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

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

Multi-channel content is down-mixed to 2 channel sound for playback in other rooms without affecting the Master room.

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.

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.

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.

Yes. some 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.

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 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 listening late at night via Bluetooth headphones or streaming to a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker in a bathroom.

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 prioritising 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 100 ms, 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.

Yes. To experience music playback with better audio imaging and realism, it is possible to pair two MusicCast Wireless Speakers (MusicCast 50, MusicCast 20, WX-030, WX-010) in stereo mode. Make sure that you have updated the firmware of both speakers to the latest version.

No. Yamaha was one of the first AV manufacturers to introduce a wireless multi-room 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.

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. Most MusicCast devices also offer the option of using a wired Ethernet connection if this is preferred.

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

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.

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, sound bars, wireless speakers, wireless streaming amplifiers, Hi-Fi components, Hi-Fi systems. The app allows access to a variety of content sources and controls the playback of MusicCast devices.

The MusicCast Controller app is available for Apple iOS (iOS 10.0 and later) and Android (OS 4.1 and later) and is compatible with both smartphones and tablets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 component, Hi-Fi system. 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:

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].

- 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.

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.

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.

At this time, the skills support English and German. Availability of voice command control via Amazon Alexa varies by region.

Alexa Tips

1.

Put a little space between your Echo and your speaker or sound bar, and to place it where it can pick up your voice. When you have music or TV sound playing, this gives your Echo a better chance of hearing the "Alexa" wake word and your voice commands.

2.

The MusicCast skills are intended to allow voice control of the most common, everyday functions rather than every feature available on every model. It can be helpful to know what you can and can’t do.

3.

If it seems that Alexa keeps hearing you incorrectly, you can watch what Alexa heard in the Alexa app (Menu > Settings > History).

4.

Recall favorites or playlists that you have set up in the MusicCast app. Take a few minutes to set up the ones you use most often.

5.

We recommend using the default room names vs. customized room names in the MusicCast app, as the default room names may be more easily recognized. If default room names conflict with the names of other smart devices in your home, it may be necessary to modify the names of the other devices.