AirPlay 2 on HomePod and Sonos

by Volker Weber

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As I already mentioned, AirPlay 2 seems to run a lot better on HomePod than on Sonos. I did a simple test to find out how robust both are.

I started playing Purified Radio in the Podcast app on iPhone and then selected one HomePod and one Sonos Playbase as the target in AirPlay 2. It took a few seconds to connect to both and then I had to hit Play in the Podcast app once more to start playing.

Then I disabled Wifi in the iPhone and started a stopwatch.

About 38 seconds later, the Sonos Playbase stopped playing, and at 1:55 HomePod also ran dry. This means you can walk out of Wifi-Range for half a minute with AirPlay 2 on Sonos, but almost two minutes on HomePod.

Be aware that AirPlay 2 is not a checklist feature. It can be implemented in different ways.

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