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Bose this week quietly announced AirPlay 2 support for its line of "BoseSmart" smart speakers. The audio company revealed the added functionality via its official Twitter account and separately in a post on its community support forums.

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Introduced late last year, the BoseSmart range of speakers support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and Alexa voice activation. Models in the range that now support AirPlay 2 include the Bose Home Speaker 500 ($399), the Soundbar 500 ($549), and the Soundbar 700 ($799). Bose says the feature support is being delivered to eligible speakers as an over-the-air firmware update, via the Bose Music app.

As noted by HomeKit Hero, the company's announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Bose had previously given no indication that AirPlay 2 support was coming to its speakers, and the brand didn't appear on Apple's own third-party AirPlay 2 speakers list, which includes both available and upcoming products.

In its forum post, Bose mentioned it is still working on bringing AirPlay 2 compatibility to its SoundTouch speakers, which start at $199 and also include Alexa support, but offered no timeline for its introduction.

Article Link: Bose Adds AirPlay 2 Support to BoseSmart Speakers and Sound Bars
 

Brenster

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More support for Airplay 2 the better. But I’ll be keeping my Sonos, thanks!

Same here. Despite having Play3 in the kitchen and Play1 in the bedroom, the Connect in the lounge has gone mostly unused since replacing my Denon receiver with an Airplay 2 enabled one. Currently listening to early Floyd from my phone via AP2 and it is rather convenient indeed (and sounds at least as good as the Connect).
 

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Mojohanna32

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I have both, a Bose Sound Touch and a Sonos 1. I Hate the Bose. It never wants to connect wirelessly and when it does, it drops in and out.
 

caoimhin

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I love the sound of my HomePod, but I frequently have connectivity issues when trying to stream from my iPhone. Oddly, no issues when I ask the HomePod to play directly from Apple Music.

Sometimes my WiFi is a little wonky, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why Airplay streaming would be the only casualty.

As steaming is what I’m mostly interested in from a smart speaker, maybe I’ll look into the Sonos and Bose. Anyone have an opinion on the relative sound quality of these three?
 

colinchuang

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I love the sound of my HomePod, but I frequently have connectivity issues when trying to stream from my iPhone. Oddly, no issues when I ask the HomePod to play directly from Apple Music.

Sometimes my WiFi is a little wonky, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why Airplay streaming would be the only casualty.

As steaming is what I’m mostly interested in from a smart speaker, maybe I’ll look into the Sonos and Bose. Anyone have an opinion on the relative sound quality of these three?


Hi, AirPlay works great with Sonos. I have the beam and a One, and am waiting for these new speaker lamps from Ikea to arrive. But I have a Bose Soundbar 700 too which I can now test with Airplay. This will make or break. The Sonos AirPlay is seamless ✌️
 

AngrofMayfair

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Bose were originally on the Airplay2 list but that was close to 2yrs ago and more recently were not listed on the official Airplay2 sign ups...
Bose have been promising Airplay2 support on the SoundTouch range as ‘coming soon’ ever since Airplay2 was announced by Apple and it has still not appeared and probably never will as the SoundTouch models are now old product, replaced by a newer and non compatible range.
Would advise strongly to avoid Bose as they promise many things but do not deliver. The Bose forums are full of angry SoundTouch owners that have ongoing issues with connectivity and lack of promised features..
 

colinchuang

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Yep. This is true. They make damn good headphones though ✌️
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Bose were originally on the Airplay2 list but that was close to 2yrs ago and more recently were not listed on the official Airplay2 sign ups...
Bose have been promising Airplay2 support on the SoundTouch range as ‘coming soon’ ever since Airplay2 was announced by Apple and it has still not appeared and probably never will as the SoundTouch models are now old product, replaced by a newer and non compatible range.
Would advise strongly to avoid Bose as they promise many things but do not deliver. The Bose forums are full of angry SoundTouch owners that have ongoing issues with connectivity and lack of promised features..

Yep. This is true. They make damn good headphones though ✌️
 
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AngrofMayfair

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Yep. This is true. They make damn good headphones though ✌️
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Yep. This is true. They make damn good headphones though ✌️

That’s also true, I have the QC30 Buds, did have the QC35’s but sold and replaced with Sony’s latest and they seem to be rated as better than QC35.
I think Bose should be very worried - they no longer have the edge with a lot of their consumer product...
 

I7guy

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That’s also true, I have the QC30 Buds, did have the QC35’s but sold and replaced with Sony’s latest and they seem to be rated as better than QC35.
I think Bose should be very worried - they no longer have the edge with a lot of their consumer product...
I’m not sure about this. Specifically the qc35 are supposed to have the edge in comfort and can connect to two sources. Sony has always made good products, but it’s always an individual choice. I have the qc35 and love them. I think the interface and use of the qc35 are better than the Sony based on the features/functions.
 
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AngrofMayfair

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Totally agree that it’s an individual choice but it appears that Bose no longer is king as far as ANC and I have confirmed that by direct comparison in a noisy environment...
But yes the QC35 have some great features that the Sony’s lack and vice versa...
I also have the Sennheiser PXC550 and they have more features than both the Sony and Bose combined.
But then they lack as far as comfort and ANC capability...
It’s all down to individual preferences...
BTW, I don’t agree that Sony make great products, IMHO most of their stuff is rubbish, designed to die just out of warranty. Had so many Sony gadgets (including a $5000 PJ) do this

I wonder if/when someone will come out with a set of wifi and Airplay capable headphones?
 
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I7guy

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Well I don’t know about Sony’s anc, but I bought the Bose qc35 ii on a impulse due to a flight from Phoenix to NY. I wore the qc35 nearly the entire flight and the performance was phenomenal and comfortable. So if the Sony’s are better it wouldn’t make a difference and I would go for comfort, features and use. Ymmv.
 
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emiliosic

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It's actually not a surprise. When I got the Bose 500 speaker at pre-launch, Bose 'promised' Airplay-2 support.
They support Alexa and Google will also be supported eventually (Sonos is also takeing its sweet time with Google Assistant integrations).
These speakers have a much better processor, whereas the HomeTouch had an older embedded system. They're building these new systems to catch up with Sonos.
Now, if I'm playing something from my mac on either the Sonos or Bose speaker, and I utter "Alexa, Pause", multi-room AirPlay also pauses everywhere.
 

scottlitch

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I'm still waiting for my SoundTouch products to receive the AirPlay 2 update. I bought the LS 650 and ST 20 in 2017! I was told that AP2 was coming "soon" by the rep that sold me the equipment in '17.
 

scottlitch

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I'm still waiting for my SoundTouch products to receive the AirPlay 2 update. I bought the LS 650 and ST 20 in 2017! I was told that AP2 was coming "soon" by the rep that sold me the equipment in '17.
Here I am in August 2019 still waiting for the promised Airplay 2 functionality to be added to my LS650 and ST20. I'm pissed off!
 
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