SENNHEISER AMBEO SOUNDBAR MAXSENNHEISER AMBEO SOUNDBAR MAX
SENNHEISER AMBEO SOUNDBAR MAX

AMBEO Soundbar MAX: A pure powerhouse from Sennheiser

The AMBEO Soundbar MAX offers a premium audio experience with its large size, weight, and exclusive features. It delivers louder, deeper sound with a more immersive surround feeling compared to other soundbars in the market. With 13 built-in elements, powerful amplifiers, and an advanced processor, this soundbar provides a truly unique sound experience for both movies and music. Set up is easy with the Smart Control app and calibration microphone included. Once configured, you can enjoy the AMBEO experience with realistic 3D sound, deep bass, and high-quality audio for a cinematic experience at home.

Handles all tasks easily and elegantly, including music streaming

The AMBEO Soundbar MAX offers support for a wide range of sound formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, providing an immersive sound experience with a sense of height. The accompanying app allows you to customize the sound and adjust the room settings according to your preferences. Additionally, the HDMI-CEC feature enables convenient control of power and volume using your TV remote, eliminating the need for separate controls. This ensures a hassle-free experience as everything operates automatically.

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SENNHEISER AMBEO SOUNDBAR MAX

Equipped with built-in Chromecast, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and TIDAL Connect, the soundbar allows seamless streaming of wireless music from various platforms, all easily accessible through your smartphone. Even when you’re not watching TV, you can still enjoy the exceptional sound quality of the AMBEO Soundbar MAX.

While the AMBEO Soundbar MAX is not free, it presents an enticing alternative to traditional home theater systems or wireless surround setups with rear speakers and subwoofers. It offers a remarkable surround experience, impressive bass, and power, all without the need for a complex setup in your living room.

Sennheiser’s AMBEO system represents a comprehensive solution for virtual 3D surround sound, surpassing anything you’ve encountered before. This innovative system encompasses dedicated recording equipment, intelligent headsets, soundbars, and more, delivering a truly unique sense of space, even in stereo.

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The AMBEO Soundbar MAX utilizes a highly powerful processor and various robust components to effectively utilize reflections from walls and ceilings, creating a surround sound experience with virtual rear and height channels. Unlike simpler products, the AMBEO Soundbar MAX delivers an incredibly convincing performance. Essentially, it offers the closest experience to a real Dolby Atmos home cinema without the need for additional equipment like receivers, speakers, and cables cluttering your living room.

SENNHEISER AMBEO SOUNDBAR MAX

The AMBEO Soundbar MAX includes a calibration microphone for measuring your listening environment. Simply place the soundbar next to your TV and position the microphone on the stand in your preferred listening spot. Within minutes, the system adjusts the sound based on reflections from walls and ceilings, optimizing the audio for the room. This feature contributes to the AMBEO Soundbar MAX’s superior surround sound quality compared to other soundbars.

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Using the dedicated Sennheiser Smart Control app, you can personalize the AMBEO sound to suit your preferences. Customize the level of immersion and select from various settings for music, speech, movies, and more. Additionally, the AMBEO Soundbar MAX stands out by offering high-quality music playback. You have the flexibility to choose between pure stereo sound or a wider, deeper soundstage without compromising the clarity of voices and instruments.

Massive guts and superior power

The AMBEO Soundbar MAX features an impressive array of speakers that are unlike anything typically found in a TV soundbar. With 13 elements of true hi-fi quality, it delivers unique performances. The six dedicated long-throw bass/midrange drivers can produce bass as low as 30 Hz, surpassing the capabilities of many traditional floor-standing speakers. With ample power reserves to handle these frequencies at high sound pressures, a separate subwoofer is only necessary for hardcore bass enthusiasts.

For high frequencies, there are five refined tweeters with aluminum membranes – three in the front and two on the sides. These are complemented by two upward-facing 3.5″ full-tone elements that, along with AMBEO signal processing, create a virtual sense of height in the sound without the need for ceiling speakers.

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SENNHEISER AMBEO SOUNDBAR MAX

Chromecast built-in offers a convenient solution for wirelessly streaming sound and music from a smartphone, tablet, or PC to the system. Most music apps already support Chromecast, allowing for easy playback with just a single tap. Since the system handles the music playback, there’s no drain on the smartphone battery, and the same device can be used to control music selection and volume from anywhere in the home.

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Alternatively, music can be streamed directly from a smartphone via Bluetooth, similar to a wireless Bluetooth speaker. This method is simple and doesn’t require a network connection, but it does consume more power from the phone battery.

Pros

  • Fantastic sound quality with 13 built-in hi-fi elements
  • Supports almost all surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Convincing surround feeling without additional speakers
  • Superior deep bass and power to be a soundbar, even without a subwoofer
  • Wireless music streaming with Chromecast, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and TIDAL Connect
  • Bluetooth v4.2, incl. AAC
  • Automatic on/off with your TV
  • Volume can be controlled from your existing TV remote control with HDMI/CEC
  • 3 x HDMI as well as optical and analogue sound input
  • Connection for subwoofer
  • Plays HD sound up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Dedicated Sennheiser Smart Control app
  • OLED display on the front
  • ECO mode for reduced standby consumption
  • Exclusive finish in brushed aluminium

Cons

  • Not multi-room functionality
  • No integrated voice control
  • Wall mount is optional
  • Not particularly compact
  • A true multi-channel home theater system with separate speakers will still provide higher sound quality

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