I tried Apple's Dolby Atmos music on a big range of headphones, and here's my verdict
Apple has now launched the next generation of its Apple Music service, which includes Hi-Res Lossless music, but also Dolby Atmos versions of some tracks, and it's this latter option that's really interesting.
Lossless music requires pretty specific hardware to take advantage of, and is really for the kind of person who shops for the best wired headphones and best headphone DACs.
But Dolby Atmos works on any headphones, from the best wireless earbuds to the best noise cancelling headphones – though it's most effective on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, for reasons we'll come to shortly. And it makes an immediate and obvious difference when listening to compatible tracks on any headphones… though much more in some cases than others.
That's what I've been investigating since the new tracks launched – how much does the difference vary between different headphones, and is it really worth using on non-AirPods? Here's what I think.
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