3D spatial audio, what it is and how to activate it in Windows 10

Microsoft for devices with Windows 10 has created a 3D spatial audio technology, Windows Sonic, which allows you to reproduce sounds at 360 degrees

More times we will have heard of Dolby Atmos. This is the name of a surround sound technology made by Dolby Laboratories: it allows us to hear 3D spatial audio. In practice, the sound is perceived at 360 degrees for a truly immersive experience in the case of movies or video games.

If we have a notebook and a pair of headphones (mid-range, not too cheap) we can try the same technology on Microsoft devices. In several systems running Windows 10, in fact, there is a 3D spatial audio similar to Dolby Atmos. Until last spring's Windows 10 Creators Update, the operating system was compatible with Dolby Atmos technology while on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update the US giant introduced its own audio alternative.

Windows Sonic

The difference between the sound of Dolby and Microsoft's Sonic is basically in the price. The former costs about 15 euros and can be purchased via a special application to use it on our devices. The 3D spatial audio of Windows 10 instead is free. If we are gamers or movie buffs, the advice is to first test the free trial period (30 days) of Dolby Atmos and then decide which of the two is better.

How to enable 3D spatial audio

To enable Microsoft's 3D spatial audio the first thing to do is to connect our headphones to the computer. At this point we right-click on the speaker icon on the taskbar. In the popup menu we select the Space Audio item. In the tab that opens up we'll see the words None, click the arrow next to this field to open the options menu and scroll to choose Windows Sonic for Headphones. And that's it.