Best AirPlay 2 Speakers iMore 2021

If you're reading this, then the chances are high that you use an Apple device that is capable of AirPlay 2, so to take your tunes to the next level, you need one of the best AirPlay 2 speakers. With AirPlay 2, you can "throw" audio from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to a receiving device, such as a speaker, and it stays in-sync as you move from room to room. There are a lot of AirPlay 2 compatible speakers out there, so we've rounded up the best AirPlay 2 speakers around.

Sonos Beam

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.

Apple HomePod in Space Gray

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!

Bang Olufsen A9 4th Gen speaker in White

Classy and unique: Bang & Olufsen A9 4th Gen

This unique speaker features 480 watts of powerful sound and intuitive touch control. It has a distinctive design with multiple finishes that will spice up any room.

$3,000 at Amazon
Bang & Olufsen M5 Speaker in gray

Ethernet too: Bang & Olufsen M5

B&O's M5 sports a more traditional look, but still brings the noise with 360-degree sound. The M5 is also one of the few AirPlay 2 speakers available that features an ethernet port to keep things simple.

$580 at Amazon
Bang & Olufsen M3 Speaker in silver

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
Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar and subwoofer on a white background

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.

Devialet Phantom Premiere in Gold

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 $2,991 at Amazon
KEF LSX speaker system in red

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.

Libratone Zipp 2

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.

Naim Mu So 2nd Generation

Sleek and elegant style: Naim Mu-So 2nd Generation

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.

Sonos Five in Black

Ultimate wireless speaker: Sonos Five

The Sonos Five is one of the best speakers on the market and delivers big and powerful sound through six amplifiers and six dedicated speaker drivers.

Bose Soundbar 700 in white on a white background

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.

AirPlay it!

AirPlay 2 is an incredibly easy way to send the tunes from your devices to speakers all around the home wirelessly. Through Siri voice commands, or via Control Center on your iPhone or iPad, you can send your favorite tracks to these booming speakers. Because they use the latest and greatest audio tech from Apple, they all magically stay in sync.

We love 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. If you are looking for a portable speaker, you should 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 and powerful speakers around.

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