Sennheiser and Netflix will deliver immersive spatial audio, so that users can experience immersive, theatre-like sound wherever they are.
What you need to know:
- Netflix has announced a series of brand-new features for Premium plan subscribers, including Netflix spatial audio.
- Premium subscribers using a stereo system will experience immersive cinematic audio on more than 700 of the platform’s top titles.
- This new spatial audio is powered by Sennheiser’s AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio Technology.
Developed in partnership with Netflix, this Sennheiser technology will provide users with an unrivalled immersive experience over stereo speakers, while completely respecting the creative intent of the title’s original surround or immersive mix. Netflix won’t users won’t need any additional hardware to experience this new upgrade – it’s all in the app.
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“We are very pleased that Netflix has expanded its partnership with Sennheiser and has chosen to roll out our game-changing AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio experience to more of its catalogue,” said Renato Pellegrini, Manager Pro Labs, AMBEO Immersive Audio.
New Surround to 2-Channel Rendering
In addition to content mixed for Dolby Atmos®, Netflix’s spatial audio catalogue will also include non-Atmos® surround content.
“As a brand-new feature, the AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio renderer is now also able to process surround mixes, unlocking huge catalogues of content available in these formats,” he continued.
“For members on Netflix’s Premium plan, this means they will be able to enjoy more of their favourite content immersively, however they watch.”
As a company with a customer base comprising many mix and recording engineers, Sennheiser takes audio quality and mixer intent into serious consideration. AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio rendering was created in direct collaboration with mixers and provides them with granular control of the amount of spatialization.
A preview tool allows mixers to compare standard stereo to AMBEO and adjust rendering settings by individual stems or groups. Specific stems, such as dialogue, can be entirely excluded from spatialization, while music mixes can be kept on their left and right channels as immersive rendering is applied to any other stems. The renderer aims to translate mixer intent while providing an impressive immersive audio experience previously inaccessible on two speakers.
Experience It Today
Subscribers on Netflix’s Premium plan can experience AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio on hundreds of Netflix’s most popular titles, including Stranger Things, The Watcher, Wednesday, and Knives Out: Glass Onion. Netflix will add forthcoming titles, such as You, Your Place or Mine, and Luther: The Fallen Sun.
“For an up-to-date list of content available in spatial audio, Netflix members can simply enter “Spatial Audio” in the Netflix search field or look for the new Netflix spatial audio badge.
Learn more about AMBEO 2-Channel Spatial Audio here.