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Here are all the receivers and speakers that are getting AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 is a small but important addition to Apple's platforms, allowing audio to be played 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 Dec. 7]

AirPlay 2



Apple



Apple HomePod





Bang & Olufsen



BeoSound 35





Bluesound



Bluesound Pulse 2i



  • 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


Bose



Bose Home Speaker 500



  • Home Speaker 500 — Early 2019
  • Soundbar 500 — Early 2019
  • Soundbar 700 — Early 2019


Denon & Marantz



denon-avr-x8500h





Devialet



Devialet Phantom





Libratone



Libratone-Zipp





Naim



Naim Mu-so





Sonos



Sonos Beam





Yamaha



In a statement to AppleInsider on June 27, Yamaha said only that the company "has not made any announcement about AirPlay 2 support."

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.