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Rod in Idaho listens to the free Podcasts, brought to you by Blubrry and is participating with the AskDave button at IntoTomorrow.com and asked: “How are the Yamaha MusicCast systems and the Marantz Heos systems similar and how are they different? Which ones do you think would be easiest to use?”
Rod, both are wireless music systems. Specifically, both allow their devices to speak to each other wirelessly.
The general idea is to be able to have wireless speakers connected to some common source.
Theyre both proprietary so the main difference is what brand they will work with. In other words, if you opt for Yamahas system you wont be able to connect a B&O speaker to it, or a Bose speaker to it, or a Toshiba subwoofer, or anything else.
Other than that, both systems are comparable and the wireless feature is mainly a plus that allows you to easily place a speaker that you want anywhere you want. The sound quality wont be noticeably different because of the wireless feature, but may be different from speaker to speaker.
One thing that the Marantz system has going for it is that its explicitly compatible with AirPlay, Google Assistant, and Alexa, Yamaha only lists Google Assistant and Alexa, so if you have any Apple products the Marantz system has an edge.
Having said that, the hardware here should matter more and its likely to outlast your current smartphones and laptops.
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