Yamaha ditches the wires with new MusicCast Surround receivers and speakers

yamaha musiccast surround av receivers speakers wireless

Yamaha’s MusicCast impressed us when the company first introduced the technology, leading us at the time to declare it the best multiroom solution since Sonos. MusicCast continues to make its way into the company’s products, but now the company is taking it in a different direction. On Monday, April 23, Yamaha announced MusicCast Surround, a new spin on the technology that saves you from having to run speaker cables all over your living room.

MusicCast Surround is similar to the approach that Sonos takes, letting you use wireless speakers as surround satellite speakers. Not only is this a lot easier than running cable everywhere, but the software can calibrate timing automatically to make sure that the sweet spot in your room sounds better than ever before.

With the debut of this technology, Yamaha has also released a salvo of new products: Three new A/V receivers in the 5.1-channel RX-V485 and the 7.2-channel RX-V585 and RX-V685; two new speakers in the MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50; and the MusicCast Sub 100 subwoofer. All of these feature MusicCast Surround and can be used together to put together a 5.1-channel surround sound system.

An example system might use wired speakers for the front surround and center channels, while the rear surrounds and subwoofer could be wireless. In the case of the MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50 speakers, these can be used alone or as part of a multiroom audio setup. They can also be used in stereo pairs for better performance.

All three A/V receiver models support the latest TV technologies like 4K and high dynamic range, including HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log Gamma. In the case of the RX-V585 and RX-V685, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound are supported as well, allowing for sounds that seem to come from above you when used with special ceiling-mounted or upward-firing speakers.

The receivers will go on sale in May, with the RX-V485 priced at $450, the RX-V585 at $550, and the RX-V685 at $650. The MusicCast speakers will go in sale in July in both black and white finishes, with the MusicCast 20 selling for $230 and the MusicCast 50 going for $500. Finally, the MusicCast Sub 100 subwoofer will launch in September for $550. For more information on setting up your home theater on the audio front, be sure to check out our guide to all things surround sound.

Home Theater

Say goodbye to the box: The future of home theater has no use for receivers

One of the most intriguing new trends to come out of CES 2019 this year comes from a technology that has been around for years. WiSA, now in new LG TVs, has the potential to cut the wires and change the home theater landscape forever.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Home Theater

Klipsch’s new Reference home theater system does hi-fi surround without wires

At CES 2019, Klipsch showed off its fantastic new Reference Wireless speaker system, a wireless surround sound setup that uses a re-emerging wireless technology called WiSA for hi-fi surround sound without the need for speaker wires.
Home Theater

JBL/Harman launch smart soundbar, new speakers, and a guitar amp/speaker combo

Harman Kardon and JBL have announced four new audio lines that will hit the market in 2019, including a brand-new smart soundbar, portable speaker, smart home theater speakers, and a massive portable speaker with guitar and mic inputs.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Music

Tidal faces legal jeopardy over fake stream numbers accusation

In another challenging chapter for music subscription service Tidal, Norwegian authorities have begun a formal investigation into charges that the company faked millions of streams for artists such as Kanye West and Beyoncé.
Home Theater

Sony’s 360 Reality Audio is the epic sound revolution you didn’t know you needed

After Sony’s utterly bizarre press conference, I almost missed what was perhaps the most impactful sonic experience at the show. Luckily, I went back to Sony’s booth on the last day of the show, only to have my mind blown.
Home Theater

Need to get rid of an unused Netflix profile? Just follow these simple steps

Need to delete an unwanted profile from your Netflix account? It's easy to do, no matter what kind of equipment you've got. Check out our handy how-to guide for step-by-step instructions.
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2019.
Computing

Beam up the videos: AirPlay support is coming to VLC player

At CES 2019, the developers of VLC player announced they are adding support for Apple's Airplay feature, allowing consumers to beam video and other content from their iPhone and Android devices to an Apple TV. 
Home Theater

Not chill: Netflix is hiking prices across all its tiers

Netflix has to get the billions of dollars it's spending on new content from somewhere. The streaming giant announced price hikes across the board, raising its monthly rates between $1 and $2 per tier in the next few months.
Home Theater

Here’s why you’re not getting Netflix in HD or 4K, and how to fix it

Are you having trouble watching your favorite movies or TV shows on Netflix in HD or 4K? We explain why loading takes so long, why the picture quality fluctuates, and what you can do about it.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Polk Audio’s Command Bar joins Alexa’s multiroom music party

Polk's Command Bar is a home theater soundbar with Alexa built in. But with a new update, it can also be grouped with Amazon's Echo products and other third-party speakers for a multi-room experience.