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Sonos AirPlay 2: How to get started and what to expect

Sonos AirPlay 2: How to get started and what to expect

The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is out, and if you've always wanted your iPhone, iPad, and Macs to play more with your Sonos speakers, this may well scratch that itch. Though the AirPlay 2 support isn't limited to Sonos, the speaker-maker's streaming system is one of the best known, and its integration one of the more polished. Read on for how to get started, how to use AirPlay 2 on Sonos, and what else you need to know.

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Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

Sonos Beam Review: AirPlay 2, Alexa, and TV harmony

Sonos' vision of entertainment has always been more open house than invite-only, and with Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2, and the Google Assistant on the horizon, the new Sonos Beam epitomizes that ethos more than ever. The $399 speakerbar isn't just a more affordable version of the company's Playbar and Playbase models, but the smart guts of the Sonos One packed into a louder, TV-friendly enclosure. Question is, does the Beam's house party go without a hitch, or are all these assistants bad neighbors?

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Yamaha YAS-108 sound bar is ultra-slim with 3D sound

Yamaha YAS-108 sound bar is ultra-slim with 3D sound

Yamaha has announced its new YAS-108 sound bar, a low-profile audio offering designed to blend seamlessly with a home entertainment setup. The company calls the YAS-108 a reimaging of its most popular sound bar, one that adds a single-chassis design with a low profile and "simple TV connections."

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Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos Beam hands-on: Big sound, bigger promises

Sonos has built its reputation on making streaming, whole-home music easy: now, with the Sonos Base, it wants to oust remote controls from your coffee table. Revealed today, the shrunken speaker bar relies on Amazon Alexa and some clever connectivity to streamline the living room, but as I discovered that doesn't mean Sonos has forgotten about sound quality too.

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Sonos Beam is new $399 smart speakerbar

Sonos Beam is new $399 smart speakerbar

Sonos has revealed its latest speaker, the Sonos Beam, a smaller soundbar that wants to be both your music and your home entertaining speaker. Unveiled in San Francisco, CA today, it also includes the same Alexa support - with more smart assistants in the pipeline - as the Sonos One.

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The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is coming in July

The Sonos AirPlay 2 update is coming in July

Sonos is bringing AirPlay 2 to its speakers in early July, allowing its connected devices to be linked with Apple's own HomePod in multi-room systems. Launched back in late May, AirPlay 2 saw Apple expand its streaming system from its own hardware, allowing third-party speakers to be linked in multi-room configurations and remotely controlled, en-masse, from an iOS or macOS device.

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Sonos speakers and turntable bundle sets bring modest discounts

Sonos speakers and turntable bundle sets bring modest discounts

Sonos has launched a new series of bundle sets that include both speakers and turntables, enabling new customers to get entire systems for their home or office. The bundles range from two-speaker sets intended for two rooms all the way up to four speaker bundles, entertainment sets with soundbars, and even a couple bundles that include turntables.

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Sonos smart home theater speaker with HDMI appears at FCC

Sonos smart home theater speaker with HDMI appears at FCC

Documents newly surfaced at the FCC indicate Sonos is preparing to launch a new smart speaker product for the home theater market. The smart speaker has the model number S14 and features an HDMI port, at least based on the FCC filing, instead of the optical output found on the maker's other home theater products.

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Alexa Blueprints will DIY you straight to the dark side

Alexa Blueprints will DIY you straight to the dark side

I'm a luddite when it comes to our future AI overlords, but when I saw how fun Amazon Alexa Skill Blueprints were, I gave in. Or at least I expect to give in a little bit. When I'm able to customize Alexa's responses to my questions, that's where I change a tune. When I "see how easy it is to create a skill with blueprints," I sort of lose my mind and go into silly mode.

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HAY Sonos One Limited Edition speakers come in three new colors

HAY Sonos One Limited Edition speakers come in three new colors

Sonos has teamed with Danish design brand HAY to launch limited edition versions of the Sonos One speakers. The new lineup is called the HAY Sonos One Limited Edition Collection, and it features green, red, and yellow variants of the model. The new colors appear to be a temporary addition to Sonos' catalog, but the company teases that other products may be launched in collaboration with HAY in the future.

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Beoplay P6 is the most chic bluetooth speaker of them all

Beoplay P6 is the most chic bluetooth speaker of them all

There's a new smart speaker in town, and it comes from B&O PLAY. That's a Bang & Olufsen brand, and it means this speaker's gonna be banging out the beats in a top-notch fashion. This speaker was designed by industrial design master Cecilie Manz, creator of some of the world's most elegant modern devices and high-end furniture today.

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Urbanears Lotsen shrinks speaker lineup size but keeps its best features

Urbanears Lotsen shrinks speaker lineup size but keeps its best features

Urbanears is back with a new compact wireless speaker, Lotsen. The model's design mirrors the maker's Stammen and Baggen models, though Lotsen has a smaller size (and price tag) for more modest needs. As with both of those models, Lotsen features physical control dials and an angular, square shape, and it can be used as part of a multi-room audio setup.

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