Apple reveals which third-party speakers will work with AirPlay 2 multi-room audio

Turns out only one speaker is on the market so far

Apple has shared a list of speakers that will work with its recently-announced AirPlay 2 multi-room audio support.

There are 33 speakers on the list that will support the function, but as of right now, the Apple Home Pod is the only speaker that works with AirPlay 2.

AirPlay 2 works by letting more than one audio device connect to iOS and tvOS devices at a time. The big draw of this feature is that it will allow users to set up multi-room audio without having to commit to one speaker brand, as is the case with Sonos.

The AirPlay 2 connection protocol uses Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, however, so a lot of existing speakers are not equipped to accept the signals.

There are quite a number of small usability tweaks that have been added to this new update, as well. Users can control the volume of individual speakers from their phone. Additionally, getting a phone call won’t stop a users music from playing, instead, users can take the call on their phone while their music keeps playing on the AirPlay-enabled speakers.

A lot of these features have been baked into iTunes, so if you’ve been using Bluetooth speakers with iTunes, AirPlay 2 unlocks a lot of that functionality on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Home Pod.

Here is a full list of upcoming speakers that will support AirPlay 2.

  • Apple HomePod
  • Beoplay A6
  • Beoplay A9 mk2
  • Beoplay M3
  • BeoSound 1
  • BeoSound 2
  • BeoSound 35
  • BeoSound Core
  • BeoSound Essence mk2
  • BeoVision Eclipse (audio only)
  • Denon AVR-X3500H
  • Denon AVR-X4500H
  • Denon AVR-X6500H
  • Libratone Zipp
  • Libratone Zipp Mini
  • Marantz AV7705
  • Marantz NA6006
  • Marantz NR1509
  • Marantz NR1609
  • Marantz SR5013
  • Marantz SR6013
  • Marantz SR7013
  • Naim Mu-so
  • Naim Mu-so QB
  • Naim ND 555
  • Naim ND5 XS 2
  • Naim NDX 2
  • Naim Uniti Nova
  • Naim Uniti Atom
  • Naim Uniti Star
  • Sonos One
  • Sonos Play:5
  • Sonos Playbase

To learn more about AirPlay 2 check out Apple’s webpage here.

Source: Apple Via: 9to5Mac