YAMAHA MusicCast 50 wireless speaker – Alexa compatible Bluetooth speaker : Tricky setup, but a decent speaker

I can’t believe this is a yamaha product. First i manged to set up the app after two attempts as the first would not connect to my network. The so called instruction manual only tells you how to download the app and its suppose to be follow the instructions but after that there is no playback instructions on the app or printed. Its all been guess work so far i’ve spent an hour trying to work out how to play my spotify music through this. Its showing up in wifi settings and connected but in spotify its not showing in devices so i don’t know how to advance on from here to let you know how the sound is etc. I will of course keep trying and update this review if i make some progress and contact yamaha as a last resort. Update: it seems you have to purchase the spotify premium service before you can use it with this also if you want it to work with alexa you have to go into the alexa app and enable yamaha musicast after you create an account which i did with my pc but guess what the sign in password does not work with the app yet i can sign in on my pc. None of this is explained in the manual or the app i just had to guess. I created another yamaha account this time with the app and that worked. The alexa app however even though its enabled the musicast can’t find it in the search for devices, this is after two attempts so far.

This handsome speaker came well packaged in a sturdy box with moulded polystyrene top and bottom to protect it. The first thing to say is that this is not a battery powered devise. It connects to your equipment wirelessly but does need a permanent wire to the power socket. You have to download the yamaha musiccast app to your mobile devise in order to set up the wifi connection. Instructions are provided via the app, and frustratingly there are no “what to do if this doesn’t work” options. After 8 attempts to connect via wifi, including rebooting all the devises involved, i gave up. I spent a good while online searching for solutions, found the manual and downloaded it (it’s not supplied), and even there i couldn’t find any solution to my problem – which was that the temporary setup wifi on the speaker would not transmit long enough for my phone to connect. There is a place to connect with a cable (not supplied), but no instructions for how to do this. Fortunately i can connect to the speaker via bluetooth, which is good enough for me. The sound quality is superb.

This speaker is fabulousit is quite solid and heavy. Out of the box it is easy to set up. As far as the speaker goes it just needs plugging in. You need to download the app on your phone – i have the app on an iphone. From here the app leads you through the set up. You are essentially just getting your internet and devices to “talk” to each other. This done, you can control the speaker from your app. The function i’m using by far the most is wifi radio. It’s just brilliant – i’m listening to so much more varied music than i ever have before. Also, despite the speaker being in the kitchen it sounds good in the next room too. The idea is that you can get more than one of these speakers. The app will control them all and you can distinguish between each speaker as it is assigned a room. So you can then have the same music or different playing in different bits of the house. I love this speaker and would highly recommend it.

Having set up many wireless devices over the years i unboxed this musiccast without any anxiety over setting up. Unfortunately my past experience counted for little as this speaker was not very user friendly to get up and running. I couldn’t get it running via wi-fi at all, but i eventually got there using a wired ethernet connection (which seems a little old fashioned with wi-fi being around for many years now). After that i was able to connect to spotify without issues and was able to finally hear the speaker produce quality, clear audio that sounded great with my favourite tracks. Although the speaker isn’t small and is pretty solid in construction, it remains nice & portable and would be suitable if you need to move it from room to room on a regular basis. I’m not set up to connect to multiple speakers, but the device and app are set up to cater for this very well from what i can see. While i have to admit that this is a high quality speaker, the tricky setup should be a concern if you are not confident with wi-fi devices and it in general.

We have used it in place of our tv sound bar and the audio quality is amazing. Great for using with music as the sound is balanced and crisp. Compatible with a wide range of devices and in my opinion, better than any speaker we have used before.

For me, the sound is everything and boy does this bluetooth speaker delivers sound. I have not used this speaker to its full capacity yet, but what i have so far discovered is that it is fantastic. A joy to listen to, with every genre of music that i have so far tried.

Now i have a couple of other bluetooth speakers but this is just in a different league. The sheer quality of the sound is as good as previous hi-fi seperates that i’ve had. The sound is big and meaty and the size of the speaker means that you get a rich sound that brings some old songs back to life. Its not difficult to set up after the initial charging period and connection to my ipod was simple and quick – (most of them are these days ) then you just sit back and enjoy. I do like the multi room capability. But any attached speaker just cannot match the sound quality of the main speaker. So i just did weight training and moved it around. Streaming is fine – but i don’t really use that facility – cd / downloads to an ipod (old school these days. ) but again i can see why that would help people connecting their phone etc etcbut i cannot understate the sound quality – absolutely rate this – 40 years of rock may have affected this but quite frankly space station number 5 – wow last point , its looks quite pretty – black circle etc – but a minor point – i hid it behind the sofa. Its a lot for a speaker maybe – but if sound is your thing you’ll like this.

This is an excellent speaker from yamaha, first thing i noticed was the weight of it which is over 5kg, it just oozes quality and looks superb as a centrepiece sitting in the lounge or wherever you prefer to put it. It can be bluetoothed to a host of devices and the smart technology allows you to voice controll your musical choices. I won’t go into the specifications or the technology as it’s all there on the yamaha website or the amazon pages. But i cannot give it any more superlatives, it’s a five star sound machine which also looks stunning.

  • Can’t get it to work, poor and no playback instructions supplied
  • Superb sound but will only connect via bluetooth, not wifi
  • A work in progress

YAMAHA MusicCast 50 wireless speaker – Alexa compatible Bluetooth speaker with MusicCast multi-room technology and built -in streaming services – White

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Positivesthe sound quality is superb and it’s very portable and not that heavy. Installing the app on android was fairly straightforward. It’s easy to pair with bluetooth on my phone, although i could not pair alexa with this speaker through bluetooth and i definitely did this with other bluetooth speakers a few months ago. Supports other music stream services like napster and spotify better than alexa, although i don’t have these so can’t confirm. Multi-room support if you need this. Negativesthe app and the alexa skill i found very confusing, and i am used to testing gadgets and write software for a living so generally can pick things up and use them relatively pain-free. Alexa support is very limited. You can turn the volume up and down (alexa, volume up in “room name”) and skip tracks, even play in different rooms, but you can’t ask alexa to pay a song you ask for on it. However, i did see on the manufacturer’s website that this is coming soon, although i regard it as an absolute must have feature. Overalli liked the hardware but the software really is incredibly difficult to use.

  • Can’t get it to work, poor and no playback instructions supplied
  • Superb sound but will only connect via bluetooth, not wifi
  • A work in progress

YAMAHA MusicCast 50 wireless speaker – Alexa compatible Bluetooth speaker with MusicCast multi-room technology and built -in streaming services – White

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