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Netflix adds ‘studio-quality audio’ codec to Android

Even better thanks to a new audio codec for watching movies while using Netflix on Android, which presumably brings a “studio-quality” audio experience to mobile.

Netflix confirmed in a recent blog post that support for enhanced H-AAC has been added with the help of MPEG-D DRC or XHE-AAC audio codecs, where the hold comes from the “studio-quality” claim (H / T XDA). This new audio codec should mean that devices running Android 9 pi or higher will benefit from improved “recognition in a noisy environment”.

The codec is said to provide loud management overall, which means you’ll increase overall clarity and a more consistent experience when viewing content in a noisy environment, regardless of the type of enjoyment you’re using using the Netflix Android app.

For seamless bitrate switching, Android’s Netflix can provide “studio-quality audio” that appears to have bandwidth allocated where needed to improve the audio experience. This will automatically scale depending on the conditions to ensure optimal listening during your network connection and streaming.

It’s not clear how this affects content downloaded from Netflix, as the original blog post doesn’t mention whether the xHE-AAC audio codec is available when viewing content offline on your mobile. We can only indicate that the issues are the quality and consistency of the headphone or device speakers. Your overall audio experience with Netflix on Android will be heavily determined by the quality of the headphones and speakers.

Netflix found that an average of 7% less people started using headphones thanks to the new codec, which sounds good but not really all the considered influencers. However, the XHE-AAC codec should at least mean that when streaming videos from Netflix to your Android device, you shouldn’t be regular enough to listen to your favorite shows and movies.

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