Yamaha WXA-50 in the Test

The Yamaha WXA-50 can be used as simple streamers, cuts a good figure and as an integrated amplifier with much more expensive boxes. We have tested the network amplifier.

  1. Yamaha WXA-50 in the test
  2. Yamaha WXA-50: Setting up and sound

Yamaha adds MusicCast range not only chic streaming speaker with built-in clock. The young but successful multi-room technology combines with the streaming preamp WXC-50 and the streaming amplifier WXA-50 is perfectly with classic active or passive speakers. This bridge to existing stereo systems can also build up, by using the WXC-50 as a network player and connects to an analog input of the existing HiFi system.

We have made us here the versatile amp WXA-50, which provided proper Hi-Fi feeling some three-way stand speaker Yamaha Soavo NS F901 already at the premiere in Milan with a stately. He can completely replace an existing amplifier. They should be fooled anyway, compact dimensions.

Open to almost anything

Working inside a stereo switching power amplifier, which refers to their signals from a preamp section, connection grants the also analog audio components – namely befitting with RCA instead of mini jack. There’s even an analog output, the small network amplifier simply use allows you as a streamer to a conventional amplifier or receiver next to an entrance. As an argument the WXA-50 in these applications raises his ES9008 ESS Sabre in the pan. The DAC 24 bit / 192 kHz resolution reached and can handle natively DSD.

Finally, 5.6 MHz and FLAC, WAV, and AIFF the WXA-50 DSD supports 192 kHz/24-bit for HiRes audio playback. He is its counterpart, the Sonos connect in the resolution: amp, clear superior. To preserve the grandeur of the practice, the digital volume control of the WXA-50 anticipates 48 bit to have enough room for dynamic even at low listening levels.

Such blessings of digital technology combine the Japanese with their experiences in the field of analog: A rigid steel chassis and careful signal and ground lead use audiophile counterpoints, where otherwise plastic and Scrum are common.

Only when the credit card remote control, you can see that Yamaha also follows somewhere economic rules. However, the infra red control is rather than adding to see, because the MusicCast system is built on a powerful app for iOS and Android.

To keep a connection to her, the owner needs to build a network connection, LAN and Wi-FI stand him available. Who cares about microwave ovens, can completely switch off the wireless technologies on the back, when they are not needed, or selectively enable only Wi-FI or Bluetooth. The corresponding slide switch is not easily accessible, but quite clearly labeled.

Everything needs an amplifier. In addition to solid speaker terminals, a whole range of analogue and digital connections can be found on the back. There is even a subwoofer output. The USB A Jack would be better off on the front panel, but because more accessible.

On the front panel, it is slightly more complicated despite or because the best clarity. For source selection and play/pause buttons have a double function, which can be activated by pressing and holding and use in conjunction with a Smartphone. There you can then make the settings in the menu: about the WXA-50 a wireless NETWORK to connect to. This first of all something complicated functions are but important Luckily just at the beginning. Many settings can even easily do in the Web browser on a PC or Mac.

It has, however, always with the status indicator. The small LED changes its color, depending on which input is active or flashing failure. Because dial-up sources include also USB-A Menory stick (unfortunately on the back), AirPlay or Toslink, a whole palette comes together at the end, whose importance we have to learn. One cheat is looking at the app. That’s where it really matters, Yamaha has not saved. Instead of the detachable feet, even anti slip pads included for that, can you set up the WXA-50 and vertically on the supplied stand. The all-rounder for concealed installation in which he can score with his small air cooling is suitable thanks to a remote socket for infra red receiver. And who would like to relieve the pipsqueak in the bass, you will find an output for active subwoofers and a trigger output.

Sound to measure

The function “Adaptive EQ”, a volume-dependent loudness, considered after appropriate input by the user, when the loudspeakers connected to compact, shelf, standing speakers as well as wall and ceiling speakers whether. Thus, you can adjust the Yamaha in the bass of the speaker. As a result, grumpy exaggerations when activating the function within limits should adhere.

In the listening test the WXA-50 on a whole series of boxes had to prove – in the power-hungry State box Nubert nuVero 110 or the PMC twenty. 5 24. This not only succeeded in the small Japanese, surprisingly loud and clear to play. He was also the character of the speaker, as you knew him from expensive Hi-Fi amps. His control and his differentiation Fortune liked especially in the bass. In the heights, the Yamaha game went to works. With his slender keynote range he pushed after votes but just slightly back, what effect him somewhat distant despite great timing left. In total a great package for the money.

MusicCast controller app

The MusicCast controller is app clearly and intuitively, when they brought the establishment behind him. Here is lacking a little in the dialogue with the user: a central point where, Sonos has acquired some advantage. While the new user with Sonos has the feeling that the app at hand takes him, the Yamaha app lets one ever rotate, if you press the wrong button, for example, on the WXA-50 set up or the Wi-FI on the back is disabled, what has not even reported the amp of the app via the LAN cable in the district.

The music selection on its DLNA NAS is not enough for you, the can about MusicCast streaming services such as Spotify, Napster, Juke or Qobuz access: an area in which compared to Sonos or HEOS air is upwards. However, the Japanese have a killer app with Disklavier Enspire, the streaming enabled multi-room pianos playing together with MusicCast.

 

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