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    Apple's AirPlay 2 arrives today on Bluesound

    I recently spent some time with Bluesound at the CEDIA show in San Diego and can say this platform continuously gets better. Today is no exception in that AirPlay 2 is now available to all Bluesound customers with a Generation 2i product. 

     

    In the coming months we can also look forward to additional integrations between hardware manufacturers and the Bluesound platform. The time, expense, and expertise needed to create such a platform is way beyond anything the typical HiFi company can handle. Thus, Bluesound is a great fit for many manufacturers. The only problem is that many of them don't quite realize it yet :~)

     

    Anyway, here's a look at the pertinent information directly from Bluesound and pertinent information from Kirk McElhearn when he wrote about AirPlay 2 for us back in June, 2018 shortly after the release of this technology. 

     

     

     

     

    From Bluesound:

     

    "On December 11th, all Bluesound customers will be prompted to update their players to the latest version of BluOS, Bluesound’s award-winning, proprietary hi-res multiroom platform. For customers with Bluesound’s newest Generation 2i players, the software update will enable AirPlay 2. Gen 2i users can then stream music services, podcasts, audiobooks, movies, games, YouTube audio, TV sound and stored music from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer to any Bluesound Gen 2i player on the same WiFi network. The integration also gives Apple Music listeners the ability to control playback on their Bluesound Gen 2i using Siri voice control. 

     

    From streaming music to a NODE 2i in a hi-fi system to driving the latest Netflix movie soundtrack to a PULSE SOUNDBAR 2i, AirPlay 2 seamlessly integrates the power of iOS devices with the high-fidelity audio performance of Bluesound. Multiple Bluesound Gen 2i players can synchronously play the same stream, or users can opt to push different content to individual players around the home.

     

    The good news continues for Bluesound Gen 2i users with older Bluesound products in their home network. Using the BluOS Controller app, previous generation Bluesound players can be grouped with a new Gen 2i unit, allowing them to play the same AirPlay 2 streamed content.

    With AirPlay 2, Bluesound Gen 2i has become the ideal solution for Apple users looking for premium sound quality and seamless multi-room convenience."

     

     


     



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    I'm shopping for a soundbar and the Bluesound Soundbar Pulse 2i leads the pack due to their Roon capability.  What's shocking is how little any of their dealers actually know about their products.  Whether online or B&M.  It's quite pathetic honestly.  @The Computer Audiophile know of any dealers worthwhile?  I could easily go direct...

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    3 minutes ago, jtwrace said:

    know of any dealers worthwhile?

    I've had really good experiences at Audio Advice in Raleigh when I've done seminars there. HiFi Buys also has some smart guys. The other dealers I like to recommend don't cary Bluesound.

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    Is AirPlay 2 supposed to work like Spotify Connect, where you can turn off the phone/tablet controller and the music still plays?

     

    I've got a Node 2i but if I turn off the phone, music via Airplay 2 stops.

     

    Not sure if that's how Airplay 2 is supposed to work (like Airplay 1) or if there's something wrong with my unit and it's meant to continue playing like Spotify Connect?

     

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    2 hours ago, Em2016 said:

    Is AirPlay 2 supposed to work like Spotify Connect, where you can turn off the phone/tablet controller and the music still plays?

     

    I've got a Node 2i but if I turn off the phone, music via Airplay 2 stops.

     

    Not sure if that's how Airplay 2 is supposed to work (like Airplay 1) or if there's something wrong with my unit and it's meant to continue playing like Spotify Connect?

     

    AirPlay 2 still uses the old school, stream through your phone type of playback. Very lame. 

     

    Imagine if video went through our TV remotes. People would be up in arms. 

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    6 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    AirPlay 2 still uses the old school, stream through your phone type of playback. Very lame. 

     

    Jeeze, that's lame indeed.

     

    Spotify Connect and Chromecast do it properly.

     

    Apple's always gotta go against the grain.

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    16 minutes ago, Em2016 said:

     

    Jeeze, that's lame indeed.

     

    Spotify Connect and Chromecast do it properly.

     

    Apple's always gotta go against the grain.

    Apple and DTS Play-Fi do it this way. However, if you use Apple Music and a HomePod, audio will route to the speaker straight from the internet as it should. Lame indeed. 

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    1 minute ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    Apple and DTS Play-Fi do it this way. However, if you use Apple Music and a HomePod, audio will route to the speaker straight from the internet as it should. Lame indeed. 

     

    I can forgive Airplay 1 for working that way but I would have thought while developing Airplay 2 that they tested Chromecast and Spotify Connect and thought "this is better".

     

    Even power consumption perspective, for the iPhone or iPad or Macbook that's controlling (and streaming, in the case of Airplay) the playback...

     

    Wonder why it's limited to HomePod. Ah well, it is what it is.

     

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    I have Roon but have been checking out the Spotify and Apple Music apps to see how much has improved in the last 2 years.

     

    Man, the Spotify UI and library and radio is fantastic and Spotify Connect to the Node 2i is brilliant.

     

    If Spotify ever go ahead with the CD quality streaming they were testing back in 2017... my Roon usage would drop to just my local hard drive music that's missing on streaming services and the bulk of my listening would be Spotify (90% of my stuff is on streaming).

     

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