Sennheiser has created the worldâ€™s first intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset. First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET is a ground-breaking headset that captures immersive 3D audio with mobile device simplicity. The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET deliver a stunning 3D experience â€“ placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.
Â Sennheiser has once again partnered with the award-winning manufacturer of professional audio devices Apogee, an industry leader at the forefront of digital audio recording, for the creation of this breakthrough product. The AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSETâ€™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 you capture a rainforest or a buzzing city, listening to the binaural recording will make you feel like you are there.
With the AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET, Sennheiser has created the worldâ€™s first intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset.â€œWith this new headset you can use your iOS deviceâ€™s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180Â° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,â€ explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser. â€œSound is crucial to how we understand the space around us, and the AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET lets you record this sense of depth, detail and realism.â€ Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser, adds: â€œTogether the AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET and your mobile device can become powerful creative tools for capturing your world in an entirely new way.â€
â€œThe first time you put on headphones and hear a video made with the AMBEO SMART HEADSET you will be amazed,â€ says Betty Bennett, Apogee co-founder and CEO. â€œIt adds an entirely new dimension to watching videos and memories captured on your iPhone,â€ she continues. â€œThe 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.â€
The AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ 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 AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET is made simple by seamlessly complementing the standard iOs camera app, letting you record and store binaural audio along with the video. Once captured, the 3D sound files can be enjoyed through any pair of stereo headphones.
The AMBEO SMART HEADSET features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control.
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. Apogeeâ€™s SoftLimit is a unique technology that automatically optimizes recording levels so you do not have to worry about distortion. All of this skillfully captured sound is delivered through the Lightning port of your iOs device as pristine digital audio and back to your 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.
At launch the AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET will be available for Apple iOS devices featuring a Lightning connector. A version for Android devices is planned for release later this year.
Transparent Hearing functionality
The AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET also offers Transparent Hearing, an important safety feature that lets you hear what is going on around you while using the headset. The Transparent Hearing feature can be conveniently adjusted using the headsetâ€™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.
Binaural audio for the next generationÂ
Sennheiser and Georg Neumann have been setting the standard for binaural recording technology since 1974 with the development of the MKE 2002 â€œKopf Stereo Mikrofonâ€. This leadership continued in 1992 with the pioneering KU 100, Dummy Head. Today, with the AMBEOÂ SMARTÂ HEADSET, Sennheiser has reimagined binaural audio for a new generation, letting consumers embrace the creative possibilities of this exciting technology with mobile device simplicity.