Yamaha Goes Big With MusicCast Wireless Multizone Audio

Yamaha is bringing wireless multi-zone audio to a broad array of home audio products, not just to tabletop speakers and soundbars, the company has announced. All of the products will feature high-resolution audio decoding and playback.
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Yamaha is bringing wireless multi-zone audio to a broad array of home audio products, not just to tabletop speakers and soundbars, the company has announced. All of the products will feature high-resolution audio decoding and playback.

In launching its first wireless multizone-audio products in about a decade, the company plans by year’s end to offer 20 audio products featuring proprietary MusicCast technology. The products include audio/video receivers (AVRs), a two-channel stereo receiver, a pair of powered left-right monitor speakers, two soundbars, an under-TV speaker base, an AV preamp processor, and a single-chassis tabletop speaker available in two colors. More products are coming next year.

The two soundbars include the industry’s first active soundbar announced to date with object-based surround decoding. It uses Yamaha’s proprietary Digital Sound Projector technology to generate sound beams that that bounce off the walls and ceiling to produce surround- and height-channel effects, eliminating the need for surround speakers.

The first products supporting MusicCast are 10 networked RX- and Aventage-series AVRs and one home theater AVR/speaker package. All get a MusicCast firmware upgrade today (August 20).

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