Sonos’ latest update incorporates massive information for encompass sound followers: the addition of DTS audio assist for its residence theater audio system. These embrace not simply newer audio system just like the second-generation Beam and Arc, but additionally older gadgets just like the first-gen Beam, the Playbar, and the Playbase. Even the Sonos Amp is getting in on the DTS motion.
For these unfamiliar with the technical nightmare that’s residence cinema audio, DTS is a rival encompass sound format to Dolby Digital. So DTS assist signifies that Sonos customers can profit from encompass sound throughout extra sources, like Blu-ray discs that use the DTS format. The discharge of the replace comes every week after Disney announced that DTS audio assist can be coming to its Disney Plus streaming service sooner or later.
Users on Reddit who’ve tried out the performance report that Sonos solely appears to assist commonplace DTS Digital Encompass, so that you received’t have the ability to get essentially the most out of sources that use the upper specced DTS-HD and DTS:X codecs. When you attempt to play DTS-HD, it reportedly comes through as regular DTS. The Sonos app reveals a small “DTS Surround 5.1” badge when a speaker system is enjoying the format.
Different niggles you would possibly must be careful for are whether or not your TV helps DTS audio. LG’s common CX and C1 OLED TVs, for instance, don’t assist DTS, which implies you’ll run into points in the event you’re passing DTS audio via them by way of HDMI. Sending audio immediately from an exterior supply to your Sonos tools ought to work, although.
Different new options launched as a part of the 13.4 replace embrace a brand new Battery Saver mode for moveable Sonos merchandise just like the Roam which, when activated, will routinely flip the speaker off after half-hour to preserve battery life. By default it at present simply goes right into a low-power sleep mode. The Now Enjoying display within the Sonos app on iOS features a new shortcut to entry EQ settings and a brand new HD badge that can seem when “larger high quality audio” is being performed.