Audible adds Dolby Atmos spatial audio support to its catalog

The new Dolby Atmos feature delivers cinematic surround sound to Audible users

Dolby Atmos on Audible

A Dolby Atmos spatial audio feature has been launched through a collaboration between Audible and Dolby Laboratories. The new feature will provide listeners with a more immersive listening experience when consuming audio content on Audible.

Dolby and Audible say their collaboration aims to give Audible users the best possible listening experience and to empower creators with the tools to create deeper and richer surround sounds for their audio content.

Dolby Atmos is the industry standard for 3D audio simulation. Developed by Dolby Laboratories, Dolby Atmos is known across industries for delivering clear and deep surround sound that makes the listener feel like the movie/audio is being reenacted around them. If you are a regular reader of GEEKSPIN, then you know that many mid-range and high-end devices today audio devices, from TVs to speakers and phones, today offer Dolby Atmos support.

The collaboration includes a launch of a collection of some of Audible’s most popular audio content which has now been tuned using Dolby Atmos’ spatial sound. The two companies say the collection is designed to showcase Dolby Atmos spatial sound’s possibilities when used for audio storytelling and the talents of various actors, writers, and sound designers across the genres included in the collection.

Titles in the collection include The Little Mermaid, narrated by Leigh-Anne Pinnock; the award-winning Maejor Frequency podcast; an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist; and the DC graphic novel series, The Sandman Act III.

Dolby and Audible say they have refined the sound in these titles using new elements like multidimensional sound placement and the ability to create more layers of sound to make the content in the collection more true to life and immerse listeners in the stories and narratives being shared by the creators.

Dolby Atmos on Audible availability

The Dolby Atmos feature is now available to those using compatible mobile devices and headphones. To access this feature, iPhone users must have an iPhone 7 or newer running iOS 15.1 or later. The feature will also be available on Dolby Atmos-supported Android phones.

Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos will be enabled automatically in the app for compatible devices, but users can also confirm from the “Data & Storage” section in the top-right corner of their Profile page to confirm that spatial audio is turned on.

Audible titles that support Dolby Atmos will also have a badge to indicate support for the feature. Audible also announced that a “Listen in Dolby Atmos” carousel is now available for users to find Atomos-enabled titles to listen to.

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