how to listen to music with this technology?

Technology borrowed from the world of cinema, Dolby Atmosphere now allows the general public to have immersive musical experiences that were only possible in cinemas and concerts. Enjoy high-quality sound effects to turn your home into a home theater.

Dolby Atmos

To use this great innovation in the world of music, certain knowledge and preparation in materials are essential. Are you a music lover and a lover of Dolby atmos technology? Discover in this article some tips for better use while fully enjoying your favorite titles.

Dolby atmos: what is it exactly?

Dolby atmos technology is a new immersive experience for listening and delivering music precisely to your listening position. Which allows you to discover some sound lost during stereo music recording. Details and subtleties in sounds come to you with clarity. This amounts to listening to music in an atmosphere similar to that of a concert.

A Dolby audio track that you listen to gives you a very realistic three-dimensional rendering with a 3D sound environment and a very precise localization of moving or static objects. So you can listen to different songs at the same time independently.

What solutions to listen to music with Dolby atmos?

The sounds and mixes made by the production houses in Dolby Atmos are accessible on online music services such as Apple Music, Amazone Music and Tidal (Hi-Fi offer). Dolby Atmos music on Tidal is accessible from your smartphone, soundbars or television.

As for Amazon Music, Dolby titles can only be listened to through a speaker Amazon Echo Connected. To play music on a system other than this speaker, you must switch to stereo mode. From its launch to the present day, there are two ways to listen to music with Dolby Atmos. First, it is possible to opt for the system multi-channel atmospheres to listen to music from different speakers.

Then the binaural Atmos system allows you to listen to your tracks in stereo or on headphones. When you play Dolby Atmos-stamped music on one of the platforms, the app automatically detects your device. From then on, you can choose between a Dolby file in binaural and in multichannel.

How to listen to music on multichannel systems?

Listening to music in Dolby Atmos allows you to live a unique and revolutionary experience thanks to speakers that effectively spatialize each sound effect. You will be able to immerse yourself in a particularly pleasant sound bubble. To listen to music according to this system, the use of a home cinema is a common solution.

This is an amplifier with a set of speakers that must contain one or two Dolby pairs (5.1.2 or 5.1.4; 7.1.2 or 7.1.4, etc.). The numbers 2 and 4 represent here the number of Dolby speakers use. These include wall-mounted, reflective and in-ceiling satellite speakers.

It is up to you to adapt this listening system to your room for better positioning. But generally, due to their shape, the placement of loudspeakers within a room does not differ from that in cinemas. You can therefore use this last option as a base for placement or refer to the Dolby Atmos 3D home cinema guide which gives details on the possible configurations.

More interestingly, with such an installation you can, instead of music, watch your movies and series. Obviously, this change of use, does not require any other configuration, because the two are identical. If you want to listen to music in Dolby Atmos on a home theater receiver or on a sound bar, you need to add an Atmos-compatible source. This will also depend on the medium used to play your music. For a Dolby Blu-ray for example, you will necessarily need the Blu ray player compatible with Dolby atmos technology.

With Apple Music app in multichannel Dolby atmos technology, you must connect your system to a Apple TV 4K. For the moment, this is the only solution available. The Apple TV can also serve you if you need to use Tidal, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K or Android TV compatible with Dolby. This Android TV must be connected via HDMI.

Also, it is possible to listen to music, spatial audio and concerts in Dolby Atmos technology mixed in Blu-ray format. This is the case of Live in Prague by Hans Zimmer, Blu-ray format which is the reference in the field. However, to be able to use it, you must not only have a Blu-ray player compatible with Dolby technology, but also have hi-fi components such as the Panasonic DP-UB9000 MKII or the Reavon UBR-X200.

How to listen to music on binaural system?

To listen to music in Dolby Atmos technology on binaural, you need very simple equipment. Indeed, it will suffice to use a Bluetooth headset, a hi-fi headset, earphones connected to a computer or a Smartphone. But with Apple Music, the songs are only compatible with the latest versions of Apple devices.

Therefore, your iPhone must be a XS or later not an iPhone SE. For a iPad Pro 12.9 inch, it must be at least 3and generation and the 4and for the iPad Air. Finally, with regard to MacBook Pro and MacBook Airthey must be 2018 or newer models. When you read or listen to a title in Dolby Atmos technology via your Apple Music, the switch to binaural mode is done automatically.

It is enough for the device to detect a reading accessory such as Apple headphones, Airpods earphones etc. Playback with headphones from another brand is possible if you force the Atmos mode from the audio settings of your device (iPhone, Mac or iPad). Binaural Dolby Atmos music playback only worked on Apple Music and was not yet available on Android devices.

But with the latest generations of smartphones from Samsung, Huawei and Oppo which are all equipped with the Android operating system, the binaural mode has become very practical. Because they are all compatible with Dolby technology. All you need is the Android device in the audio menu and streaming will be a breeze. On the other hand in Dolby, Tidal is not compatible on Apple devices. In this case you must subscribe to a Tidal HiFi monthly subscription. Finally, your source should be in the list of compatible devices.

What you must remember

Listening to music in Dolby Atmos, for binaural devices, requires a subscription for Tidal and updates for Apple devices. As for the Android operating system, the problem does not arise as long as the device is in the audio menu. Amazon Music for its part requires the use of a specific speaker: it is Amazon Echo.

It should also be noted that not all music can be heard on this technology. To be accessible in Dolby, they must first be mixed in Dolby atmos Music and available on Apple Music, Amazone Music and Tidal HIFI.

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