10 Jan Sennheiser’s Ambeo Puts Surround Sound Into A Soundbar
Sennheiser’s Ambeo line is one of the coolest we’ve seen in quite some time. The Ambeo Smart headphones had the unique property of being able to record 3d audio, in addition to pumping out rich sound with active noise canceling. The Ambeo VR mic put that same spatial recording audio into a professional package. Neither one is as a cool and innovative as the Ambeo Soundbar, which packages full HD surround sound into a single piece.
The Ambeo Soundbar isn’t just the first soundbar Sennheiser has made, it’s their first ever home speaker. We’re huge fans of the PXC 550, so that’s a pretty exciting development. The Soundbar consists of a grand total of 13 drivers, all contributing to a complete 5.1.4 surround system. Yes, in a single bar.
The Ambeo uses advanced room calibration and audio virtualization features to capture the size and acoustics of your room, and then customize the 13 drivers to create the experience of true surround sound audio throughout the entire room. Six woofers, capable of producing 30hz of thumping bass, 5 1” tweeters and two 3.5” top-firing speakers work together to achieve this.
It’s compatible with Dolby Atmos and works with the Sennheiser Smart Control app to let you customize and tweak settings and audio playback. There’s a number of audio-tweaking You can input audio from Chromecast, Bluetooth, HDMI and a whole list of other inputs and codecs.
Now, fair warning – the Ambeo Soundbar is expensive, with an asking price of $2500 new. That is a lot, to say the least, but the surround sound and virtualization work and sound as good as they’re supposed to, you could easily replace your entire speaker system with this one. That’s an easy way to save space and setup trouble, even if it doesn’t save you money.