Current Cyber Monday sales make now a great time to upgrade your audio setup to take advantage of Apple's AirPlay 2. Here are some of the speakers on the market compatible with the technology which are available right now at a considerable discount.
Apple's upgrade to AirPlay 2 enabled speakers using the protocol to be used a number of useful ways, more so than AirPlay. Multiroom audio systems can be controlled by AirPlay devices, including being able to add speakers to groups or within a HomeKit network, and to even use a pair in stereo configurations.
However, in order to take advantage of AirPlay 2's usefulness, you have to use speakers that support it.
What better way is there to use AirPlay 2 than to do so via Apple's own smart speaker? The HomePod features a seven-tweeter array with individual amplifiers and an upward-facing speaker to provide superior audio quality, while its six-microphone array enables it to be accurate when listening to requests from Siri.
Apple HomePod: $199.99 @ Best Buy ($100 off)
Apple HomePod White (New, Non-retail packaging): $188 @ OWC ($112 off)
If you have specific needs in mind for your home audio, another option is to use the wide array of speakers from Sonos. The range currently offered in deals goes from the simple soundbar of the Sonos Beam to the soundstage Sonos Playbase, and to the Sonos Sub as an accompaniment to an existing speaker setup.
For those who want a complete cinema experience, the Sonos 3.1 Entertainment Set combines the Sonos PlayBase with the Sub, while the Sonos 5.1 Surround Set combines the Beam, the Sub, and two Sonos One SL speakers. Lastly, some bundles are also available for other home purposes, such as Sonos Outdoor by Sonance with Amp for the garden, or there is also Sonos In-Wall and In-Ceiling by Sonance to keep your speakers heard but not seen.
Sonos One (Gen 2): $149 @ Adorama ($50 off)
Select Sonos products at Amazon: From $129* (20% to 28% off)
*Look for green clippable coupons on Amazon's product pages.
Bose is a well-known premium audio brand, one with a considerable history and widely regarded for its audio quality. While the Bose Soundbar 500and Soundbar 700 are areas to expect Bose to thrive, the company has also moved into making smart speakers, with the Bose Home Speaker 300 offering 360-degree sound and support for Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, as well as AirPlay 2 sources.
Bose Home Speaker 300: $199 ($60 off)
Bose Soundbar 500: $499 ($50 off)
Bose Soundbar 700: $699 ($100 off)
A highly portable option, the Libratone Zipp Mini 2 offers many of the same features as its larger counterparts, including 360-degree audio and space-sensing automatic EQ adjustment. The built-in support for Alexa will allow it to answer queries, whiile it is also capable of being used as part of a multi-room setup. The Zipp 2 offers the same functions as the Mini, but in a larger form and with 100W of power instead of 75W.
Libratone Zipp Mini 2: $183* ($46 off)*Look for green clippable coupon on product page.
Libratone Zipp 2: $195* ($46 off)*Look for green clippable coupon on product page.
If you want speakers that wouldn't look out of place in a home recording studio, the KEF LSX Wireless Music System is your best bet. Sold in pairs in a choice of five colors, the speakers offer over 160 degrees of coverage and a multitude of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, digital inputs, optical, 3.5mm aux, and even ethernet, as well as supporting AirPlay 2.
KEF LSX Wireless Music System (pair): $999.98 ($250 off)
On the more affordable side of things, Yamaha's MusicCast collection offer wireless connectivity, device pairing, and AirPlay 2 support. The MusicCast Bar 400 Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer is a good way to cheaply enhance your home cinema experience, while the MusicCast 20 Wireless Speaker can help turn it into a 5.1 channel version.
Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer: $349 ($100 off)
Yamaha MusicCast 20 Wireless Speaker: $199.95 ($30 off)
Additional Cyber Monday Friday deals
AppleInsider and Apple authorized resellers are also running additional exclusive savings on Apple hardware for Cyber Monday that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in bonus discounts on AppleCare, software and more. These deals are as follows: