Netflix has partnered with Sennheiser to bring spatial audio to the streaming service’s original programming, including the recently released strange things season 4.
The Netflix blog post states, “Starting today spatial audio will be rolling out to our catalog, and you can find it by typing ‘spatial audio’ into the search bar and selecting the show or movie that supports it in the search results.” can hear for himself.” This feature uses Sennheiser’s Ambeo technology.
Spatial audio involves arranging all sources of sound in a modal 360-degree sound field around the position of the listener (in some cases, this also includes vertical spatial positioning). Spatial audio then uses that data to deliver sound to a variety of devices, including TV speakers or headphones that typically only provide stereo sound, rather than a traditional multi-channel surround setup.
It has previously been seen in a number of consumer devices, from Apple’s AirPods to Sony’s PlayStation 5.
While spatial audio through stereo headphones doesn’t match up with a robust surround sound system in your home theater, it generally provides a perceptual improvement in immersion in situations where you don’t have a full surround setup.
Up to that point, Spatial Audio will be enabled automatically when stereo audio continues. However, Netflix still recommends using 5.1 surround sound or Dolby Atmos if you have actual surround sound speakers.
Previously, Netflix already supported spatial audio on specific Apple headphones, including the AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Beats Fit Pro, and third-generation AirPods, provided the viewer was watching on streaming hardware that supports it. , such as Apple TV 4K or the most recent iPhone or iPad model.
The addition of Sennheiser Ambeo support brings this feature to non-Apple devices, albeit in a different implementation.