Warner releases on Amazon dustbin

Warner releases on Amazon dustbin


norman lebrecht

July 09, 2020

Today’s orchestral release from Warner Classics comes on a device that sound professionals have taken to calling ‘an inverted dustbin’.

That’s one of the politer epithets for the Echo Studio Device. ‘Amazon Buckethead’ is more the common nickname. We thought you should know.

Here’s the press release:

Warner Classics launches the 3D Classical Collection, exclusively on Amazon Music: a playlist of 35 classical tracks from the London Philharmonic Orchestra available in Dolby Atmos Music on Amazon’s Echo Studio Device

“Our aim has been to ensure that each track has the edge of live performance…to create the electrifying sensation of living inside the music.”

On 9 July 2020, Warner Classics is launching the 3D Classical Collection – a spectacular playlist of 35 of the greatest classical tracks recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir and young British conductor Ben Gernon, exclusively through Amazon Music. The 3D Classical Collection was recorded at the prestigious Studio One at Abbey Road Studios where it was also mixed in Dolby Atmos. Listeners will be able to stream the 3D Classical Collection, and hear it in Dolby Atmos, when listening through Amazon Music’s high-quality streaming tier, Amazon Music HD, on Echo Studio. Learn more here.

Dolby Atmos Music gives music more space and freedom, revealing what was lost with stereo recording. Thanks to this immersive audio technology developed by Dolby, listeners can experience the works of 26 supreme composers as if they were in the concert hall sitting alongside the London Philharmonic. Dolby Atmos will envelop listeners in sound, offering a truly immersive listening experience.

To experience the 3D Classical Collection in Dolby Atmos on Amazon Music, listeners will need a subscription to Amazon Music’s high quality streaming tier, Amazon Music HD, as well as Amazon’s latest groundbreaking high-fidelity smart speaker, the Echo Studio. With Amazon Music HD, customers have access to the highest quality listening experience available, including a growing catalog of 3D Audio, as well as more than 60 million songs available in High Definition (HD) and millions of songs in Ultra HD. When paired with an Echo Studio, customers will experience immersive audio, which brings listeners closer to their favorite artists and songs, allowing them to experience music the way artists intended it. With five built-in directional speakers, Echo Studio has been purposefully engineered to create premium sound with space, clarity, and depth.

Each of the 35 tracks is set in a soundscape attuned to the specific colours and moods of the music, which is best experienced on Amazon Music HD with Echo Studio The music in the 3D Classical Collection spans four centuries, ranging from Bach, Handel and Vivaldi through Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Verdi to Mahler, Elgar, Ravel, Prokofiev, Holst, Shostakovich and Barber. It encompasses moods from the intimate to the epic, the serene to the cataclysmic, the reflective to the rousing….



  • Gustavo says:

    These dustbins don’t give you the pleasure of searching for treasured rare discs.

    So much looking forward to my John Williams double gold vinyl release limitted to 1000 copies worldwide – which is not available at Amazon!

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    Hilarious. We have one. It’s great for certain things but not music: the sound quality is terrible, even with lossless streaming!

  • Larry says:

    Is this going to be another spectacular flop like “quadrophonic sound” in the ’70s?

  • lillianastanescu says:

    These are not even visually appealing

  • Dave says:

    A dustbin sounds like the right place for this sort of Classic FM easy-listen.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    You can’t ignore the laws of physics and acoustics.
    To have *true* surround sound you must have speakers in at least 4 corners of the room (all 8 if the sound source is 8-channel); most commercially issued surround sound is 4 channels (front L/R and back L/R) plus an extra channel for the low frequencies, which are much less directional in nature.
    True stereo needs two speakers spaced away from each other. Even the highest quality headphones will give you only stereo, despite the occasional “4-channel” headphones that are out there; you only have two ears.
    These gimmicks such as “3D Echo Studio” can’t even give you stereo, as the sound issues from just one point. What you get is muddy pseudo-mono. Those “5 built-in directional speakers” need to be spaced around the room, not placed right next to each other in that single buckethead-looking device.