For those who don’t want to run unsightly cables across the floor, or burrow into plaster or brick walls to accommodate surround speakers, Yamaha has come up with a wireless surround solution, which includes a set of receivers, two new speakers, and a subwoofer. It’s a predicament facing many surround audio enthusiasts, and may just be alleviated by this new suite of AV products with MusicCast Surround technology.
The three new receivers in the line-up are the 4K-compliant 5.1-channel RX-V485, and the 7.2-channel RX-V585 and RX-V685, while the two speakers available are the MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50, and the one subwoofer up for grabs is the MusicCast SUB 100. An enhancement of the company’s MusicCast wireless multi-room audio system, MusicCast Surround allows a user to build an AV receiver-based 5.1-channel surround sound system with wired speakers for the front channels (Front Left, Center, Front Right) and wireless speakers for the surrounds (Surround Left, Surround Right). It also supports the option of using a wireless subwoofer.
The RX-V 85 series AV receivers are also capable of supporting wired surround speakers for those who prefer a traditional setup or a speaker configuration with more than 5.1-channels. They also feature a host of other upgrades from last year’s line, according to Yamaha.
MusicCast Surround builds on the Yamaha MusicCast wireless multi-room audio system which enables music enthusiasts to stream tunes from almost any audio source over a Wi-Fi network to MusicCast-enabled products throughout the house. In comparison, when the MusicCast Surround mode is employed, a direct Wi-Fi connection is made between an RX-V 85 series AV receiver and the MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 wireless speakers so that the surround audio streams do not have to pass through the user’s home router.
All of the new models come loaded with wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay and Spotify Connect. They also support built-in streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and free internet radio stations, all accessible via the free MusicCast app. They also all feature voice control via Amazon Alexa-equipped devices, such as the Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers, through the use of free MusicCast skills available on the Alexa Skills Store.
“For entertainment fanatics who love movies, TV and gaming, nothing beats using an AV receiver to build a true surround sound system,” said Robert Goedken, general manager, AV division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “By adding a wireless surround capability to our new line, we’ve made it easier than ever to create an amazing, theater-like experience at home. MusicCast Surround suddenly makes an AV receiver an attractive option for a whole new audience of entertainment fans.”
Some details of pricing and availability are listed below:
The three RX-V 85 4K AV receivers will be available in May at the following MSRPs:
RX-V485, $449.95 MSRP
RX-V585, $549.95 MSRP
RX-V685, $649.95 MSRP
The following two MusicCast speakers will be available in July in a choice of black or white at the following MSRPs:
MusicCast 20 at $229.95 MSRP
MusicCast 50 at $499.95 MSRP
The MusicCast SUB 100 will be available in September in a piano black finish at $549.95 MSRP.