Best AirPlay 2 Speakers iMore 2020

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 and is also equipped with AirPlay 2 support. It delivers a mighty sound that fills the room.

$399 at Amazon

The one and only: Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod is the best option if you want to use AirPlay 2. Offering super-rich sound quality that fills the room, this is the one you probably want!

$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.

$2,700 at Amazon

Compact and high quality: Bang & Olufsen M3

The M3 is class and elegance wrapped into a small package. It delivers high-quality sound, thanks to the natural materials that boost the acoustics.

$299 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.

$580 at Amazon

Sound cone: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2

This unique speaker is sure to catch the eye of guests. Thanks to the cone shape, the BeoSound 2 delivers a full 360-degree sound.

$2,250 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.

$799 at Amazon

Go for the gold: Devialet Phantom

The audio quality here sounds like a full-on concert experience, as it offers 4500 watts and frequency ranges of 14Hz to 27kHz and 108 db.

from $1,790 at Amazon

Fully immersive: KEF LSX Wireless Music System

The LSX features a 4-inch Unit-Q driver that delivers astonishing clear sound over 160-degrees for a truly immersive experience. It comes in several color options.

$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, and more.

$244 at Amazon

A smaller Zipp: Libratone Zipp Mini 2

If the price tag of the normal Zipp is too much, the Zipp Mini is cheaper and packs the same high-quality audio. It also comes with the same features.

$209 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 supports 3D and 4K Ultra HD audio.

$1,599 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. It streams music from any source, including AirPlay 2, of course.

$829 at Amazon

More affordable Naim: Naim Mu-So Qb

If you want the Naim Mu-So quality, but can't justify the price, then the Mu-So Qb may be a better fit. It delivers sound through 300 watts.

$579 at Amazon

Ultimate wireless speaker: Sonos Play:5

The Sonos Play:5 is one of the best speakers on the market and 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.

$499 at Amazon

App-driven setup: Bose Soundbar 500

With a slim design, the Bose Soundbar 500 provides a powerful experience in a small footprint. Offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay 2 compatibility.

$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. It includes Amazon Alexa built-in.

$549 at Amazon

Beautiful 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.

$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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