Sennheiser has debuted an intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset that captures immersive 3D audio with iOS mobile devices.
Sennheiser said the binaural audio recordings created with its AMBEO Smart Headset deliver a 3D experience, placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.
Sennheiser partnered with Apogee for the creation of the headset. Its recording is achieved via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee.
The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear. When played back on headphones, the result is a lifelike audio experience, placing the listener in the exact, original sound field.
“With this new headset, you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180 degree visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” said Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser.
“Sound is crucial to how we understand the space around us, and the AMBEO Smart Headset lets you record this sense of depth, detail and realism.”
The headset enables users to precisely record in 3D directly onto Apple iOS devices featuring a Lightning connector.
The headset features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control. Apogee’s SoftLimit automatically optimizes recording levels. The headset also offers everyday versatility thanks to a built-in microphone for telephone calls and voice control.
The headset also offers Transparent Hearing, an important safety feature that lets you hear what is going on around you while using the headset. The Transparent Hearing feature can be adjusted using the headset’s three-step rocker switch.
The earphones also deliver excellent linear sound attenuation, limiting external noise and offering the same effect as with high-quality earplugs. The earhook design minimizes structure-borne noise, while ensuring a secure fit on the move.
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