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360 Audio on Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: How it works and how to use it

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro launched with an exciting new feature: 360 Audio. By enabling this listening mode on the new wireless earbuds, Samsung says you can “feel the immersive, realistic sound coming at you from every direction.”

Not bad for a pair of earbuds, as opposed to a full surround sound system, though 360 Audio might sound familiar if you’re acquainted with Apple’s spatial audio format. In this guide to 360 Audio, we’ll examine how Samsung’s version of immersive audio is both similar and distinct: we’ll walk you through how the tech works and how you can use it yourself.

What is 360 Audio?

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360 Audio is Samsung’s system for delivering 360-degree audio through headphones. It is indeed very similar to Apple’s spatial audio in that it digitally filters the soundtracks of movies and TV shows to make it seem that individual sound sources are originating from consistent points within a scene, whether it’s off to one side, behind you, above you or below you.

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