DTS today announced that Apple’s AirPlay 2 media-beaming technology with multi-room audio support is now available on the McIntosh RS200, a wireless loudspeaker system, and the affordable Arcam rPlay home music streamer.
This is just a start as DTS has promised to bring AirPlay 2 compatibility to additional Play-Fi products later this year, but wouldn’t say which ones. The Play-Fi ecosystem includes 200+ premium products like speakers, set-top boxes, Hi-Fi receivers and other audio gadgets.
This is an important announcement given that products in the Play-Fi ecosystem come from well-known brands like McIntosh, Arcam, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Klipsch, Soundcast, MartinLogan, Definitive Technology, Phorus, Integra, Onkyo, SVS Sound and Wren Sound.
These gadgets also feature Alexa compatibility.
Aside from Apple’s own devices, AirPlay 2 is supported on Smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG and other manufacturers, in addition to compatible speakers from Sonos, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins and others. All AirPlay 2 devices automatically appear as audio sources in the Home app for iPhone, iPad and Mac and all AirPlay menus throughout the system and in apps.
Apple’s AirPlay 2 page details all of the features of the peer-to-peer protocol. For the full list of all the compatible devices, be sure to check out a dedicated AirPlay 2 section found on Apple’s webpage which details all of the smart home devices that are compatible with HomeKit.