If you want a Wi-Fi-based multi-room audio system, you so far haven’t had many alternatives to the market leader, Sonos. Other manufacturers offer their own solutions, but generally only in a handful of products. That looks set to change as Yamaha today announced that its MusicCast system will be supported by more than 20 products, with pricing starting from $250. That includes all but one of its 2015 receivers, reports CNET.
Unlike Sonos, MusicCast supports five different lossless audio formats, including Apple Lossless, FLAC and WAV. It’s controlled by an iOS app, which can stream both your own music library and services like Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody. Support for Apple Music seems likely further down the road …
The entry-level MusicCast Wireless Speaker, which supports Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi, is available today for pre-order at $249.95, shipping on September 20th. It’s available in a choice of black or white. Other MusicCast products include a $500 Sound Bar and a $600 TV Speaker Base. Expect more announcements between now and the end of September.