Apple AirPlay 2 Support Introduced in Onkyo and Pioneer Products

If you own an Onkyo/Pioneer AVR, Santa might have one last, late present for you.

by Andy Bassett Jan 18, 2019 at 9:58 AM

  • Onkyo and Pioneer recently announced that a firmware upgrade would see AirPlay 2 support come to selected network-enabled products.
    The announcement from the two interleaved companies came during CES 2019 and confirmed the following:

    The introduction of the feature would be via a firmware update scheduled for spring 2019 and the products involved would be Onkyo's TX-NR585, TX-NR686, TX-NR787, TX-RZ630, TX-RZ730 and TX-RZ830 AV Receivers plus the TX-8270 Network Stereo Receiver, and Pioneer’s VSX-S520, VSX-S520D, VSX-LX303, VSX-LX503 AV Receivers and SX-S30 Network Stereo Receiver.

    Onkyo’s recently announced TX-NR595 has AirPlay 2 included at launch as does Pioneer’s VSX-934 Network AVR, which was announced at CES 2019.

    AirPlay 2, first announced by Apple in 2017 and released in the latter half of 2018, is a wireless streaming protocol born out of the audio only, AirTunes protocol originally implemented in Apple’s software and devices.

    AirPlay 2 can stream audio, video and photographs, along with their included metadata, over Wi-Fi to receiving devices. It has the added bonus of supporting a whole house/multi-room experience, though it could be argued that this is now an expected standard in most consumers’ eyes as multi-room audio has taken off considerably while AirPlay 2 was waiting for launch.

    Now that it is finally here though Apple has been active in establishing partnerships with many hardware manufacturers to ensure that support for their protocol is present. This means that a ’mix-and-match’ approach to the speakers used throughout your home can be used if you do not wish to commit to a single ecosystem such as Yamaha’s MusicCast or SONOS speaker systems.

    CES 2019 saw a number of the major TV manufacturers announcing AirPlay 2 compatibility in their upcoming products - including Samsung, LG and Sony.

    Starting as separate Japanese consumer electronics corporations, Onkyo and Pioneer became intertwined when Onkyo purchased Pioneer's 'Home Electronics Corporation', in March 2015. In the same deal, Pioneer took a 15% stake in Onkyo.

    No word if the quoted list of products is closed or whether further models will be added.
    Has your Onkyo/Pioneer AVR been included? If so, what will mean for you? Or are you waiting patiently for inclusion in further announcements? Drop us a post in the thread.

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