Windows 10 gets DTS Sound Unbound app to create virtual surround for your old stereo headphones

Windows 10 users can now download the DTS Sound Unbound app, and enjoy the advantages of DTS:X and DTS Headphone:X technology, following a public launch of the application around the Microsoft Store.

The app was previously only accessible to Windows 10 testers, but could certainly be grabbed by anyone with the caveat that you need to be running the most recent form of Windows – the May 2019 Update.

DTS Sound Unbound promises better and much more immersive sound for games and movies via DTS:X, while DTS Headphone:X offers to deliver 3D audio and spatial positioning with any group of stereo headphones. And that may offer you quite a benefit in games like shooters, when it comes to better locating opponents based on the in-game noises they’re making.

Spatial stumbling block

There are caveats here though, even though the eventual aim would be to cater for any set of headphones, the tech doesn’t use 44.1KHz-capable headphones at the moment (as a result of limitation with Microsoft’s Spatial Sound framework, which this app is built on, as well as other third-party virtual surround solutions). DTS says it’s working with Microsoft to beat this specific hurdle.

At the moment, DTS Headphone:X is tuned for over 450 different types of headphones when it comes to delivering its virtual surround tricks, and additional support is going to be arriving time, with the intention being to eventually cover practically all wireless and wired headphones out there.

So this is pretty cool stuff, even though the DTS Sound Unbound app is a download free from the Microsoft Store on the face of it, be aware that it’s just a trial version.

Unlocking the entire power of the app will require dipping to your wallet, but a minimum of you can use the trial to suss out any potential compatibility issues, and provide the tech a spin.