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Yamaha WX-030BL MusicCast Wireless Speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Airplay Amazon.com $99.99 FS

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So this will seamlessly play on all speakers along with my main Yamaha receiver with Musiccast?

Can it do anything else like separate channels into l/r stereo?

EDIT: "Two WX-030 units can be paired via the MusicCast Controller app to function as left and right channel speakers, providing stereo sound for a wider listening area."
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@99 $ it's tempting for sure. The reviews of the music cast app seems to be mixed and mostly negative. It would suck if the hardware is awesome but the software sucks Frown

Has anybody used the Musica's ecosystem and what is your impression ? Thanks
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@99 $ it's tempting for sure. The reviews of the music cast app seems to be mixed and mostly negative. It would suck if the hardware is awesome but the software sucks Frown

Has anybody used the Musica's ecosystem and what is your impression ? Thanks
It's kind of a mixed bag, tbh. The speakers themselves are great. I have the smaller 010 and just ordered the 030. The 010 has good sound, can get up there in volume, and overall I'm pleased with the hardware.

The software behind them is... not as impressive. The Music Cast app is not terribly intuitive and suffers from bugs that affect the use of the hardware. The linking of the speakers with a receiver works great... When it works. I have two Yamaha receivers, both new units (~1 year old). One of them links with the 010, and the audio is in sync. But it's only bearable with music. Syncing the 010 with a movie or TV show isn't worthwhile, as there is generally a half second to a full second delay in dialog, which makes for a poor viewing experience. The other receiver can never link with the 010 speaker under any circumstances without suffering from significant gaps between the wired speakers and wireless speaker.

When linking all three systems (two receivers and the 010 speaker) and using the "good" receiver as the host, all three will play music seamlessly. It was very useful around Christmas for holiday music throughout the house. Again, TV/movies didn't work out because of the delay. I would also run into a situation where the app would "forget" the speaker/receivers were linked, but they still were. Unlinking them was cumbersome and annoying.

But for $200 and $250 speakers, I shouldn't have to work around the above issues. Everything should "just work". Unfortunately, Music Cast just simply isn't ready to compete with Sonos or some of the more established wireless players.

HOWEVER, for my use cases it was worth it to invest in another speaker (030). I'm often in the garage working on projects and having a bluetooth/wifi speaker out there would be nice. For $100, the 030 will be a great speaker to stream music from my phone to. I'm also holding out hope Yamaha will improve the software over time (I will admit, this is a fleeting hope).

Overall, my opinion is the following:

Good uses:
* Stand alone wireless speaker (bluetooth/wifi)
* Link with other music cast speakers for whole home music
* Link with music cast receivers for whole home audio with existing wired speakers
* Link for remote TV/movie audio (example: I can see my TV from my patio, and will use a MC speaker outside so I can hear a football game -- The audio lag is tolerable then, given it's better than nothing)

Bad uses:
* Primary speaker(s) paired with a receiver -- The lag is too intolerable for this to be acceptable
* Linking to receiver for TV/movie audio -- Unless you're in a unique situation (see patio example above), the experience is not pleasant

If you can get this speaker for $100, and plan to use it standalone, the price is hard to beat. if you plan to use it as a primary speaker linked to a receiver, I would pass.
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