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Published on January 6th, 2017 | by The GC Team

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From CES 2017 – Las Vegas: Sennheiser showcasing new headphone ranges

Audio specialist Sennheiser has launched a trio of new wireless headphones – the HD 4.50BTNC, HD 4.40BT and the in-ear MOMENTUM at CES – and is also showcasing for the first time the new AMBEO Smart Surround compact earphone which will be available in the second half of 2017.

The HD 4.50BTNC and HD 4.40BT are closed back around-ear headphones with NoiseGard active noise cancellation technology. Both use the advanced wireless technology and audio codec of Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX, and the HD 4.50BTNC intelligently filters ambient noise to maximize the detailed acoustic response of Sennheiser’s proprietary 32mm drivers.

The new MOMENTUM neckband in-ear headphone with Bluetooth 4.1.ACC codec support and Qualcomm apt-X brings ear-canal headphones with Bluetooth connectivity to the range.

The new HD 4.40BT (RRP £169.99) and MOMENTUM in-ear wireless (RRP £169.99) models are both available from this month. The HD 4.50BTNC will be available from February. No RRP has yet been fixed.

3D immersive sound

The new AMBEO Smart Surround in-ear model, available in the second half of 2017 but with prototypes at CES that can be tried out at Sennheiser’s Audio Experience Room, is the first AMBEO consumer product, and draws on Sennheiser’s experience gained during the company’s AMBEO 3D technology programme and the introduction of the AMBEO VR mic at CES in 2016. “Binaural audio,” says the company, “delivers an incredibly immersive 3D experience, placing the listener inside the soundscape and replicating the direction of sounds and spatial characteristics of a given environment. Sennheiser will bring this sophisticated recording technology to an intuitive pair of consumer earphones for the first time.”

Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, adds: “Today’s consumers are accustomed to capturing incredibly realistic video, producing 4K and 360° videos. Yet as mainstream technology makes immersive visual experiences ever more accessible, the power and emotion of this footage is too often let down by the quality of sound that these devices can capture. AMBEO Smart Surround is an innovative solution that closes this gap.”

Visitors can experience Ambeo Smart Sound and see Sennheiser’s other new product highlights at CES South Hall, Booth 20606.

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