Best AirPlay speakers: the 6 best Apple-friendly wireless speakers in 2018

Best AirPlay speakers: Sonos Beam

AirPlay is the standard for wireless streaming you will use if you prefer the Apple kit, but to fit that standard, you need some real speakers: and we have some great AirPlay speakers for you.

AirPlay (and AirPlay speakers) are back in the headlines, with the protocol to see more devices, and AirPlay 2 – the next generation of Apple's own advanced proprietary wireless platform – now on-site.

AirPlay 2 turns the streaming standard into a suitable multiroom platform and even adds Siri integration to speakers that would never have been used before.

To prepare for this upcoming renaissance of Apple-friendly wireless speakers, here are the best Apple AirPlay speakers on the market.

The best AirPlay speakers in 2018:

Best AirPlay speakers: Sonos Beam

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1. Sonos Beam

This is the AirPlay-friendly soundbar we've been waiting for

Great compact design

Suitable for HDMI ARC

Fantastic sound

No Dolby Atmos

If you're looking for an AirPlay loudspeaker that can not only stream music but can also process TV audio, the Sonos Beam is the best option you can buy.

It's a fantastic soundbar for its price, one that takes full advantage of the Sonos ecosystem and that of Apple, and is a pleasure to use (and set if your television has HDMI ARC). The smaller form factor makes it a device that can comfortably be placed next to a 32-inch TV, but it has enough of a footprint to not be overshadowed by a much larger set.

If you are an Apple enthusiast who is also looking for additional functionality (such as Amazon Alexa support and the possibility of multi-room audio via Sonos products), then you can not do better than this for an AirPlay speaker.

Read the full review: Sonos Beam

Best AirPlay speakers: Naim Mu-so Qb

Best AirPlay speakers: Naim Mu-so Qb

2. Naim Mu-so Qb

Great sound and stylish looks in a small AirPlay-ready package