We’ve covered Bluetooth speakers in a few different price ranges in the past, but sometimes a Bluetooth speaker isn’t what you need. They’re great if you want to listen to music at the beach, but if you’re trying to sync up multiple speakers in your house they’re not always the most efficient. For that, you’re better off finding speakers that connect to your home Wifi. One of the ways to do this is via Apple Airplay. Before we get into the picks, it’s worth asking: What is Airplay?
Airplay is an Apple feature that allows iOS devices to wirelessly stream content to other devices. This allows you to stream anything that is stored locally on your source device (like movies, music, or pictures) to an external monitor or speaker. It’s that second option we’re going to focus on because not all speakers are Airplay compatible, but the ones that have the capability are worth taking a look at. Airplay speakers have some benefits that Bluetooth ones do not, like the ability to play music simultaneously through multiple speakers. Because they’re all connected to the same Wifi network, you can choose to play your music through multiple speakers at once if you have them set up correctly. Some Bluetooth speakers, like the UE Boom and some JBL products, let you do this via Bluetooth but it’s not as seamless and only works within standard Bluetooth range.
With Airplay you can play music through a single source device and have speakers on opposite sides of the house (or even in the yard) play in sync. This isn’t the only method of doing that, as Sonos has made a name for themselves with their ecosystem of Wifi speakers, but Airplay speakers are growing in popularity. This got us wondering what are some of the best Airplay speakers we’ve come across? I’m sure you want to know as well so here’s our list.
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As more and more speakers receive Airplay compatibility we’ll be sure to update this list with the best ones we come across. Make sure to check out some of our other best lists below if this wasn’t exactly what you were looking for.
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