You can enable Spatial Sound in Windows 11, which is also known as "3D Audio." It provides a better experience by creating more immersive sound. When you turn on Spatial Audio on a compatible device, it feels like the sound comes from around you, not directly in front of you. Spatial Sound makes watching movies more immersive and can also improve your gaming skills by letting you feel the direction of the sound.
Before you activate Spatial Sound in Windows 11, note that for a proper immersive sound experience, you need a compatible output device that supports Spatial Sound in Windows 10 and 11. Although Windows can simulate 3D audio on any headphones, you get the best results when using a compatible sound system or headset.
Enable Spatial Sound in Windows 11 using Settings
- Press Win + I to open Windows Settings. You can also use the Start menu, Windows Search, or a shortcut next to the power menu.
- Go to System > Sound.
- Select the output device for which you want to turn on Spatial Audio.
- Next, find the Spatial Audio section.
- Click on the drop-down menu and select Windows Sonic for Headphones.
It is important to note that different audio devices (headphones, soundbars, sound systems, home theaters) may require other 3D audio apps available in Microsoft Store. A set of headphones, for example, may need Dolby Access to enable spatial audio.
If your device does not work with Windows Sonic for Headphones, click the Get more spatial sound apps link next to the drop-down menu. Download a corresponding app, then select it from the drop-down menu in the spatial audio settings.
Enable Spatial Sound in Windows 11 Control Panel
If you like changing Windows settings using the classic Control Panel, here is how to enable Spatial Sound in Windows 11 with Control Panel.
- Open Control Panel in Windows 11 using the Win + R shortcut and the
- Go to Hardware and Sound > Sound. If you use the Large Icons or Small Icons view, click Sound.
- On the Playback tab, find your sound output device and right-click it. Select Properties.
- Next, click the Spatial Sound tab.
- In the Spatial Sound Format section, click the drop-down menu and select one of the available apps from 3D Sound.
- Click OK.
That is it.
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