Sennheiser says it will continue to add features via OTA software updates.

OK if you put it that way, it is not your average soundbar

I have yet to find any competitor that has even half of these specs – but I will keep looking. And as sound masters, Sennheiser has used its proprietary AMBEO virtualisation technology to create what is arguably the best 3D sound that can be reproduced by a single device.

Oh, and its Google Home compatible.

Virtualisation?

Remember that Dolby Atmos has lots of physically separate speakers around the room and on the ceiling – 12 for 7.1.4 and 10 for 5.1.4.

Ambeo speakers use the science of Psychoacoustics – the study of sound perception and audiology – how humans perceive various sounds.

The sound processor can use the 13 speakers to make the listener feel they hear sound from left, right, overhead and more. The calibration microphone measures the room acoustics and then tunes the Ambeo soundbar to cover the listening space. It works – you really can hear moving, spatial sound.

Sennheiser Ambeo 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos soundbar

It is not for everyone – the effect is best in up to 5-metre square shaped lounge rooms.

GadgetGuy’s take – anything but average

I guess if you are spending $5-10,000 on a great Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos OLED TV then another $3999 is not going to be a concern. Especially as it offers so much more as the centre of an entertainment hub.

It does offer so much more that it is worth the extra if you can use all its features.

Interested? Read the manual here – not the glossy brochures.

You can see it at Sennheiser’s Sydney flagship store in the beautiful art deco “Money Box” building at 5 Martin Place, Sydney CBD. Or it will be at selected audio specialists as well – it’s unlikely you will see this at an electronics retailer.

Sennheiser Ambeo 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos soundbar