Written by Kaylee Wood | Last update: April 28, 2020
Amongst seas of AirPlay devices like Apple TV, Chromecast AirPlay supported device, Miracast, JBL AirPlay speaker, B&O, iHome, etc, which one should you buy in 2019, what are the pros and cons of these AirPlay devices? To make sure you spend the wise money on the most cost-effective and cogent AirPlay devices, take a look at the reviews below:
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What is AirPlay may not be new to you as you already have one or more Apple devices bolstering this integrative wireless streaming protocol to become eligible senders, which include iOS devices, iTunes-installed Mac, or Windows (assume you could live with iTunes for Windows). First introduced 13 years ago as AirTunes, this successor of Bluetooth technology arrived at iOS AirPlay compatible devices in 2010 and embraced Screen Mirroring - the trick to replicate everything on a sender to receiver.
Brands and models of AirPlay devices start to increase as manufacturers got the protocol stack from its owner and implemented accordingly to hardware devices. So what are the top 6 AirPlay compatible devices you should buy 2019? Read on to find out:
1. Apple TV 4th Generation
Price & Models: $199 for 64GB, $149 for 32GB
Introduced in 2015, the 4th generation of this AirPlay device is a product of integration based on its 2006 predecessor: Being the authoritative device developed by Apple, it's the best option to enjoy iOS-like experience from the tvOS Store basketing over 8,000 APPs as of the end of 2015.
Gearing into an HDTV, getting through a set of procedures, and this set-top box easily turns your display recognizable for other AirPlay senders. It's always glad to find the developers trying to incorporate state-of-the-art ideas into the latest models: 1080p streaming was realized back in Apple TV 3, followed by major upgrades in Siri (still half-baked when compared to that for iOS), and tvOS.
Feature-rich tvOS iTunes Store, definitely the best part about Apple TV, including a wide variety of game APPs will be able to help if you choose this AirPlay device. Learn more about Apple TV AirPlay and Apple TV screen mirroring before you decide on this smart tool.
2. Google Chrome Cast
Price & Models: $35
This small-sized AirPlay compatible device developed by Google, if not better than Apple TV in terms of content scope, is indeed an option worth considering if you have a mixed ownership of Android phones, iPhone/iPad, ChromeBook and computer.
Hitting the shelf at a much more favorable price than Apple TV, the 2015 new release of this AirPlay compatible device incorporates Apple's advantageous wireless streaming into its stock, followed by a more surprising 2016 release embracing 4K streaming and HDR content, overtaking its competitors by a margin.
Aside from standard Chromecast AirPlay, it's native protocol - Google Cast can be easily enabled to stream content from mobile-based, or PC-based APPs to an HD display.
3. AnyCast M2 Plus Dongle
Price & Models: $15.99
A little inferior than the rest of AirPlay devices, although AnyCast goes well with standard AirPlay, Miracast and DLNA, it wouldn't breakthrough the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Copy Protection) restrictions to wirelessly stream Netflix TV shows, and here's how you can do that - how to watch Netflix 4K content on TV.
You may expect a wide range of video formats to be channeled by this AirPlay device to an HD display, formats include: WMV, MP4, AVI, RMVB, DAT, MKV, DIVX, etc, and all functions going well with iPhone(iOS 7.0 or higher), iPad, Android phones, tablet PC working OS and wireless streaming can be rendered within 10 meters without hiccup.
4. AirPort Express Base Station
Price & Models: $99.99
Beyond a bare-bone AirPlay video device, Apple's AirPort Express is an universal solution that you can create wireless network when connected to DSL or cable modem. When AirPlay is enabled, this base station streams music to the very music speaker connected to it.
5. Harman Kardon Aura Recertified AirPlay Audio Receiver (Black)
Price & Models: $149.99
Probably the best combination of sleek performance & Hi-Fi capacity, this AirPlay device is also Blue-tooth enabled, pleasing audiophiles with its 6 mid-to-high-range 1.5" transducers and one 4.5"subwoofer. Eye-pleasing and highly-performative, both new and advanced users wouldn't be refusing this speaker.
6. Sabrent AirPlay Audio Device for Car
Price & Models: $29.99
The best option if what you're looking for is an AirPlay device for vehicles: 3.5mm AUX port to plug it to a home or car sound system. You may start AirPlay music to the surround system with Sabrent's built-in DLNA technology.
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