Windows Sonic for Headphones (and Spatial Sound)

What is Windows Sonic for Headphones?

What is Windows Sonic?

Windows Sonic was introduced to Windows 10 in 2017. It was part of an update and was quickly released in an update that was available for Xbox One owners. Although Dolby Atmos headphones are an option for surround sound, there are many reasons why you should stick with Sonic Audio through Windows Sonic for Headphones.

What’s Spatial Sound?

Spatial sound is the base of Windows Sonic Headphones. It allows you to “create audio objects that emit music from positions in 3D space”. It is as if Windows created multiple speakers around your room, then replicated the results using your headphones. It’s a simple method to enjoy surround sound without having to use any additional equipment.

It mixes sounds together before they are sent to your headphones. It will reposition sounds, so that you hear them coming from the right corner of a game.

What is Sonic Suite Companion?

Sonic Suite Companion is designed and owned by Asus.  The Sonic Suite is a define set of audio-enhancing technologies to help bolster overall sound quality of multimedia played on laptops and desktop PCs.

Sonic Suite Audio includes three primary technologies that include: Audio Wizard, Sonic Master, and Smart Volume Control.  The Sonic Suite Companion interlink to improve music, audio, movies, gaming, and more while online.

  • Audio Wizard was created to help users customize audio settings.
  • Sonic Master exists to help bolster bass clarity and responsiveness.
  • Smart Volume Control is embedded to consistently control volume across various devices and multimedia content.

How does Windows Sonic Suite Companion work with headphones?

Windows Sonic for Headphones operates via virtual means. Software handles the heavy lifting, rather than your actual equipment. Windows Sonic activates without the need to use sonic headphones or surround sound headphones. All you have to do is push a button on your computer’s speaker settings.

Although it doesn’t support all headphones, such as those with built-in speakers for laptops, it is compatible with all other headphones.

What Are Its Benefits of Windows Sonic?

Windows Sonic Headphones offers many benefits. Here are some of the benefits.

* Space constraints: There are no need to install extensive surround sound systems in order to enjoy the same audio experience.

* It’s cheaper: Windows Sonic Headphones are free and don’t require any expensive equipment.

* It is easy to set up: You can generally just toggle one switch on your Xbox One, or computer.

When Are do You Need Windows Sonic Most?

It is always a good idea to have better sound quality for a lower price, but there are certain key areas where Windows Sonic Headphones excels.

* Gaming: With Windows Sonic’s positional feature, you can hear footsteps or gunshots coming from your surroundings. Multiplayer games are especially useful because you can rely on both your ears and your reactions skills.

* Movies with excellent sound and picture quality are always better. When you watch a film with Windows Sonic for Headphones enabled, you will be able to pick up subtle nuances more easily.

Does Windows Sonic Headphones Worth It?

Windows Sonic can be used on any computer or Xbox One for free. It offers better sound quality through its use of spatial sounds technology and is a great way to enjoy surround sound at a low cost without needing additional equipment.

Windows Sonic Suite Companion vs Dolby Audio

It is best to use Dolby Atmos or 7.1 surround sound speakers. These speakers are costly and can cause disruption to others. Windows Sonic can be used with any pair headphones, but a pair of good stereo headphones can sound very real.

Windows Sonic makes your brain believe sound is coming in multiple directions. It creates a virtual audio stage which imitates the physics and physics of real sound. You can also hear the effects of pitch, distortion, echo, echo, and other noises. Windows Sonic works best when games and movies already support spatial sound. But, Windows Sonic can also “upscale” regular audio for an even better experience.

Let’s now get into the details of how to enable Windows Sonic for Speakers or Headphones in Windows 10.

How do I turn on Windows Sonic for headphones using the Speakers button

Windows Sonic can be enabled by using the little speaker icon located on your Windows 10 Taskbar. It takes just a few seconds.

  1. Open the Spatial sound flyout

Right-click the speaker icon at the right-hand end of your taskbar, and hover over “Spatial sounds (Off)”.

2.Turn Windows Sonic on Headphones

Click Windows Sonic Headphones from the flyout menu. Watch this Dolby Audiomos video to perform a headphone surround sound testing.

How to activate Windows Sonic for Headphones from Control Panel

If you don’t like your taskbar audio icon, you can enable Windows Sonic using the legacy Control Panel.

1.Open Control Panel

Type Control Panel in the Start box and click on the top result.

  1. Your Control Panel can be switched to ‘Small icons.

To locate the toggle, press the “Category” button above “View By:” in top-right.

  1. Click on ‘Sound.

4.Switch the Playback’ tab, and double-click on your headphones

  1. Sonic should be enabled in Windows 10’s sound settings

You can switch to Windows 10’s ‘Spatial sound tab to change the dropdown menu from “Off” to ‘Windows Sonic for Headphones”.

With this knowledge, you can significantly improve your audio experience. You will need to decide what you listen to determine if you want spatial sound to be turned on or off, but it’s an option that you should have.

Our guide will help you to improve your audio experience with Windows 10, including how to increase your microphone volume and an equalizer.

Headphones can fool you into believing that they have a big soundstage.

Even though we have only 2 ears, we can pinpoint the direction of sound with great accuracy.  How is that possible?

If something emits sound waves (or creates sound), one ear hears it faster than the other. The delay information is used by your brain to calculate the direction of the sound.   This is what we call head-related transfers functions (HRTF).

These psychoacoustic tricks also work well when mixing audio. You can trick headphones with 2 drivers into thinking that the sound is moving in your head by adjusting the reverb and delay.

What is Windows Sonic for Headphones?

Windows Sonic for Headphones, a spatial sound program that enhances the listening experience through enlarging your soundstage, is called Windows Sonic for Headphones. It creates the illusion of distant sounds all around you.

Soundstage in headphones creates 3D space around the head

Virtual spatial sound often comes at the cost of sound quality. Sounds artificially pushed away may sound more muffled and less crisp.

How Many Apps Use Spatial Data Supported By Windows Sonic?

Windows Sonic spatial sounds must work if the audio source is in surround sound format.  DTS, however, isn’t compatible with Dolby Atmos and the 7.1 spatial sound formats.  Microsoft emphasizes that audio engines are supported by Windows Sonic and many developers use them. Windows Sonic is even used in some apps.

Windows Sonic Works with All Headphones Equally

Windows Sonic is compatible with most headphones. However, not all headphones offer the same experience.

* Higher quality headphones that are gaming-oriented and have a bigger soundstage will perform better.

* In-ear headphones show the lowest improvements when Windows Sonic is enabled.

How to turn on Windows Sonic Headphones

Windows Sonic integrates with Windows 10/11 operating systems. Because it is targeted at gamers, it will also be found on Xbox consoles.

How to activate Windows Sonic under Windows 10

Here’s how to enable spatial sound on Windows PC (Windows Sonic).

  1. Right-click in the upper right corner on the speaker volume icon
  2. Hover on “Spatial Sound”
  3. Select Windows Sonic Headphones Now you are good to go.

How to activate Windows Sonic under Windows 11

These are the steps to activate Windows Sonic in Windows 11

  1. Right-click on speaker icon at right bottom corner, and select “Sound Setting.”
  2. Click on “Speaker” in the “Outputs” section.
  3. Under the “Spatial sound” section at the bottom, you will find Windows Sonic Headphones.

How To Activate Windows Sonic On Xbox One

  1. Navigate to Settings >All settings > Display & Sound > Audio output> Headset format.
  2. You can choose Windows Sonic or another supported surround sound from the list.

How to Activate Windows Sonic for Xbox Series X and S

  1. Go into Settings > General > Volume & audio output.
  2. Select Windows Sonic from the section “Headset Audio”

FAQs: Windows Sonic Suite Companion

Does Windows Sonic really make a difference in your life?

It depends on what you’re watching. It is not significant. If you play video games, however, you will hear a distinct difference in the size of your soundstage, which provides greater audio immersion.

What does Windows Sonic do for you?

It places the audio data in 3D space and takes it as location data. Later, you will experience a greater soundstage and sounds that are further away.

Does Windows Sonics work?

Windows Sonic will be useful for those who play many video games and watch movies with headphones. It enhances the audio experience, allowing it to sound more like surround sound (like in cinema). If you already own headphones that have a large soundstage and a quality pair, you don’t likely need them.

When was Windows Sonic released?

Windows Sonic for Headphones came with the Creators Update for Windows 10 for 2017. Soon thereafter, it was released to Xbox consoles.

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