Netflix has partnered with Sennheiser to bring the new Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio technology to its streaming platform. The technology is said to bring huge improvements in spatial audio to any viewer with a standard audio setup, “whether it’s a standard TV, stereo, headphones, tablet or laptop”. Ambeo was developed to take advantage of open industry standard formats such as ADM or IAB and provide standard two-channel audio files as an alternative to stereo output. This approach will allow viewers to enjoy immersive spatial audio formats such as Dolby Atmos or MPEG-H audio on any stereo speakers or headphones.
Sennheiser announced Thursday that Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio is now available on Netflix for select titles like Stranger Things 4. Viewers can also search for “spatial audio” in the Netflix app to find Ambeo Spatial Sound for other shows and movies now included – including Red Notice, The Witcher, Castlevania and the upcoming live-action Resident Evil series.
An important feature of this technology is that viewers don’t have to fiddle with their settings to activate it. Ambeo is said to automatically detect stereo settings and use enhanced two-channel spatial audio. It’s not another mix – instead, it outputs a two-channel audio file as a stereo alternative.
Sennheiser worked with Netflix and multiple industry partners to help fine-tune the technology during its development. Netflix is now the first streaming platform to use Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio, while others can still license from Sennheiser. The company said many viewers stream content on devices with standard stereo setups such as smartphones, tablets or standard TVs. With Ambeo technology, audiences can fully enjoy most movies and music produced in Dolby Atmos or MPEG-H audio.