Sennheiser Unveils 3D Audio Soundbar

Sennheiser Unveils 3D Audio Soundbar
The Ambeo includes a built-in Chromcast for easy video streaming from a mobile device.

(CCM) — Sennheiser has taken the wraps off its latest soundbar, which the company says offers an immersive 3D audio experience, at CES in Las Vegas today.

The Ambeo 3D soundbar has 13 speakers housed inside a brushed aluminum frame, and employs "the latest virtualization technology" to produce the immersive effect, according to an Engadget report. This was developed in collaboration with the prestigious Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Germany.

The Ambeo also offers room calibration to optimize the sound quality for the acoustics of any given space and for preferred seating position. In addition to this the soundbar comes with a number of preset configurations optimized for movies, sport, news, music, and "neutral" which are designed to tweak the frequency and 3D sound to fit the content being watched, according to the report. The soundbar is compatible with Dolby Atmos, MPEG-H, and DTS:X; and using upmix technology it is possible to recreate stereo and 5.1 audio in 3D.

Thanks to a built-in Google Chromecast the Ambeo can be used to stream content from a phone or other device, and the soundbar also has Bluetooth and a selection of wired inputs including HDMI, optical audio, and even RCA jacks.

Users can fine-tune many setting using Sennheiser's Smart Control app for iOS and Android, and select three Ambeo modes: light, standard, or boost.

The Ambeo 3D soundbar will be available at some point "in the spring," priced at $2,499.

Image: © Sennheiser.