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Will Sonos be the Best AirPlay 2 Speakers on the Market?
Multi-room audio capabilities of Sonos speakers combined with Airplay 2 support could be the future of how you listen to music.
Sonos & Airplay 2
In the market for a new wireless smart speaker but waiting to see what speakers will support the multiroom functionality of Airplay 2? Wait no more as Sonos has confirmed Airplay 2 support is coming later this year to a selection of its newer speakers via a free software update. This includes the Sonos One, Playbase, Play:5 Gen 2 and the Sonos Beam. Why will it not be available on its older speakers such as Play:1, Play:3 or Playbar you might ask? Here's a quote from Sonos on this topic:
"Like with laptops and mobile phones, sophisticated new features sometimes require new hardware. For example, adding voice control to the Sonos system required us to build a microphone into Sonos One. AirPlay 2 works in a similar way. The computing platforms and software architecture in some of the older Sonos players like Play:3 and Play:1 simply don’t have the horsepower to support AirPlay 2. The original Play:1, for example, has about 1/16th the processing power of its modern equivalent, the Sonos One. But by taking advantage of newer Sonos hardware, we’re able to make AirPlay 2 content available throughout the house on speakers old and new."
While this feature is on the way, current Sonos users already benefit from patented, drop-out free multi-room music capabilities along with access to the largest selection of music services and radio stations supported by any smart speaker. Voice control is currently supported by Amazon Alexa, and with Google Assistant support coming later this year, Sonos continues to offer its users an unbeatable feature list. But if you’re a newbie to Sonos, let’s first explore
Sonos, The Multi-Room Specialists
If you want something for your TV, then have a look at the new Sonos Beam with AirPlay 2 built in. It also has Amazon Alexa built in making it the ultimate smart soundbar for your TV.
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