After announcing it nearly a year ago, Mercedes-Benz has finally launched Spatial Audio for Apple Music in select electric and luxury vehicles. Dolby Atmos-powered surround sound audio is already available on a variety of Apple devices including HomePod speakers, Apple TV and AirPods headphones, but this is the first time it’s been implemented in a vehicle.
Subscribe to Apple Music and get instant access to a growing collection of songs and albums in Spatial Audio,” the companies said in a press release. If you’re not an Apple Music subscriber, you can also download from Universal Music gets select Dolby Atmos content.
This feature will be available in select EQS and EQE sedans and SUVs (including the new EQE SUV) and Mayback and S-Class vehicles. To use it, You’ll need to own a vehicle with an MBUX interface and an optional 31-speaker Burmester 3D or 4D sound system, which starts at $4,550 (expect the 2023 EQE 350 sedan to start around $70,000), according to Mercedes. , the technology will be available on other models “soon”.
Apple Music’s Dolby Atmos implementation creates a 3D sound field by spreading sound through different channels, although the level of the effect depends on the song’s Mixed in. In Mercedes’ implementation, the spatial audio effects will come from six of the 31 speakers located above the driver. Other speakers include four near-ear speakers in the front seats, eight sound sensors (each seats two) and two amplifiers that output 1,750 watts of power.
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