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Airplay 2 for the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter

So after a long time Airplay 2 finally became available for SoundTouch speakers.

Sadly, the Wireless Link Adapter was excluded.

The official explanation from Bose:

 

@Andy_B wrote:

Hey everyone,

 

In an effort to support the majority of products while ensuring high-quality audio playback, we made a decision to release the firmware to support products that have fixed audio latencies. Our line of SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter and older Lifestyle systems have latencies that vary depending on connected accessories, which makes it hard to guarantee your audio will stream seamlessly and synchronized with all speakers in your AirPlay 2 group. 

 

 

I have the SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter hooked up to an old Bang & Ofusen stereo and I was looking forward to stream some music from my mac to it, using Airplay 2. So latency wouldn't have mattered in that case as I wasn't going to group the adapter to other speakers.

 

If in fact the latency-concerns are the only reason why Bose excluded the adapter then I think it would have been much appreciated if they had left it to the user to decide if some latency is acceptable or not. Apple provided Airplay 2 for their 2nd gen. Airport Express and Sonos offers a similar solution as well. Both of them also can't predict the latency of connected speakers.

 

Should the SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter be missing the necessary hardware to provide Airplay 2, then it would be nice to just have this confirmed and we can put a nail in that coffin.

 

 

If anybody else was waiting for Airplay 2 on the Wireless Link Adapter and could live with potential latency issues, let Bose know below. Maybe we can get more information about this from them.

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Re: Airplay 2 for the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter

Airplay 1 SoundTouch systems have an "AirPlay Optimization" option. It is there to fix an "Airplay [1] Delay Issue". It is not featured as an option in Airplay 2 systems.

 

If we cannot have Airplay 2 on other Bluetooth SoundTouch systems because of latency. Why can it not be also added to Bluetooth SoundTouch systems? Is Apple not allowing them to be certified?

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@NeonsNight wrote:

If we cannot have Airplay 2 on other Bluetooth SoundTouch systems because of latency. Why can it not be also added to Bluetooth SoundTouch systems? Is Apple not allowing them to be certified?

I think on other SoundTouch speaker systems, the latency is fixed and a known amount that can be programmed in to the Airplay 2 interface. Because the SoundTouch adapter has analog and digital audio interfaces, the overall latency is different for each one, and the Bose engineers can’t program in a set latency that will be correct for both audio outputs. If they picked one output’s latency (and really the only choice would be the analog one), I think the concern is that customers who use other outputs will experience unsynchronized audio and the subset who are uninformed will be calling in for technical support, or to complain, or will form and share negative opinions about Bose products and design. It leads to compromised product performance that might be hurtful to their reputation. Apple may also restrict Airplay 2 usage to devices that strictly conform to their spec. on synchronized audio, because a sub-performing system is hurtful to their image as well.

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@poiboy wrote:

I think on other SoundTouch speaker systems, the latency is fixed and a known amount that can be programmed in to the Airplay 2 interface. Because the SoundTouch adapter has analog and digital audio interfaces, the overall latency is different for each one, and the Bose engineers can’t program in a set latency that will be correct for both audio outputs. If they picked one output’s latency (and really the only choice would be the analog one), I think the concern is that customers who use other outputs will experience unsynchronized audio and the subset who are uninformed will be calling in for technical support, or to complain, or will form and share negative opinions about Bose products and design. It leads to compromised product performance that might be hurtful to their reputation. Apple may also restrict Airplay 2 usage to devices that strictly conform to their spec. on synchronized audio, because a sub-performing system is hurtful to their image as well.


There are a few assumptions there that if true would mean that other devices would be added. The SoundTouch Bose TV systems that are not included like the Lifestyle & Cinemate systems that have an external adapter would automatically be included since Bose knows the exact amount of delay they would have as it's all controlled by Bose from beginning to end. After all, the Wave ST IV got an update and it also has an external Bose adapter.

 

Also if it's a difference between optical or rca, then Bose could simply make an if statement for the delay, so if optical then this delay, if not then use another delay.

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Re: Airplay 2 for the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter

I'm also having the same issue, can't use airplay 2 on my SoundTouch Wireless Link and it's already updated to fw 24.0.7!!!

 

Is there any solution to this issue?

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Re: Airplay 2 for the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter

I can't understand why the recent Bose Soundtouch software update to Soundtouch 300 included Airplay but Soundtouch wireless link adapters weren't included. This means, other than Bluetooth (inferior sound quality in my opinion), it is still not possible to stream music wirelessly from Apple Music directly to Bose Wireless Link Adapters.

 

My Bose zones compromise:

Lounge/dining Room  - Bose Lifestyle 25 series II (2 zones) with a wireless link adapter

Study - Apple iMac connected to Wireless Link Adapter and Bose Companion 50 speakers

Sun Lounge - Bose Soundtouch 300 connected to Acoustimas module and surround speakers 

4 rooms in total 

 

A beautiful system when it works as Bose Soundtouch wireless link adapters can be tempremental and can often drop off the network. I find the following workaround enables (best quality) streaming Apple Music from my Study across all zones.

 

1. Open Apple music on iPhone and connect to Soundtouch wireless link adapter with auxiliary cable via an Apple lightning aux adapter.

2. Open Soundtouch App. on either iPhone or iMac and then select the required listening zones.

 

Not ideal as the iPhone has to run off battery but I feel aux delivers a better audio quality to each zone than Bluetooth although I stand to be corrected here. The sooner Bose includes Airplay into wireless link adapters, problem solved. Like many on here, we live in hope.