Yamaha WXA-50 Streaming Amplifier Review

What is the Yamaha WXA-50?

The Yamaha WXA-50 wireless streaming amplifier is a new concept from the manufacturer that is designed to enable you to build a system around the integrated stereo amplifier itself or use it as a way of adding streaming and wireless capability to an existing system. The WXA-50 supports MusicCast, which is Yamaha’s multiroom system, allowing you to build or add to an existing home network and listen to multiple sources in multiple locations. The built-in stereo amplifier can deliver 70W per a channel but if all you need is a pre-amp, then Yamaha also offer the WXC-50. Both products support high resolution audio and come with an included remote control, although you can also control them using the MusicCast app. The price of WXA-50 is a not-instubstantial £429/$643 as at the time of writing (November 2016) although if you already have an amplifier the WXC-50 only costs £299/$448. So is the WXA-50 a solution looking for a problem or is it a useful addition to your existing system? Let’s find out.

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