Yamaha MCX-A10 - MusicCAST Network Audio Player Manual

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  • Page 1 DIGITAL AUDIO TERMINAL MCX–A10...
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    If this product is found to be the manual, meets FCC requirements. Modifications source of interference, which can be determined not expressly approved by Yamaha may void your by turning the unit “OFF” and “ON”, please try to authority, granted by the FCC, to use the product.
  • Page 3 YAMAHA will not be held responsible for any damage letter L or colored RED. resulting from use of this unit with a voltage other than specified.
  • Page 4 Directive 1999/5/EC. paristo ainoastaan laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyyppiin. Hävitä käytetty paristo valmistajan ohjeiden mukaisesti. Vi, tillverkaren YAMAHA, betygar härmed att MCX-A10 är i överensstämmelse med de erforderliga krav och andra tillämpliga bestämmelser som anges i direktivet 1999/5/EC.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Using the Auto Configuration function ..26 About your MusicCAST client Configuring your MusicCAST client The MusicCAST client ........8 manually ..........28 Features ............. 8 Accessing the Manual Setup screen ... 29 Supplied accessories ........9 Setting the Network Mode ....29 Controls and functions .........
  • Page 6 Contents Selecting a radio station ...... 50 Resetting the MusicCAST client to default settings ............ 66 Listening to an external sound source ..51 Resetting your MusicCAST client ..66 To return to playback from the MusicCAST server library ....51 Displaying Network Status Information on the MusicCAST client ......
  • Page 7: The Musiccast Client

    – and, most importantly, without affecting your sensitive hearing. Since hearing damage from loud sounds is often undetectable until it is too late, YAMAHA and the Electronic Industries Association’s Consumer Electronics Group recommend you to avoid prolonged...
  • Page 8: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied accessories After unpacking, check that the following parts are included. Remote control Lithium battery OFF TIMER SLEEP ON TIMER REPEAT RANDOM Audio pin cable PAUSE STOP PLAY PLAY MENU INFO. GROUP GROUP SELECT Subwoofer cable BOOK INPUT MARK RECALL MUTE Video pin cable Stand...
  • Page 9: Controls And Functions

    Controls and functions Front panel DIGITAL AUDIO TERMINAL MCX–A10 TIMER PUSH SELECT MENU PLAY INFO. – PHONES 1 POWER indicator Lights when the MusicCAST client is active. Halts playback from the MusicCAST client. 2 TIMER indicator Lights when the timer function is activated (see Begins playback of the selected track.
  • Page 10: Side Panel

    Controls and functions Side panel 1 LAN port Insert a LAN cable here to connect to a wired network. 2 AUX IN jack Connect an external sound source here. 3 LINEOUT L/R jacks Use these jacks to connect the MusicCAST client to an input on an external component.
  • Page 11: Remote Control

    Controls and functions Remote control 1 Infrared emitter This section explains the function of each button on the remote control. Emits infrared control signals for the MusicCAST client to receive. Aim the emitter at the MusicCAST client when you want to operate it. 2 OFF TIMER Activates the off timer function (see page 57) and OFF TIMER...
  • Page 12 Controls and functions e BOOKMARK Attaches or removes a bookmark from a song (see pages 52 – 55). Moves the on-screen cursor down. t RECALL This button and the corresponding Recall Play menu in the MusicCAST client are reserved for future functionality.
  • Page 13: Modes Of Operation Of The Musiccast Client

    Controls and functions Modes of operation of the MusicCAST client The MusicCAST client has three modes of operation. • STANDBY: The MusicCAST client is connected to an AC outlet with STANDBY/ON on its top surface in the STANDBY position (fully up). •...
  • Page 14: Using The Graphical User Interface Of The Musiccast Client

    Controls and functions Using the Graphical User Interface of the MusicCAST client The MusicCAST client offers a wide variety of functions and parameters for your use. You can access all of these through the Graphical User Interface (GUI) viewable from the front panel display on the MusicCAST client itself.
  • Page 15: Play Info Screen

    Controls and functions I Play Info screen The Play Info screen displays information on the Press PLAY INFO to display this screen on the on- song the MusicCAST is currently playing, or the screen display of the MusicCAST client. last song played if it is not currently playing a song. Note •...
  • Page 16: Before Setup

    Before setup Mounting the MusicCAST client on a wall Attaching the stand Insert 2 self-tapping screws (diameter: Place the MusicCAST client so that its 3.5 to 4 mm) into the wall, 40 mm apart. front panel display faces down, taking care not to scratch the front panel in the 40mm process.
  • Page 17: Removing The Side-Panel Cover

    Before setup Removing the side-panel cover Remote control I Loading the battery for the remote Push the tab down firmly. control Slide the cover away from the Slide out the battery holder from the MusicCAST client casing. remote control by pushing into the hole in the holder with a ball-point pen, etc.
  • Page 18: Remote Control Operation Range

    Before setup I Remote control operation range Connecting the AC adaptor Insert the AC power cable into the AC adaptor. DIGITAL AUDIO TERMINAL MCX–A10 TIMER PUSH SELECT MENU PLAY INFO. – PHONES Remote control signal receiver Connect the AC adaptor to the AC Within 6m (20’) adaptor input on the MusicCAST client.
  • Page 19: Checking Musiccast Client Connections

    Before setup Checking MusicCAST client connections Before you attempt to use the MusicCAST client to play music, check the following: 1 If you wish to listen to music with the MusicCAST client without using headphones, have you connected it to an external receiver, or to speakers? 2 If you intend to connect to your MusicCAST server using the built in wireless network connection, have you placed the MusicCAST client within an appropriate distance of the server? (see page 23) 3 If you intend to connect to your MusicCAST server using a wired network connection, have you...
  • Page 20: The Musiccast Network

    The MusicCAST network The MusicCAST server stores all music data used in your MusicCAST system. The MusicCAST client does not store or record any music data. Your MusicCAST client uses a Local Area Network (LAN) to transmit and receive data from the MusicCAST server, which it then plays back as music. The MusicCAST system can use both wired and wireless network connections to transmit music data.
  • Page 21: Network Addresses

    The MusicCAST network I Network addresses MusicCAST components are equipped Each component on a network uses an address to with an Auto Configuration function identify itself to other components on the same that will automatically set all network. The address consists of four numbers, and parameters necessary to make a looks like this: connection, however in some rare...
  • Page 22: Wireless Network Connections

    The MusicCAST network Wireless network connections I When and why should I use a wireless Note connection? • When using close to the maximum number of The wireless network technology in the MusicCAST clients, the surrounding environment MusicCAST system utilizes high frequency radio strongly affects the ability of the MusicCAST signals to transmit data between the various components to make wireless connections.
  • Page 23: Wired Network Connections

    The MusicCAST network Wired network connections I When should I use a wired connection? Use wired connections when: Wired networks use cables (called a LAN cable) • You wish to use more than five MusicCAST connected between components to transfer data to a clients simultaneously central network component (network hub), which •...
  • Page 24: Connecting To The Network

    Connecting to the network Place your MusicCAST client in a suitable location Configuring your MusicCAST client (See pages 23, 24 for an explanation of how location affects wired and wireless connections). There are two methods you can use to configure your MusicCAST client for wireless connection.
  • Page 25: Using The Auto Configuration Function

    Connecting to the network Use the controller on the MusicCAST Using the Auto Configuration function client to move the cursor to “Network”, The Auto Configuration function automatically then press the controller. connects your MusicCAST client to a MusicCAST The Network screen appears on the display. server.
  • Page 26 Connecting to the network Press the controller on the MusicCAST client. The client attempts to connect to the server. PUSH SELECT On the MusicCAST server, use u / d / j / i to move the cursor to “OK” and press SELECT.
  • Page 27: Configuring Your Musiccast Client Manually

    Connecting to the network Configuring your MusicCAST client manually Usually, the Auto Configuration functions of the MusicCAST server and client will enable you to successfully connect all of your MusicCAST components. However, you can also use the screens detailed in this section to configure the MusicCAST network manually if necessary.
  • Page 28: Accessing The Manual Setup Screen

    Connecting to the network I Setting the Network Mode OFF TIMER SLEEP ON TIMER REPEAT RANDOM DIGITAL AUDIO TERMINAL MCX–A10 From the Manual Setup menu, use u / d PAUSE STOP TIMER to move the cursor to “Mode” and press PLAY MENU PLAY...
  • Page 29: Setting The Ess Id

    Connecting to the network I Setting the ESS ID If you are satisfied with the settings you have made, move the cursor to “Save & All wireless networks work by using weak high frequency radio signals to transmit data between the Network restart”...
  • Page 30: Setting Your Musiccast Client To Act As A

    Connecting to the network I Setting your MusicCAST client to act as Use u / d to scroll the cursor to the a DHCP client appropriate setting and press SELECT. If you set your MusicCAST client to act as a DHCP OFF: The MusicCAST client does not act client, it automatically receives a new IP address...
  • Page 31: Setting The Musiccast Server Server Id

    Connecting to the network I Setting the MusicCAST server Server ID I Setting the MusicCAST client IP Address From the Manual Setup menu, use u / From the Manual Setup menu, use u / d d to move the cursor to “Server ID” and to move the cursor to “IP Address”...
  • Page 32: Setting The Subnet Mask Address

    Connecting to the network I Setting the Subnet Mask Address I Setting the WEP key for your MusicCAST client From the Manual Setup menu, use u / d In order for your MusicCAST client and server to to move the cursor to “Subnet Mask” share data over a wireless network, you must give and press SELECT.
  • Page 33: Connection Check

    Connecting to the network I Connection check If you are satisfied with the settings you have made, move the cursor to “Save & If you have carried out the setting procedure Network restart” and press SELECT. correctly and the MusicCAST client has achieved a This confirms the settings and restarts the connection, the connection icon appears at the top network hardware on the MusicCAST client,...
  • Page 34: Music Playback On The Musiccast Client

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client The MusicCAST client can playback music stored in a MusicCAST server over a wired or wireless network. Two kinds of files are available for playback: MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3), and PCM (Pulse Code Modulation). PCM files give better sound quality, but can only be played back on one MusicCAST client at a time.
  • Page 35: During Playback

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client I During playback • Bookmark (OFF, ON) The Play Info screen appears on the display when If this parameter is set to ON, the current song is the MusicCAST client is playing a song, unless you added to the bookmark list (see pages 52 –...
  • Page 36: To Play A Song From An Artist

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client Use u / d to move the cursor to the To play a song from an artist name of the artist you wish to select. Use this option to directly access the songs by a Moving the cursor to the bottom of the screen particular artist stored in your MusicCAST server.
  • Page 37: To Play A Song From An Album

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client I To stop playback To play a song from an album Press s. Use this option to directly access the songs on a I To halt playback temporarily particular album stored in your MusicCAST server. Press e.
  • Page 38: To Play A Song From A Genre

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client Use u / to move the cursor to the To play a song from a genre name of an album. Moving the cursor to the bottom of the screen Use this option to directly access the songs of a causes the display to scroll upwards, while particular genre stored in your MusicCAST server.
  • Page 39: To Select A Song From The Complete List Of

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client Use u / d to move the cursor to the To select a song from the complete list of name of the genre you wish to select. Moving the cursor to the bottom of the screen songs causes the display to scroll upwards, while moving it to the top of the screen makes the...
  • Page 40: Using Playlists

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client Use u / d to move the cursor to the Using Playlists name of a song. Moving the cursor to the bottom of the screen Playlists are collections of songs grouped together causes the display to scroll upwards, while and registered by the users of your MusicCAST moving it to the top of the screen makes the server.
  • Page 41: Song Statistics

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client Use u / d to move the cursor to Song Statistics highlight the collection of playlists you want to select and press SELECT. The Song Statistics screen is a display of The display changes to show the playlists statistically significant data on the tracks and registered to this collection.
  • Page 42: To Play A Song In The List Of Bookmarks

    Music playback on the MusicCAST client Use u / d to move the cursor to “Song To play a song in the list of bookmarks Statistics” and press SELECT. The Song Statistics screen appears on the The MusicCAST system can store a list of songs display.
  • Page 43 Music playback on the MusicCAST client Press SELECT to begin playback of the selected song. The Play Info Screen appears on the display. Press j to return the list screen. I To stop playback Press s. I To halt playback temporarily Press e.
  • Page 44: Advanced Playback Options

    Advanced playback options Use u / d to move the cursor to Random Playback “Random” and press SELECT. When you utilize the Random Playback function, The cursor moves so that it is displayed under the MusicCAST client plays tracks in random order the “Random”...
  • Page 45: Repeat Playback

    Advanced playback options Use u / d to change the Group Repeat Playback playback parameter setting. SINGLE: The MusicCAST client targets When you utilize the Repeat Playback function, the tracks in the currently selected group MusicCAST repeats playback of the current song (for example, album or genre) for or group.
  • Page 46: Changing The Time Display On The Play Info Screen

    Advanced playback options Use u / d to change the Repeat Changing the time display on the Play Info Playback parameter setting. screen OFF: Repeat Playback disabled. SINGLE: The MusicCAST client repeats You can change the time display on the Play Info playback of the current group.
  • Page 47: Listening To An External Source Connected To The Musiccast Server

    Advanced playback options Use u / d to change the display setting Listening to an external source connected ELAP: The timer displays the time elapsed since playback of the current song to the MusicCAST server started REM: The timer displays the time You can listen to audio from an external source remaining to complete playback of connected to the OPTICAL IN, COAXIAL IN, or...
  • Page 48: To Return To Playback From The Musiccast Server Library

    The External Inputs menu appears on the MusicCAST client display. You can listen to radio stations with your External Inpu. . . MusicCAST client if you have a Yamaha receiver Optical connected to your MusicCAST server with a cross Coaxial SELECT type RS-232C cable.
  • Page 49: Selecting A Radio Station

    Advanced playback options I Selecting a radio station Use u / d to move the cursor to the station you want to access and press Check that the MusicCAST server and connected receiver are both switched on before carrying out SELECT.
  • Page 50: Listening To An External Sound Source

    Advanced playback options Listening to an external sound source You can listen to audio from an external source connected to the AUX IN jack on your MusicCAST client. Carry out the following procedure to listen to an external sound source using the MusicCAST client. OFF TIMER SLEEP ON TIMER...
  • Page 51: Using The Bookmark Function

    Using the Bookmark function The MusicCAST system can store a list of your favorite songs for easy access. You can access this list using the bookmark function. Each client on your MusicCAST network has one such list. Each list can store up to 999 bookmarks, which you can copy to a playlist if you wish.
  • Page 52: Removing A Song From The Bookmark List

    Using the Bookmark function Press BOOKMARK. Removing a song from the bookmark list The check sign displayed beside the There are two methods you can use to remove a bookmarked song disappears. song from the list of bookmarks. BOOK MARK OFF TIMER SLEEP ON TIMER...
  • Page 53: Copying The Bookmark List To A Playlist

    Using the Bookmark function Press PLAY to create a playlist. Copying the bookmark list to a playlist The MusicCAST client creates a new playlist in You can copy the contents of your MusicCAST collection 1 on the MusicCAST server. The client bookmark list to a playlist.
  • Page 54: Erasing The Bookmark List

    Using the Bookmark function Erasing the bookmark list To erase the bookmark list completely, carry out the following procedure: OFF TIMER SLEEP ON TIMER REPEAT RANDOM DIGITAL AUDIO TERMINAL MCX–A10 PAUSE STOP TIMER PLAY MENU PLAY MENU INFO. GROUP GROUP SELECT PUSH SELECT...
  • Page 55: Musiccast Settings

    MusicCAST settings Default system settings The following table illustrates the default settings for all of the parameters described in this section. Setting menu Parameter group Parameter name Parameter setting Setup OFF Timer ON Timer Auto Play Auto Level Control Contrast 68 % Network Manual Setup –...
  • Page 56: Using The Off Timer Function

    MusicCAST settings Use u / d to select the time (in minutes) Using the OFF Timer function for the MusicCAST to continue in the You can set the MusicCAST client to switch itself power-on mode before switching itself off after a set period of time, which you can also to the standby mode.
  • Page 57: Using The On Timer Function

    MusicCAST settings Press SELECT. Using the ON Timer function The cursor enters the ON Timer setting field. The MusicCAST client has a timer function that enables it to automatically switch on and begin playback at a time you specify, rather like an alarm SELECT clock.
  • Page 58: Using The On Timer Key To Activate The On Timer

    MusicCAST settings I Using the ON TIMER key to activate the Using the Auto Play function ON Timer Carry out the following procedure to activate the You can set the MusicCAST client to automatically ON Timer function from any screen. resume playback of the track it was playing at the time it was last placed in Sleep mode, when you Press ON TIMER...
  • Page 59: Using The Auto Level Control Function

    MusicCAST settings I Turning Auto Level Control on or off Using the Auto Level Control function Press and hold MENU for two seconds The MusicCAST system allows you to store and to return to the Top Menu screen. listen to multiple different albums from different artists, without reference to the original sequence of songs on the album.
  • Page 60: Using The Tone Controls

    MusicCAST settings The relevant menu appears on the display: Using the tone controls The tone controls on the MusicCAST client allow you to alter the nature of the sound being output. SELECT You can change these settings to give a strong deep bass, or a lighter treble to the sound.
  • Page 61: Using The Contrast Controls

    MusicCAST settings Use u / d to move the cursor to the Using the contrast controls “Contrast” and press SELECT. Depending on the location of the MusicCAST The Contrast screen appears on the display. client, You may need to alter the contrast of the display for easier viewing.
  • Page 62: Using The Sleep Function

    MusicCAST settings Press SELECT. Using the Sleep function The MusicCAST client switches to sleep mode, You can set your MusicCAST client in Sleep mode and the current time appears on the display. when you are not using it. Power consumption is reduced in Sleep mode, but the MusicCAST client still consumes a small amount of power to keep the SELECT...
  • Page 63: System Settings

    System settings Use u / d to move the cursor to Displaying System Information on the “Information” and press SELECT. The Information screen appears on the display. MusicCAST client You can check the version of the system installed in your MusicCAST client. SELECT OFF TIMER SLEEP...
  • Page 64: Updating The Musiccast Client Firmware

    Use u / d to move the cursor to Updating the MusicCAST client firmware “System Update” and press SELECT. At times Yamaha releases updates to the firmware The System Update prompt appears on the in either or both the MusicCAST client and server.
  • Page 65: Resetting The Musiccast Client To Default Settings

    System settings The MusicCAST automatically switches Resetting the MusicCAST client to default itself off and then on again. The update process is now complete. Carry out settings the procedure described on page 64 to check the version of the firmware. At times it may be convenient to return your MusicCAST client to the default state it was in when you first purchased it.
  • Page 66: Displaying Network Status Information On

    System settings Use u / d to move the cursor to “Setup” Displaying Network Status Information on and press SELECT. The Setup screen appears on the display. the MusicCAST client Your MusicCAST client depends on its network connection to obtain data from the MusicCAST SELECT server.
  • Page 67 System settings Use u / d to move the cursor to Press j to return to the Status screen. “Status” and press SELECT. The Status screen appears on the display. SELECT Use u / d to select the item you want to display.
  • Page 68: Troubleshooting

    Refer to the chart below when this unit does not function properly. If the problem you are experiencing is not listed below or if the instruction below does not help, set this unit to the standby mode, disconnect the power cord, and contact the nearest authorized YAMAHA dealer or service center. Problem...
  • Page 69 Troubleshooting Problem Cause Remedy Refer to page The MusicCAST client You have not registered songs recorded Wait until the MusicCAST server completes MCX- does not play back from an external component to the library. encoding songs to MP3. 1000 some songs owner’s displayed in the song manual,...
  • Page 70 Troubleshooting Problem Cause Remedy Refer to page You cannot access The ANALOG REC LEVEL on the front Increase the ANALOG REC LEVEL. MCX- the MusicCAST preset panel of the MusicCAST server is set too 1000 tuner. low. owner’s manual, page 29 The MusicCAST server AV receiver Configure the AV receiver parameters correctly.
  • Page 71: Terms Used In This Manual

    Terms used in this manual This manual uses a number of terms that, though not specific to the MusicCAST system, are not in general everyday use. In addition, some terms are used in a slightly unusual context. These words are listed alphabetically and in context below, along with an explanation of their meaning.
  • Page 72 Terms used in this manual TCP/IP storage capacity. An abbreviation of Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol, a system of coding information Hard disk that allows it to be shared efficiently on a network. See “Hard disk drive” MusicCAST client An abbreviation of Wired Equivalent Privacy. This The component in the MusicCAST system that system encrypts data transferred between the allows you to access songs stored in the...
  • Page 73: Specifications

    Specifications I Audio performance Frequency response (EIAJ) ........20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB Signal to noise ratio (EIAJ) .... 100 dB or more Dynamic Range (EIAJ) ....90 dB or more Total harmonic distortion + noise (EIAJ) ............0.008 % or less I Input AUX IN jack Input sensitivity ........
  • Page 74: Index

    Index alarm clock ..............58 PCM ................35 Album ................ 35, 38 Play info screen ............16, 36 Artist ................35, 37 playback group ........... 12, 13, 35, 45 Auto Configuration ........22, 25, 26, 28 playlist ............35, 41, 52, 54 Auto Play function ............
  • Page 75 YAMAHA ELECTRONICS (UK) LTD. YAMAHA HOUSE, 200 RICKMANSWORTH ROAD WATFORD, HERTS WD18 7GQ, ENGLAND YAMAHA SCANDINAVIA A.B. J A WETTERGRENS GATA 1, BOX 30053, 400 43 VÄSTRA FRÖLUNDA, SWEDEN YAMAHA MUSIC AUSTRALIA PTY, LTD. 17-33 MARKET ST., SOUTH MELBOURNE, 3205 VIC., AUSTRALIA...

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