Mercedes-Benz Becomes First To Offer Apple Music’s Spatial Audio In Cars

The Dolby Atmos implementation in Apple Music creates a 3D soundstage by spreading sounds across different channels, though the level of the effect depends on the mix of the song.

Mercedes-Benz Becomes First To Offer Apple Music's Spatial Audio In Cars - RAVZGADGET
Mercedes-Benz Becomes First To Offer Apple Music's Spatial Audio In Cars.

Mercedes-Benz is finally implementing Apple Music’s Spatial Audio in select electric and luxury vehicles, nearly a year after announcing it.

The Dolby Atmos-powered surround sound audio is already available on several Apple devices, including the HomePod speaker, Apple TV, and AirPods headphones, but this is the first time it has been used in a vehicle.

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“Mercedes-Benz drivers who are already subscribed to Apple Music gain immediate access to an ever-growing selection of songs and albums available in Spatial Audio,”

According to a press release from the companies. If you don’t have an Apple Music subscription, select Dolby Atmos content will be available from Universal Music.

The feature will be available in a limited number of EQS and EQE sedans and SUVs (including the new EQE SUV), as well as Mayback and S-Class models.

To use it, you must own a vehicle equipped with the MBUX interface and optional 31-speaker Burmester 3D or 4D sound systems, which start at $4,550 on top of the vehicle’s base price (the 2023 EQE 350 sedan is expected to start around $70,000). According to Mercedes, the technology will be available in other models “soon.”

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The Dolby Atmos implementation in Apple Music creates a 3D soundstage by spreading sounds across different channels, though the level of the effect depends on the mix of the song.

The spatial audio effect will be provided by six of the 31 speakers located above the driver in the Mercedes implementation. There are four near-ear speakers in the front seats, eight sound transducers (two per seat), and two amplifiers with a total power output of 1,750 watts.

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