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Several months back there was an announcement that Arc would be able to play Atmos Music streamed from Amazon and maybe Apple? 

Latest 13.3.3 firmware update still doesn't provide this capability as far as I can tell. Anyone seen or heard anything new on this subject?

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Best answer by GuitarSuperstar 7 November 2021, 16:02

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There hasn’t been any update. Everything I’ve read just mentions support for Dolby Atmos music on Amazon Music coming “later this year”.

I don't think this has anything to do with the capability of the Sonos system and everything to do with what the service providers make possible.

I have already listened to Atmos music from Tidal on my Arc.

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I don't think this has anything to do with the capability of the Sonos system and everything to do with what the service providers make possible.

I have already listened to Atmos music from Tidal on my Arc.

Did the Sonos app display Dolby Atmos while streaming from Tidal?

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@GC3 Dolby Atmos music can currently be streamed from the TIDAL app with a TIDAL HiFi subscription to the Arc or Beam (Gen 2) if you are playing from supported devices. Dolby Atmos music can also be streamed from Apple Music if you have an Apple TV 4K and a TV with HDMI eARC. Dolby Atmos music support from Amazon Music is coming later this year.

When playing Dolby Atmos music, the Sonos app will display the Dolby Atmos logo on the Now Playing screen.

I don't think this has anything to do with the capability of the Sonos system and everything to do with what the service providers make possible.

I have already listened to Atmos music from Tidal on my Arc.

Did the Sonos app display Dolby Atmos while streaming from Tidal?

It won't work with Atmos when streaming. You have to use a Tidal approved device (can also use Tidal App on LG TV) and play from Tidal App through TV. No way currently to stream Atmos to Sonos from phone or tablet

I don't think this has anything to do with the capability of the Sonos system and everything to do with what the service providers make possible.

I have already listened to Atmos music from Tidal on my Arc.

Did the Sonos app display Dolby Atmos while streaming from Tidal?

It won't work with Atmos when streaming. You have to use a Tidal approved device (can also use Tidal App on LG TV) and play from Tidal App through TV. No way currently to stream Atmos to Sonos from phone or tablet

 

While the above statement is true, generally speaking, Sonos does not stream from a phone or tablet.  The Sonos app is just a controller.  When using the app to select a streaming service, you’re instructing your speakers to directly access the service.  Sonos speakers/devices cannot currently stream atmos content.

Sonos speakers do have the ability to play from a phone or tablet using airplay, bluetooth in the case of Roam/Move, and audio files on android tablet.  None of these methods currently works with atmos content.  

Sonos Arc and Beam can do atmos through the HDMI-ARC/eARC port.

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I listen to Dolby Atmos from Apple Music on my Arc+Sub+One Surrounds.

 

As others have stated, I have to stream through an Apple TV 4K, and then from the TV to the ARC via eARC.

 

Sounds great for albums that are mixed specifically for Dolby Atmos. Definitely worth the investment in an Apple TV 4K.

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So 13.4 is out and installed. Documented in Changelog and confirmed...When Airplay  streaming is started from Amazon Music THROUGH the Sonos App, Atmos and Ultra HD tracks now display “HD” in the Sonos App while playing. 

This is an improvement for sure, since I don't use Tidal, but I’m still at a loss as to what “quality” is being streamed to my Atmos-capable Arc and represented by Sonos as"HD”. Since the Sonos app displays the same regardless of what speakers are being used for playback. 

Any ideas? Anyone with Tidal willing to do a sound comparison. 

 

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So 13.4 is out and installed. Documented in Changelog and confirmed...When Airplay  streaming is started from Amazon Music THROUGH the Sonos App, Atmos and Ultra HD tracks now display “HD” in the Sonos App while playing. 

This is an improvement for sure, since I don't use Tidal, but I’m still at a loss as to what “quality” is being streamed to my Atmos-capable Arc and represented by Sonos as"HD”. Since the Sonos app displays the same regardless of what speakers are being used for playback. 

Any ideas? Anyone with Tidal willing to do a sound comparison. 

 

According to a Sonos rep, Sonos Radio HD or Amazon Music Unlimited will display the HD badge when streaming lossless 16-bit or 24-bit audio. Expect to see Sonos add this feature to more music services in the future.

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