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Sennheiser adds AirPlay 2 and other new features to its $2500 Ambeo soundbar

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Sennheiser introduces a new operating system that runs on the company’s premium Ambeo soundbar. Known as Ambeo OS, the major firmware update also adds support for new ways to play audio on the Ambeo. Sennheiser says it now offers AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect in addition to the Chromecast feature that the Ambeo originally came with.

The company says Ambeo OS also offers a more responsive user experience, as it now uses Wi-Fi to connect to Sennheiser’s Smart Control mobile app instead of Bluetooth. The Smart Control app itself has been given a makeover on both Android and iOS, with new Sound Check and Sound Zones features.

The Smart Control app for Android and iOS is getting new features.
Image: Sennheiser

Sound Check “guides users through three easy steps to find the perfect EQ preset to suit their taste,” according to Sennheiser, while the Sound Zones option lets you choose different EQ, noise reduction and transparency settings for different locations, such as at home or at the office . None of these capabilities are new or unique to Sennheiser, but it’s good to see the company continuing to add more functionality to its soundbars and wireless headphones/earbuds.

At $2,500, the Ambeo remains one of the most expensive Dolby Atmos soundbars money can buy. But Sennheiser insists its 13 speakers deliver a three-dimensional listening experience that outshines the competition — without the need for a standalone subwoofer.

Both the Ambeo OS and Smart Control app updates should be available starting today.

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