What is Spatial Sound in Windows 11 and How to Use it?

Looking to Manage Sound on your Windows PC. Here is the Detailed Guide to Enable Spatial Sound in Windows 11 and Learn How to Use it.

In this guide, we will learn about Spatial Sound in Windows 11. Also, I have explained how to enable it on your PC. While listening to music or watching videos, there is always a need for better sound quality. That can be achieved by switching to Spatial audio.

Spatial Sound is also called 3D Audio. It gives an enriched sound playback experience while watching movies on your PC. You can feel the dynamics of 3D Audio better when you use a headphone with your computer.

Different 3D Audio Formats Supported on Windows 11

The good thing about Spatial Sound is the variety of sonic experiences it has to offer. There are three types of Spatial audio formats in Windows 11.

Windows Sonic

It is the native 3D Audio format offered on all Windows 11 PCs. It is free and doesn’t require you to pay any subscription fee.

Dolby Atmos

This is the premium sound experience you get in movie theaters. You can enjoy Dolby Atmos on your Windows 11 PC as well. It has a limited free trial. After that, pay a subscription fee to enjoy a better sound experience with Dolby Atmos.

DTS Audio

This format of 3D Audio is suitable when you use headphones most of the time. You must download the DTS Sound Unbound app on your Windows 11 PC to experience DTS Audio.

Enable Spatial Audio in Windows 11

There are different ways to turn on Spatial Sound in Windows 11.

1. Windows Settings

Turn on the 3D Audio from Windows system settings using these steps for your primary sound output source.

  1. Press Windows + I to access system settings.
  2. On the left-hand side, click on System.
  3. Click on Sound.
    Windows 11 Sound
  4. Next, click on Speakers.
    Windows sound output device
  5. Scroll to Spatial Sound and set it to Windows Sonic for Headphones.
    enable spatial audio from Windows settings

2. Control Panel

Follow these steps to enable Spatial Sound from the Control panel.

  1. Launch the Control panel.
    windows Control Panel
  2. Click on Sound.
    control panel sound settings
  3. Select your primary sound output source > click on Properties.
  4. Go to the tab Spatial Sound.
  5. Set the status of 3D Audio to Windows Sonic for Headphones.
    enable windows sonic for headphones

3. Enable 3D Audio from Volume Mixer

To activate Spatial Sound in the Windows volume mixer, follow these steps.

  1. Press Windows + R  to open the Run box.
  2. Type sndvol.exe and press enter.
    access sound mixer in windows
  3. Select the sound device from the volume mixer. It could be headphones/Realtek Speakers.
    windows speaker output
  4. Click the tab Spatial Sound.
  5. Choose the option Windows Sonic for Headphones from the dropdown.
    enable windows sonic for headphones

Spatial Sound Not Working on Windows 11: How to Fix?

Often, you may encounter this issue where the option for Spatial Sound is greyed out. Also, when you enable it, the feature may not work. To fix the issue with the Spatial Audio, use the native Windows Audio troubleshooter.

  1. Launch the Troubleshoot Settings.
    open troubleshoot settings
  2. Click on Other Troubleshooters.
    access other troubleshooters in Windows os
  3. Hit the button Run beside Playing Audio.
    Windows audio troubleshooter

Apart from the above troubleshooting, you may restart your PC or install the latest Windows 11 update that is available.

Also, make sure that you have connected your headphones correctly and that they have no faulty cables. Otherwise, you cannot experience or feel Windows Sonic for headphones.

NOTE: Every time you change your primary sound output source from Speaker to Headphones or vice versa, manually enable Spatial Audio for the concerned device. 

Enjoy a Dynamic Sound Experience with Spatial Audio

Now, enable Spatial Sound in Windows 11 and enjoy vivid audio playback on your PC. If you can’t enable the 3D Audio, try the basic troubleshooting methods to overcome the problem.

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