Alles over AirPlay 2 speakers en receivers
Thanks to AirPlay 2, you can combine multiple speakers into a multi-room system. You can find which manufacturers participate in the overview below. Don’t want to search too long? Then we recommend choosing the Sonos One SL, which is for around 200 euros is in the shops. You can also purchase the regular Sonos One with voice control or get the IKEA Symfonisk bookshelf speaker.
Which AirPlay 2 speakers are there?
AirPlay speakers have been around for a few years and more and more manufacturers are adapting their products for AirPlay 2. Sometimes it means buying a new product, but luckily there are also manufacturers who release a software update for AirPlay 2 so that you can replace your existing ones. make speakers suitable for AirPlay 2.
Apple’s own HomePod, the Apple TV and the AirPort Express have been equipped with AirPlay 2 support for quite some time. With the AirPort Express you can turn an existing speaker into an AirPlay 2 speaker, but note that this device is available from Apple the range has been reached. So you will have to search the second-hand circuit.
Below you will find a list of speakers that are already suitable for AirPlay 2.
- Apple HomePod (available)
- Bang & Olufsen Beoplay and Beosound (various models)
- Bluesound PULSE (various models)
- Bose Home Speaker (300 en 500)
- Bose Soundbar (500 and 700)
- Bose SoundTouch (various models)
- Bose Lifestyle en Sound Touch (diverse modellen)
- Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar, Duo & Wedge
- Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin (2021-versie)
- Braun LE01 t / m LE03
- Cambridge Audio Evo
- CANTON (various models)
- Denon Home (various models)
- Devialet Phantom I and II
- Harman Kardon Citation (various models)
- Harmen Kardon Mult-Beam 700
- IKEA Symphonic (various models)
- JBL Bar and Link
- Libratone Zipp (various models)
- Naim (various models)
- Philips Fidelo on Soundbar
- Porsche Design soundbar
- Samsung HW models
- Sonos (all recent models)
- Tivoli Audio (various models)
- Yamaha MusicCast (diverse modellen)
Is your speaker not listed? Then check the overview on the Apple’s websitebecause it is impossible to be completely complete.
You can find these speakers at the online Apple Store, bol.com, Amac, MediaMarkt, Wehkamp and other parties. There are still a few names missing, such as Apple’s own Beats. Gradually, more and more suitable speakers are released. We regularly update this list as soon as more speakers are announced.
On this page at Apple you will find a list of speakers whose AirPlay 2 support is official.
Which AirPlay 2 receivers are there?
In addition to speakers, you will also find AirPlay 2 receivers in the store. These receivers usually require a software update to work. New products usually already have AirPlay 2 support.
You can see in this list which receivers officially support AirPlay 2:
- Arcam rPlay
- Bang & Olufsen Beosound (various models)
- Bluesound (various models)
- Bose SoundTouch SA-5
- Bowers & Wilkins Formation Audio en Duo
- Denon (lots of models)
- Devialet Dialog and Expert Pro
- Integra (various models)
- The JBL Synthesis model
- Libratone CAN
- Marantz (various models)
- Naim (various models)
- M10 BluOS Streaming Amplifier
- MDC BluOS 2i Module
- Onkyo (various models)
- Pioneer (various models)
- Sonos Amp en Port
- Yamaha (various models)
AirPlay 2 televisions
Maybe you are looking for a soundbar with AirPlay 2 for the television. In that case, you can also consider a TV with AirPlay 2, because there are more and more TVs that support it. You can choose from models from LG, Samsung and Sony.
Alternative: Connect speakers to Apple TV
If you have an unsuitable speaker, you can still use AirPlay 2 thanks to the Apple TV. Your television and speakers connected to it can play music via AirPlay 2 via the Apple TV. So you don’t connect directly to the speakers themselves, because all communication goes through the Apple TV. You need at least an Apple TV 4 or newer with tvOS 11.4 or later. So this will not work on the Apple TV 3 and older.
Not sure which Apple TV you have? Check out our list of Apple TV models.
Help, my speaker is not listed!
Manufacturers decide for themselves whether they give a speaker AirPlay 2 support. This depends on a number of factors, such as the age of the device, its technical specifications and the willingness of the manufacturer to cooperate. Some manufacturers have developed their own wireless technology and will see AirPlay 2 as a threat to it, or a lesser solution.
For example, manufacturers such as Sonos only release the update for specific models. This depends, for example, on the chip inside and the space that an AirPlay 2 firmware update would take up in memory. That is why older Sonos speakers often no longer receive support. The Sonos Play:1, for example, has too little processing power.
Pay attention to Sonos Playbar and Sonos One
However, please note that the combination Playbar and Sonos One or Play:5 (2nd generation) will not work. If you have set the Sonos One and Play:5 as surrounds, they cannot act as an AirPlay speaker. It is always the home cinema speaker that determines whether your setup is suitable for AirPlay. If that is a Playbar, you cannot use AirPlay.
If you want to use AirPlay 2 and the price does not matter that much, you can buy a HomePod. You have to go to Germany, France or one of the other countries for this, because the HomePod is not yet officially available in the Netherlands and Belgium. Sonos speakers are more easily available and if you want to go for more expensive brands, Marantz and Denon offer broad support.
Apple’s official list doesn’t include a date for each speaker, so you’ll have to follow individual manufacturers’ announcements to find out when the AirPlay 2 update for your favorite brand or speaker will be available. On iCulture, we also keep an eye on manufacturer announcements.
Want to know more about AirPlay 2 and how it works?