These Are the Speakers That Will Be Compatible with AirPlay 2

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Apple’s new AirPlay 2 streaming standard has been a long time coming. But after nearly a year in development, AirPlay 2 is finally live in iOS 11.4.
AirPlay 2 is an update to the standard streaming platform. Notably, it introduces multi-room audio, stereo pairing for HomePod, and the ability to ask Siri to play music in specific rooms or throughout a house. It also adds a number of under-the-hood improvements, like the ability to take phone calls without interrupting currently playing audio.
Currently, only Apple’s own HomePod supports AirPlay 2. But Apple has released a list of devices from several manufacturers that have been officially confirmed to adopt AirPlay 2 in the future. Those manufacturers include Sonos, Bang & Olufsen, Libratone and Naim, among others.
Confirmed devices, as of the writing of this article, are included in the following list.

AirPlay 2 Compatible Speakers

  • Beoplay A6
  • Beoplay A9 mk2
  • Beoplay M3
  • BeoSound 1
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BeoSound 2
  • BeoSound 35
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BeoSound Core
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BeoSound Essence mk2
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BeoVision Eclipse (audio only)
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Denon AVR-X3500H
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Denon AVR-X4500H
  • Denon AVR-X6500H
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Libratone Zipp
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Libratone Zipp Mini
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Marantz AV7705
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Marantz NA6006
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Marantz NR1509
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Marantz NR1609
  • Marantz SR5013
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Marantz SR6013
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Marantz SR7013
  • Naim Mu-so
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Naim Mu-so QB
  • Naim ND 555
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Naim ND5 XS 2
  • Naim NDX 2
  • Naim Uniti Nova
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Naim Uniti Atom
  • Naim Uniti Star
  • Sonos One
  • Sonos Play:5
  • Sonos Playbase
Of course, this list doesn’t represent every speaker that will be compatible with AirPlay 2 in the future — it’s just the ones that Apple has handpicked to announce thus far. The list will likely be updated as manufacturers confirm and reveal their own AirPlay 2-supported products.
Moving forward, products from Beats, Bose, Devialet, Polk, Bowers & Wilkins, Bluesound and Dynaudio will also support AirPlay 2. But exact models from those OEMs have yet to be confirmed.

AirPlay 2 Software Updates?

It’s also worth noting how users will get AirPlay 2 support. Some manufacturers have said that compatibility will be rolled out in a routine software update. At this point, that list includes Naim, Libratone and Sonos. For other OEMs, however, users will need to buy a whole new speaker to be able to use AirPlay 2.
As far as when the AirPlay 2 compatibility will officially launch, it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Bang & Olufsen announced that their set of speakers will be compatible with the updated streaming standard later this year. But other manufacturers, like Sonos, haven’t set any firm launch dates.

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