Sonos has today released the promised software update to make its latest speakers compatible with Apple’s Airplay 2 multiroom protocol. It allows you to wirelessly output TV audio from Apple TV.
Airplay 2 on Sonos
In April 2018, Sonos confirmed that its most recent products would be getting Airplay 2. As of today, the company’s speakers can enter into a multiroom setup based on Apple’s wireless multiroom system.
Airplay 2 is supported on Sonos Beam, Playbase, One, and the second-generation Play:5. Previous Sonos speakers will not be updated but if you have a single Airplay 2-enabled Sonos speaker, the rest can connect to the master unit via the company’s own multiroom protocol. However, this means that you will be missing out on certain functionality.
- “There’s more great stuff to stream than ever and we want to make it dead simple to enjoy it all on Sonos. That’s why we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Sonos platform: AirPlay 2,” the company said. “With AirPlay 2, you can effortlessly stream just about any sound from your iPhone or iPad to one of our AirPlay-compatible speakers. (That’s Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5, by the way.)”
Airplay 2 lets you wirelessly stream music from iPhone/iPad or Mac to multiple compatible speakers at home. The protocol is also supported on Apple TV4 / 4K, which allows you to wirelessly output TV audio to multiple speakers at home..
Apple HomePod was the first speaker to support Airplay 2 but Sonos is the first partner to roll out the required update. Over the coming months, Airplay 2 will be enabled on speakers from Bang & Olufsen, Libratone, Denon, and others. This will enable users to mix and match wireless speakers from different brands and connect them together through Airplay 2.
Sonos said that Airplay 2 furthermore enables users to use Siri voice commands. To be clear, Siri is not actually integrated in Sonos’ products but by asking Siri on an iPhone or iPad to “Play Drake in the living room” you can direct your music to speakers grouped into ‘living room’ from Apple’s Home app.
To get started you must download the free software update that is rolling out today.
Additional information from Sonos
Listen to more of your favorite apps out loud on Sonos. Using AirPlay 2, you can instantly send sound from any AirPlay-compatible iOS app to Sonos. That means you’ll have yet another easy way to use Sonos to listen to services like Apple Music, Spotify, Audible, Pandora, and dozens of others. AirPlay also lets you unlock sound from a whole selection of content apps and services. If it has an AirPlay icon, you can stream it on Sonos.
Control Sonos with Siri from your iPhone or iPad. Setting up AirPlay 2 on Sonos unlocks another exciting new feature: You can now use Siri to control Apple Music on Sonos. Using your iPhone or iPad, you can tell Siri what to play and where to play it. Try “Hey Siri, play Beats 1 Radio in the bedroom.” Or “Hey Siri, turn it up in the living room.”
It’s easy to set up: Just open up the Home app, select the plus symbol, then hit Add Accessory. Tap ‘Don’t Have a Code’ or ‘Can’t Scan’ and then select your Sonos speaker. Once it’s added, make sure to give it the same name as it has in the Sonos app. Tap ‘Done.’
Watch on your iPhone or iPad. Listen on Sonos. AirPlay lets you watch videos on apps like YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and many others and pipe the sound throughout your home on Sonos.
Curl up in bed with your iPad and an episode of Westworld on HBO Now with sound on your Sonos One (or better yet, a stereo pair of them). Show your friend that hilarious YouTube video on your iPhone and make sure he catches the punchline when you send the sound to your new Sonos Beam.
Switch between voice assistants—Or any other way to control Sonos. By enabling Siri to control Apple Music on Sonos, you unlock yet another option for controlling your home sound system. But you don’t have to stick with one method or the other; you can control Sonos on your terms.
After you’ve started the music with Siri, you can let Alexa adjust the volume or skip to the next song via your Sonos One, Beam, or any Alexa-enabled Sonos device (set up through the Sonos skill on your Echo device).
Of course, you can always jump back to the Sonos app or any other content service that works with Sonos through our direct control integration or via AirPlay. Start the music one way, then control it however you prefer.
Enjoy AirPlay 2 on your entire Sonos system. Even though AirPlay 2 is only supported on Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and Play:5, with any one of these speakers you can listen via AirPlay on your entire home sound system. That means that even non-AirPlay compatible speakers like Playbar or Play:1 can reap the sonic benefits of our AirPlay 2 integration, provided they’re grouped with one of our newer, AirPlay-friendly devices in the Sonos app.