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

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in iPhone edited December 7
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.
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  • Reply 1 of 40
    IanSIanS Posts: 30member
    Hoping ONKYO jumps on board soon.
    watto_cobraargonaut
  • Reply 2 of 40
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,701administrator
    IanS said:
    Hoping ONKYO jumps on board soon.
    We'll update when we hear anything about it.
    watto_cobraargonaut
  • Reply 3 of 40
    ivauaivaua Posts: 4member
    I wish Apple updated Airport Express with AirPlay 2 at least as a farewell... 
    MacProwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 40
    mf2kmf2k Posts: 6member
    What about the Beats Pill?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 40
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,701administrator
    mf2k said:
    What about the Beats Pill?
    This is all there is, right now.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 40
    AppleishAppleish Posts: 72member
    Lots of luck if you have a Denon/Marantz. Their firmware updates are famously slow to market. I've been waiting for a year and a half for the "coming soon" Dolby Vision update for my Denon. 
    watto_cobrarezwits
  • Reply 7 of 40
    scotyscoty Posts: 8member
    Waiting for Denon avrx 2200
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 40
    ivanhivanh Posts: 236member
    Appleish said:
    Lots of luck if you have a Denon/Marantz. Their firmware updates are famously slow to market. I've been waiting for a year and a half for the "coming soon" Dolby Vision update for my Denon. 
    I have Denon. I don’t see a reason to use Airplay2. When you’re enjoying surround music or cinematic movies, you just relaxing sitting there. Why jumping around?
  • Reply 9 of 40
    laytechlaytech Posts: 123member
    No Yamaha, they were one fo the first to adopt AirPlay?
    libertyforallwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 40
    gutengelgutengel Posts: 158member
    Any receiver with a 3mm headphone jack that you can attached to any speaker on the horizon?
  • Reply 11 of 40
    ivanh said:
    Appleish said:
    Lots of luck if you have a Denon/Marantz. Their firmware updates are famously slow to market. I've been waiting for a year and a half for the "coming soon" Dolby Vision update for my Denon. 
    I have Denon. I don’t see a reason to use Airplay2. When you’re enjoying surround music or cinematic movies, you just relaxing sitting there. Why jumping around?
    Not the point. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 40
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 3,701administrator
    As of this minute, 8PM ET on June 14, marked by this comment, this list is complete. 
  • Reply 13 of 40
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,128member
    Denon has more models that will become Airplay 2 enabled sometime in August I believe.  Mainly the "h" models with the HEOS networking chip. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 40
    Any talk about Bose in the future?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 40
    The new Marshall multi room speakers missing from the list. It’s supposed to get AirPlay 2.
    watto_cobrahmurchison
  • Reply 16 of 40
    libertyforalllibertyforall Posts: 1,250member
    laytech said:
    No Yamaha, they were one fo the first to adopt AirPlay?
    Yea, and the company that makes their AirPlay software announced AirPlay 2 compatibility, so no excuses unless they just want to push MusicCast instead.  *rolls eyes*  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 40
    polymniapolymnia Posts: 893member
    ivaua said:
    I wish Apple updated Airport Express with AirPlay 2 at least as a farewell... 
    considering Sonos couldn’t retrofit anything older than the second gen Play:5 to AirPlay 2, I’m not terribly surprised that the airport Express isn’t getting the update either.

    it seems airplay 2 requires significantly better processing & memory than AP 1. 
  • Reply 18 of 40
    Boom! Just like that there is a market for AirPort Express again.  People that have nice speakers that aren't getting AirPlay 2 can add it for about $30-$50 if they go trolling on eBay.
  • Reply 19 of 40
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 6,021member
    mbenz1962 said:
    Boom! Just like that there is a market for AirPort Express again.  People that have nice speakers that aren't getting AirPlay 2 can add it for about $30-$50 if they go trolling on eBay.
    Couldn’t they use an ATV to do it as well? Provided the ATV outputs to a receiver where the nice speakers are. 
  • Reply 20 of 40
    davendaven Posts: 472member
    As long as Apple keeps backwards compatibility with Airplay 1, I'm ok as it works fine on my Denon AVR 2113CI.
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