Yamaha Design “Synapses” WXA-50/WXC-50
German Design Award
Expand the possibilities of MusicCast® with this wireless streaming amplifier.
With its sturdy sheet metal body and blasted aluminum top cover, a finish that expresses different emotions depending on the light, and a touch that reveals the allure of the materials, this amplifier raises the spirits of anyone who holds it.
The WXA-50 and WXC-50 have a classical air to them, and are the products of a search for a retro-modern representation of a new worldview that can be used in combination with automatic playback piano functions. These products offer both joy and the latest audio functionality.
The WXC-50 utilizes an imposing physical volume knob to represent both a new take on network audio and the ubiquitous identity of an audio device. As a companion to your favorite speakers and amplifier, it will bring new pleasure to your listening time.
Precisely constructed in order to achieve the purest audio fidelity, its internal components are solidly protected by materials of the highest rigidity. The top cover—with its superior heat-dissipating aluminum—allows for stable operation by helping dissipate heat across the entire surface, not just through air vents.
It is the embodiment of the product concept of "simple and flexible" thanks to its size and quality, both suitable for the top of a desk or a bookcase. The brushed surfaces of everything but the knob give it a form that is familiar, yet subtle.
The spin finish of the volume knob surface is an enticement to enjoy the pleasure of using a retro audio product, while the beveled sides enhance the fit of the knob to the fingers.
- Takenori Ohmachi
- Yamaha Design Laboratory