How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

How Microsoft’s spatial sound simulator works

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

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Windows Sonic for Headphones is Microsoft’s take on spatial sound, attempting to create a surround sound experience for everyone, even with ordinary stereo headphones.

What Is Windows Sonic?

Windows Sonic was added to Windows 10 in 2017 as part of an update, and was quickly rolled out in an update for Xbox One owners, too. While there’s always the option to also use Dolby Atmos headphones for a surround sound experience (with pros and cons to both), there are many reasons to stick with sonic audio through Windows Sonic for Headphones.

What Is Spatial Sound?

Spatial sound forms the basis of Windows Sonic for Headphones and is required as a way in which to ‘create audio objects that emit audio from positions in 3D space’. Essentially, it’s as if Windows has created multiple speakers scattered around your room then emulated the results via your headphones. It’s a simple way of experiencing surround sound but with less physical equipment.

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It mixes sounds before they’re sent to your headphones. So, for instance, a gunshot in a game coming from the right corner is ‘repositioned’ so you actually hear it coming from that direction through your headphones.

How Does Windows Sonic for Headphones Work?

Windows Sonic for Headphones works through virtual means. The hard work is done by software rather than the physical equipment you use. Rather than using sonic headphones or dedicated surround sound headphones, Windows Sonic is activated simply by toggling a button on your speaker settings on your computer.

It doesn’t work with all setups, such as with built-in laptop speakers, but it’s supported all headphones.

Windows Sonic for Headphones only works with applications, games, or movies that are capable of rendering to 7.1 channel formats. Some games and applications may not benefit from activating it.

What Are Its Advantages?

Using Windows Sonic for Headphones has a number of advantages. Here’s a brief look at some of them.

  • Space constraints: You don’t have to worry about setting up extensive surround sound systems to gain a similar audio experience.
  • It’s cheaper: Windows Sonic for Headphones is free to use and doesn’t require expensive equipment.
  • Simple to setup: Generally, you can set it up by toggling one switch on your computer or Xbox One.

When Is It Most Useful?

It’s always good to enjoy better quality sound for less, but there are a couple of key areas where Windows Sonic for Headphones is extra useful.

  • Gaming: When gaming, the positional aspect of Windows Sonic means that you can hear the direction that footsteps or gunshots come from. In multiplayer games in particular, it’s hugely helpful to be able to rely on your ears as well as your reaction skills.
  • Movies: Movies are always better with good picture quality and great sound. You have a better chance of hearing subtle nuances when watching a film with Windows Sonic for Headphones activated.

Is It Worth Using Windows Sonic for Headphones?

Windows Sonic is entirely free to use, so there’s no reason not to activate it on your computer or Xbox One. It provides better sound quality via its use of spatial sound technology, and is a great inexpensive way of enjoying a form of surround sound without having to buy extra equipment.

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Microsoft added “Windows Sonic” spatial sound to Windows 10 back in the Creators Update. Windows Sonic for Headphones is disabled by default, but you can enable it for virtual surround sound. This option is available on the Xbox One, too.

How to Enable Windows Sonic

You can easily toggle this feature on or off from the sound icon in your notification area. Right-click the speaker icon, point to Spatial Sound, and select “Windows Sonic for Headphones” to enable it. Select “Off” here to disable Windows Sonic.

If you don’t see an option to enable spatial sound here or in the Control Panel, your sound device doesn’t support it. For example, this option won’t be available when using built-in laptop speakers.

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You can also access this feature from the Sound Control Panel applet. To launch it, head to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound.

Double-click the playback device you want to enable Windows Sonic for, click the “Spatial Sound” tab, and choose “Windows Sonic for Headphones” in the box. You can also enable Dolby Atmos for Headphones on the same dropdown menu. This is a similar spatial sound technology for headphones. However, it uses Dolby’s technology, and requires a $15 in-app purchase to unlock.

You can also toggle the “Turn on 7.1 virtual surround sound” option on or off on the Spatial Sound tab.

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On an Xbox One, you’ll find this option at System > Settings > Display & Sound > Audio Output. Choose Windows Sonic for Headphones under Headset audio.

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What is Spatial Sound?

As Microsoft’s developer documentation puts it, Windows Sonic is a “platform-level solution for spatial sound support on Xbox on Windows.” Application developers can use spatial sound APIs to “create audio objects that emit audio from positions in 3D space.” All applications can take advantage of this—new UWP apps, traditional Windows desktop applications, standard PC games, and Xbox One games.

This is exactly the data that Dolby Atmos-enabled receivers need to mix their spatial sound, so Windows Sonic enables full Dolby Atmos support in the latest versions of Windows 10. When paired with a Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver and speaker system, sounds you hear can be positioned in 3D space—vertically as well as horizontally—for an improved surround sound experience.

So, for example, if a sound is coming from above you and to your right in a movie, TV show, or video game, the upwards-firing or ceiling mounted speakers on the right side of your room will place the sound in that location—assuming you have Dolby Atmos.

The Dolby Access app in the Store will help you set up Dolby Atmos home theater audio with a Windows 10 PC.

How Does Spatial Sound Work in Headphones?

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This spatial data would normally only be useful if you have a Dolby Atmos system that can actually use it. Even if you have a traditional 7.1 stereo surround sound system, you’re just getting normal surround sound with eight channels of audio—seven speakers plus your subwoofer.

However, this positional data can provide spatial sound in any pair of headphones. You just need to enable either “Windows Sonic for Headphones” or “Dolby Atmos for Headphones.” Both work similarly, but Dolby’s version uses Dolby’s technology and has a price tag, while Windows Sonic uses only Microsoft’s technology and is included for free with Windows 10 and the Xbox One.

When you enable one of these features, your Windows PC (or Xbox One) will mix the audio using the positional data, providing a virtual spatial sound experience. So, if you’re playing a game and a sound is coming from above your character and to the right, the sound will be mixed before it’s sent to your headphones so you hear that sound as coming from above you and to the right.

These spatial sound features only work with applications that provide the spatial data to Windows.

What About 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound?

When you enable Windows Sonic for Headphones, the “Turn on 7.1 virtual surround sound” feature in the Sound Control Panel is also enabled by default. On the Xbox One, this feature is named “Use virtual surround sound.”

With 7.1 virtual surround sound enabled, Windows will take 7.1 surround sound audio—in video games or movies, for example—and mix it to stereo sound, taking into account the position of the objects, before sending it to your headphones. 5.1 surround sound will also work.

To use this feature properly, you’ll need to set your game or video player to output 7.1 surround sound, even though you’re using headphones. Your headphones will function as a virtual 7.1 surround sound device.

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Unlike with true surround sound, you’re still using a standard pair of stereo headphones with only two speakers—one for each ear. However, the virtual surround sound provides more better positional audio cues, which are particularly useful when playing PC or Xbox games.

These headphone features function similarly to surround sound technologies for gaming headphones like Dolby Headphone, Creative Media Surround Sound 3D (CMSS-3D Headphone), and DTX Headphone X. But they’re integrated into Windows and work with any pair of headphones.

The virtual surround sound feature works with all applications that provide 7.1 surround sound audio. Many games and movies that don’t provide spatial sound do have 7.1 surround sound support, so this is compatible with many more applications.

How Many Applications Provide Positional Data?

With the “Turn on 7.1 virtual surround sound” feature enabled, you’ll get some mixed positional audio in your headphones with any 7.1 surround sound signal. However, for the best positional audio, you’ll need applications that actually provide that positional audio data to Windows (or your Xbox One.)

It’s unclear just how many applications now support this. However, Microsoft’s documentation says that “many app and game developers use third party audio rendering engine solutions” and that “Microsoft has partnered with several of these solution providers to implement Windows Sonic in their existing authoring environments.”

One thing is clear: Any game or application that advertises support for Dolby Atmos will also provide spatial data to Windows Sonic for Headphones.

Either way, with Windows Sonic for Headphones enabled, you’ll still get positional sound as long as you have the 7.1 virtual surround sound feature enabled and you’re using applications with 7.1 surround sound. Some applications will just have better positional sound if they provide the data to Windows Sonic.

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Press Windows key + X
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Right click your audio adapter
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Spatial sound is a new audio experience. Here’s how you enable it on Windows 10.

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How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

Windows 10 includes a revolutionary audio option, but you have to know where to look to activate and use it.

Spatial sound changes the audio profile on the system, altering the audio output for the user. It is an integrated Windows 10 feature, known as Windows Sonic, and it’ll change how you hear things forever.

What Is Windows Sonic?

Windows Sonic is a platform-level audio tool that emulates surround sound. But more than that, Windows Sonic can also use spatial sound, an immersive audio experience that positions audio all around you.

Think of it like this. When you use traditional surround sound, the audio washes over you across a single horizontal plane. You experience great audio immersion, but all sounds arrive at a similar level (depending on your setup, of course).

Windows Sonic spatial sound can move audio around your entire person, making the audio sound as if it were coming from above your head or below your feet.

Say you’re watching a film with helicopters flying overhead. With surround sound, you hear the rotors all around you. But with spatial sound, you hear the helicopter rotors move from behind you, overhead, then in front.

Spatial sound, then, is like a three-dimension audio experience, allowing you to hear and experience audio vertically and horizontally.

What Spatial Sound Options Does Windows 10 Support?

Windows Sonic is one of the spatial sound formats supported by Windows 10 since the Creator’s update in 2017. Its official title is Windows Sonic for Headphones, but it isn’t the only spatial sound option available to Windows 10 users.

The other two options at your disposal are Dolby Atmos for Headphones and Dolby Atmos for Home Theater.

You can use Windows Sonic for Headphones with any set of headphones or earbuds, while you can use Dolby Atmos with specific hardware supporting the format. The Dolby Atmos option also requires you to purchase an app for $15 as a one-off payment.

How Do I Turn on Windows Sonic for Headphones?

The first thing you need to do is check that spatial sound is available on your computer.

Input spatial in your Start menu search bar and select the Best Match. This will open the Windows 10 Sound Settings window.

Under Output, select Device properties. If spatial sound is available on your system, you can use the dropdown menu to select Windows Sonic for Headphones.

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How Do I Turn Windows Sonic for Headphones Off?

You can follow the same process as above but in reverse.

Alternatively, right-click the audio icon in your system tray (in the bottom-right corner of the screen), then head to Spatial Sound > Off.

You can also find spatial sound options in the Sound Control Panel options. From the Windows 10 Sound Settings window, select Sound Control Panel. Right-click your active audio device and select Properties, then open the Spatial Sound tab.

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You can use the dropdown menu to switch Windows Sonic for Headphones off. Depending on your headset, you’ll also find options for toggling surround sound off and on here, too.

Spatial Sound Options on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One

Windows Sonic for Headphones is available to the Xbox Series X and S, plus the Xbox One. You’ll find the Xbox audio options at Settings > General > Volume & Audio Output. From here, you can make changes to your Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One audio settings.

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Use the Headset dropdown menu to select Windows Sonic for Headphones (or Dolby Atmos for Headphones, if your headset supports that option).

Testing Windows Sonic for Headphones

The experience you have with spatial sound depends on your headphones. After switching Windows Sonic for Headphones on, you should try watching a few different movie trailers, play some video games, and even listen to some music.

I tried Windows Sonic for Headphones on two headphones and one set of earbuds.

First up was a wired HyperX Cloud headset. This particular headset is now four years old but still functions exceptionally well. Toggling Windows Sonic on and off definitely made a difference to the output audio. The array of sounds seems richer, with more depth than was previously available.

The second was a pair of Anker Soundcore Life P2 earbuds connected to Windows 10 via Bluetooth. These had the least noticeable change. There was a slight difference, but the limited range of the earbuds hinders the emulated sound’s ability to progress much further than the hardware allows.

Don’t get me wrong, it still sounded great, and they’re brilliant earbuds. But the Windows Sonic for Headphones didn’t make a discernible difference.

Finally, a Creative SXFI Theater headset. This was the most interesting option because these headphones are designed specifically for spatial sound via Creative’s SXFI technology.

As the Creative headset is designed for spatial sound, the audio output on this headset was most noticeably different. Windows Sonic for Headphones gave an altogether richer sound, with crisper highs. The mid-audio spectrum sounded great, too.

Is Windows Sonic for Headphones Any Good?

Having tested Windows Sonic for Headphones on three different options, the feedback is good. It definitely provides some welcome audio improvements across the boards, even if they were seemingly less noticeable on the earbuds.

Whether that difference is less noticeable because of the size of the earbuds (the hardware itself, such as the drivers) or because the technology doesn’t work as well with smaller devices, is another question. The general feedback from other users is good, too.

However, there is a difference between improving the quality of the audio and implementing actual spatial sound. So, while the audio is better, there was a lack of immersive spatial sound experience across all three options.

On the other hand, you have to make sure you’re engaging with media with spatial sound output. For example, if you fire up an old game like Doom in an emulator, you won’t experience spatial sound. The game doesn’t have any programming in it to say “make a sound come from above and behind” the character. There is just a sound that you respond to and then shoot the monsters.

The rise of virtual reality gaming and experience is pushing demand for spatial audio experiences, but it still isn’t as widely used as surround sound. But as a free option within your operating system? Turn it on and improve your audio experience!

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Windows 10 has grown and changed quite a bit over the last few years, adding some big and small tweaks that are nevertheless appreciated. One of the lesser-known features, added in the Creators Update for Windows 10, is Windows Sonic, a surround sound emulator for your headphones.

With Windows Sonic enabled, audio coming through any headphones — we tested on budget and expensive options — seems richer, and more immersive. Want to test it out yourself? Here’s how to get everything set up.

How to enable Windows Sonic

To get started with Windows Sonic, you need to enable spatial audio on your Windows 10 PC.

  1. Right-click the Speakers button in your system tray.
  2. Click Spatial sound (Windows Sonic for Headphones).

Click Windows Sonic for Headphones.

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That’s it! You can now give it a try to see if you notice a difference. Alternatively, you can enable and disable Windows Sonic for other audio options not in use by accessing the Control Panel.

    Right-click the Start button.

Click Search.

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Click Sound.

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Click Spatial sound.

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Click Windows Sonic for Headphones.

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Click OK.

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Testing Windows Sonic sound

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To see if Windows Sonic makes a difference, we watched a few movie trailers in the Films & TV app, both without spatial audio enabled and with Windows Sonic turned on. Using a pair of B&O PLAY H9 headphones and Surface Headphones, there was a noticeable difference in the sound when spatial audio was enabled – every track seemed more present, and with a more spacious feel. Even when using a cheap gaming headset, the difference in sound was quite noticeable.

Audiophiles no doubt have their own opinions on whether or not this is an improvement, but the fact remains that there is a difference.

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If we play on the computer, or we like to watch series and movies on the PC, we surely have good headphones. Although we are not going to achieve the same effect with headphones as with a real 7.1 equipment, the truth is that there are algorithms that achieve it quite well, although many times we have to leave enough money to be able to use them, or be limited to one type of headphones concrete. Luckily, Windows 10 brings its own surround sound algorithm that, in addition, we will be able to activate it for any type of speaker or headphones. So is Spatial Sound, or Windows Sonic .

What is spatial sound in Windows 10

Windows 10 Spatial Sound, also known as Windows Sonic or Spatial Sound, is a technology developed by Microsoft to compete directly with similar ones such as EAX (from Creative), THX (from Razer), Dolby or DTS. Broadly speaking, what this technology seeks is to allow us to obtain precise 3D positioning using virtual surround sound systems.

The Microsoft API supports up to a total of 17 different audio channels . In addition, they are not all the same height, but there may even be raised channels, reproducing sounds above and below the user, which is known as an configuration.

The main window of this type of surround sound is that, unlike others, it is completely free. Any Windows 10 user will be able to activate it without problems, regardless of the headset (or speakers) that you connect, as long as it is stereo and uses the Microsoft drivers. Nor does it depend on any additional software to activate it, since we can start it with just a couple of clicks.

Microsoft uses this system in all its products, from Windows 10 to Xbox, including, of course, the Hololens.

How to activate Windows Sonic

Windows spatial sound is installed by default in all versions of Windows 10 after the Creators Update. To use it, all we have to do is connect headphones, headphones or speakers to the computer. No matter the shape, we can do it through the green connector (mini-jack) on the back of the tower, from the universal connector of the laptop, or via USB. It is also compatible with wireless headphones.

Once the cases are connected, all we have to do is click with the right mouse button on the audio icon, which appears next to the Windows clock, and select “spatial sound”. Here we will be able to see all the options that we can activate. The one that interests us in this case is ” Windows Sonic for headphones “.

Ready. We don’t have to do anything else. From now on, our stereo headphones will behave like immersive 7.1 headphones, allowing you to enjoy games or movies much more.

In case we want to deactivate it, we simply go back to the previous section and choose the “deactivated” option.

Enable DTS or Dolby

In addition to Windows Sonic, Windows 10 supports other types of spatial sound. For example, the most common are DTS: X and Dolby Access . However, both technologies are paid. We can download the respective apps from the store and activate them, but in order to use them we will have to go to the checkout.

Unless, our helmets already have the Dolby or DTS license as standard. This happens, for example, with the Logitech G935 (among others), which are already certified to work with DTS: X for headphones and, therefore, we can use this effect with said headphones for free.

To activate the effect, the process is the same as to activate Windows Sonic, since by selecting the spatial sound option we will be able to see the effects that are available, both DTS and Windows Sonic.

Enable spatial sound when unavailable

It may happen that when connecting headphones (for example, the Logitech that we have mentioned before) that, when trying to activate the spatial sound, we do not get available options. This is due to the fact that the driver installed by default is configured to take control of the device through specific software and, therefore, does not allow the use of other spatial sound systems.

Luckily, this has an easy solution: change the manufacturer’s proprietary driver to the generic Windows driver. To do this, what we must do is open the Sound window, where all the playback devices will appear. We double click on our headphones to open its properties window, and in controller information we will click on the “properties” button. Now we will see the driver window. We select the “Driver” tab, and click on “Update driver”.

If the option appears disabled, we need administrator permissions to be able to make this configuration change. Now, we will search for a new driver manually on our computer, and we will choose the one that appears as “audio device”, which is the generic one from Microsoft.

Ready. If you ask us to restart the computer, we do so to complete the driver update process. When the PC reboots we try to activate the spatial sound again, and we can see how now all the available options appear. In our case, the helmets are compatible with Windows Sonic and DTS: X for free , without having to pay any license.

We select the surround effect that we want to use and that’s it. Enjoy the new surround sound in our headphones. And best of all, without depending on other programs (such as those that manufacturers require us to install) for this.

Als we spelen op de computer, of we kijken graag naar series en films op de pc, dan hebben we zeker een goede koptelefoon. Hoewel we niet hetzelfde effect zullen bereiken met een koptelefoon als met een echte 7.1-apparatuur, is de waarheid dat er algoritmen zijn die dit redelijk goed bereiken, hoewel we vaak genoeg geld moeten achterlaten om ze te kunnen gebruiken, of om beperkt tot één type hoofdtelefoon beton. Gelukkig brengt Windows 10 zijn eigen surround sound-algoritme dat we bovendien kunnen activeren voor elk type luidspreker of hoofdtelefoon. Dus is ruimtelijk geluid, of Windows Sonic .

Wat is ruimtelijk geluid in Windows 10

Windows 10 Spatial Sound, ook wel bekend als Windows Sonic of Spatial Sound, is een technologie die door Microsoft is ontwikkeld om rechtstreeks te concurreren met soortgelijke zoals Eax (van Creative), THX (van Razer), Dolby or DTS. In grote lijnen tracht deze technologie ons in staat te stellen nauwkeurige 3D-positionering te verkrijgen met behulp van virtuele surround sound-systemen.

De Microsoft API ondersteunt in totaal 17 verschillende audiokanalen . Bovendien hebben ze niet allemaal dezelfde hoogte, maar er kunnen zelfs verhoogde kanalen zijn die geluiden boven en onder de gebruiker reproduceren, wat bekend staat als een

Het hoofdvenster van dit type surround-geluid is dat het, in tegenstelling tot andere, volledig gratis is. Elke Windows 10-gebruiker kan het zonder problemen activeren, ongeacht de headset (of luidsprekers) die u aansluit, zolang het stereo is en de Microsoft-stuurprogramma’s gebruikt. Het is ook niet afhankelijk van aanvullende software om het te activeren, aangezien we het met slechts een paar klikken kunnen starten.

Microsoft gebruikt dit systeem in al zijn producten, van Windows 10 tot Xbox, inclusief natuurlijk de Hololens.

Hoe Windows Sonic te activeren

Windows ruimtelijk geluid wordt standaard geïnstalleerd in alle versies van Windows 10 na de Creators Update. Om het te gebruiken, hoeven we alleen maar een koptelefoon, koptelefoon of luidsprekers op de computer aan te sluiten. Ongeacht de vorm, we kunnen het doen via de groene connector (mini-jack) aan de achterkant van de toren, vanaf de universele connector van de laptop of via USB. Het is ook compatibel met draadloze hoofdtelefoons.

Als de koffers eenmaal zijn aangesloten, hoeven we alleen maar met de rechtermuisknop op het audiopictogram te klikken dat naast de Windows-klok verschijnt en “ruimtelijk geluid” te selecteren. Hier zullen we alle opties kunnen zien die we kunnen activeren. Degene die ons in dit geval interesseert is ” Windows Sonic voor hoofdtelefoons ‘.

Klaar. We hoeven verder niets te doen. Vanaf nu gedraagt ​​onze stereohoofdtelefoon zich als een immersieve 7.1-hoofdtelefoon, waardoor je veel meer van games of films kunt genieten.

In het geval dat we het willen deactiveren, gaan we terug naar de vorige sectie en kiezen we de “gedeactiveerde” optie.

Schakel DTS of Dolby in

Naast Windows Sonic ondersteunt Windows 10 andere soorten ruimtelijk geluid. De meest voorkomende zijn bijvoorbeeld DTS: X en Dolby Access . Beide technologieën worden echter betaald. We kunnen de respectieve apps uit de winkel downloaden en activeren, maar om ze te gebruiken, moeten we naar de kassa.

Tenzij onze helmen al standaard de Dolby- of DTS-licentie hebben. Dit gebeurt bijvoorbeeld met de Logitech G935 (onder andere), die al gecertificeerd zijn om met DTS: X voor koptelefoons te werken en daarom kunnen we dit effect gratis gebruiken met die koptelefoon.

Om het effect te activeren, is het proces hetzelfde als het activeren van Windows Sonic, omdat we door de ruimtelijke geluidsoptie te selecteren de beschikbare effecten kunnen zien, zowel DTS als Windows Sonic.

Schakel ruimtelijk geluid in als dit niet beschikbaar is

Het kan gebeuren dat bij het aansluiten van een koptelefoon (bijvoorbeeld de Logitech die we eerder hebben genoemd) dat we bij het activeren van het ruimtelijk geluid geen beschikbare opties krijgen. Dit komt door het feit dat het standaard geïnstalleerde stuurprogramma is geconfigureerd om de besturing van het apparaat over te nemen via specifieke software en daarom het gebruik van andere ruimtelijke geluidssystemen niet toestaat.

Gelukkig heeft dit een eenvoudige oplossing: verander het eigen stuurprogramma van de fabrikant in het generieke Windows-stuurprogramma. Om dit te doen, moeten we het Sound-venster openen, waar alle afspeelapparaten zullen verschijnen. We dubbelklikken op onze koptelefoon om het eigenschappenvenster te openen, en in controllerinformatie klikken we op de knop “Eigenschappen”. Nu zullen we het bestuurdersvenster zien. We selecteren het tabblad “Stuurprogramma” en klikken op “Stuurprogramma bijwerken”.

Als de optie uitgeschakeld lijkt, hebben we beheerdersrechten nodig om deze configuratie te kunnen wijzigen. Nu zullen we handmatig op onze computer naar een nieuw stuurprogramma zoeken en het stuurprogramma kiezen dat wordt weergegeven als “audioapparaat”, het generieke stuurprogramma van Microsoft.

Klaar. Als u ons vraagt ​​om de computer opnieuw op te starten, doen we dit om het updateproces van de driver te voltooien. Wanneer de pc opnieuw opstart, proberen we het ruimtelijke geluid opnieuw te activeren en kunnen we zien hoe nu alle beschikbare opties verschijnen. In ons geval zijn de helmen compatibel met Windows Sonic en DTS: X gratis , zonder enige vergunning te hoeven betalen.

We selecteren het surroundeffect dat we willen gebruiken en dat is alles. Geniet van het nieuwe surroundgeluid in onze hoofdtelefoons. En het beste van alles, zonder hiervoor afhankelijk te zijn van andere programma’s (zoals die welke fabrikanten van ons verlangen).

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How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

Do you know spatial sound? You can enable it on Windows 10 and that will make your movies and games sound more immersive. MiniTool introduces it to you and shows you how to enable in on Windows 10.

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  • What Is Spatial Sound
  • Three Spatial Sound Formats
  • How to Enable Windows Sonic
  • Final Words
  • User Comments

What Is Spatial Sound

Microsoft offers a platform-level solution for spatial sound support on Windows 10, that is, Windows Sonic, enabling both surround and elevation (above or below the listener) audio cues.

What is spatial sound Windows 10? Please imagine the following situation: when you watch a movie or play a game, you can hear helicopters not only fly around you, but also fly directly over you. This situation can be realized by spatial sound Windows 10.

In general, to provide an enhanced audio experience, the traditional surround sound content will be automatically upscaled. However, spatial sound will provide an enhanced atmosphere in three-dimensional virtual space, which traditional surround sound formats cannot.

Some games, movies, and shows can natively support spatial sound, which will provide the highest level of audio immersion and location accuracy. However, if you turn on spatial sound on Windows 10, all your movies and games will sound better.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

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Three Spatial Sound Formats

There are spatial sound formats for you to choose from. They are Windows Sonic for Headphones, Dolby Atmos for Headphones, and Dolby Atmos for home theater.

  • Windows Sonic for Headphones: When you choose this option, “Turn on 7.1 virtual surround sound” box will be automatically checked, which allows you to use any pair of stereo headphones to hear the content that previously would have only been heard in multichannel via a multichannel home theater, and which would have utilized a linear downmix over headphones.
  • Dolby Atmos for Headphones and home theater: When you choose them for the first time, you are required to download the Dolby Access app. In addition, Dolby Atmos for home theater is listed as a “Bitstream format” option only when connected to devices that report support for this format via HDMI Extended Display Identification Data (EDID).

When Windows 10 spatial sound is turned on, your Windows PC will mix the audio using the positional data, providing a virtual spatial sound experience. So, if you’re playing a game and hearing a sound coming from above your character and to the right, the sound is actually mixed before it’s sent to your headphones.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

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How to Enable Windows Sonic

Windows Sonic is disabled on computer by default. Therefore, you should enable it manually. To do that, you can refer to the following two ways.

The first way is very simple. You just need to right-click on the Volume icon in the taskbar and move the cursor onto Spatial sound (Off). Then, choose a spatial sound format.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

The second way is more complicated. Please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Type “control panel” into the Windows search box and then click the best-matched app. Then, scroll down to find Sound and click on it.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

Step 2: In the Playback tab, choose a playback device and then click Properties button. Then, in the new pop-up window, skip to Spatial sound tab and then choose a spatial sound format from the drop-down menu. Finally, click OK button to apply changes.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

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Final Words

Windows Sonic for Headphones can be used with any headphones, earbuds or headsets, while Dolby Atmos can be experienced over headphones or through your Dolby Atmos enabled home theater system, sound bar, or TV.

They will make all your movies and games sound more immersive and enable games to place audio with pinpoint accuracy. So, you should have a try.


How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

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How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

Microsoft ได้เพิ่ม“ Windows Sonic” spatial sound ให้กับ Windows 10 ในการอัปเดตผู้สร้าง โดยค่าเริ่มต้น Windows Sonic สำหรับหูฟังจะถูกปิดใช้งาน แต่คุณสามารถเปิดใช้งานสำหรับเสียงรอบทิศทางเสมือนได้ ตัวเลือกนี้มีอยู่ใน Xbox One เช่นกัน.

วิธีเปิดใช้งาน Windows Sonic

คุณสามารถสลับเปิดหรือปิดคุณสมบัตินี้ได้จากไอคอนเสียงในพื้นที่แจ้งเตือนของคุณ คลิกขวาที่ไอคอนลำโพงชี้ไปที่ Spatial Sound และเลือก“ Windows Sonic for Headphones” เพื่อเปิดใช้งาน เลือก“ ปิด” ที่นี่เพื่อปิดการใช้งาน Windows Sonic.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

คุณยังสามารถเข้าถึงคุณลักษณะนี้ได้จากแอปเพล็ตแผงควบคุมเสียง ในการเปิดใช้งานให้ไปที่แผงควบคุม> ฮาร์ดแวร์และเสียง> เสียง.

คลิกสองครั้งที่อุปกรณ์เล่นเสียงที่คุณต้องการเปิดใช้งาน Windows Sonic สำหรับคลิกที่แท็บ“ Spatial Sound” แล้วเลือก“ Windows Sonic for Headphones” ในกล่อง คุณยังสามารถเปิดใช้งาน Dolby Atmos สำหรับหูฟังได้จากเมนูแบบเลื่อนลงที่เหมือนกัน นี่คือเทคโนโลยีเสียงเชิงพื้นที่ที่คล้ายกันสำหรับหูฟัง อย่างไรก็ตามมันใช้เทคโนโลยีของ Dolby และต้องการการซื้อภายในแอพ $ 15 เพื่อปลดล็อค.

นอกจากนี้คุณยังสามารถสลับตัวเลือก “เปิดเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 เสมือน” บนแท็บ Spatial Sound.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

ใน Xbox One คุณจะพบตัวเลือกนี้ที่ระบบ> การตั้งค่า> จอแสดงผลและเสียง> เอาต์พุตเสียง เลือก Windows Sonic สำหรับหูฟังภายใต้ชุดหูฟังเสียง.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works


ดังที่เอกสารประกอบสำหรับนักพัฒนาของ Microsoft วางไว้ Windows Sonic เป็น“ โซลูชันระดับแพลตฟอร์มสำหรับการสนับสนุนเสียงเชิงพื้นที่บน Xbox บน Windows” ผู้พัฒนาแอปพลิเคชันสามารถใช้ API เสียงเชิงพื้นที่เพื่อ“ สร้างวัตถุเสียงที่เปล่งเสียงออกจากตำแหน่งในพื้นที่ 3D” สามารถใช้ประโยชน์จากแอพ UWP ใหม่แอพพลิเคชั่นเดสก์ท็อป Windows ดั้งเดิมเกมพีซีมาตรฐานและเกม Xbox One.

นี่เป็นข้อมูลที่ผู้รับที่เปิดใช้งาน Dolby Atmos จำเป็นต้องผสมผสานเสียงอวกาศของพวกเขาดังนั้น Windows Sonic จึงรองรับ Dolby Atmos แบบเต็มใน Windows 10 รุ่นล่าสุดเมื่อจับคู่กับตัวรับสัญญาณและระบบลำโพง Dolby Atmos เสียงที่คุณได้ยิน สามารถวางตำแหน่งในพื้นที่ 3D ในแนวตั้งและแนวนอนเพื่อประสบการณ์เสียงเซอร์ราวด์ที่ดีขึ้น.

ตัวอย่างเช่นหากเสียงมาจากข้างบนคุณและทางด้านขวาของคุณในภาพยนตร์รายการทีวีหรือวิดีโอเกมลำโพงแบบติดตั้งด้านบนหรือเพดานติดตั้งที่ด้านขวาของห้องของคุณจะวางเสียงในตำแหน่งนั้น – สมมติว่าคุณมี Dolby Atmos.

แอพ Dolby Access ใน Store จะช่วยคุณตั้งค่าระบบเสียงโฮมเธียเตอร์ Dolby Atmos ด้วยพีซี Windows 10.

Spatial Sound ทำงานอย่างไรในหูฟัง?

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

โดยปกติแล้วข้อมูลเชิงพื้นที่นี้จะมีประโยชน์ก็ต่อเมื่อคุณมีระบบ Dolby Atmos ที่สามารถใช้งานได้จริง แม้ว่าคุณจะมีระบบเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 สเตอริโอแบบดั้งเดิมคุณก็จะได้รับเสียงเซอร์ราวด์ปกติด้วยลำโพงแปดแชนแนลจากลำโพงเจ็ดแชนแนลพร้อมซับวูฟเฟอร์ของคุณ.

อย่างไรก็ตามข้อมูลตำแหน่งนี้สามารถให้เสียงเชิงพื้นที่ในหูฟังคู่ใดก็ได้ คุณเพียงแค่ต้องเปิดใช้งาน“ Windows Sonic สำหรับหูฟัง” หรือ“ Dolby Atmos สำหรับหูฟัง” ทั้งสองทำงานคล้ายกัน แต่รุ่นของ Dolby ใช้เทคโนโลยีของ Dolby และมีป้ายราคาในขณะที่ Windows Sonic ใช้เทคโนโลยีของ Microsoft เท่านั้นและรวมไว้ฟรีกับ Windows 10 และ Xbox One.

เมื่อคุณเปิดใช้งานหนึ่งในคุณสมบัติเหล่านี้พีซี Windows ของคุณ (หรือ Xbox One) จะผสมเสียงโดยใช้ข้อมูลตำแหน่งเพื่อมอบประสบการณ์เสียงอวกาศเสมือน ดังนั้นหากคุณกำลังเล่นเกมและมีเสียงมาจากตัวละครของคุณและไปทางขวาเสียงจะถูกผสมก่อนที่จะถูกส่งไปยังหูฟังของคุณเพื่อให้คุณได้ยินเสียงนั้นมาจากเหนือคุณและไปทางขวา.

สิ่งที่เกี่ยวกับ 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound?

เมื่อคุณเปิดใช้งาน Windows Sonic สำหรับหูฟังคุณสมบัติ “เปิดเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 เสมือนจริง” ในแผงควบคุมเสียงจะเปิดใช้งานตามค่าเริ่มต้นด้วย ใน Xbox One คุณลักษณะนี้มีชื่อว่า“ Use virtual Surround sound”

ด้วยการเปิดใช้งานเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 เสมือนจริง Windows จะใช้เสียงวิดีโอเกมหรือภาพยนตร์เสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 ตัวอย่างเช่นและผสมกับเสียงสเตอริโอโดยคำนึงถึงตำแหน่งของวัตถุก่อนส่งไปยังหูฟังของคุณ เสียงรอบทิศทาง 5.1 จะทำงานได้เช่นกัน.

ในการใช้คุณสมบัตินี้อย่างถูกต้องคุณจะต้องตั้งค่าเกมหรือเครื่องเล่นวิดีโอให้ส่งสัญญาณเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 ถึงแม้ว่าคุณจะใช้หูฟังก็ตาม หูฟังของคุณจะทำหน้าที่เสมือนอุปกรณ์เสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1.

How “windows sonic” spatial sound works

ไม่เหมือนกับเสียงรอบทิศทางที่แท้จริงคุณยังคงใช้หูฟังสเตอริโอคู่มาตรฐานที่มีลำโพงเพียงสองตัวเท่านั้นสำหรับแต่ละหู อย่างไรก็ตามเสียงรอบทิศทางเสมือนจริงให้เสียงดีกว่าตำแหน่งซึ่งมีประโยชน์โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งเมื่อเล่นเกม PC หรือ Xbox.

คุณสมบัติหูฟังเหล่านี้ทำงานคล้ายกับเทคโนโลยีเสียงรอบทิศทางสำหรับหูฟังเล่นเกมเช่นหูฟัง Dolby, Creative Media Surround Sound 3D (หูฟัง CMSS-3D) และหูฟัง DTX X แต่พวกเขารวมเข้ากับ Windows และทำงานร่วมกับหูฟังคู่ใดก็ได้.

คุณลักษณะเสียงรอบทิศทางเสมือนจริงทำงานได้กับแอปพลิเคชันทั้งหมดที่ให้เสียงเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 เกมและภาพยนตร์จำนวนมากที่ไม่มีเสียงอวกาศมีการสนับสนุนเสียงเซอร์ราวด์ 7.1 ดังนั้นจึงเข้ากันได้กับแอปพลิเคชันอื่น ๆ อีกมากมาย.


ด้วยการเปิดใช้งานคุณลักษณะ “เปิดเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1” คุณจะได้รับเสียงตำแหน่งผสมในหูฟังของคุณด้วยสัญญาณเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 อย่างไรก็ตามสำหรับเสียงตำแหน่งที่ดีที่สุดคุณจะต้องมีแอพพลิเคชั่นที่ให้ข้อมูลเสียงดังกล่าวกับ Windows (หรือ Xbox One ของคุณ)

ยังไม่ชัดเจนว่ามีกี่แอปพลิเคชันที่สนับสนุนสิ่งนี้ อย่างไรก็ตามเอกสารของ Microsoft กล่าวว่า“ ผู้พัฒนาแอพและเกมจำนวนมากใช้โซลูชันเอ็นจินการแสดงผลเสียงของบุคคลที่สาม” และ“ Microsoft ได้ร่วมมือกับผู้ให้บริการโซลูชันหลายรายเพื่อใช้ Windows Sonic ในสภาพแวดล้อมการเขียนที่มีอยู่”

สิ่งหนึ่งที่ชัดเจน: เกมหรือแอปพลิเคชันใด ๆ ที่โฆษณาสนับสนุน Dolby Atmos จะให้ข้อมูลเชิงพื้นที่แก่ Windows Sonic สำหรับหูฟัง.

ไม่ว่าจะด้วยวิธีใดเมื่อเปิดใช้งาน Windows Sonic สำหรับหูฟังคุณจะยังคงได้รับตำแหน่งเสียงตราบเท่าที่คุณเปิดใช้งานคุณสมบัติเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 แบบเสมือนและคุณกำลังใช้งานแอปพลิเคชันที่มีระบบเสียงรอบทิศทาง 7.1 แอพพลิเคชั่นบางตัวจะมีเสียงดีขึ้นกว่าเดิมถ้ามันให้ข้อมูลกับ Windows Sonic.