With vinyl sales poised to outsell CDs for the first time in thirty years, Yamaha has now decided to re-introduce its MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable, available this December for $700, but this time in a white finish. The company says that consumers now have the option to make a turntable “the centerpiece of the listening experience in their smart homes” by combining conventional Hi-Fi playback with streaming Wi-Fi capabilities. The new product will be available in time for Christmas, while the piano black version was launched last year.
The turntable includes support for wireless playback to other rooms with MusicCast-enabled speakers, and can use built-in streaming services via the MusicCast app, namely Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, Qobuz, Amazon Music and free internet radio stations. There is also support for voice assistants, allowing control of streaming music, volume levels and multi-room setups.
Other features of the VINYL 500 include a moving magnet cartridge, a built-in phono preamp for line-level or phono audio outputs, a static balanced straight tone arm with anti-skate properties, an aluminum platter with “high moment of inertia”, a DC motor for stable rotation and anti-vibration isolation feet. There is also an external DC power supply to cut down on AC electronic interference.
The MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable in white will be available in early December 2019. The piano black gloss version is already available. You can get more information from Yamaha here.