kitchen."

The MusicCast skill goes beyond the basics, giving you enhanced control of unique MusicCast functions such as room linking, multiple room control, playback of MusicCast Favorites/Playlists and more. The commands are customized for MusicCast such as, "Alexa, ask MusicCast to link the Kitchen with the Living Room."

What voice commands can I use with Alexa to control MusicCast?

Following are the currently supported commands for each of the two available skills:

MusicCast Smart Home skill

Alexa, turn on the [Room Name].

Alexa, turn off the [Room Name].

Alexa, play in the [Room Name].

Alexa, pause in the [Room Name].

Alexa, resume in the [Room Name].

Alexa, stop the [Room Name].

Alexa, next in the [Room Name].

Alexa, previous in the [Room Name].

Alexa, set volume to [30] in the [Room Name].

Alexa, volume up in the [Room Name].

Alexa, volume down in the [Room Name].

Alexa, mute the [Room Name].

Alexa, unmute the [Room Name].

Alexa, switch input to [HDMI1] in the [Room Name].


 

MusicCast skill

Power on/off

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn on the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn off the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn off all rooms.

 

Play/Pause/Stop

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to pause in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to stop in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to stop all rooms.

 

Play MusicCast Favorites/Playlists/Recents

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play [Favorite x] in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play [Playlist x] in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play Recents in the [Room Name].

 

Volume control

Alexa, ask MusicCast to set volume to [30] in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to set group volume to [30] in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn up the volume in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn down the volume in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn up the group volume in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn down the group volume in the [Room Name].

 

Mute/Unmute

Alexa, ask MusicCast to mute the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to unmute the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to mute all rooms.

 

Next/Previous (Skip/Back)

Alexa, ask MusicCast to skip song in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play previous song in the [Room Name].

 

Repeat/Shuffle

Alexa, ask MusicCast to shuffle all songs in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn shuffle off in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to repeat one song in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to repeat all songs in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn off repeat in the [Room Name].

 

Input Selection

Alexa, ask MusicCast to switch input to [HDMI1] in the [Room Name].

 

Room Linking/Unlinking

Alexa, ask MusicCast to link the [Room Name] with the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to unlink the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to link the [Room Name] with all rooms.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to unlink all rooms.

 

Sleep Timer

Alexa, ask MusicCast to set sleep timer for [30, 60, 90, 120] minutes in the [Room Name].

Alexa, ask MusicCast to cancel the sleep timer in the [Room Name].

 

Now Playing

Alexa, ask MusicCast what's playing in the [Room Name].

 

Disklavier ENSPIRE Controls

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play the piano.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to stop the piano.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to skip the piano.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play previous song on the piano.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play [song name] on the piano.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play the piano in Acoustic mode.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to play the piano in Quiet mode.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn up the volume on the piano.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn down the volume on the piano.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn on the piano.

Alexa, ask MusicCast to turn off the piano.

 

User Information

Alexa, ask MusicCast for my user id.

What languages do the MusicCast skills support?

At this time, the skills support English in the United States.

Why do the MusicCast skills for Alexa use a volume range of 0-100 instead of 0-10?

Providing a range of 0-100 allows you to have greater control of the volume level you really want. This is especially helpful for audio systems where a small adjustment makes a noticeable difference, such as when a high-power AV receiver is used with high-sensitivity speakers.

Can I request a specific artist, album or song using Alexa?

In 2018, Yamaha will be adding the ability to select a specific artist, album or song from select streaming services. In the meantime, it is possible to set up Playlists and Favorites in the MusicCast app and recall those using Alexa voice commands.

Also, it is currently possible to use an Echo/Dot as a source for a MusicCast product connected via Bluetooth (all MusicCast products support a Bluetooth input). When an Echo is used as a source, you can request a specific artist, album or song just as you would when using it as a standalone device. MusicCast lets you redistribute a Bluetooth stream to multiple MusicCast products for simultaneous playback if desired.