AirPlay has finally made its way to Sonos speakers

Sonos supports AirPlay2

Sonos does a good job of guiding you in making the HDMI connection between your TV and the Beam and enabling the ARC function, even going as far as giving fairly tailored advice by TV brand. You can also ask Siri to play music in multiple locations that include AirPlay 2 supported speakers. Sonos also ported Amazon's voice-powered Alexa technology to its speakers last fall. Apple's smart speaker supports AirPlay 2, too, and you can ask Siri on the speaker to play music across your Sonos setup. Head below if you'd like to skip to adding your AirPlay 2 compatible Sonos speaker (s) to the Home app for HomeKit/Siri functionality.

AirPlay 2 support comes to Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbase, and the second generation Play:5. Whilst the company has successfully carved a path to being a consumer favourite that also has won the hearts of some custom project owners, there's an aspect of Sonos' work with Alexa voice control that seems fairly fragile.

The upgrade has been expected.

Enjoy AirPlay 2 on your entire Sonos system. But, if you have older speakers, you can group them with these newer devices in the Sonos app.

The document states Amazon can withdraw from the partnership with "limited notice", taking away was marketed as the key selling point at the time of the launch of the Sonos One past year, and leave the audio company scrambling to find a replacement provider. That means that even non-AirPlay compatible speakers like Playbar or Play:1 can reap the sonic benefits of our AirPlay 2 integration, provided theyre grouped with one of our newer, AirPlay-friendly devices in the Sonos app. “With AirPlay 2, you can effortlessly stream just about any sound from your iPhone or iPad to one of our AirPlay-compatible speakers.

Now you'll have control of all the speakers via your Lock screen or Control Center. If you have a HomePod, that should have automatically updated to the latest OS version with AirPlay 2 support back when Apple released it in late May. You should be prompted to do that when you next open the controller app on your phone.

We'll first take a look at updating the Sonos app and then your Sonos speakers. They'll all need to be plugged into power, of course, and Sonos cautions that things could go awry if you inadvertently unplug them partway through the update. Over the coming months, Airplay 2 will be enabled on speakers from Bang & Olufsen, Libratone, Denon, and others.

What do you do if you're Sonos?

If you want Siri support, meanwhile, there's a final step there. That also means that they can be assigned to rooms within the home and given suitable names as well.

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