Netflix launches spatial audio, improve audio quality for all users
In a bid to improve the audio quality of its library of original movies, Netflix has launched spatial audio for all platforms. This is specially targeted at users who use headphones to watch a TV show or movie, the functionality should offer more immersive sound.
Sennheiser and Netflix collaborated to develop an expanded spatial audio output, which can be streamed through stereo speakers or headphones without the need for additional hardware or a professional surround setup.
Instead of stereo output on the Netflix platform, content that supports it will now use Sennheiser’s Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio format. Ambeo employs any surround sound or Dolby Atmos audio tracks that are available for the selected content in order to produce a more immersive stereo profile.
Additionally, Netflix also supports Apple’s spatial audio on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad devices to deliver a rich surround sound experience with 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos audio.
The “Streaming quality” parameter should be set to “High or Auto” in order to listen to spatial audio on an Apple device that is compatible.
The feature will be available to all Netflix subscribers and will also work on devices that do not usually support spatial audio.
Currently, the library of Netflix content utilizing the spatial audio feature is limited, however, users can search up spatial audio in the search bar to get the full list of shows and movies with spiral audio. Some early picks include Red Notice, The Witcher, Locke & Key, The Adam Project, and Stranger Things 4.