Sonos Adds Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Support For Amazon Music

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Beginning December 7, Sonos customers who subscribe to Amazon Music can take pleasure in Dolby Atmos Music and lossless, hi-res audio on choose Sonos audio system. To get these new options, you’ll want an Amazon Music Limitless account and the newest Sonos software program, which you’ll be able to seize by opening the Sonos S2 app and going to Settings > System > System Updates > Test for Updates.

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Dolby Atmos Music tracks from Amazon Music will work on Sonos’ two Dolby Atmos-compatible audio system, the $899 Sonos Arc and the $449 Sonos Beam Gen 2. Nevertheless, when you’ve got these audio system grouped with non-Atmos-compatible audio system if you play your required tracks or playlists, the streams will default to the best high quality, non-Atmos format supported by all audio system within the group.

Previous to this replace, you would take heed to Dolby Atmos Music on the Arc and Beam Gen 2, however you wanted the assistance of an exterior streaming media system that was additionally Dolby Atmos-compatible, just like the Apple TV 4K (2017/2021) or Nvidia Defend TV (2019).  And whereas that’s nonetheless true if you wish to hear Dolby Atmos Music tracks from Apple Music and Tidal, Atmos Music tracks from Amazon Music may be streamed straight from inside the Sonos app, in the identical approach you entry another streaming music content material.

The software program replace additionally brings assist for lossless hi-res music playback from Amazon Music and Sonos Radio HD in as much as 24-bit/48kHz. The Sonos S2 app will verify that you just’re listening to one in all these newly-supported codecs through a small badge on the Now Enjoying display:

  • HD: Signifies a lossless 16-bit stereo stream
  • Extremely HD: A lossless 24-bit stereo stream
  • Dolby Atmos: A track blended and obtainable in Dolby Atmos

Curious what these codecs sound like? Sonos has curated an Extremely HD playlist and a Dolby Atmos Music playlist that will help you discover them. Simply add them to your Amazon Music library after which stream them from the Sonos app.

Digital Tendencies requested a Sonos spokesperson when the corporate would assist Dolby Atmos Music and hi-res codecs from different streaming music providers, however we had been informed merely that, “we stay up for delivering extra excessive decision experiences with our companions over time.”

This software program rollout is the third main enhancement to the Sonos platform by way of supported audio codecs for 2021. In March, Sonos added assist for lossless hi-res audio at as much as 24-bit/48kHz. And in November, the corporate enabled DTS Digital Encompass on all of its soundbars, in addition to the Sonos Amp.

Lossless hi-res audio works on choose merchandise together with the Arc, Beam, 5, Transfer, One, One SL, Port, Amp, Symfonisk Bookshelf, Symfonisk Desk Lamp, Playbar, Playbase, and Play:5 (Gen 2) and Sonos Roam , however previous to this replace, Sonos solely supported this high quality stage from Qobuz.

When taking part in hi-res audio on an S2-based system, suitable audio system get the 24-bit streams, whereas incompatible merchandise, just like the Sonos Play:1, will get the 16-bit model of the identical stream.

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