Today Netflix announced that it is bringing spatial audio to all devices in an effort to improve the listening experience across its catalog of original titles. Currently, content that supports spatial audio includes the fourth season of “Stranger Things”, “The Adam Project”, “Red Notice”, “The Witcher”, “Locke & Key”, among others.
For those who don’t know, spatial audio is designed to deliver cinema sound from a movie or TV show. Whatever you are watching at home, there will be sounds appearing from all around you.
Users can type “Spatial Audio” in the Netflix search bar to find all movies and series that support the option. The number of tracks compatible with spatial audio will depend on your streaming device.
The rollout means users with devices that don’t normally support spatial audio can now use it. Additionally, all subscribers, regardless of their Netflix subscription plan, will be able to use Spatial Audio.
Netflix has licensed Sennheiser’s AMBEO technology to deliver spatial sound through any 2-channel stereo hardware, which provides three-dimensional positional sound without the need for additional surround speakers or home theater equipment. AMBEO’s goal is to provide an “enhanced audio experience wherever stereo is delivered today, be it standard televisions, stereo systems, headphones, tablets or laptops”, Sennheiser said in a statement.
For users watching on an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, Netflix advises that the stream quality should be set to “High” or “Auto” in order to watch content compatible with spatial audio.
It’s also worth pointing out that for those who already own Apple devices that support Spatial Audio – like the third-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max and Beats Fit Pro – nothing will change as support for the spatial audio is already available.