Sennheiser’s new earbuds let you record 3D audio on your iPhone

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These headphones record audio in 3D.
These headphones record audio in 3D.
Photo: Sennheiser

CES2017 At a time when most headphone manufacturers are embracing the wireless earbuds, Sennheiser has decided to unveil one of the smartest pairs of wired earbuds ever created.

Yes, you can listen to your tunes on the new AMBEO Smart Surround earphones and the music will sound great. But what sets the new buds apart from every other pair debuting at CES is these ones come with the ability to record 3D audio using only your iPhone.

Sennheiser is showing off the new AMBEO Smart Surround earphones at CES, the world’s largest gathering of electronics and gadget makers that congregate in Las Vegas every year.

Thanks to two microphones located on the top edges of the ear buds, wearers can record audio the way they actually hear it. You can then save the file and play it on any pair of headphones, giving listeners a more immersive experience.

What’s 3D Audio?

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The Ambeo Smart Surround headphones wrap around your ear.
Photo: Sennheiser

“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, say Sennheiser co-CEO, Dr. Andreas Sennheiser.

With 3D audio, the direction of the sound changes as your head moves. If you’re watching a 360 video, the source of the sound occurs from different directions, instead of just blasting out audio evenly on both headphones. By a microphone on each earbud, Sennheiser is able to easily replicate the experience.

Sennheiser says the earbuds will be available in the second half of 2017. No word yet on how much they’ll cost though.