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What Is Netflix Spatial Audio? Immersive Premium Feature Explained

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Netflix, following the example of Apple, Samsung, and Tidal, has integrated spatial audio listening into some of its content. This enhancement is designed to elevate the overall viewing experience for users. Premium users, to be more specific. Netflix Premium tier offers several advantages, such as 4K streaming, the ability to stream on up to four devices simultaneously, and now spatial audio has also been added to the most expensive Netflix package.

But what exactly is Netflix spatial audio, and which devices support it? Figuring out below.

What is Netflix spatial audio & how does it work?

Spatial audio is a technology that creates and reproduces sound in 360 degrees, simulating the way we perceive sound in our environment. This innovative feature, now accessible on over 700 titles, including popular shows like Stranger Things, The Witcher, Wednesday, and Knives Out: Glass Onion, adds a new layer of depth to the auditory experience.

The technology behind Netflix's spatial audio is powered by Sennheiser's Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio, which optimizes the audio for standard TVs, laptops, phones, and tablets. The Ambeo technology splits the original audio mix into two channels, offering a spatial experience beyond traditional stereo sound. While the feature is primarily optimized for laptops and tablets, it is compatible with various devices, including TVs with stereo speakers and phones in landscape mode.

How do I get spatial audio on Netflix?

To access spatial audio, you can simply enter 'spatial audio' in the search bar to find a comprehensive list of compatible titles. Additionally, a spatial audio icon next to a title's description indicates its compatibility with this feature.

Which setup do I need to get Netflix spatial audio?

Netflix recommends Premium plan subscribers, who already enjoy benefits such as 4K streaming and the ability to stream on up to four devices simultaneously, to use spatial audio for the best experience. If users have surround sound speakers, Netflix suggests watching content in 5.1 surround sound or Dolby Atmos.

Whether using a TV, tablet, or headphones, Netflix assures users that spatial audio should be accessible, with Sennheiser's AMBEO technology designed to cater to various setups. Netflix acknowledges that the effectiveness of spatial audio may vary depending on the user's home viewing gear.