Netflix starts using new Ambeo spatial audio tech from Sennheiser

has developed an approach that does not require a surround sound system. The technology, called Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio, works with standard stereo speakers, according to Sennheiser. The Ambeo company will “deliver an enhanced audio experience wherever stereo is delivered today, be it standard TVs, stereos, headphones, tablets or laptops.”

A number of Sennheiser partners have worked with the company to fine-tune Ambeo. One of them is , the first streaming service to use this technology. The first title to use Ambeo is the fourth season of . Others include Red notice, The Witcher and the upcoming live action resident Evil Series.

As long as your device’s audio output is set to stereo audio, you don’t need to do any settings to try Ambeo. Netflix makes it the default for two-channel setups for certain titles (you can find these by searching “spatial audio” on Netflix).

Ambeo renders the full immersive audio mix into two channels. It uses existing industry standard file types and does not require a separate mix. According to Sennheiser, the renderer offers granular control over spatialization.

​“What sets Sennheiser apart from other solutions is that the Ambeo rendering respects the original mix, tonal balance and dialogue integrity, which is exactly what the re-recording mixer is looking for,” said Dr. Ambeo team’s Renato Pellegrini in a statement. “The processing lives up to Sennheiser’s reputation for delivering tools that are ‘transparent’ and don’t interfere with the original sound. In short, Sennheiser 2-Channel Spatial Audio tries to translate the mixer’s intent, not overwhelm it.”

If Ambeo performs as well as it promises, it could be a solid solution for people who don’t have the equipment to take advantage of Dolby Atmos and other spatial audio technologies.

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