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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

AirPlay 2 speakers: these are the speakers that will use Apple’s big streaming update

Want to be AirPlay 2 ready? This is the kit you need

Apple has released iOS 11.4 which means we all get to finally try AirPlay 2, Apple's streaming feature that has been in development for almost a year now.

AirPlay 2 is Apple's updated way to store content to TVs and other devices. It's built for video and audio but it's the audio side that everyone's interested in as it means you can pair two Apple Homepod speakers, arguably a feature that really should have been available day one of the Homepod’s release.

While AirPlay 2 is currently only in use by the Homepod, Apple has released a list of a number of manufacturers confirmed to be using AirPlay 2 when it becomes more widely available. Given some manufacturers will want to announce the big news themselves in some sort of stereo-paired reveal, not all the compatible speakers are mentioned but at least it will give you an idea of those in the mix.

The following are set to benefit from Apple AirPlay 2. Incidentally, if you are wondering when the third parties are looking to get AirPlay 2, then Bang & Olufsen have just announced that, for its speakers, AirPlay 2 will be available in August and September of this year.

There's, of course, the Apple HomePod. But consider also a number of other manufacturers primed to take advantage of Airplay. They include:

AirPlay 2: Sonos

Sonos One
Sonos Play:5
Sonos Playbase

AirPlay 2: Bang & Olufsen

Beoplay M3
BeoVision Eclipse (audio only) 
Beoplay A6
BeoSound 1 
BeoSound 2 
BeoSound 35 
BeoSound Core
BeoSound Essence mk2
Beoplay A9 mk2 

AirPlay 2: Libratone

Libratone Zipp 
Libratone Zipp Mini

AirPlay 2: Naim

Naim Mu-so QB
Naim Mu-so
Naim ND 555
Naim ND5 XS 2
Naim NDX 2
Naim Uniti Nova
Naim Uniti Atom
Naim Uniti Star

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