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5 Best AirPlay Speakers in 2018

Bluetooth speakers are constantly getting better, but AirPlay speakers are already amazing. AirPlay speakers work over Wi-Fi and play uncompressed audio transcoded using the Apple Lossless codec from an AirPlay sender, which can be a computer running iTunes or an iOS device such as the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

Best AirPlay Speakers

In this article, we bring you 5 best AirPlay speakers available in 2018 so that your favorite songs can be just a few taps away regardless of whether you’re washing the dishes, resting in the bed, or working on a project.

Naim Mu-so Qb

Naim is a British company with well over a decade of audio engineering experience and several highly successful products under its belt. The Mu-so Qb wireless music system offers authoritative sound in a compact package and features that even some of the most sophisticated home listening systems could envy it.

At its heart is a 32-bit digital signal processor. This processor processes audio data from several possible sources, including AirPlay, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, UPnP, Internet Radio, USB, and analog and digital inputs. An array consisting of five speakers angled perfectly to create a left-right dispersion asymmetry then produces room-filling sound with astonishing clarity, depth, and resolution.

The Mu-so Qb wireless music system is multiroom-ready and can be effortlessly combined with other Naim products, such as the original Mu-so, which is the company’s first wireless music system. Configuration is done either with a touch display or the Naim app. The app is available for iOS and Android devices, and it provides comprehensive control over all the features and components of the Mu-so Qb wireless music system.

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

The rigid airship whose design has inspired Bowers & Wilkins may be remembered mostly for its spectacular crashes, but the company hopes that its Zeppelin Wireless AirPlay speaker will be remembered for its glorious sound and attractive features.

The oval case hides a 150 mm subwoofer that uses an ultra-long-throw voice coil for deep, clean bass even at the highest volume level. The speaker additionally features FST (Fixed Suspension Transducer) midrange cones for detailed and accurate vocals, as well as crystal-clear tweeters for sparkly highs. All these components are individually driven by several dedicated audiophile-grade class D amplifiers with an efficiency that easily exceeds 90 percent.

The Zeppelin Wireless speaker supports both AirPlay and Bluetooth, and it has an Ethernet port, allowing it to be connected directly to your local network. You can control the Zeppelin Wireless speaker remotely using the Bowers & Wilkins Control app, and the same app also helps you set up the speaker after you turn it on for the first time.

Libratone ZIPP

The Libratone ZIPP is a fun and highly portable AirPlay speaker that begs to be carried from place to place and used both indoors and outside. It features Libratone’s FullRoom technology, which radiates sound waves in all directions to fill every place with rich and detailed sound. When one Libratone ZIPP speaker isn’t enough, you can pair up to 6 of them together in the same place or in multiple rooms.

Apart from AirPlay, the Libratone ZIPP also supports Bluetooth and Spotify Connect, allowing you to stream audio from virtually any device. The speaker has a built-in rechargeable battery that allows it to last for up to 10 hours, and you can personalize it by changing its fabric cover to match your mood or the décor of your home.

To help you control and connect the speaker, Libratone has released a handy smartphone app. With this app, you can control multiple Libratone ZIPP speakers at the same time and choose the perfect audio setup to match the dynamics of your room for each speaker.

Riva Arena Compact Multiroom Speaker

In many ways, the Riva Arena speaker can be seen as a more affordable alternative to Apple’s HomePod. The Riva Arena features the company’s patented audio technology to give you stereophonic sound in each speaker. Inside the boxy housing with round edges are six powerful ADX drivers, each delivering up to 50 watts of power while reproducing more of the musical spectrum than any comparable product, according to the manufacturer.

We appreciate the presence of a 3.5 mm analog audio input as well as a single USB Type A connector for music playback from USB flash drives and other USB storage devices. The same USB Type A connector can also be used for charging other electronic devices, including your smartphone or smartwatch. Of course, the Riva Arena is a wireless speaker first and foremost, supporting Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and DLNA.

You can also purchase a useful battery stand for the Riva Arena speaker for just $99 and enjoy up to 20 hours of cordless listening. The battery stand is available in black and white, and so is the Riva Arena speaker.

GGMM E5 Wireless Smart Speaker

The GGMM E5 is a nice throwback to the days of portable transistor radios. But unlike the radios of the previous era, the GGMM E5 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AUX connectivity as well as support for Amazon Alexa and hands-free phone calls.

Inside the speaker is a large rechargeable battery that supports up to 15 hours of playtime and gives you the option to comfortably listen both indoors and outside. The already excellent portability of the GGMM E5 speaker is further improved by the inclusion of a removable leather strap.

Just like speakers back in the day, the GGMM E5 has dedicated volume, bass, and treble adjustment knobs, something you don’t see at all these days. Multiple GGMM E5 speakers can be connected together to cover a larger area with sound, which is a welcome bonus considering that all your friends are going to want this excellent smart speaker too once they see you use it.

Best AirPlay Speakers

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