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(Pocket-lint) – Netflix is teaming up with Sennheiser to deliver a new spatial audio experience that works on all devices.
Thanks to technology from Sennheiser, Netflix content with stereo sound will be enhanced with this new immersive surround sound. Sennheiser specifies that this experience is compatible with all devices, and on all Netflix streaming plans. It does not require surround speakers or home theater equipment. The technology, called Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio, works with standard stereo speakers.
According to Sennheiser, Ambeo aims to deliver “an enhanced audio experience wherever stereo is broadcast today, whether that be standard TVs, stereos, headphones, tablets or laptops”. A number of Sennheiser partners have worked with the company to deliver Ambeo, including Netflix. In fact, the first title to use Ambeo is Season 4 of Stranger Things.
If your device’s audio output is set to stereo audio, you won’t need to adjust any settings to try Ambeo. This will be the default setting for two-channel configurations for titles. (Just search “spatial audio” in the Netflix search bar to find titles). So Netflix subscribers who don’t have surround speakers or devices that support spatial audio will still have spatial audio turned on automatically when watching a compatible TV show or movie. If you have devices that support spatial audio, such as AirPods, nothing will change.
For more on spatial audio, check out Pocket-lint’s guide.
Written by Maggie Tillman.