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Yamaha Expands Custom Multi-Room Audio Range

Yamaha has sought to capitalise on the growth of custom audio, expanding its multi-room line-up with the new XDA-QS5400RK ‘Quad Streamer’ (A$2,499) and XDA-AMP5400RK ‘AMP’ (A$1,699) – resulting in up to four audio zones, and eight amplification channels.

The new Quad Streamer claims to seamlessly connect with Yamaha’s MusicCast products (e.g. sound bars, AV receivers and speakers), supporting up to four music streams to all, or any, of its stereo outputs.

The product is best designed for use with in-ceiling or all-weather speakers.

The Quad Streamer fits a compact 1U enclosure, with removable rack ears and faceplate, for a comparatively “discreet” aesthetic.

Incorporating dual Ethernet LAN ports, the product claims to seamlessly daisy chain multiple units, for a combined maximum total of 32 zones.

It follows the products’ global unveiling at Integrate Sydney this week, with AV Product Manager, Damien Hendersen, claiming it’s another step forward in Yamaha’s “connected home” line-up.

Like other MusicCast products, the new Quad Streamer can be controlled via the accompanying app, or via third-party home control systems such as Control4, ELAN and RTI.

As previously reported, all Yamaha MusicCast product now support Alexa voice commands, by connecting to a compatible Amazon smart speaker (e.g. Echo Dot).

MusicCast provides access to several streaming services, digital radio stations and externally stored music libraries, delivering high-res audio up to 192 kHz/24-bit.

Any connected source (including that from HDMI where a MusicCast AV receiver or sound bar is present) can also be shared between devices and rooms.

Yamaha’s MusicCast app also provides basic streaming amplifier set-up, with web set-up profiles capable of being stored for later use.

The Quad Streamer claims to employ dual, audiophile-grade 384kHz/32-bit ESS SABRE Digital-to-Analogue Converters (DACs), with “ultra-efficient” ICE power integrated circuits for 10 Hz to 22 kHz (+0/-3 dB) frequency response amplification, and a 106 dB signal-to-noise ratio.

Yamaha’s new XDA-AMP5400RK ‘AMP’ offers additional enhancement, offering eight bridge-able
channels for boosted speaker output, or providing system expansion to additional rooms.

The new ‘AMP’ integrates with the Quad Streamer via 12V trigger controls, providing analogue throughputs for setting up
a bus to multiple units.

Both products are expected to land in Australia in November, with further information available on Yamaha’s website here.

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