These are the Denon and Marantz speakers that are getting AirPlay 2

High-end audio accessories manufacturers, Denonand Marantzhave both begun publishing firmware updates for their devices to make them compatible with Apple’s AirPlay 2.

What this means to you?

What this means to you is that if you happen to own any of these supported accessories you can look forward to using AirPlay 2 on those devices as part of your multi-room audio set-ups, possibly along with HomePods, iOS devices and Macs. You can even stream Apple Music through these systems.

Which Marantz systems will support AirPlay 2?

If you already own one of these systems, you likely already have it installed as part of a high-end audio system. If that is the case, then the good news is that one of the cheapest units (the $499NR1608 AV Component receiver) will let you pour high-quality Apple Music streaming through your system. If you don’t, then the price of these things may help illustrate why HomePod’s high-quality music playbackcan be seen as such a good deal, though most of the below also work with Alexa (which you may choose to switch off).

[Also read: 18 Siri commands for HomePod AirPlay 2 users]

The following Marantz systems will support Apple’s wireless audio tech as firmware updates ship:

  • Marantz     ND8006 Network CD Player, normal price $1,199.
  • Marantz     NR1508 AV Component receiver (above), normal price $549.
  • Marantz     NR1608 AV Component receiver (works with Alexa), $499.
  • Marantz     SR5011 7-channel AV receiver, $699
  • Marantz     SR5012 7-channel Ultra HD AV receiver, $549
  • Marantz     SR6011 AV component receiver, $899

  • Marantz     SR6012 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD Network AV Surround Receiver (above), $899.
  • Marantz     SR7011 Full 4K 9.2 Channel receiver, $1,399
  • Marantz     SR7012 Marantz Audio Video Receiver Audio & Video Component Receiver, $2,199
  • Marantz     AV8805 AV Audio Component PreAmp, $4,499
  • Marantz     AV7704 Pre-Amplifier Audio Component Amplifier, $2,199
  • Marantz     AV7703 Pre-Amplifier Audio Component Amplifier, $2,199
  • Marantz     SR8012 Audio Video Receiver Audio & Video Component Receiver, $2,999
  • Marantz     NR1509 AV component receiver, $549.
  • Marantz     NR1609 AV component receiver, $749

Which Denon systems will support AirPlay 2?

Owned by the owner of Marantz (Sound United), Denon makes its own annoyingly named but acoustically lovely range of high end audio components. Most of these systems also support Alexa, Bluetooth and other forms of audio streaming.

  • Denon                 AVR-X4300H (pictured below), Full 4K AV receiver, c.$1,299
  • Denon                 AVR-X6300H 11.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver, $1,499
  • Denon                 AVR-X8500H 13.2 channel AV receiver (this can drive multiple AV feeds), $3,999
  • Denon                 AVR-X6400H, Full 4K UHD system, $2,199
  • Denon                 AVR-X4400H, 9.2 Channel Full 4K UHD Network AV Receiver, $1,599
  • Denon                 AVR-X3400H, 7.2 Channel Full 4K UHD Network AV Receiver, $599
  • Denon                 AVR-X2400H, 7.2 Channel Full 4K UHD Network AV Receiver $499

  • Denon                 AVR-X1400H, 7.2 Channel Full 4K UHD Network AV Receiver, $399
  • Denon                 AVR-X1500H, 7.2 Channel 4K UHD Network AV Receive, $614
  • Denon                 AVR-X2500H, AV Component receiver, $799
  • Denon                 AVR-X730H, no longer available.
  • Denon                 AVR-X930H, no longer available.
  • Denon                 AVR-X640H, no longer available.
  • Denon                 AVR-X740H, no longer available.
  • Denon                 AVR-X940H, no longer available.

The complete listing of these devices provided by The Poor Audiophile.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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