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PSA: Remember to enable Dolby Atmos on your Galaxy S9!

You’d think that after taking so many years to bring stereo speakers to its flagship lineup, Samsung would ensure the audio experience offered by those speakers was the best it could be out of the box. Yet, on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, an important feature related to the audio experience, both through the loudspeakers and the AKG-tuned earphones, comes disabled by default. We’re talking about Dolby Atmos, as you would have guessed after reading the title, and we’re here to remind you to turn Dolby Atmos on if you’ve purchased a Galaxy S9 or S9+ and have just been going with the flow without realizing that Dolby Atmos has to be manually enabled.

Dolby Atmos makes a world of difference

And what a difference it makes. On the loudspeakers, you can instantly notice how the audio is better spaced out over the two speakers, further enhancing the stereo effect. On the already excellent AKG earphones, Dolby Atmos’ most significant effect is the increase in volume. That alone makes it worthwhile, and the best part is the volume boost doesn’t mess with the audio quality. The stereo effect is enhanced on the earphones as well, and so is the bass, making something like the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer or the original Pacific Rim with its big robot and monster duels a treat to watch.

Samsung even lets you choose from three different Dolby Atmos settings depending on what kind of media you’re viewing or listening to. These options include Movie, Music, and Voice, although we recommend leaving the setting on Auto to let the phone decide what’s best. Or, hey, go ahead and test them all out to see which one you like best; just remember to enable Dolby Atmos, especially if you spend long hours watching videos on your phone.

To turn on Dolby Atmos, go into the phone’s settings, tap Sounds and vibration, scroll down to find and tap Sound quality and effects, then enable Dolby Atmos by using the toggle next to the setting.

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locarno
locarno

How about battery life ?

Biransahin
Biransahin

Has had no effect so far. battery life is the same. Based on our last battery consumption percentages, same battery consumption from playing with and without Dolby enabled. It’s just an audio setting so it’s unlikely to make any significant difference. I advised below to set the audio to “music” to get the wow factor but someone advised me to try the “movie” setting and he was right, the sound is even better!!

Biransahin
Biransahin

And don’t forget, if you press down on the dolby icon, you can go to advanced settings, and you’ll see a couple of audio options. Set it to the “music” option and leave it there. The sound is just incredible.. 🙂 Excellent article btw!

sriszone
sriszone

Dolby Sounds Good. Does Anyone notice Low Volume on incoming Notifications. Its too lower than S8+, Poor Low Volume. Its so annoying. Its Sucks.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Actually I noticed that on my wife’s S9 plus. Go to volume in settings and increase it. I noticed by default it was set quite low. Just change it to suit you. While you’re there you can adjust media, ringtone and other volume settings. Hope that helps.

PJaya
PJaya

Unrelated to S9
I still miss that old Tab 2 7.0 even not high end device still have stereo speaker

stondec
stondec

Shouldn’t Samsung have enabled it by default?

Biransahin
Biransahin

Probably not. I think it’s better to allow the user to choose. One doesn’t need to be Albert Einstein to find the setting. Lol

DJRJ_AU
DJRJ_AU

Reading that the S9 was being fitted with Dolby Atmos and stereo speakers tuned by AKG was *the* reason that made me go all fanboy and pre-order the S9 almost to the minute that it became possible to do so. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing Dolby Atmos on my laptop and tablet for almost a year now, and I’m more than happy to report that on the S9 it’s just sublime.

pepo187
pepo187

I love having Dolby atmos turned on when watching video or something..but when I plug in the earphones…I have to turn it off and its annoying…it doesnt sound good with earphones…exactly as you said its louder but its different sound…and that Dolby play with loudness while music is playing so when music starts…its loud..so I turn it down little bit..then when singer start to sign its quieter ..so again I have to turn the volume up…I dont like it at all with earphones…bass is different…its not good

Biransahin
Biransahin

Must be something wrong with your settings, you should adjust itusing other settings such as the individual tuning to your own hearing ability and make sure you go to advanced settings in Dolby Atmos and pick “music”. It should fix it. If it doesn’t I’d try other earphones in case there’s a problem with yours. If that doesn’t fix it, it may be time to visit an ear doctor. Lol. Just kidding.. 😁

welshbloke
welshbloke

I agree with him. Its great for video with the speakers but its pretty horrible with music, particularly through headphones.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

It is pretty rubbish. The sound is very unbalanced and doesn’t sound any different from when it’s off

Ray Hahn Jr.
Ray Hahn Jr.

100% BS. It almost doubles the sound loudness and clarity. Play a song on the music player and toggle the setting. It’s a huge difference.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I did as you said and sure there’s a small difference but it still remains unbalanced as ever. The bottom firing speaker is always louder and more powerful than the earpiece.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Don’t be trolling. You obviously don’t own this phone.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

You obviously don’t know me.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I seriously don’t want to.