Best ALL IN ONE Home Theater SYSTEM! Sennheiser AMBEO Sound Bar Review

Best ALL IN ONE Home Theater SYSTEM! Sennheiser AMBEO Sound Bar Review

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► REVIEWING THE SENNHEISER AMBEO SOUNDBAR

▹▹ Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar:

► MORE FROM SENNHEISER

WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset:
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Noise Canceling Earbuds:
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 Noise Canceling Headphones:
Sennheiser 450 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones:

AUDIOPHILE HEADPHONES
Sennheiser HD 820 Closed Dynamic Headphones & Amplifier:
Sennheiser HD 660S Headphones:

► TESTING THE AMBEO SOUND BAR

SOURCES
LG 8K 75” Smart TV:
PS4:
TIDAL (60-day FREE Trial):

MOVIES + TV + GAMING
Maleficent Mistress of Evil:
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
Shazam!:
Mulan (Disney+)
Lego Movie 2:
Last of Us Part 2:

► SOUND BARS COMPARABLE TO THE AMBEO

MOST COMPARABLE SOUNDBARS
LG SN11RG Soundbar Surround Sound System:
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Stage Sound Bar:
Sonos Arc Smart Soundbar Surround Sound System:
Samsung Q90R Soundbar:

BUDGET FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE SOUNDBARS
Vizio 5.1.4 Home Theater Sound System & Subwoofer:
JBL Bar 5.1 Channel Soundbar:

► BUILDING A COMPARABLE HOME THEATER SPEAKER SYSTEM

RECEIVERS
Sony STR DN1080 4K 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver:
Yamaha Aventage A3080 Aventage 9.2 Channel Receiver:

SPEAKERS
Jamo S810 Home Cinema Speaker System:
Jamo 810 Subwoofer:
Jamo Atmos Modules:

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➔ Sony Home Theater Receiver Review:
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► SENNHEISER AMBEO SOUND BAR REVIEW

Best ALL IN ONE Home Theater SYSTEM! Sennheiser AMBEO Sound Bar Review
Sennheiser is well known for their headphones but did you know they also made sound bars for home theater? Could the Sennheiser soundbar be the home theater replacement you’ve been looking for? Is it possible to get a better home theater experience with a soundbar? We find out what kind of surround sound with a sound bar is possible in our Ambeo Soundbar review.

► MY REFERENCE AUDIO AND HOME THEATER SYSTEM

POWER
Naim Uniti Atom All In One Music System:
Musical Fidelity Integrated Amp:

LOUDSPEAKERS
Q Acoustic Bookshelf Speakers:
Klipsch Heresy IV Floorstanding Speakers:

SPEAKER STANDS
Kanto Bookshelf Speaker Stands (budget):
SolidSteel Speaker Stands (best):

TURNTABLE
U-Turn Orbit Plus Record Player (good):
Fluance RT85 Turntable (better):
Cambridge Audio Direct Drive Turntable (best):

RECORD PLAYER CARTRIDGES
Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge (better):
Ortofon 2M Black Cartridge (best):

HEADPHONES
Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones:
Modern Wood Headphone Stand:

SOUNDBARS
LG FLAGSHIP SOUND BAR:
SENNHEISER AMBEO:

BEST SMART TV
LG 8K TV:

BEST BUDGET SMART TV
Hisense 65-inch QLED TV:

MEDIA CABINET & TV STAND
BDI Octave Media Cabinet:

BLUETOOTH / DESKTOP SPEAKERS
Naim Mu-so Qb V2 Wireless Music System:
Kanto YU Desktop Speakers (budget):

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  1. Andrew Robinson
    Andrew Robinson 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    REVIEWING: https://bit.ly/35yLQO1, https://amzn.to/3yVH3TN, https://bit.ly/3Do8k4y
    NEED MORE INFO? ✔︎ THE ⬆︎DESCRIPTION⬆︎
    QOTD: What would it take for YOU to consider a soundbar for your system? No, not a secondary system – THE system?
    COMMENT RULES: No outside URLs or outside links. Please be respectful to one another. Violations are automatically deleted.

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  2. saygdaytorob
    saygdaytorob 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Purely based on this review I ordered one today. No demo in store but the salesperson said “its f***ing awesome” and I was sold! Will see if I need a sub but great news a SDS 1000 looks the goods if I do, probably won’t though. Sennheiser if you’re reading this, helping Andrew with a product to review if you did earned my sale plus probably thousands of others. Thank you Andrew you have a fantastic channel and amazing way of presenting what we cannot hear but then want!

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  3. ROCCATEER92
    ROCCATEER92 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Sennheiser updated the Ambeo firmware to 1.0.237 and also overhauled the Smart Control App. It now supports not only Chromecast, but also Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect and Apple AirPlay 2. They really care about their products.

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  4. Jonathan Toti
    Jonathan Toti 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Hey Andrew! I have been a fan of your channel since 2020 and love listening to your opinion and professional perspective. You mentioned listening to a Formation soundbar from B&W; how does the Ambeo compare? And with it being 2022, what other options would you consider in the $2500 category?

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  5. David Ortiz
    David Ortiz 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I currently have LG 7.1.4 SN11RG. Can someone please let me know how that compares this $2,500 sound-bar? I'm considering making the switch but honestly don't know which is better. 😞

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  6. AR Hg
    AR Hg 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    My answer to your last question in this review: "what would it take for you to consider a soundbar?" is Room Size. I've got a 11.5 feet by 9.5 feet room, so a full size 5.1 surround system is a bit hard to setup in this room when there's also a slant back corner on the left. Also the door is setup on the right back corner of the room, so satellite speakers placement are near impossible. I'm very tempted to buy the Ambeo but heard a second version with "softer" price would come out soon around this year or the next, so I'll hold off till your next review on the second Ambeo version.

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  7. Dan
    Dan 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Just my two pennies worth

    I had the Ambeo for a few weeks and yes it’s an amazing Soundbar and it knocks the socks off of Sonos for example BUT it has reliability issues which scared me off a little so I opted for an AV RECEIVER instead and I’m glad I did – also the 3D Audio effect I never really felt it and you really start to miss surround speakers that you get with an AVR

    I went for the Anthem MRX540 , SVS PB1000 sub and Gallo A’diva speakers and I’m happy

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  8. Kuya Arbee
    Kuya Arbee 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    SHEESH! the more I own the AMBEO! the more I love it! It's incredible! and paired with a MARTIN LOGAN 1100X subwoofer and OH WOW! this is SUPER EASY TO SETUP and THE SOUND IS DAMN INCREDIBLE! I highly recommend this! Gifted this setup for my Family and they love it so far!

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  9. Remco van Tongeren
    Remco van Tongeren 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Hi, thank you for your review.
    I´m convinced to get one.
    One question, is it possible to use it without the vibration support feets?
    I want to use it with the Samsung LSP9T beamer and I have 13cm space when displaying 100".
    With the feet the Ambeo has 13,5 cm hight, without 12,5 cm.
    Or can i use custom made vibration feed?
    Thanks for your adice

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  10. Jas Madahar
    Jas Madahar 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I sooooo want this to replace my Samsung H800T, which is 3.1 but I’m not happy with it. Height sounds are almost non-existent. My television is in the corner, and I was wondering how this bar would cope with this?

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  11. Infinite Night1
    Infinite Night1 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Heard a wild rumor that Sennheiser was working on a new design that's a little smaller and has a separate sub-woofer…

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  12. Kuya Arbee
    Kuya Arbee 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I wish you can redo this and do Kristi take!

    I am happy of my Ambeo purchase with a Klipsch Reference Subwoofer! super extremely Happy!

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  13. Tae Shelton
    Tae Shelton 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I have a question I've been thinking about the sony ht a9 or the ambeo which would is the better sounding unit in your opinion? Thanks in advance

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  14. Alex Whitsel
    Alex Whitsel 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Andrew, I see the Ambeo has went on sale for $2,000.00. I am either looking at purchasing that or the Sonos Arc and Gen 3 sub. Which of these two options do you prefer and why? This setup will be going in our master bedroom. Thanks for all the great content you continue to put out!

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  15. kloemelke
    kloemelke 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Andrew…would you mind doing ALL reviews on YouTube? Holy *&#@ you could read the New York phone book out loud and I would still listen right 'till the end!
    Oh, and very, very good no-nonsense review. 👌🏼

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  16. Greg Crezee
    Greg Crezee 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    My only disagreement is, for me, subs are absolutely necessary. Not for the rumbling, but for the smoothing out of all the sound. I make no apologies. I've been a Ken Kreisel fan, since the day he invented the volkswoofer sub. He was, and always be… Music first. I do wish that sennheiser would have allowed us the option of rear speakers. That's why I'm still looking and waiting. I must be able to use my Kreisel custom subs, not only with my a/v system, but our eventual atmos soundbar system.

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  17. Jason Taylor
    Jason Taylor 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I hope the next generation has a dedicated surround speakers but keeps the same number of drivers.

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  18. Pascal Di Egidio
    Pascal Di Egidio 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Love you style and point of view!

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  19. CommandoSoldier
    CommandoSoldier 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I have a question regarding the Ambeo. If I decide to use a dedicated sub woofer alongside the Ambeo, should I disable the built in sub woofer inside the Ambeo or leave it on?

    I would highly appreciate any feedback regarding this please.

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  20. BBB
    BBB 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    What would it take? I dunno, I have over 7000.00 in my home theater system, not much in the audio-visual world. I am considering this for our second living room area that mostly sees normal TV and video game play.

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  21. Sean Hicks
    Sean Hicks 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    My wife and I are building a new house. Open concept… As in the living room, dining room and kitchen are all the same large (20'x40') mostly rectangular room (there is a small foyer off the middle on one side mostly lined up with the dining space) with elevated (12') and beamed ceilings. I'm a discrete speaker guy (bookshelves and subs), but even I'm struggling with placement in this monster. Not to mention that, after years of marriage, the wife is finally fed up with the "bachelor look" of speakers everywhere. Looking at soundbar solutions (which I know and your reviews confirm have gotten a lot better these days), but I just don't feel like they will be able to fill the cavernous space and will lose any simulated surround effects to the dining/kitchen areas at the rear. In this video, you kept mentioning that you are also open concept, though L-shaped with your living room in the corner. I know you lost some of the surround effect due to shape, but did you feel the Ambeo was able to fill the space? Are there any other soundbar solutions out there worth looking at? I've seen many of your reviews (love them), but the Ambeo review was I think the first time I've heard you mention your room shape.

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  22. Mike Wheeler
    Mike Wheeler 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Between Samsung Q950A vrs JBL 1200 cinema vrs Sennheiser Ambeo? Who wins?

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  23. Mike Wheeler
    Mike Wheeler 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Going to check one out tomorrow, thanks

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  24. Greg Crezee
    Greg Crezee 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I owned, and operated a brick and mortar audio/video store for 27 years. You said it… perfectly! You will never get every person to agree. Not only is that in electronics, but life as well. I had a very simple saying to any and all who came in to purchase products. When, at the end of your setup, you plop your butt in the viewing area. After turning everything on, if a giant smile comes across your face, you've chosen correctly! End of story! What a pleasure it was listening and watching your video. Thank you so much. 😁.

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  25. jiggatasticly
    jiggatasticly 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Hi Andrew, did you add something at the bottom of the soundbar to raise it off the tv stand by half an inch? My Ambeo does not have the clearance like yours in the video

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  26. Ashu Jainvi
    Ashu Jainvi 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I just bought this soundbar today. I have hooked it up with my LG CX using eARC but I'm not sure if I'm getting the best out of it. I have calibrated the soundbar using the microphone and tried playing 6 Underground on Netlfix using LG's Netflix app. I got 'Dobly Vision' pop-up on TV screen but no 'Dolby Atmos', which makes sense as it is passing through Dolby Atmos to the soundbar to process it. Sounbar shows HDMI TV + ATMOS on its small LED screen when playing the movie. I have also tried few Disney+ shows that support Atmos. I'm not sure if need to change any setting in Sennheiser app to enhance the experience. App shows 'Dobly Atmos' code with channels set to 'objects'. In Dobly DRC settings I have turned it Off and Dolby Virtualizer is off as well. Should 'Dolby Virtualizer' be on?

    Can you please make a detailed video on setting you use for Dobly Atmos content? Sennheiser is not so great with providing that information through the app. Can you please help me out?

    Thanks!

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  27. Boterham met Pindakaas & Hagelslag
    Boterham met Pindakaas & Hagelslag 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I would consider this soundbar if it came with 2 dedicated surround speakers.
    Perhaps with a future version.

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  28. Ser Rico
    Ser Rico 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Great review, I am eying this for black friday to replace an old B&W/Rotel set up. Really appreciate the review on playing tunes. Wish you gave what were your sources i.e, Apple Music, tuner, etc.

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  29. Bad Hombre Retro Gamer
    Bad Hombre Retro Gamer 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    What would be a great subwoofer to pair with this sound bar? Any recommendations? I like bass for music but specially for movies.

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  30. Alon Hakak
    Alon Hakak 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    best of reviews you do.

    At this time, is the Amboo the best?

    What would you recommend?

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  31. Ameen Awadallah
    Ameen Awadallah 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Hi can you help he with a surround soubd projector and screen for a home theatre thats about 5k all in

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  32. Philip Jacobsen
    Philip Jacobsen 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Impressively thorough and insightful review — probably the best I've heard in audio/visual realms — thanks much!

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  33. Eric Reed
    Eric Reed 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Can you use a wireless turntable like the Yamaha or Audio Technica to it?

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  34. Tronald Dump
    Tronald Dump 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Bought the Ambeo this week and I'm totally amazed. Took the time for calibration and discovered that a placement of just 20cm behind the main listening position gives a much better bubble. Atmos demo's such as Amaze are so impressive for just ONE speaker. 100% worth the money (got a nice 10% discount), couldnt be happier, and so is the wife 

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  35. Grant Granger
    Grant Granger 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I just bought Samsung 11:1 fine rears bit quiet I probably need to set up better…gg

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  36. MySpankster
    MySpankster 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    YOUR THOUGHTS on which sub to put with the Sennheiser Ambeo…..thx…cheers from Canada…….i watch 95% movies and TV shows and 5% music….thx i look forward to your advice

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  37. MySpankster
    MySpankster 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    i am trying to decide between 4 systems….the Sennheiser Ambeo with a svs PB3000 subwoofer .. or .. Sonos Arc / 2 subs / 2 SL ones ( or add fives )… or the Samsung Q950A….or the SONY HT-A9 speakers what are your thoughts and recommendations of which is the better system…i watch ALOT of movies and tv shows 95 % and music 5 %…thx…cheers from Canada

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  38. S. Llednarc
    S. Llednarc 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I decided against the Ambeo based on the negative reviews for it’s Bluetooth connection repeatedly dropping connection to the rest of the system. I decided to give the Sonos system a try. I bought the ARC sound bar and set it up. It sounded great but was VERY lacking in bass. The next day I got the Gen 3 Sonos sub – WOW. That thing is deceptive..it looks small and I was NOT expecting it to put out a lot of bass and I was blown away. It THUMPS and it goes LOW. I had a 12” powered Klipsch sub and the Sonos sub is AS good or BETTER. Plus it was easy setup and wireless. The next day I picked put he SL one pair of speakers for my rear surrounds. All total I spent about $2000 on everything. Compared to the Ambeo that costs $2500 with NO sub…. This Sonos system is hands down far better. I am not an audiophile but I appreciate good sound – I wanted something that would do HT and music – the Sonos system does it all. The phone app is great. I am not a paid spokesperson – just a regular guy who wanted to get a lot of bang for the buck.

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  39. Tahsin Faiyaz
    Tahsin Faiyaz 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    'looks' the best to me, over everything.

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  40. Este es mi auto
    Este es mi auto 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    I bought the Ambeo few weeks ago and I think is lacking of some bass and specialness for the price, I know Sony it’s coming with the HT-A7000 do you think that one will be as good for the money which is 700 dollars cheaper compare to what I paid for the Ambeo or what is your take on this comparison? Thanks in advance!

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  41. Töns Dittmer
    Töns Dittmer 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Bose Smart 900 Soundbar worth it?

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  42. Danksy
    Danksy 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Andrew Ambio or Samsung Q950T? thank you for your time.

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  43. Chris Bullock
    Chris Bullock 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    SONY HT-A7000?

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  44. Hsi-Hsien Yeh
    Hsi-Hsien Yeh 30 April, 2022, 09:35

    Hello Andrew, I am a viewer from Taiwan and I've been following your videos for a couple months now. They're really enjoyable in terms of the viewing experience as well as the knowledge perspective. Thank you for making great videos.

    I have been thinking of getting an Ambeo for my new house some time now. And I actually went to one of the retail store today to give it a go. To my surprise it performs awfully bad in the sound stage department. The metal striking sound from the Roll Tide sits in the dead center and the notes from My number hot chip remix never really move a single inch(Yes I had your demo list and are loving them) , not to mention the bass from hella good had no width whatsoever. 
    I wasn't prepared for this kind of flatness even though I knew the setting could be more towards the Movie side.
    I was already enjoying these tracks on my MBP and to be honest they performs much better on a 15' laptop than a 2.5k soundbar in terms of the spacial presentation.

    My question is that should I go back there and have them run the machine in a specific preset(Cause I was told by the guy who showed me to the showroom that I will have to wait for the engineer to change the preset and come back another date. He wasn't really sure which preset we were in and didn't seem to care.) or this is the close-to-actual two channel playback experience I can expect even after the tweaking?

    Thanks in advance!

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