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

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in iPhone edited July 16
AirPlay 2 is a small but important addition to Apple's audio world, allowing streaming on multiple devices simultaneously. Here's a list of the compatible speakers and receivers so far, and as available, the dates AirPlay 2 support is expected. Updated on July 16 with Denon's AVR-X3600H receiver.

AirPlay 2

Apple

Apple HomePod

Arcam

Arcam rPlay
  • rPlay -- May 16 2019

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 -- April 2019
  • Soundbar 500 -- April 2019
  • Soundbar 700 -- April 2019
  • SoundTouch speakers --
    Coming soon

Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins
  • Formation Audio
  • Formation Duo

Denon & Marantz

Marantz NR1510

Devialet

Devialet Phantom

Harman Kardon

Harman Kardon Citation
  • Citation speakers -- Early 2019

KEF

KEF LSX Wireless Music System
  • LSX Wireless Music System -- June 2019

Libratone

Libratone-Zipp

McIntosh

McIntosh RS200
  • RS200 -- May 16 2019

Naim

Naim Mu-so

Pioneer

  • VSX-934 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver -- Feb. 2019

Savant

Savant Smart Soundbar
  • Smart Soundbar
  • SmartAmp -- Summer 2019

Sonos

Sonos Beam

Yamaha

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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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 60
    IanSIanS Posts: 33member
    Hoping ONKYO jumps on board soon.
    watto_cobraargonautverdespider
  • Reply 2 of 60
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,896administrator
    IanS said:
    Hoping ONKYO jumps on board soon.
    We'll update when we hear anything about it.
    watto_cobraargonautverdespider
  • Reply 3 of 60
    ivauaivaua Posts: 5member
    I wish Apple updated Airport Express with AirPlay 2 at least as a farewell... 
    MacProwatto_cobraverdespiderarthurba
  • Reply 4 of 60
    mf2kmf2k Posts: 11member
    What about the Beats Pill?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 60
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,896administrator
    mf2k said:
    What about the Beats Pill?
    This is all there is, right now.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 60
    AppleishAppleish Posts: 148member
    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 60
    scotyscoty Posts: 8member
    Waiting for Denon avrx 2200
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 60
    ivanhivanh Posts: 381member
    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 60
    laytechlaytech Posts: 150member
    No Yamaha, they were one fo the first to adopt AirPlay?
    libertyforallwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 60
    gutengelgutengel Posts: 332member
    Any receiver with a 3mm headphone jack that you can attached to any speaker on the horizon?
    verdespider
  • Reply 11 of 60
    AppleishAppleish Posts: 148member
    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 60
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,896administrator
    As of this minute, 8PM ET on June 14, marked by this comment, this list is complete. 
  • Reply 13 of 60
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,279member
    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 60
    Any talk about Bose in the future?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 60
    The new Marshall multi room speakers missing from the list. It’s supposed to get AirPlay 2.
    watto_cobrahmurchison
  • Reply 16 of 60
    libertyforalllibertyforall Posts: 1,302member
    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 60
    polymniapolymnia Posts: 939member
    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 60
    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 60
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 8,588member
    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 60
    davendaven Posts: 544member
    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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