Sennheiser’s newest soundbar ticks the correct bins – Hynovium

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OPINION: It was once the story of 2 soundbar launches in Berlin. There was once the extravagantly designed and extravagantly pricey Beosound Theatre from Bang & Olufsen, and the extra sensibly designed and far more cost effective Ambeo Plus bar from Sennheiser.

I will be able to see the place Bang & Olufsen goes with the Beosound Theatre. I’ve now not noticed or heard it in motion myself, however every other journalist reported the Theatre was once noticed as a long-term funding in a product, one thing that may closing ten years or extra, its modular nature permitting it to be upgraded to closing even longer and stay up the newest era.

However I don’t assume that folks, particularly house theatre lovers, fairly care about that. I feel other people stay issues for so long as they would like, and the house cinema marketplace has at all times had a way of upgrading and scaling on your wishes however purchasing a £5000+ soundbar locks you in. Purchasing the Beosound Theatre looks like a dedication, and for what is basically an audio improve, it’s an excessively large dedication. You’re now not purchasing this soundbar to spice up your Toshiba-branded TV.

Bang Olufsen Beosound Theatre lifestyle
Bang Olufsen Beosound Theatre

The Ambeo Plus is, a minimum of for me, extra my vibe. It’s compact, graceful, helps all of the main audio codecs out of the field, can move from just about any wi-fi supply to be had and (hallelujah) has HDMI inputs to plug in different bodily assets. It’s a soundbar that, from a function aspect, has all you’ll ever in point of fact want.

And prefer its larger sibling, it sounds a lot higher than its dimension would counsel, due to Ambeo processing blended with bespoke upfiring drivers that produced a taller, larger sound. Within the transient demo I had, switching between having the Ambeo off and on ended in a enormously other efficiency. With it off, the results gripped tightly to the display screen while with the Ambeo processing, the peak, house and width was once expansive. It’s essential to truly listen the rain drops from the Dolby Atmos demo top above.

Alternatively, the problem with compact immersive soundbars is they’re now not in reality immersive sufficient. The Sennheiser doesn’t fortify any rear audio system that I do know off to fill within the areas in the back of you, so they’re at all times front-heavy.

In contrast to the larger and renamed Ambeo Max soundbar, it will probably’t produce that sense of results simply in the back of you or on your aspect. It could possibly fortify as much as 4 subwoofers, which seems like overkill, however the 3 attached to the Ambeo Plus equipped a lot of amusing and tool with the low-end frequency efficiency. What I’d have favored is to have heard the bass efficiency with out the subwoofers attached as that may in point of fact verify whether or not that is an ‘all-in-one’.

So there’s a facet of compromise with compact immersive soundbars – they’re compromised from the get-go as a result of they’re smaller – however from what I’ve heard the Ambeo Plus does an attractive excellent process of having round the ones problems at a worth that received’t scare as many of us away.

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