Dolby says Tidal Hi-Fi subscribers can now stream Atmos Music via their compatible streaming boxes and Atmos sound systems for the first time. Dolby says the feature will roll out to devices from Thursday.
Until now immersive formats have only been available on phones and devices such as the Amazon Echo Studio, so this may help with adoption of the Atmos Music format in the home. Like Sony's , Dolby Atmos Music takes an established movie format and applies it to music streaming -- is one of the places you can hear it.
The compatible streamers include:
- Fire TV (3rd gen)
- Dolby Atmos-enabled Android TVs from Sony and Philips
Tidal Hi-Fi subscribers can streamtracks from Universal and Warner Music artists such as The Weeknd, Ariana Grande and Blondie in immersive audio. Don't have a Tidal Hi-Fi subscription? In March the company announced new users can get .
Dolby Atmos is a surround format that features height channels and is typically played back on surround systems and Galaxy Fold, Tab S5 and others), Huawei (Mate 20 X, Mate 20 Pro, and others), Oppo (Reno Ace and others), the Razer Phone 2 and Sony Xperia 1 and 5., but part of the appeal of the two competing formats is that they can be played on mobile phones. Other compatible Atmos devices include Android smartphones and tablets such as those from Samsung (Galaxy S10, S10 Plus,
By comparison, Sony's 360 Reality Audio is supported by theand system for subscribers of .
Dolby Atmos tracks on Tidal will be identified by a Dolby logo and a Dolby Atmos symbol appears when the song is selected. You can also find compatible tracks under the Explore tab on the Tidal app's homepage.
It's early days for immersive audio, and while surround music formats likeand Quadraphonic have failed in the past, both Dolby and Sony are confident that immersive formats will take off. Adding further devices like Apple TV and the Echo Studio may help with adoption, but mobile headphone use is still only simulated surround and may not work as well as dedicated systems.