Hear Sennheiser’s New Ambeo And It Sets The Standard For Atmos Sound Bars |

The arrival of the next generation of Sennheiser’s Ambeo Soundbar Plus (opens in new tab)in Berlin to IFA 2022 was no surprise as it had been leaked on Amazon a week earlier. Still, it was a pleasure to see Soundbar Plus in the flesh, and even more of a pleasure to hear it.

During the company’s press event, the smaller and cheaper version of the flagship Ambeo Dolby Atmos soundbar (which was a flexible technology meant to “prove what was possible” according to the company) was introduced as the next step in Sennheiser’s plan to “build a family of soundbars”. As the new Ambeo Soundbar Plus is $1,499 / £1,297, let’s hope there are even cheaper versions in the works!

Sennheiser says the Plus is the only integrated 7.1.4 soundbar on the market and is capable of bass extension up to 37Hz, courtesy of two built-in 4-inch subwoofers. Additionally, it features 7 full-range 2-inch aluminum drivers and uses Ambeo virtualization technology developed with Fraunhofer to deliver Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks along with Sony’s 360 Reality Audio and upmixing from stereo sources.

Sennheiser’s growing “family” of soundbars featured at the off-site IFA press conference. (Image credit: Future)

Ambeo OS on Plus offers streaming via AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth. Hardware connections include 3 HDMI ports (one with eARC), optical stereo analog and digital RCA inputs, a subwoofer output, and powered USB and Ethernet sockets.

There’s also automatic room calibration, which is performed via the soundbar’s four built-in microphones and can be conducted using Sennheiser’s control app or directly from the front panel display with the included remote.

Sennheiser Ambeo subwoofer in the corner of the room

The new Ambeo Sub’s built-in microphone and processor allow it to be automatically equalized along with the soundbar. (Image credit: Future)

As if a new, cheaper Ambeo wasn’t enough, the company has also released its Ambeo Sub subwoofer ($699/£605). The Ambeo Sub is relatively compact and features an 8-inch woofer powered by a 350-watt amplifier. It also has its own built-in microphone and processor, allowing it to be calibrated along with the soundbar during initial setup.

As previously reported in our coverage of the Amazon Ambeo Plus leak, the new soundbar can be paired with up to four separate Ambeo Subs for more even, evenly distributed bass. At launch, only a single Sub can be calibrated with the soundbar, although Sennheiser expects to extend this option to multiple subs over the next couple of months.

Sennheiser Ambeo soundbar on wooden stand viewed from behind

The Ambeo Plus is notably thinner than the flagship Ambeo Max and has a trio of HDMI ports plus an optical input. (Image credit: Future)

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