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Netflix introduces high-quality audio

Feature adapts to different system capabilities

Netflix has introduced a high-quality audio feature, designed to deliver sound akin to what creators hear in the studio.

The feature is also said to be adaptive for the best possible audio to match system capabilities, similar to what the platform does for video.

Netflix said the feature originated when reviewing Stranger Things 2 in a living room environment in order to understand how viewers would experience it.

“At one point in the first episode, there was a car chase scene that didn’t sound as crisp as it did on the mixing stage,” the company said.

“Fortunately, we were able to address the problem for Stranger Things 2 by delivering a higher bitrate for the audio, and since then have been working diligently to roll out improved audio more broadly.”

Netflix added that most TV devices that support 5.1 or Dolby Atmos are capable of receiving better sound, with 5.1 offering 192-640 kbps and Dolby Atmos (available to premium members) 448-768 kbps.