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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Netflix will roll out spatial audio support for Netflix’s original web series and shows.
  • Stranger Things, among other series, will be the first to get spatial audio support.
  • Users will be able to search for content that supports spatial audio simply by typing “spatial audio” in the search bar.

Streaming giant Netflix on Friday announced that it will start rolling out

Streaming giant Netflix on Friday announced that it will start rolling out spatial audio for select original programs starting today. The platform has joined hands with German audio brand Sennheiser to convert the surround sound mixes into spatial audio for its over 221 million users across the world.

The Spatial Audio support was rolled out by Apple for iPhone and iPad in August last year. The new spatial audio feature on Netflix does not require any specific equipment.

Netflix spatial audio helps to translate the cinematic experience

“Netflix spatial audio helps to translate the cinematic experience of immersive audio to any stereo, so the work creators do to bring you into the story happens no matter what device you use to watch Netflix,” the company said in a blog post. There’s a fairly limited selection of content supporting the new audio experience on day one, but you can browse what’s available by searching for “spatial audio” in the Netflix search bar. Early choices include Stranger Things 4, Red Notice, The Witcher, and more.

On supported content, the regular stereo output will now be replaced by Sennheiser’s Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio. Ambeo pulls from whatever surround sound or Dolby Atmos audio track is available for the selected content and mixes it into a more immersive stereo profile. “Crucially, this process preserves the original sound mix and respects creative intent with a remarkably clean sound,” said Scott Kramer, Netflix’s manager for sound technology.

Netflix has partnered with Sennheiser to provide spatial support to users.

Netflix has partnered with Sennheiser to provide spatial support to users. The streaming giant uses Sennheiser AMBEO technology to enhance stereo audio with an immersive surround sound experience that is compatible with all devices, and all streaming plans and does not require surround sound speakers or home theater equipment.

Spatial audio is often less noticeable

Netflix already supports 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos, and Netflix Calibrated Mode, which provides a great viewing experience. With spatial audio support, Netflix aims to provide a cinematic experience at home for users.

Spatial audio is often less noticeable and can be underwhelming when listening with a laptop or standard TV speakers, but I’ll definitely be giving some of these supported shows and movies a try over the coming days to see what kind of difference it makes.

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