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AirPlay 2 Arrives: Which speakers support Apple’s multi-room audio tech?

Apple has rolled out iOS 11.4, which finally includes the AirPlay 2 technology first announced almost a year ago.

The company’s answer to the Sonos home audio networking system was supposed to arrive alongside the AirPod speaker in February, but has been absent until the end of May.

To commemorate the arrival of the tool, which also enables stereo sound from two linked HomePod speakers, Apple has published a list of the third-party devices that also support AirPlay 2.

The list (via AppleInsider), which sits on the HomeKit accessory page, includes speakers from Beoplay, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Naim and Sonos.

Related: Apple HomePod review

Under the ‘Speakers’ section, Apple mentioned the support has been ‘announced’ for those products, but not when the respective audio firms will roll out the multi-room audio tech.

Apple has also teased support from the likes of Bowers & Wilkins, Bose, Marshall and Pioneer, but it seems that support will be announced later.

The full list is as follows:

Beoplay A6
Beoplay A9 mk2
Beoplay M3
BeoSound 1
BeoSound 2
BeoSound 35
BeoSound Core
BeoSound Essence mk2
BeoVision Eclipse
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

iPhone users will be pleased to see AirPlay 2 support come to so many third-party speakers, especially given the mixed reception afforded to Apple’s expensive HomePod speaker.

While the sound quality is certainly highly regarded and befitting of its £319 price point, the Siri integration still leaves a lot to be desired.

Rumours are afoot that Apple will be launching a more affordable HomePod in the coming months, in order to compete with the Google Home and Amazon Echo range.

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