Yamaha may be better known for its AV receivers and home theater systems, but the company was one of the early entrants in the digital-audio-receiver category, with audiophile-centric products like the Yamaha MCX-1000 MusicCast server. MusicCAST 2 is the second iteration of Yamaha's digital-audio-streaming platform, and it enters a product category that is now much more mature, with several recommendable products such as the Sonos BU150, Logitech Squeezebox Duet, and Apple TV.
The easiest way to get into Yamaha's MusicCAST2 platform is the ZonePack Solution ($1,100), which consists of a Network Music Commander ($500) and two Amplified Network Music Players ($400 each). The Network Music Commander is a touch-pad-style remote with a color LCD-screen that gives you full control over your digital music; it's very similar to Sonos' Controller. The Amplified Network Music Players allow you to simply connect a pair of speakers to enable music streaming to any room within your Wi-Fi network. … Read more