Santa Monica, CA / Wedemark, Germany (December 7, 2017)—Apogee and Sennheiser have co-developed the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset, a consumer electronics product designed to both capture and play back 3D immersive audio via Sennheiser’s own Ambisonic software.
Earlier in 2017, Pro Sound News contributor Rob Tavaglione reviewed Sennheiser’s professional AMBEO capture product, the AMBEO VR microphone ($1,650 street), which ships with a balanced split four XLR breakout cable and the downloadable AMBEO A-B format converter (for VST, AU, and AAX Mac/PC plug-in (free download). Meanwhile, the new AMBEO Smart Headset, priced at $299 street, connects via Lightning connector to iOS devices; as such, it allows users to create videos with site-captured AMBEO immersive audio all within the chosen Apple device.
Key features of the AMBEO Smart Headset include built-in microphones; Transparent Hearing, allowing users to blend surrounding live sounds with audio via the iOS device; Active Noise Cancellation; an additional telephone microphone; headphone speakers; and Apogee’s proprietary Soft Limit software, microphone preamps, and A/D and D/A conversion.
The AMBEO Smart Headset App provides functionality and customization options for the headset. Features include input level control for VR recording, EQ preset toggling, Transparent Hearing adjustment, Voice Prompt functionality, and more. The app, however, is not required for normal operation of the AMBEO Smart Headset hardware.
The AMBEO Smart Headset is available in black or white.