Airplay speakers have made a come back after remaining dormant for a while now. They are known for their amazing sound quality as compared to its Bluetooth counterpart. For all our Apple device lovers whether its iPhones, iPads or MacBooks, we have once in a while encountered connectivity problems when it comes to good speakers or a really cool sound system. Bluetooth speakers just don’t cut it for us. Also the fact that Bluetooth speakers can only transmit from a single audio source to a speaker whereas Airplay has the ability to send audio to multiple speakers at the same time.

Another great aspect of Airplay is that unlike Bluetooth speakers, its range isn’t limited. Its audio is relatively of a higher quality because it does not compress files the way Bluetooth speakers usually do. The only things that made Airplay speakers slightly less efficient were that they weren’t android friendly, until now as a new range of speakers are being introduced that have overcome this hurdle.

Top 5 Airplay Speakers 2018

We’ve made a list of what we think are the top five Airplay speakers.

1. Apple HomePod

Apple HomePodThis is more than just a speaker intended for good music experience. The HomePod is the only smart Airplay speaker and when we say smart, we mean artificial intelligence kind of smart. It contains an easy access to Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. As a speaker, it delivers an amazing audio experience.

Siri monitors user’s music taste and makes some fine suggestions from the music stored in Apple’s database. Furthermore, it can control other home smart products, set an alarm, timer, reminders and answer basic questions.

As a speaker, it is equipped with one large woofer and six microphones are positioned around the speaker right next to it touch sensitive surface that functions as its top. It can detect sound from as far as coming from another room. Another unique quality is its ability to alter sound according to space, so rest assured, your audio is bound to be crisp clear no matter where the HomePod is placed.

2. Harman Kardon Aura Plus

Harman Kardon Aura Plus

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The Kardon Aura is a small yet uniquely dome shaped speaker with an interestingly captivating design. It can be a great addition to contemporarily styled living spaces. It produces sound at 360 degrees with a room-filling bass. With a 4.5” subwoofer attached to its 6 high and midrange drivers, along with an array of 1.5” speakers installed around the base in the front, it delivers a powerful audio with the clarity of sound.

It also might be the ultimate solution when it comes to connectivity as it supports Bluetooth, DLNA, Spotify and of course, AirPlay. Physical inputs such as one for an auxiliary cable and a USB port are available for those who prefer hard-wired connections.

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3. Libratone ZIPP

Libratone ZIPP

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The company’s only product in the wireless speaker category that supports AirPlay. This boombox comes in a unique variety of colors, this Airplay speaker despite its small size can create an impressive quality sound. It can be linked to six speakers at a time. Perfect for a little extra sound quality during a round of gaming. Libratone, with a battery life of about 10 hours, it is designed to support Airplay 2 as well.

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4. Riva Arena

Riva Arena

It is as fancy as in sounds. Although it comes with a relatively expensive battery pack which has a runtime if about 20 hours but the sound quality it offers is excellent. Another fancy feature? It’s splash proof. Great for those outdoor pool parties and barbecues. Its features are as close to Sonos One, as they can get with the additional ability to support AirPlay. The only drawback to it is that it’s far more costly than its actual worth.

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5. Bang and Olufsen Beoplay M3

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay M3

The Beoplay M3 is an addition to its series. It is more practical, size and price wise as compared to other speakers in the series. It has the potential to become a really good alternative for Sonos One. Its features include a very good quality loud audio output, modern tech design and an easy to use setup. It is compatible with Bluetooth, Google Cast, Spotify Connect, and AirPlay.

One downside may be its price. It may be the most economical the among its series, but there isn’t a significant margin between Sono One’s price.

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