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Yamaha to Bring AirPlay 2 Support to Select Devices This Month

Yamaha has announced that 15 of their audio devices will be brining AirPlay 2 support later this month. The additional feature will be brought to the devices via a firmware update. The release of these firmware updates will happen starting today and will be done across all 15 supporting devices by the end of April. The company is also bringing support of Google Assistant for over 70 devices.

Beginning this month, 15 current home audio products, including a sound bar, wireless speakers and AV receivers, will start offering Apple AirPlay 2 support, Qobuz high-res streaming services and expanded Spotify Connect capabilities. Additionally, starting tomorrow, over 70 Yamaha audio products will gain support for Actions on Google through an update to the Yamaha MusicCast app.

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The list of devices that will get AirPlay 2 support is as follows:

  • MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50 wireless speakers 
  • MusicCast BAR 400 sound bar 
  • RX-Ax80 series AV receivers 
  • RX-Vx85 series AV receivers 
  • RX-S602 slimline AV receiver 
  • ATS-4080 sound bar 
  • TSR-7850 AV receiver 
  • CX-A5200 AV preamp/processor 
  • XDA-QS5400 MusicCast multi-room streaming amplifier

Owners of these devices will get prompted for a software update to install and, once completed, will be able to use AirPlay 2 to stream music from iPhones, iPads, and iPods to their speaker.

Apple has been working with multiple vendors to bring support for the streaming protocol to speakers as it looks to broaden support for it. We can also expect to see support for it in smart TVs from a range of vendors, including Samsung and LG, later this year.

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