AirPods Pro 2: Lossless and wireless Dolby Atmos

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While at first glance the only new addition of the AirPods Pro 2 seems to be a USB-C port for charging, a far more revolutionary feature has gone almost unnoticed: wireless Lossless Dolby Atmos. This new protocol developed by Apple enables Dolby Atmos sound to be transmitted in Lossless quality. What are the benefits, and how can you enjoy them?

What is 20-bit/48kHz Dolby Atmos?

While the exact name of this new non-Bluetooth wireless technology is still unclear, we already know that it will enable wireless transmission of Dolby Atmos soundtracks in 20-bit/48kHz. To achieve this, Apple has developed a new transmission protocol to bypass the limitations of Bluetooth. Apple’s wireless and Lossless Dolby Atmos offers a much higher data rate for uncompressed transmission of Dolby Atmos music, as well as film, TV and video game soundtracks, thanks to reduced latency. Apple promises a richer experience thanks to more realistic and detailed spatial sound.

Thanks to high-speed 20-bit/48kHz transmission, Apple’s wireless and Lossless Dolby Atmos promises to recreate a highly detailed, three-dimensional sound space.

How to enjoy Apple’s wireless Dolby Atmos

Initially, Apple’s wireless Dolby Atmos will only be used to transmit sound streams between the new AirPods Pro 2 (USB-C version) and the Apple Vision Pro headset. Given that the latter’s commercialization in France is still uncertain, it’s likely that the 20-bit/48kHz Atmos of the AirPods Pro 2 will initially be reserved for the US market only. Apple is fond of proprietary technologies, however, and it’s highly likely that it will subsequently be rolled out on future generations of the iPhone, iPad, Mac or Airpods Max headphones.

Wireless Dolby Atmos in Lossless quality will initially only be compatible with the AirPods Pro 2 and the Apple Vision Pro.

Wireless Dolby Atmos: a first?

This isn’t the first time Apple has enabled users to enjoy wireless Atmos, since it is possible to listen to Spatial Audio tracks on Apple Music with Bluetooth headphones or True Wireless earbuds. However, the new Dolby Atmos Lossless protocol promises to go even further, avoiding data compression and limiting latency. Essential assets, especially when watching films, TV series or video games. It is therefore likely that Apple will one day be able to integrate this codec into the Apple TV 4K to transmit Atmos wirelessly to a soundbar. To date, only Samsung has able to achieve this feat with the Samsung HW-S801B wireless soundbar.

The Samsung HW-S801B soundbar can communicate wirelessly with a compatible Samsung TV to ensure the reproduction of Dolby Atmos soundtracks.

With Dolby Atmos Lossless, the Cupertino-based company is slowly preparing the arrival of the Apple Vision Pro as a truly revolutionary product. The manufacturer is announcing that when the Apple Vision Pro becomes available early next year in the USA, those who choose the new AirPods Pro 2 will enjoy the most advanced wireless audio experience possible, whether for entertainment, gaming or FaceTime communication.


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