Step Into The World Of 3d Sound: A Journey With Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset!

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Updated: March 30, 2023
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Step Into The World Of 3d Sound: A Journey With Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset!


Are you tired of listening to music that sounds like it's coming from a tin can? Well, get ready to have your mind blown by the amazing world of 3D sound!


So, if you're ready to take your audio experience to the next level, give the 3D sound a try. You might discover a new world of sound you never knew existed. Get ready to rock out in a whole new way.


Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset


The Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset now wants to close this gap: It uses all the basic principles on which people's spatial hearing is based - and thus wants to be even superior in spatial imaging to special stereo microphones for smartphones. With its binaural mode of operation, the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset promises impressive three-dimensional, acoustic experience worlds. Just think about the lively atmosphere in the stadium at a football or ice hockey match, car or motorcycle races, the extravagant pool party, the live concert in the factory hall, or other exciting urban sounds such as the approaching subway, the foghorn in the harbor or the virtuoso hand-pan player in the pedestrian zone. All of this comes across even more authentically with a three-dimensional impression of space - the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset has no limits to the imagination for impressive acoustic snapshots. 


The Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset integrates the microphone capsules inconspicuously into the two ear hooks.

However, the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset is not just a microphone but also an in-ear handset - both functions can get used simultaneously. Practical:


Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset: Technology


While the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset is conceptually spontaneously plausible, the acoustic concept, with which Sennheiser does not enter the new entrepreneurial territory. The Hanoverians presented MKE 2002, the first binaural microphone for mobile, non-commercial use.


The Sennheiser Ambeo Smart now picks up on this concept again to interpret it in an equally clever and smart equally cleverly and smart like the time-honored MKE 2002. The Ambeo Smart Headset is a so-called true-head microphone that uses the acoustic effect of its earpieces to record. 



Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset Ear Hook With Micro And Transducer


The elastic ear hooks of the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset combine microphone capsules and in-ear transducers in confined spaces.


Although the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset does not achieve the spatial resolution of professional artificial head microphones with such acoustic tricks, the images taken with it can be listened to by anyone without noticeable quality losses in spatial imaging.


Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset Cable Dongle With Controls


The Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset cable dongle accommodates all electronics - including all controls. The so-called function button (right) can get assigned various functions via the Sennheiser Headset App.


From an electrical point of view, the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset is also a remarkable device. Finally, its compact cable dongle incorporates microphone and headphone amplifiers, A / D and D / A converters, signal processors, and an MFi-certified Lightning interface. 


The Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset In Practice


My first recordings with the Sennheiser MKE 2002 I did on compact cassette with an Uher CR 240, later than with the more robust Sony TC-D5M. The (not a little) money for a good recording medium can save you nowadays - this task is now also the smartphone.


Of course, this requires good apps, especially for recording with the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset. My clear recommendations are Filmic Pro for video and the Apogee Meta recorder for sound-only recording - the latter is free for Smart Headset owners as a single-full version. The Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset also works without restrictions with the iOS internal camera app. 


Ready to use and uncomplicated in handling, the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset lets you make irretrievable, ad hoc recordings. Nevertheless, or just for that reason, before pressing the Record button, you should be aware of some important "rules of the game" that it does not mean afterward: Had would have - bicycle chain.


The most important rule of the game applies to recording with the app Filmic Pro. Here you have to select the desired microphone in the audio menu. However, after an app update, the selected option may fall victim to a reset - with the result that the new recording will not get done with the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset but with the iPhone's internal microphone. Therefore, before recording with Filmic Pro, always check the audio menu.


However, the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset uses the given dynamic range even with a "Natural Recording Level" rather cautiously, so plenty of headroom remains for possible level peaks. From a technical point of view, this is perfectly correct - a quieter, undistorted recording than a louder one with cracking dynamic peaks. 


(For professionals: At a sufficient volume level of 73 dBspl at the recording location, the test pattern generated a digital peak level of -26dBFS in the "Natural Recording Level" position, achieving full digital control (0 dBFS) at an effective SPL of 99 dB SPL. Reduced Recording Level "reduces the sensitivity by 10 dB, which means that the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset now reaches the 0dBFS mark at a sufficient volume level of 109 dB SPL.)


The flip side of the coin: The native average volume of the recordings taken with the Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset recordings is more restrained than current clips. If you need it loud and loud for YouTube & Co, you must help - in the audio or video editor with the dynamics limiter to increase loudness: Pump up the volume.



Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset: Hearing Test


Unlike "passive," because of reproducing hi-fi components, in microphone recordings, the sound results depend largely on the "hands" of the user regarding the placement of the microphones. Of course, this also applies to the Ambeo Smart Headset. Nevertheless, it has typical traits - probably the most important is the account "Convenience": To save the user wearing a windshield (Who wants that with an action-capable micro?), Shows the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset to avoid Disturbing wind noise in the lower positions below about 120 Hertz rather slim. 


In addition, there is a slight emphasis on the frequency range of about 800 Hz to 2 kilohertz (upper formant range for female vocals), so that recording with the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset tends to present conveys a positive sound image. This tuning is, of course, just right for capturing lively soundscapes but usually too superficial for demanding hi-fi recordings.


With its clever and elastic ear hook construction, the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset wears extremely pleasantly and is also used in a jiffy fit. For that reason alone, you could consider it an in-ear listener, even if you do not need the microphone. That would not be cheap, but not a bad buy, as confirmed by the comparison with the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear: Of course, there was a kind of family sound - you could almost think both Sennheiser’s are equipped with the same transducers. 


Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset: Conclusion


In times of 3D and virtual reality, Sennheiser succeeds with the Ambeo Smart Headset, a contemporary product, with which the microphone and headphone specialist from Hannover virtually "reinvents" themselves. Easy to use and smart in appearance, it is miles away from the institutional habitus that still attaches specifically to microphones.


Unlike its 40-year-old predecessor, MKE, in 2002, the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset now addresses multimedia-oriented users who expect an easily manageable yet convincing technique. The Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset achieves surprisingly well the required compromise: as expected, it shines with professional results - there are more suitable features in the Sennheiser / Neumann program, for example, the Sennheiser Ambeo VR Mic. However, overall, it offers a decent recording quality, which is cleverly oriented to the imaginary application area.


Judging by all that is needed, the Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset attracts, not least with a very attractive price. Thus, it could open the topic of outdoor and field recording as a creative hobby for many users.