Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Netflix Expands Spatial Audio Content and Access

Netflix and Sennheiser have teamed up to bring spatial audio to all subscribers. Find out what you need to know.

Netflix Spatial Audio Search

Netflix is certainly experiencing a lot of headaches in 2022 including a downturn in subscribers, employee layoffs, and lower stock prices,  but there has been some scattering of good news, such as the latest season of Stranger Things, expanding its gaming presence, and the forthcoming lower-priced ad-supported subscription tier

In another possible entry in the “good news” category, Netflix is offering a bonus to all its subscribers: Spatial Audio

Netflix Spatial Audio Feature

Netflix Teams with Sennheiser

Up until now, Netflix had been testing spatial audio on a limited basis for those who subscribed to specific subscription plans, using a device that works with Dolby Atmos, and a compatible set of earbuds. However, in partnership with Sennheiser, Netflix has brought a more cinematic immersive audio experience to any stereo playback device using Sennheiser AMBEO technology.

When watching a Netflix AMBEO-enabled title, subscribers who normally receive stereo will automatically access an improved audio experience. AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio replaces stereo on select Netflix TV shows and movies, such as ‘Stranger Things Season 4. Search for “spatial audio” in the Netflix app and try AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio.

To promote its spatial audio format, Netflix is pointing to two samples for subscribers to check out:

Spatial Audio adds to Netflix’s support of other video and audio content enhancements that have been available, such as 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos®, and Netflix Calibrated Mode

Sennheiser AMBEO Tech Overview

More content is being produced in immersive formats like Dolby Atmos® or MPEG-H Audio, while the majority of users still only have stereo playback devices. 

To bring a more immersive listening experience to those who may only have two-channel stereo playback devices Sennheiser AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio is employed. 

Sennheiser AMBEO 2-channel Spatial Audio

AMBEO Spatial Audio is designed to translate (or map) an original immersive mix within two channels of audio that deliver a spatial experience far beyond stereo. It allows any stereo speakers or headphones to deliver an enhanced spatial experience, no equipment upgrades are required.

AMBEO Spatial Audio is not another special mix that requires additional decoding by playback devices. AMBEO’s spatial audio tech outputs a standard two-channel audio file that can be delivered as a drop-in spatial audio replacement within a standard stereo platform.

Netflix Spatial Audio Rundown

Netflix 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.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

If you don’t have to surround sound speakers, spatial audio is enabled automatically when watching a compatible TV show or movie using stereo audio.

If you have a surround sound speaker setup, watching TV shows and movies in 5.1 surround sound or Dolby Atmos is recommended, if available, instead of Netflix Spatial Audio

Tip: Some TVs default to 5.1 audio output. This will disable spatial audio. If your TV or other playback devices don’t have surround sound speakers, it is recommended to change your TV or device settings to stereo audio. 

Spatial audio enhances stereo audio on compatible titles. If the content is being provided in 5.1 or Dolby Atmos (check the icons associated with the content title) spatial audio won’t be provided because your device is requesting 5.1 or Atmos.

Tip: If your playback device has its own surround sound processing, such as Dolby Prologic II/IIx or DTS Neo:6, that will expand any incoming non-spatial audio stereo-only signals to a generic surround sound field. 

Not all titles or every season of TV shows are available with spatial audio. Enter “Spatial Audio” in the Netflix search bar to see the most current spatial audio title listings. Unsupported titles will be provided in standard stereo audio.

For more details, including tips when using Apple devices, go to the Netflix Spatial Audio Help Page.

Related reading: Sony 360 Reality Audio Tour at Sony Pictures Studios

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


New Products

REL Reference Series No.32 and No.31 Subwoofers

New Products

The ultimate subwoofers for movies and music? The new REL Reference Series No.31 and No.32 Subwoofers are monsters.

Grado Labs GS1000x Headphones on stand Grado Labs GS1000x Headphones on stand

New Products

The new Grado Statement Series GS3000x and GS1000x Headphones feature new driver technology and stunning wood ear cups.

Zu Audio Dirty Weekend Six Loudspeakers Zu Audio Dirty Weekend Six Loudspeakers

Floorstanding Speakers

Are you ready for dirty weekend six? Zu Audio are reintroducing these loudspeakers with some substantial upgrades.

SME Model 60 Turntable Front Honeycomb Blue SME Model 60 Turntable Front Honeycomb Blue

New Products

Ultra high-end audio: The SME Model 60 Turntable arrives in North America from $71,900 in a package weighing 190 pounds.

Klipsch T10 Bespoke Ear Computers Klipsch T10 Bespoke Ear Computers

Earbuds & In-Ear Headphones

For those who need to lose something really expensive in the ocean, the Klipsch T10 Bespoke Ear Computers are finally here.

PSB Synchrony T800 Flagship Floorstanding Loudspeaker PSB Synchrony T800 Flagship Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Floorstanding Speakers

Paul Barton has finally taken the plunge and introduced a cost-no-object speaker. The $11,999 PSB Synchrony T800 is quite something.

You May Also Like


Disney is raising its prices and adding new streaming tiers for Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu. Netflix might be in trouble.

Earbuds & In-Ear Headphones

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 Earbuds needed to be really special to knock Sony and Apple off their pedestals. Did they succeed?

New Products

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones Are Finally Here! In June 2022, Sennheiser teased the next generation Momentum Headphones, but are they worth the...


It looks like Netflix isn't the only streaming giant getting bad Q2 News in 2022. Things are rocky at Roku.


The Sennheiser HD 599 SE Headphones and CX Plus SE Wireless Earbuds will each be $99 on Amazon Prime Day. Should you buy them?


Netflix is still the largest streaming service, but will recent troubles force them into adding commercials?

New Products

With only two teaser photos revealed, Sennheiser is readying a competitor to Sony and Bose wireless over-ear headphones. Read our early thoughts.


The tech titans couldn't have built their empires without songs -- and now they are destroying the cultural ecosystem that made them rich.


ecoustics is a hi-fi and music magazine offering product reviews, podcasts, news and advice for aspiring audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts and headphone hipsters. Read more

Copyright © 1999-2022 ecoustics | Disclaimer: We may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.