Sonos customers who subscribe to Amazon Music can get pleasure from Dolby Atmos Music and lossless, hi-res audio on choose Sonos audio system beginning in the present day, December 7. To get these new options, you’ll want an Amazon Music Limitless account and the most recent Sonos software program, which you’ll seize by opening the Sonos S2 app and going to Settings > System > System Updates > Verify for Updates.
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, you probably have 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 might take heed to Dolby Atmos Music on the Arc and Beam Gen 2, however you wanted the assistance of an exterior streaming media machine that was additionally Dolby Atmos-compatible, just like the Apple TV 4K (2017/2021) or Nvidia Protect 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 throughout the Sonos app, in the identical means you entry another streaming music content material.
The software program replace additionally brings help for lossless hi-res music playback from Amazon Music at as much as 24-bit/48kHz. The Sonos S2 app will now verify if you’re listening to one in all three higher-quality codecs by way of a small badge on the Now Enjoying display screen:
- HD: Signifies a lossless 16-bit stereo stream (together with Sonos Radio HD)
- Extremely HD: A lossless 24-bit stereo stream
- Dolby Atmos: A track combined and accessible 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 Traits requested a Sonos spokesperson when the corporate would help Dolby Atmos Music and hi-res codecs from different streaming music providers, however we had been informed merely that “we look ahead to delivering extra high-resolution 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 in 2021. In March, Sonos added help 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, Play:5 (Gen 2) and Sonos Roam , however previous to the December 7 replace, Sonos solely supported this high quality stage from Qobuz.
When enjoying hi-res audio on an S2-based system, appropriate audio system get the lossless 24-bit streams, whereas incompatible merchandise, just like the Sonos Play:1, will get the lossless, 16-bit model of the identical stream.