Netflix is rolling out spatial audio for select titles globally. This new feature will allow you to have a more immersive audio experience without having to purchase any new sound equipment. The video streaming platform is bringing this new functionality in partnership with Sennheiser.
Netflix Spatial Audio Support On All Devices
Netflix states in its blog post that its spatial audio will “translate the cinematic experience of immersive audio to any stereo.” It utilises Sennheiser AMBEO tech to improve stereo audio to provide an “immersive surround sound experience.” Sennheiser explains, “AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio translates an original immersive mix into two channels of audio that deliver a spatial experience far beyond stereo.” Essentially, it offers spatial audio without requiring hardware upgrades from the user.
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Netflix spatial audio works with all devices, and most importantly, you will not need to buy expensive surround sound speakers to enjoy this new feature. In the absence of surround sound speakers, spatial audio gets enabled automatically. For those who do own such speakers, Netflix recommends watching TV shows in 5.1 surround sound or Dolby Atmos.
While Netflix also supports spatial audio on Apple devices, you can experience this feature by setting the streaming quality to “High” or “Auto” and enabling the spatial audio setting. You can check out the full list of compatible Apple devices here.
Netflix Spatial Audio Support: Availability
Netflix spatial audio is supported on all devices. Moreover, the feature is available for all subscription plans. As of now, the function is being rolled out to a limited number of Netflix original shows. Currently, spatial audio support is available for titles such as Stranger Things 4, Red Notice, The Witcher, Locke & Key, Interceptor, The Adam Project, and more. You can check out the full list of supported titles by typing “spatial audio” in Netflix’s search bar.