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Yamaha debuts wireless music network system

Japanese Yamaha has recently announced plans to release the MusicCast system in late October for distributing music thoughout the house via wireless LAN. The system consists of a digital audio server, MCX-1000, which stores and distributes music data; a digital audio terminal, MCX-A10, acting as client equipment housing a digital power amplifier; and a speaker system, MCX-SP10, as an option for the MCX-A10.

In its basic incarnation MCX-1000, the heart of the system, is equipped with 80 GB HDD that allows to store up to 100 hours of music of CD quality (linear PCM) or up to about 1,000 hours of MP3 tracks.

As for the connectivity, the server supports wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b) standard, and can accommodate up to five wireless terminals. Moreover, it is equipped with one Ethernet port, and can work with up to seven terminals via a wired LAN. —onnected to the Internet, MCX-100 provides users with the latest CDDB information. But, to prevent unauthorized copying, Yamaha implemented the proprietary encryption into the networking protocol that does not allow peer-to-peer connections.

MCX-A10 terminal can access the music data stored on the server for playback. Server connections can be made via wireless or wired LAN (using through the available Ethernet port.)

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