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Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Review

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The Sennheiser AMBEO soundbar’s premium pricing is worthwhile for users who value immersive listening and wireless connectivity, but it might not fully satisfy those who appreciate a strong bass response.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

First released in late 2020, the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX is a top-shelf speaker that has 13 speakers. Movie lovers will appreciate its support for popular audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, and DTS X for multi-directional sound.

This is something it has in common with the best speakers in the market. Its wide soundstage makes it easy to determine precisely where sound is coming from, and its loud max volume is ideal for large group listening.

The soundbar can connect to devices through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, and r Chromecast. The Sennheiser’s lack of a subwoofer means its bass levels don’t match up to what the best soundbars offer.

Its physical inputs include an Optical Audio In, four HDMI ports, and an AUX port, and this is much more than what you’ll get from the Sonos Arc, which we’ve covered in our Sonos Arc review.

Consensus

our Verdict

The 5.1.4 channel Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX has 13 speakers that make sound feel as though it is coming from all around you for immersive movie-watching, and while its audio is accurate and it gets quite loud, its bass output is not as thumpy.

Still, wireless connectivity is stellar, with Bluetooth, WiFi, Apple AirPlay, and Chromecast support, as well as ultra-low tested latencies of 72ms over ARC and 71ms over Optical for in-sync audiovisuals.

Its port selection is also great, consisting of 1 Optical Audio In, 3 Full HDMI, an RCA in, and an Ethernet port. Sound adjustment is also possible through its graphic EQ and presets. Overall, the AMBEO Max works for users who prioritize surround sound, but it is heavy and lacking in bass.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great sound quality
    • The AMBEO MAX delivers an immersive movie-watching experience. It offers impressive surround sound, and its output can be customized through a graphic equalizer.

  • Excellent surround sound
    • With 13 total speakers and Dolby Atmos Sound support, the AMBEO MAX delivers an immersive listening experience, making movies come to life.

  • Great voice clarity
    • The soundbar reproduces voices quite accurately and clearly thanks to a dialogue-enhancement feature.

  • Smart features/connectivity
    • The Sennheiser Smart Control app is easy to use, and the soundbar works with Google Home. Wireless connectivity includes WiFi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, and Chromecast. Wired inputs include 1 Optical Audio In, 3 Full HDMI ports, an Ethernet port, and an RCA in port. Audio-visual content on the AMBEO MAX is also well-synchronized thanks to a 72ms latency, which is average among those tested.

  • Loud max volume
    • With a tested max volume of 101.6 dB, the AMBEO MAX gets quite loud and sits in the top 20% of other tested soundbars in this regard.

Reason to Avoid

  • Unsatisfying bass response
    • The bass output on the AMBEO MAX is not as thumpy as most would like, as it doesn’t come with a subwoofer.

Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth6.7"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureYes
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
Equalizer SettingsAdvanced
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight5.3"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5.1.4
SubwooferSubwooferOptional (sold separately)
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantNo
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight41 lbs
WidthWidth49.8"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityNo, Yes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Remote Control

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)179.594
High End Roll Off (Hz)6,736.797
Max Volume Test (db)101.6
Latency (ms)72
THD @ 80dB0.16

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Market Context

First released in late 2020, the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX is a top-shelf speaker that has 13 speakers. Movie lovers will appreciate its support for…

First released in late 2020, the Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX is a top-shelf speaker that has 13 speakers. Movie lovers will appreciate its support for popular audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, and DTS X for multi-directional sound.

This is something it has in common with the best speakers in the market. Its wide soundstage makes it easy to determine precisely where sound is coming from, and its loud max volume is ideal for large group listening.

The soundbar can connect to devices through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, and r Chromecast. The Sennheiser’s lack of a subwoofer means its bass levels don’t match up to what the best soundbars offer.

Its physical inputs include an Optical Audio In, four HDMI ports, and an AUX port, and this is much more than what you’ll get from the Sonos Arc, which we’ve covered in our Sonos Arc review.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Max is outmatched by the Samsung HW-Q990B in terms of sound output because the Samsung soundbar ships with a subwoofer and…

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Max is outmatched by the Samsung HW-Q990B in terms of sound output because the Samsung soundbar ships with a subwoofer and two satellite speakers, while the AMBEO Soundbar Max only ships as a soundbar. The Samsung sound system also allows for both bass and treble adjustment, but the Sennheiser Soundbar does not.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Max misses out on a subwoofer, which is included with the JBL Bar 9.1. However, the AMBEO Max is capable of…

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Max misses out on a subwoofer, which is included with the JBL Bar 9.1. However, the AMBEO Max is capable of dialogue enhancement for clearer vocals, while the JBL Bar 9.1 is not. The AMBEO Max also gets louder than the JBL Soundbar, making it more suitable for large-group listening.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Max has 5.1.4 channels, while the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Plus has 7.1.4. As a result, the Soundbar Plus delivers a more…

The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Max has 5.1.4 channels, while the Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Plus has 7.1.4. As a result, the Soundbar Plus delivers a more satisfying surround sound experience.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

6.7"

5.4"

4.7"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

Yes

No

Equalizer Settings

Advanced

Advanced

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

5.3"

2.7"

2.4"

Number of Audio Channels

5.1.4

11.1.4

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar MAX is great for mixed usage. It has a unique 3D… Read More

    By:

    Jean-Simon Bonneterre
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar is an excellent speaker for anything you want to listen to… Read More

    By:

    Tim Gideon
  • Sound Guys
    82.54

    Category Trust Rating

    96
    If you want a surround sound system, but don’t want to futz with wires, extra… Read More

    By:

    Christian Thomas
  • Trusted Reviews
    60.27

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    Add proprietary Sennheiser Ambeo audio processing to Dolby Atmos and you get what is arguably… Read More

    By:

    Steve May
  • Digital Trends
    75.48

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    “The Ambeo is a paradigm-shifting sound machine.” Read More

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    Ryan Waniata
  • Home Theater HiFi
    44.94

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    Impressive design, excellent construction and tons of connectivity options really make this soundbar shine. The… Read More

    By:

    Indiana Lang

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