Updated 3 Feb 2017

Yamaha

MusicCast WX-030

Snapshot: The Yamaha MusicCast WX-030 can be added to a network of speakers, but how does it sound by itself?

MusicCast WX-030
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$499

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Test results

Overall score
73
Sound Quality
?/10
Ease of use - Andoid app
?/10
Ease of use - iOS app
?/10

Good points

  • Good sound quality.
  • Very easy to use Android and iOS apps.
  • Has WiFi Direct.
  • Has Bluetooth and AirPlay.
  • Can be used as network extenders.

But

  • No dual-band WiFi.
  • Doesn't work with Google Play Music.

System review

This speaker can be linked to other speakers to create a “network” or “system”.

The Yamaha MusicCast system has very good quality sound from its five speakers, including the NX-N500 which has excellent sound. The YSP-2700 soundbar offers a massive 16 speaker drivers and 7 channels. It's not a cheap system however, and doesn't have a few features like dual-band WiFi. The speakers can be used as network extenders though, which is very useful.

How we test

Sound is based on our panel of 3 music listening experts’ appraisal of different pieces of music (classical and rock/pop). The speaker is positioned about 2 metres away from the listeners, with the panel assessing overall sound quality.

For networked speakers this is done individually and as a system.

Ease of use considers both the Apple and Android versions of the apps and the ease of connecting and setting up the speaker, as well as sending music to the speaker.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$499
System
MusicCast

Specifications

Dimensions (H x W x D, mm)
158 x 242 x 114
Number of drivers
2
Multi-channel
Mono

Features

Ethernet
Yes
WiFi Dual Band
No
WiFi direct
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Apple AirPlay
Yes
Google Play Music
No
Pandora
Yes
Spotify
Yes
Can create own network
Yes