When Apple announced the launch of theirs expensive AirPods maxThey highlighted a new, outrageous feature: something they called “Spatial Audio”. Granted, “Spatial Audio” is a term Apple invented to refer to headphones for sale, but it’s basically surround sound in your headphones.

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There are several steps and considerations to not only enable Spatial Audio, but also to ensure that the content being viewed even provides an enhanced listening experience. Open first the settings On your device, tap Bluetooth. Find your headphones in the list of Bluetooth devices and tap “I” Click the button next to the device name and turn on Spatial Audio.

Aside from the headphones above (or compatible AirPods Pro), you’ll need to use a device that supports Spatial Audio. These are the following:

  • iPhone 7 or higher
  • iPad 6th generation or higher
  • iPad Pro 3rd generation or higher
  • iPad Air 4th generation or higher
  • iPad mini 5th generation or higher

And then you need to make sure that the source of your content is providing compatible audio! Check your streaming provider for the notes or information about the track you want to watch and see if it supports Dolby Atmos or 5.1ch or 7.1ch surround sound. After all of this, you are finally ready to observe something that has sounds coming into your head from all directions.