While the advantage of high resolution music over standard CD quality is highly questionable and difficult to prove, the difference between Dolby Atmos music tracks and standard stereo is both immediate and blatant. With its latest software update, Sonos adds support for Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos music streamed through Amazon Music. Ultra HD content is played on the vast majority of Sonos devices while Dolby Atmos compatibility is limited to the company’s Atmos compatible soundbars, Arc and Beam Gen 2.
When playing high-resolution tracks, the Sonos app will now display an Ultra HD badge that indicates 24-bit lossless streaming, or a separate badge for Dolby Atmos. Standard 16-bit lossless extremes will receive an HD badge. Currently, Sonos’ support for high resolution reaches a sample rate of 48 kHz, more than enough for ordinary humans, but might leave your pet dog wanting more sizzle on the cymbals. The point is, if you stream music through Amazon, the source of the music is clearly indicated.
Want to know what Sonos thinks about high-res music like Ultra HD? There’s a detailed Sonos blog post here: The Beginner’s Guide to High-Resolution Audio.
Support for Dolby Atmos music is the coolest feature because it brings a new way of mixing and presenting music that can often produce the most enveloping, three-dimensional soundstage you’d expect from the compact lifestyle of Atmos compatible devices that support this. new format. Indeed, I would expect that if you own a Sonos Soundbar system that includes the Sonos Sub, Arc, or Beam Gen 2 should be able to produce an impressive degree of immersion with these mixes.
Want to play Dolby Atmos music through Sonos? Check Arc soundbar here and the Beam Gen 2 soundbar here.
Want to play in high resolution on Sonos? The vast majority of the company’s current equipment supports it, and you can start browsing options here.