Best AirPlay 2 Speakers iMore 2019

If you're reading this, then chances are high that you use an Apple device that is capable of AirPlay 2. With AirPlay, you can "throw" audio from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to a receiving device, such as a speaker. There are a lot of AirPlay 2 compatible speakers out there, so we've rounded up the best of the best for you right here!

Go for Sonos: Sonos Beam

Staff Favorite

Sonos Beam is a compact soundbar that plugs into your TV via HDMI-ARC, but it's equipped with AirPlay 2 support. It delivers rich and mighty sound that fills the room, and even works with other services like Amazon Alexa. It's one of our top choices for wireless speakers.

$399 at Amazon

The one and only: Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod is the best option if you want an AirPlay 2 speaker. It's smart with Siri integration, super-rich sound quality that fills the room, and your favorites are just a voice command away.

$299 at Apple

Classy and unique: Bang & Olufsen A9

This unique speaker features 480 watts of powerful sound and intuitive touch control. It has a distinctive design that will spice up any room, and it has built-in streaming services and Internet radio.

$2700 at Amazon

Compact and high quality: Bang & Olufsen M3

The M3 from Bang & Olufsen is class and elegance wrapped up in a small and compact package. It delivers high-quality sound that fills up entire rooms, thanks to the natural materials that boost the acoustics.

$295 at Amazon

More boom: Bang & Olufsen M5

If the M3 isn't enough, then the M5 should be. This speaker features True360 Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound for an immersive and rich listening experience. It can also be paired with A6 and A9 speakers for seamless audio throughout the entire house.

$530 at Amazon

Sound cone: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2

This unique looking speaker is sure to catch the eye of guests. Thanks to the cone shape, the BeoSound 2 delivers full 360 degree sound, so your entire room will be filled with rich audio quality. It connects to other B&O products.

$2250 at Amazon

Multi-room system: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35

This speaker from Bang & Olufsen comes with the BeoSound 35, a black cover, and a table stand. It's a great way to start your multi-room setup with Bang & Olufsen. The BeoSound 35 also comes equipped with integrated music services like Spotify, Deezer, and more.

$2472 at Amazon

Home theater audio: Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 Wireless Soundbar

The HS2 soundbar comes with a subwoofer, and together, you'll get two bi-amplified mid-woofers and two tweeters with four channels of amplification. There is even Dolby Digital support, so you can get incredible sound quality from your TV. And since it supports AirPlay 2, you can even use this home theater soundbar with your Apple devices.

$757 at Amazon

Go for the gold: Devialet Phantom

This decently-sized speaker packs quite a punch. The audio quality sounds like a full-on concert experience, as it packs in 4500 watts and frequency ranges of 14Hz to 27kHz and 108 db. It also supports multi-room and uses all wireless sources, including AirPlay 2.

$2990 at Amazon

Fully immersive: KEF LSX Wireless Music System

The LSX features a 4" Unit-Q driver that delivers astonishing clear sound over 160 degrees for a truly immersive experience, no matter what room you're in. You won't be listening to the music, but rather feeling it. The LSX also comes in several color options to complement your home.

$1100 at Amazon

Affordable and high quality: Libratone Zipp 2

The Libratone Zipp 2 is a portable Wi-Fi + Bluetooth speaker that supports AirPlay 2. It delivers rich sound with deep bass, full midrange, crisp highs, 100 watts of power, and 360 degree FullRoom acoustics. It also pairs with up to nine other Libratone devices. Also Amazon Alexa compatible.

$299 at Amazon

A smaller Zipp: Libratone Zipp Mini 2

If the price tag of the normal Zipp is too much, the Zipp Mini is $50 cheaper and packs the same high-quality audio that the company is known for. It also comes with pretty much the same features, just at a more friendly price point.

$249 at Amazon

Home theater quality: Marantz AV7703 Home Theater Preamp/Processor

Marantz AV7703 is a fully-featured home theater system with 11.2 channel processing and Dolby Atmos support. It also has built-in HEOS multi-room technology, and supports 3D and 4K Ultra HD audio.

$1599 at Amazon

Sleek and elegant style: Naim Mu-So

The Naim Mu-So delivers super rich sound through 450 watts with six amps and 32-bit DSP. This is the speaker that audiophiles will want to listen to, and it streams music from any source, including AirPlay 2.

$999 at Amazon

More affordable Naim: Naim Mu-So Qb

If you want the Naim Mu-So quality, but can't justify spending a grand on a speaker, then the Mu-So Qb may be a better fit. It delivers sound through 300 watts, has multi-room capability, streams in 24-bit/192kHz, and it's a small and compact size for any room.

$699 at Amazon

Affordable smart speaker: Sonos One

The Sonos One is a fairly affordable smart speaker that delivers high-quality audio that we've come to expect from Sonos. It also connects with other Sonos speakers for a full home audio experience, and it has Amazon Alexa built-in.

$179 at Amazon

Ultimate wireless speaker: Sonos Play:5

Sonos' Play:5 is one of the best wireless speakers you'll find on the market. It delivers big and powerful sound through six amplifiers and six dedicated speaker drivers.

$499 at Amazon

The full Sonos experience: Sonos Playbase

The Sonos Playbase provides full-theater sound for your TV and also wirelessly streams music through AirPlay 2 and Amazon Alexa. The slim, low-profile design of the Playbase is made to fit beneath your TV, but it still manages to fill up the room with great sound. The Playbase also connects with your other Sonos speakers for the true experience.

$699 at Amazon

App-driven setup: Bose Soundbar 500

With a slim design, the Bose Soundbar 500 has been designed to provide a powerful experience in a small footprint. Offering Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay 2 compatibility, the device works with various integrate music services.

$549 at Amazon

Bose's best: Bose Soundbar 700

The best performing sound bar from Bose, the 700 offers a sophisticated design with exceptional sound. Featuring Amazon Alexa built-in, the bar can play your music, answer questions, control smart home devices, and more. It includes an eight-microphone Array to ensure superior voice pickup.

$799 at Amazon

Beatiful design: Bose Home Speaker 500

Offering wall-to-wall stereo from a single speaker, the Bose Home Speaker 500 plays integrated Wi-Fi services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, and Audible. You can also connect via Bluetooth. Available in black and white.

$399 at Amazon

Lots of choices

The number of AirPlay 2-compatible speakers continues to grow with each passing month. As you can see above, some of these are best described as budget choices while others are luxury picks.

Our personal favorite is the Sonos Beam, because it's a small and compact soundbar that packs a huge punch in terms of audio quality and is enough to fill up small to medium-sized rooms. You should also check out the Libratone Zipp 2, which besides AirPlay 2 integration supports Amazon Alexa. Another fav: the oh-so-iconic Devialet Phantom, one of the most expensive speakers around.

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