Netflix has released an update to its Android app that improves sound quality with a xHE-AAC codec, offering better Dynamic Range Control…
A recent upgrade to the Netflix mobile app for Android brings with it some improvements in reducing buffering and bettering audio quality. This is made possible through the implementation of the xHE-AAC codec, which the streaming service explains should “improve intelligibility in noisy environments, adapt to variable cellular connections, and scale to studio-quality.” In other words, it should better deal with background noise and level out inconsistent dialogue levels.
Latest Netflix Update Improves Sound Quality through Dynamic Range Control xHE-AAC Codec
The new update will apply to Android 9 and newer versions. Its under-the-hood improvements seek to reduce or nearly eliminate some of the most common issues subscribers experience when watching movies and television shows on mobile devices. Since these speakers are relatively tiny, there can be difficulty in hearing what’s going on, particularly when background noise is present.
Netflix says xHE-AAC offers better Dynamic Range Control, a technology that reduces the difference between the loudest and quietest parts of video content. So, quiet media is made louder when there’s noise in the background, and loud media is brought down to prevent clipping. Netflix states the technology also helps to keep audio dialogue more consistent between titles.