Tidal HiFi brings Dolby Atmos Music to AV systems at last

posted on Friday, 29th May 2020 by Steve May

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Tidal has become the first streaming service to allow subscribers to stream Dolby Atmos music from an app on a streaming device, direct into an AV receiver or Atmos enabled system.

Dolby has made great strides pushing Dolby Atmos for Music, but until now it’s only been possible to listen to an iteration of the format on headphones, or through an Amazon Echo Studio speaker with Amazon Music HD.

This development makes the immersive benefits of Dolby Atmos music available to owners of home theatres, Dolby Atmos soundbars and media room AV receivers.

To access this experience, Tidal HiFi users will need to connect their Dolby Atmos enabled living room devices to a compatible streaming player running the most recently updated Tidal app. Compatible streaming devices include the Apple TV 4K, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick (second gen), Fire TV (third gen), and NVIDIA Shield TV or NVIDIA Shield TV Pro (2019 or newer models). At launch, not all of these are live.

The updated Tidal app will also be available on Dolby Atmos enabled Android TVs from Sony and Philips at some point, which will allow users the option to experience Dolby Atmos Music natively using the Dolby Atmos enabled speakers on the TV or via a connected Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar or home theater system.

First introduced last December, Tidal’s library of music in Dolby Atmos has slowly expanded, recently adding albums and songs including Ariana Grande’s 7 rings, The Weeknd’s After Hours, and R.E.M's Automatic For The People.

Tidal HiFi will automatically default to this experience if a Dolby Atmos mix and compatible device are available. To find songs in Dolby Atmos, go to the Home screen and look under ‘Available in Dolby Atmos’ or search ‘Dolby Atmos’ to find tracks in Dolby Atmos, including dedicated ‘At Home’ playlists focused on genres like Pop, Hip-Hop, and Jazz.

Dolby Atmos Music is available to Tidal members subscribing to the HiFi tier, which already features HiFi and Master quality audio. Users can also experience Dolby Atmos Music on Tidal HiFi through a compatible Dolby Atmos enabled Android smartphone or tablet.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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