Sennheiser de­liv­ers a ‘wow’

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It’s been a long time com­ing, but the most im­pres­sive demo we heard at IFA 2018 came from Sennheiser’s AMBEO sound­bar. This lever­ages the com­pany’s AMBEO mul­ti­chan­nel/VR con­cept in a sound­bar which has no sep­a­rate sub­woofer, us­ing six 4-inch woofers and seven tweet­ers, in­clud­ing two up and two side­ways for 5.1.4-chan­nel de­liv­ery. The dem played Sennheiser’s own AMBEO record­ings us­ing an At­mos codec, plus a gob­s­mack­ing sound de­liv­ery of a soc­cer match recorded with Sennheiser’s 3D mikes, and a stan­dard stereo track ‘up­scaled’ to AMBEO very ef­fec­tively. All were fine record­ings to be sure, so it’ll be in­ter­est­ing how it sounds with real-world ma­te­rial. The word at IFA was to ex­pect an early 2019 launch “in se­lected mar­kets”, priced some­where be­tween 2000 and 2500 Eu­ros. Not cheap, but on this per­for­mance, wow.

The other key launch at IFA was the first model in a new Mo­men­tum gen­er­a­tion, the ‘True Wire­less’ (we’re not sure why the cur­rent Mo­men­tum Wire­less is un­true), us­ing 7mm driv­ers and with codecs in­clud­ing AAC for Ap­ple users and aptX and aptX

Low La­tency for those

An­droid de­vices which sup­port them.

They’re due here Novem­ber at $499.

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