Don’t be surprised if Netflix sounds better the next time you marathon a show on your Android phone. Netflix has improved its Android app for streaming audio in xHE-AAC (extended HE-AAC with MPEG-D DRC; yes, that’s a mouthful), promising ‘studio-quality’ sound that’s also more consistent – that’s that is, you should enjoy it in more places.
The new format offers variable bit rate which can improve audio quality when your connection allows, and decrease when you are on an irregular cell link. Volume management, on the other hand, avoids jerky volume changes (think switching from an action movie to a silent drama) and compensates for noisy environments without risking clipping louder sounds. You can listen through your phone’s speakers without struggling to understand the dialogue.