How to Turn on Spatial Sound on Windows 10

  • Windows 10 has introduced a new feature called Spatial sound.
  • You can easily turn on Spatial sound on Windows 10 and get an enhanced audio experience.
  • This feature also comes with an ability known as Windows Sonic for Headphones.
  • It is special designed to emulate a 3D environment and make the audio more atmospheric and richer in sound.

With each update for Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to offer new features. One of the hidden yet still awesome features is called Spatial sound and on Windows 10 it comes with a fantastic ability called  Windows Sonic for Headphones

This new ability is designed to emulate a 3D environment and make the final audio coming from your connected headphones more atmospheric. However, Sonic for Headphones only unleash his true potential with some movie encoded in TrueHD Atmos 7.1

If you would like to try this new feature, in this article, you will learn how to turn on Windows Sonic for Headphones on your computer


What is Windows Spatial Sound?

Spatial sound is an enhanced audio experience where sounds can flow around you, including overhead, in a 3D virtual space.

The spatial sound should provide you with a better atmospheric sound experience than traditional surround sound formats can’t. It’s free, and 100% compatible with Atmos content.

Windows 10 is currently supporting 3 different Spatial sound providers: Windows Sonic for Headphones, Dolby Atmos for Headphones, and Dolby Atmos for home theater.


Should Spatial Sound Be On or Off?

Some movies, and games can natively support spatial sound, when not any traditional surround sound content is automatically upscaled to also provide an enhanced audio experience. So, if you turn on spatial sound on Windows, all movies and your games should sound better.


How to Turn on Spatial Sound on Windows 10

The easiest way for enabling the Spatial sound is to right-click the speaker icon on the taskbar.



STEP 1: In the Menu, select Spatial sound and then click on the Windows Sonic for Headphones option.

Another way you can enable it is from the Settings app on your computer. 


Turn on Spatial Sound using the Settings app

STEP 1: Go to the Start Menu and click on the Settings app.

STEP 2: Find the System option and open it in.

STEP 3: Next, click on the Sound in the left sidebar and then click the Device Properties link under the Output section.

STEP 4: Find the Spatial sound section and click on the menu under it.


Turn on Windows Sonic for Headphones
Turning on the Windows Sonic for Headphones feature should make the sound from the movies and games in your headphones better / Image credit: Nechstar, click to zoom


STEP 5: Now, click on the Windows Sonic for Headphones from the menu. 

Done. You’ve successfully activated the new sound feature in Windows 10. It is time to try it out. Use your headset or headphones, and check out if the sound quality or experience is better with this feature. 


Spatial Sound test

To test the Spatial sound feature, you can use the video below.


I hope this guide was helpful, and if you need any additional help, you can use the comment section. You can also check out the Nechstar YouTube channel, where we have several Windows 10 tutorials

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