Apple’s only first smart speaker HomePod officially supports the wireless technology out the box, but the things have changed now. AirPlay 2 is finally out into the real world.
During a separate event to talk about new technology, Sonos has officially confirmed it will be rolling out a software update to add support for Apple’s new Airplay 2 for three of its speakers, includes Sonos One, the Sonos Play:5, and the Sonos Playbase. But again, we have got no release date timescale to circle on the calendar just yet, nevertheless, we know that date may be revealed sooner rather than later.
Another news report is also making rounds this week. Speakers company Sonos has also held an event of its very own, announcing a new sound bar as well as confirming that it will be adding AirPlay 2 support to some of its existing speakers next month.
Kicking in, we have new things or hardware in the shape of the Sonos Beam. A traditional sound bar, the speaker is designed to sit beneath a TV and then be used as an external speaker other than having to listen through tiny in-TV speakers instead.
Older speakers with Sonos brand won’t be getting updated to support AirPlay 2, due to the limitations with their processors. However, there is a bit of a loophole here. You can simply pair older Sonos speakers with the newer models in order to get support for AirPlay 2. So you could relatively pair a Sonos Play:1 with a Sonos Playbase, for instance, and have Airplay 2 functionality live.
About Sonos Beam Sound Experience with Airplay 2 Support
The Sonos Beam features a three-channel system that aims to create left, right, and center channels, which should by mean be a real deal when watching content like movies that traditional TV speakers can sometimes struggle to place within the room.
Then the Sonos Beam also promises a “clear, room-filling sound” with Bass but that is not all that is notable. The beam also includes Alexa, means support for Amazon Prime and its speakers, making it a fully fledged smart speaker just like other recent Sonos releases.
Costing $399, the Sonos Beam will ship globally on July 17th with support for Google Assistant coming at a later date.
Speaking of other additions and things that will happen later. Sonos also confirmed that the Beam, as well as the One, second-generation Play:5 and Playbase, will all also support Apple’s new AirPlay 2 standard via software updates – arriving next month.
Finally, the word has been given and this will allow all the aforementioned speakers to take advantage of everything AirPlay 2 offers including improved stereo pairing and more responsive playback controls. The software update will also allow Siri to be used to play music from Apple Music all without ever touching a button, only with your voice.
Sonos is undoubtedly a major player in the smart speaker arena thanks to its adoption of both Alexa and Google Assistant and it doesn’t really hurt that they sound great too.
If you are one looking to enter the Sonos ecosystem, then the Beam may just be your choice and a great place to start from right immediately.
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