• Dolby Atmos Music
  • What is Dolby Atmos Music?

    Dolby Atmos Music is an immersive audio experience. Dolby Atmos Music allows sounds to be precisely placed, adding dimensionality to create a full audio atmosphere.

    Dolby Atmos Music allows people to connect with their favorite music in a whole new way, pulling them into a song and revealing what was lost with stereo recordings. Listeners can discover hidden details and subtleties with unparalleled clarity. Whether it’s a complex harmony of instruments placed around a listener, a legendary guitar solo that fills a room, a massive bass drop that washes over the audience, or the subtle breath a singer takes, Dolby Atmos gives music more space and the freedom to unleash every detail and emotion as the artist intended.

    What plans will include Dolby Atmos Music? 

    Dolby Atmos Music will be available to enjoy for all TIDAL HiFi members.

    Premium members can upgrade their subscription via my.tidal.com.

    Where can I find Dolby Atmos Music content?

    In the TIDAL app, navigate to Explore then scroll down to find and select Dolby Atmos.

    If your TV is capable of Dolby Atmos playback, you will see a module on your Home screen called Available in Dolby Atmos.

    Will Dolby Atmos work on my TV?

    You can stream music in Dolby on your Dolby Atmos compatible soundbars, TVs, and AVRs, in addition to your Dolby Atmos compatible Android mobile devices.

    Compatible TV-connected devices include:

    • Apple TV 4K (running tvOS 13 or later)
    • Fire TV (Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Gen 3 2017, Fire TV Cube 1st Gen or 2nd Gen)
    • Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro (2019 and newer models)

    The updated TIDAL app is also available on Dolby Atmos enabled Android TVs from Sony and Philips.

    How does Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL work for devices that are not Dolby Atmos enabled?

    When a device and/or connected playback system is not Dolby Atmos enabled, the TIDAL app will recognize this and the stereo version of the track will be played. The user will be notified with an in-app notification.

     

    Does Dolby Atmos Music work over headphones (e.g. headphones connected to your TV)?

    No, you cannot get the Dolby Atmos Music experience on TIDAL using headphones connected to living room devices.

    Listening to Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL using headphones only works when connected to Dolby Atmos enabled Android smartphones and tablets today.

     

    When my playlist contains a mixture of Dolby Atmos and conventional stereo tracks, there is sometimes a gap at the start of a new track. Why is this?

    When switching between Dolby Atmos and stereo, the TV, AVR or soundbar has to reconfigure its audio system for the new format. This can cause a small interruption in audio output at the start of a new track.

    Android TV

    Which Android TV streaming media players are compatible?

    Android TV streaming media players that support Dolby Atmos output and Android 9 (P), such as the Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro (2019 and newer models), are compatible.

     

    What version of Android TV is needed to support Dolby Atmos Music?

    Your Android TV device should be running Android TV 9 (P) or later to enable support for Dolby Atmos Music. We always recommend updating your device to the latest release version available.

     

    Fire TV 

    Which Fire TV models are compatible?

    • Fire TV Stick 4K
    • Fire TV Gen 3 201
    • Fire TV Cube 1st Gen or 2nd Gen

     

    What version of Fire OS is needed to support Dolby Atmos Music?

    Your Fire TV device should be running Fire OS version 6 or later to enable support for Dolby Atmos Music. We always recommend updating your device to the latest release version available.

     

    How do you wirelessly connect one or two Echo Studios to your Fire TV to listen to Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL? What models of Fire TV can I use?

    You can use Echo Studio with Fire TV Cube 1st Gen or 2nd Gen, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV (3rd Gen) for immersive entertainment in a Home Theater setup.

    Note: You cannot listen to Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL directly on your Echo Studio(s); it has to be connected to your Fire TV device.

    1. Connect your Fire TV device and Echo device(s) to the same network and Amazon account.
    2. In the Alexa app, tap on the Devices icon on the lower right-hand side and then tap the “+” icon on the upper right-hand side.
    3. Tap “Set Up Audio System” from the popup and then tap, “Home Cinema” on the next screen.
    4. Select your Fire TV device and then “Next” to name your new Home Theatre system.
    5. Select the Echo devices you would like to use as speakers – you can set-up up to two speakers, plus an optional Echo Sub.
    6. Follow the on-screen instructions. Once you enable your speaker system, manage your Home Theatre settings on your Fire TV.

     

    Apple TV

    Why can I not get Dolby Atmos Music when connecting my Apple TV 4K to my TV using HDMI and then to my soundbar/AVR using HDMI ARC?

    The Dolby Atmos audio format output by Apple TV is not compatible with HDMI ARC and requires HDMI eARC. If your TV does not support HDMI eARC, we recommend connecting your Apple TV 4K directly to the HDMI input of your AVR or soundbar.

     

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