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Belkin's new SOUNDFORM Connect can upgrade older speakers with Apple AirPlay 2

The new SOUNDFORM Connect adapter. (Source: Belkin)
The new SOUNDFORM Connect adapter. (Source: Belkin)
The SOUNDFORM Connect is a new Belkin audio adapter designed to bring any powered speaker with a 3.5mm or optical input into an Apple-heavy smart home set-up. The user can then control it via AirPlay 2 on their iPhone, iPad or TV. Therefore, a traditional speaker can become as responsive to voice-control and automation as shiny new high-tech models.
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Many Apple fans looking to build a smart home based on their favorite ecosystem may yet be inclined to look back in regret at their beloved legacy speakers that are not compatible with their brave new fully-wireless, possibly even automated, dreams. However, Belkin has introduced a new solution that might save that beloved old sound-system from having to be dumped for a new wireless one.

The SOUNDFORM Connect is a new adapter that might confer wireless connectivity on any speaker (or its receiver), so long as it has its own power connection and also has a 3.5mm or optical port. Once plugged in, the hardware in question should show up as an Apple AirPlay 2 device.

Therefore, it can be controlled from a user's Apple tablet, phone, TV or even PC from the Home app on either platform, and can also then be included in a multi-room or automatic system.

The SOUNDFORM Connect has tvOS, iOS or iPadOS 11.4 and macOS Catalina as minimum requirements, and also has a USB type C to A cable for its own power needs. It can be pre-ordered on Belkin's website from now for US$99.99, and will also become available on Amazon soon.

The SOUNDFORM Connect from more angles. (Source: Belkin)
The SOUNDFORM Connect from more angles. (Source: Belkin)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05-21 (Update: 2021-05-22)