Equally massive in terms of its excellent immersive sound, grip and eye-watering price tag, we were impressed by the original Sennheiser Ambeo 3D soundbar – but could a new version be about to be released?
First shown in 2019, the original Ambeo system supports all three major 3D audio formats (Dolby Atmos, MPEG-H and DTS:X) and features immersive 5.1.4 sound.
With its directional speakers cleverly using reflections off nearby walls, the premium soundbar creates one of the most compelling surround effects we’ve ever heard from a single speaker unit, but its asking price of $2,500 (£2,200/AU) $3,999) and size means only the most dedicated moviegoers are likely to pay for it – and the reason it never made it to our recommended buying guide of the best soundbars.
Best known for its range of professional DJ headphones and microphones, Sennheiser hinted that a newer, smaller version of the device was on the way during a virtual press event in March, and now it looks like the wait is on for the new one. model may soon run out.
The German audio company sent out invitations earlier this week for a grand opening event at the IFA tech conference in Berlin on September 1, showing an owl walking along what appears to be an all-new soundbar that features the familiar logo. Ambeo.
Encouraging attendees to “take a walk on the wild side”, the invitation promises “an announcement of an exciting new product, a new product experience”.
Stay tuned to , where we’ll have all the news from Sennheiser’s launch next month, as well as the latest from this year’s IFA show in Berlin.
Analysis: An Ambeo for all would be wild
While we’ve tried our best at to paint a picture of what to expect from a product in our hands-on reviews, the current Ambeo 3D Soundbar is one of those devices where words can’t do justice to the experience it offers. You really need to hear it to appreciate how its directional speakers somehow create an immersive sound bubble.
That said, it’s far from a practical home theater solution for most homes.
It’s nearly 17cm deep, while its height of 13.44cm tends to cause line-of-sight issues when pairing it with TVs that aren’t wall-mounted. And that’s even before you consider the price of the bank balance.
Since the Ambeo was first announced in 2019, a crowded field of high-end soundbars offering satisfying Dolby Atmos has developed, but none have really come close to offering the same levels of immersion as Sennheiser’s behemoth – though not. Be sure to check out our 6 Dolby Atmos soundbar tips feature to ensure you get the best out of your bar.
If Sennheiser can somehow distill that magic into a smaller, cheaper model, it could be the convenient one-box solution that many home theater fans have long wanted.