AirPlay 2 is a small but important addition to Apple’s audio world, allowing sound on multiple devices simultaneously. Here’s a list of the compatible speakers and receivers promised so far, and where available, the dates AirPlay 2 support is expected. Updated on May 21 with new receivers by Denon and Marantz.
- rPlay — May 16 2019
Bang & Olufsen
- Pulse 2i — Dec. 11 2018
- Pulse Flex 2i — Dec. 11 2018
- Pulse Mini 2i — Dec. 11 2018
- Pulse Soundbar 2i — Dec. 11 2018
- Node 2i — Dec. 11 2018
- Powernode 2i — Dec. 11 2018
- Vault 2i — Dec. 11 2018
- Home Speaker 500 — April 2019
- Soundbar 500 — April 2019
- Soundbar 700 — April 2019
- SoundTouch speakers —
Bowers & Wilkins
- Formation Audio
- Formation Duo
Denon & Marantz
- Citation speakers — Early 2019
- RS200 — May 16 2019
- VSX-934 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver — Feb. 2019
Yamaha is delivering AirPlay 2 support to 14 products in April 2019.
The company’s MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable will net support in the second half of 2019.
What AirPlay 2 does for you
The headline feature of AirPlay 2 is of course multi-room audio, but it also enables stereo pairing on the HomePod, along with a variety of other improvements. A substantially bigger streaming buffer versus the original AirPlay protocol helps reduce interruptions due to network issues.
There is also tighter sync between speakers. Siri meanwhile can be be asked to play/pause music on any AirPlay 2 speaker, regardless of the manufacturer, or move sound from one room to another. Just ask Siri on the HomePod to “move the music to the living room” and it will.
AirPlay 2 is now more independent as well. Instead of constantly being interrupted by phone calls, games, or videos, AirPlay 2 can continue to stream.
Speakers with AirPlay 2 compatibility now appear in within the iOS Home app, and can be assigned an individual room like any other accessory. There, speakers can be played or paused, and included within favorites.
Presently, AirPlay 2 speakers cannot be included in HomeKit Scenes.
Where to buy
Multiple retailers carry the receivers and speakers shown above, many with added perks. B&H and Adorama, for instance, will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside New York and New Jersey (Colorado and Vermont residents, see here). Those with a Prime membership can take advantage of free expedited shipping on many audio solutions at Amazon as well.
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