Simplest AirPlay Speaker

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  1. Wegmans, Nov 21, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2016

    Wegmans macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Hello all,

    Can anyone recommend the simplest and most reliable airplay speaker? I have only used Bluetooth speakers and find them to be less than ideal as far as connectivity is concerned. I want to be able to play music from my phone and then easily play something from my laptop without fidgeting through menus or the speaker itself. Ideally I would have it out of reach because there's no need to touch it once you have it where you want it!

    I have a Libratone but it is so unreliable I'm not very trusting of the technology. It also "lags" behind video and gets out of sync.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. nnoble macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2011
    I bought a Denon and would do so again without hesitation.
  3. techwarrior macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2009
    I use Apple TV connected to Soundbar (living room), AppleTV connected to Onkyo receiver (family room) and Airport Express connected to an Aux port on a Bluetooth speaker for outdoors. With this configuration, iTunes can output to these three, plus my Mac simultaneously to give me whole house audio. The AP Express can either be connected via Ethernet, or set to "Extend" my WiFi network without Ethernet. I use Ethernet, and the WiFi is optional on this unit if you don't need additional coverage if it is connected by Ethernet.
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Get a Chromecast for music. Apple's Airplay relies in part on Apple's routers, which are doomed. You can then use Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil to stream anything from your Mac to the Chromecast. Or use AllCast on your phone (it can't play DRM protected iTunes music though IIRC). And, depending where your music is stored or if you use Pandora, Spotify, etc, it might be better to invest in say an Amazon Echo or Dot. WAY better than Airplay unless you're locked into itunes.
  5. Wegmans thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Thank you for the suggestion. I see they have a black friday deal going on so I may take the plunge!
    --- Post Merged, Nov 22, 2016 ---
    Thanks for your reply. Sounds like you've got everything figured out!
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I've use Airplay for years without any Apple routers.

    In fact, I've used Airplay in a car where there was no router at all (by using an ad-hoc wi-fi network between two devices, an iPhone and a portable Airplay speaker from Pioneer).
  7. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    There's AirPlay support built into plenty of devices that are not made by Apple. Just because Apple may be reconfiguring its router business hardly means they're about to abandon a core standard of their ecosystem.
  8. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Airplay can do that too. There is inherent lag when using a wi-fi speaker. The application has to be coded correctly to be aware of the lag information and correct for it by delaying the video output by the same amount of time. Most of the popular video-based apps will do this, such as those from Apple, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

    But many apps do not compensate for that, and certain types of apps cannot do that because it wouldn't work right to have delayed video (such as games).
  9. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    Looking at the way Apple is going, Airplay might get shelved today or tomorrow. Chromecast is a better choice. Cheaper as well. Black Friday deal has it going for 25 apiece. I use this and it works flawlessly.
  10. Wegmans thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Thanks for your reply. It's good to know (though unfortunate) that there could also be lag over WiFi.
  11. Teon macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2016
    thanks to the author, I'll buy myself a audio circuit
    it will also be convenient!

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