Sennheiser’s AMBEO Smart Headset Binaural Sound Recording Solution Now Available

May 11 2017, 03:00
First showcased at the CES 2017 and NAMM 2017, the AMBEO Smart Headset is an intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording solution that captures immersive 3D audio with mobile device simplicity. The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO Smart Headset deliver a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

Sennheiser has once again partnered with Californian manufacturer of professional digital audio devices Apogee Electronics, for the creation of this breakthrough product. The AMBEO Smart Headset’s incredibly detailed and realistic recording is achieved via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee. 

The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear. When played back on headphones, the result is a truly stunning lifelike audio experience in picture-perfect fidelity. It places the listener in the exact, original sound field, so whether the user captures a rainforest or a buzzing city, listening to the binaural recording will make listeners feel like they are there.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser. “Sound is crucial to how we understand the space around us, and the AMBEO Smart Headset lets you record this sense of depth, detail and realism.” Daniel Sennheiser adds: “Together the AMBEO Smart Headset and your mobile device can become powerful creative tools for capturing your world in an entirely new way.”
“The first time you put on headphones and hear a video made with the AMBEO Smart Headset you will be amazed,” says Betty Bennett, Apogee co-founder and CEO. “It adds an entirely new dimension to watching videos and memories captured on your iPhone,” she continues. “The AMBEO Smart Headset is truly special because it offers the best of what Sennheiser and Apogee have achieved together making products for audio recording professionals in an effortless and transformative product everyone will love.”

The AMBEO Smart Headset enables consumers to precisely record in 3D directly onto Apple iOS devices featuring a Lightning connector. The easy-to-use product creates immersive binaural audio that matches the high-quality video that is now available on mobile devices. It also complements the convenience and simplicity of the mobile device experience, with intuitive handling that makes the spontaneous capture of brilliant three-dimensional sound as easy as shooting a high-definition video.
Recording via the AMBEO Smart Headset is made simple by seamlessly complementing the standard iOs camera app, letting users record and store binaural audio along with the video. Once captured, the 3D sound files can be enjoyed through any pair of stereo headphones.
To translate every dynamic detail with clarity and accuracy into digital information the AMBEO Smart Headset uses a premium Apogee analog to digital converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit. Apogee’s SoftLimit is a unique technology that automatically optimizes recording levels so users do not have to worry about distortion. All of this skillfully captured sound is delivered through the Lightning port of the iOs device as pristine digital audio and back to the user’s ears through high-quality Apogee digital to analog conversion. The headset also offers everyday versatility thanks to a built-in microphone for telephone calls and voice control.
Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser,
with the AMBEO Smart Headset, at NAMM 2017.
The AMBEO Smart Headset also offers Transparent Hearing, an important safety feature that lets users hear what is going on around, while using the headset. The Transparent Hearing feature can be conveniently adjusted using the headset’s 3-step rocker switch. The earphones also deliver excellent linear sound attenuation, limiting external noise and offering the same effect as with high-quality earplugs. For the ultimate in comfort and sound quality, the optimized earhook design minimizes structure-borne noise, while ensuring an excellent secure fit for incredible sound and comfort on the move.
Sennheiser and Georg Neumann have been setting the standard for binaural recording technology since 1974 with the development of the MKE 2002 “Kopf Stereo Mikrofon”. This leadership continued in 1992 with the pioneering KU 100, Dummy Head. Early in 2016, Sennheiser unveiled a strategic focus on 3D immersive audio, developing groundbreaking technology under its AMBEO trademark that promises the ultimate in audio capture and reproduction. The AMBEO Smart Headset will be the audio specialist’s first AMBEO consumer product and, at launch will be available for Apple iOS devices featuring a Lightning connector. A version for Android devices is planned for release later. |
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