What a week Sennheiser had in the south of Spain at the 2019 IFA Global Press Conference. There, the company was introduced as the first ever IFA Global Audio Partner in front of a collection of more than 300 members of the global media. But, on top of that, the brand was able to demonstrate their forthcoming AMBEO Soundbar to those same media members in what amounted to one of the most impressive presentations of our week there.
Launching in June—and with a rather hefty $2,500 price tag—the soundbar produced one of the most exceptional soundstages that I’ve ever experienced in a product from this category. With that kind of price point, you’d hope for nothing less than that, but the AMBEO Soundbar goes above and beyond anything you could imagine out of a single product.
Through the AMBEO 3D technology built into the soundbar, Sennheiser is able to create a 5.1.4 home entertainment experience that’s delivered through a single device. They accomplish that by packing the soundbar with an exorbitant amount of sound technology: 13 separate drivers including two 3.5-inch top-firing speakers, and deep bass response that drops to an impressively low 30hz. (The soundbar can pair with third-party subwoofers, but the performance of the device itself renders them almost pointless.) The result is a sound experience that’s truly immersive. Sennheiser explained that, in addition to the speakers themselves, the soundbar uses a combination of acoustic wave-guides and digital processing—not unlike other soundbars on the market—combined with the directional speakers to produce its surround sound effect.