Plea to Yamaha - Add Search to Musiccast
This thread has one purpose only - to get Yamaha to overcome a massive drawback to their Musiccast streaming music system by adding a search function to the app (the app is the only way to use the system). Please join in if you want to support that purpose, have an opinion about it, or work for Yamaha and want to respond.
Musiccast is a potentially very appealing alternative to Sonos or other home audio streaming systems. In theory it does everything Sonos does and Yamaha offers a sweet line-up of hardware which, pre-bundled with Musiccast, can stream files in a multi-room setting.
Even better -- and this is what caused me to buy the Yamaha R-N602 stereo receiver with Musiccast -- the higher end receivers play high-resolution audio files, including flac up to 24/192 and native DSD files. Effectively, this makes the receivers and pre-pros with Musiccast a killer app, combining high-res playback (via Sabre 32 bit DACs) with whole-house streaming and sonically solid construction. Sonos is way behind on all of these fronts. Their hardware is fine but never close to audiophile. And they've belligerently refused to try and handle high-resolution files. That was fine 5 or 6 years ago, but it' a major PITA today for many of us who have growing collections of high-resolution files. We can't play them on Sonos, and Sonos is leaving us out in the cold, even as the market for downloading hi-res files takes off.
So you'd think Musiccast would be a big hit with customers like me -- early adopters of streaming technology who are really into digitial music streaming and have home servers.
But here's the massive, and unthinkably thoughtless, part of the Musiccast implementation: The only way to access your files is by browsing. You can not search them. That's so hard to believe in 2016, I feel compelled to repeat: You can't search for your files using Musiccast.
That means for someone like me, with 3,000 digital albums and 45,000 files, I have to go through folders or the artist/album index. I can't pop in the name of a song and find it right away.
This is such a horrible deficit, it never occurred to me when purchasing a Musiccast system to even explore if it had search. I mean, who builds anything without search? My Sonos system, in use since 2006, has always had search, and it is the number one way we (and all friends who drop by and use it) access music.
For that matter, even clunky UPNP servers have search.
What on earth was Yamaha thinking - and how quickly can they fix this?
I was really excited to do a comparison of my new Musiccast receiver to my Sonos set-up. Just to explore this, I bought the R-N602 receiver and was willing to buy a second Musiccast device. The prospect of a unified system for all my files, including hi-resolution, had me hoping for a winner from Yamaha.
I'm still hoping, but without a search function, there's no way I can even put Yamaha up against Sonos. It's falling down right out of the gate.
"These go to eleven."
Equipment: Goldenear Triton Ones, SuperCenter XXL, Aon 2 surrounds, Invisa 650 ceiling speakers, Oppo BD 103d, Marantz 7702 mk2, Outlaw 2200 M-block (2) & 7125 7-channel, Roku 4, Sonos, and way too many old speakers, including an original pair of Ascend Acoustics CBM-170s, one of the flattest frequency bookshelf speakers SoundStage ever measured.