Airplay Stories August 27

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

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

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.

Airplay Stories April 24

expiredAirPlay 2 and iTunes support make Samsung’s 65-inch 4K Smart TV compelling: $1,100 (All-time low)

Amazon is offering the Samsung 65-inch 4K Smart TV (UN65RU8000FXZA) for $1,099.99 shipped. Also available at Best Buy. That’s $300 off the price it was fetching there earlier this month and beats the lowest price we have tracked by $98. A couple of months ago we reported that several of Samsung new TVs would gain support for AirPlay 2 and streaming of iTunes movie and TV show purchases. Well, this is one of the supported TVs, with Samsung promising a firmware update release in Spring 2019. With inputs including 4x HDMI, 2x USB, Ethernet, and more, this set will make a great addition to any home theater. Reviews are still rolling in for this new unit, but Samsung TVs are reputable.

Airplay Stories February 14

While this McIntosh may not be made by Apple, the attention to detail in McIntosh Lab’s new Wireless Loudspeaker System certainly matches up with what we’d expect to see if it were. Dubbed the RS200, this powerful speaker system is a clear step up from McIntosh’s nearly two-year old RS100.

This should not come as too much of a shock when considering the RS100 is a bookshelf form-factor that sells at 1/3 of the price. That being said, features like AirPlay 2 and Alexa support make McIntosh’s latest release a no-brainer when going all-in on audio equipment. expand full story

Airplay Stories October 9, 2018

If you recall reading our coverage of Devialet’s Phantom and Phantom Gold releases, you will likely remember that these are not your average speakers. Much like Bang & Olufsen’s Edge, Devialet’s speakers are meant to not only offer a stellar sound experience, but to also make a fashion statement. With Devialet’s announcement of its upcoming Phantom Reactor speakers, it is clear that the company still has this goal in mind. expand full story

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