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Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset Review Roundup

The AMBEO Smart Headset is the best and easiest way to make high quality binaural audio recordings with iPhone or iPad, onto any video file.


Every reviewer was absolutely amazed by the spatial 3D audio recording and playback capabilities. Most were impressed by its simplicity and how much they enjoyed using it.

4.28 out of 5

Average Overall Rating


4.28 out of 5 stars (3 reviews)

Critics Reviews (Around the Web)

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.5 out of 5 stars

I was taken aback by the Ambeo’s ability to pick up even the faintest of sounds. What’s more bewildering is that the earphones managed to position the sounds accurately in my head too. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars

Positional audio recording works just as advertised, and it’s pretty amazing. The microphones are incredibly sensitive and mange to pick up even subtle nuances around you. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.35 out of 5 stars

Truly a great solution for people who want to record videos with binaural sound on the go. It is a comprehensive device that makes binaural recording easy without any other equipment and you can also enjoy music from the high-quality drivers. Read full review →
The ambient sound is terrific and the binaural effect definitely adds to the immersiveness of the experience when you watch the footage back in headphones. Read full review →
A neat concept from Sennheiser, with excellent execution. If you’re looking to create binaural recordings from home, you have just found the perfect tool to work with. Read full review →
Two devices in one, a pair of high-quality earbuds with active noise canceling that sound fantastic and a set of microphones that are made to record audio alongside your iPhone/iPad video to enhance it with full 3D sound. Read full review →
They’re a fabulous, and entirely unique, headphone. You can create your own 3D audio recordings. There’s no special audio format, and the audio works with any headphone ever made. Read full review →
The rich binaural soundfield avoids the usual ‘headphone’ sound of a plane between left, right and front/top of head — instead it is truly immersive. While the bulk of the sound does pan to hard left and right, there is enough surrounding detail to fill a real atmosphere of believability. Read full review →
Previously it would take multiple microphone setups to do something like this but Ambeo Smart Headset has it all inside an in-ear headphone in just two channels. If you’re a professional or semi-pro audio / video creator I highly recommend getting one. Read full review →
Easy-to-use earphones with binaural recording create immersive 3D spacial sound. The Ambeo Smart Headset really does put the ‘personal’ into personal audio; we felt like a walking microphone, with every movement of my head altering what audio we captured. Read full review →
Apogee and Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET in Black
Apogee and Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET in Black


  • Ability to record Binaural audio without the need for investing in an expensive setup
  • Good sound output
  • Good noise-cancellation capabilities
  • Useful for VR applications
  • Slider switch for natural or reduced recording level
  • Has separate standard in-line microphone for voice calls
  • 3D binaural recording system
  • Can boost the speech range in noisy environments
  • Transparent Hearing feature can raise or reduce voice levels
  • Ambeo app has a graphic EQ
  • Usable as regular in-ear headphones
  • Audio recording quality up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Simple to use
  • Clear, hiss-free audio capture


  • Not ideal for long listening sessions
  • Ear hooks can get a bit fatiguing
  • “Lively” feel can sound harsh
  • iOS only
  • Must be worn to record audio
Apogee and Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET in White
Apogee and Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET in White

Our Final Conclusion

The AMBEO Smart Headset is the best and easiest way to make high quality binaural audio recordings with iPhone or iPad, onto any video file.

Product Overview

December 14, 2017Now Available in Black The co-developed Apogee and Sennheiser AMBEO SMART HEADSET for iPhone or iPad lets you create videos with an immersive, life-like 3D sound that places the viewer at the heart of the moment. The $300 headset with lighting connector also offers a high fidelity listening experience with Active Noise Cancellation to block or blend sound around you. Built-in mics enable the Transparent Hearing feature to let you hear outside sounds to create…

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Oct 27, 2017
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