Airplay Stories November 5, 2019

expiredSony’s 4K HDR, Bluetooth-equipped 5.2-Ch. A/V Receiver falls to $178 (35% off)

Amazon is offering the Sony 5.2-Channel 4K HDR A/V Receiver (STRDH590) for $178 shipped. Matched at Walmart and Target. That’s $100 off the going rate found at retailers like BuyDig and is a match for the lowest price we have tracked. This 5.2-channel A/V receiver supports 4K HDR pass-through and Dolby Vision. Wireless audio can be streamed easily thanks to built-in support for Bluetooth. Ports along the back include HDMI, optical audio, RCA, and more. Rated 4/5 stars.

Airplay Stories October 19, 2019

expiredAirPlay 2 support headlines Samsung’s 55-inch 4K TV at $423, more from $270

Electronic Express via Rakuten is offering the Samsung 55-inch 7 Series AirPlay 2 4K TV (UN55RU7100FXZA) for $422.99 shipped when coupon code XP52 has been applied during checkout. Note: You will need to be logged in to a free Rakuten account to use this code. That’s $75 off the going rate found at retailers like Amazon and is one of the best offers we’ve tracked. With support for AirPlay 2 along with iTunes movies and TV show content streaming, this unit could allow you to live without Apple’s set top box. Those with Assistant or Alexa devices around will be able to control volume, power, and more using voice only. Ports found along the back include three HDMI inputs, one component-video input, and two USB. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Airplay Stories October 18, 2019

Leading up to and following the release of Apple HomePod, we’ve seen a large spike in top-tier audio products combined with smart speaker functionality. With the largest tech companies making their own speakers, it’s undoubtedly more difficult for those primarily-focused on audio to compete on a mainstream level. To garner attention they must deliver something drastically different or make lofty claims. Linn Series 3 takes the latter approach, promising the ‘best sounding wireless speaker in the world.’ expand full story

Airplay Stories August 27, 2019

Sound bars have covered a lot of ground over the last decade. Technology like Dolby Atmos has significantly reduced the gap between surround systems and a mere sound bar with subwoofer. Simple connectivity seems to be the latest push in the space with the launch of two new Denon AirPlay 2 sound bars.

Dubbed DHT-S516H and DHT-S716H, both new models are marketed as premium with 4K HDMI input(s), Class-D amplification, and HEOS, for easy to manage multi-room playback with compatible speakers. Users of Alexa or Google Assistant will also be able to control these sound bars when using either voice assistant.

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Airplay Stories July 6, 2019

expiredAirPlay 2 makes Libratone’s Zipp Speaker stand out: $100 (Refurb, Orig. $299)

Today only, Woot is offering the refubished Libratone Zipp AirPlay 2 + Bluetooth Smart Speaker for $99.99 Prime shipped. If you are not a Prime member, Woot will charge $6 for shipping. That’s $125 off the going rate in new condition at Amazon and is a match for the lowest price we have tracked. For those looking to expand the reach of AirPlay 2 in their home, Libratone Zipp is a hybrid solution that can do that and function as a Bluetooth speaker when away from Wi-Fi. It made our list of affordable HomePod alternatives, and its ability to go mobile is a feature that made it stand out to us. Customers will receive a 90-day warranty from Libratone. Rated 4+ stars from over 70% of reviewers.

Airplay Stories June 14, 2019

expiredAirPlay 2 + Bluetooth make Libratone Zipp versatile: $100 (Refurb, Orig. $300)

Today only, Woot is offering the factory-reconditioned Libratone Zipp AirPlay 2 Portable Speaker for $99.99 Prime shipped. If you are not a Prime member, Woot will charge $6 for shipping. Originally $300, this speaker is currently $235 at Amazon in new condition, saving you $135 and making this deal the lowest we have tracked. With Airplay 2 baked right in, you can purchase several to create a multi-room playback experience. Since AirPlay 2 is an open platform, you can stream music to multiple speakers across different brands without a problem. Libratone touts that customers can expect 10 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. Customers will receive a 90-day warranty with their purchase. Rated 4+ stars from 70% of reviewers.

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