Audio equipment giant Sennheiser, has entered the automotive
sector with an Ambeo immersive audio solution for in-car entertainment and
communication in collaboration with Southern California-based luxury automaker,
Karma Automotive. With the use of highest-grade microphone and loudspeaker
technology and 3D audio expertise, the Ambeo sound system aims to deliver the
best quality sound and call experience. The system can first be experienced as
a technology showcase on a new 2020 Karma Revero GT during Monterey Car Week
from August 15 to 18, 2019.
The Ambeo sound system on board the 2020 Karma Revero GT
consists of a multi-channel loudspeaker set-up arranged in two main layers plus
a subwoofer to provide authentic sound immersion anywhere in the cabin. To make
this experience complete, the vehicle’s headrests have been integrated into the
loudspeaker concept. The system’s Ambeo upmix algorithm can turn any stereo
material into an immersive experience. Audio sources and levels are managed via
a convenient graphical user interface, which allows the driver and passengers
to personalize the sound according to their preferences. The interface also
lets you determine the preferred degree of immersiveness, and your position
within the sound stage.
Additionally, the Ambeo system improves in car call with the
use of beamforming technology to actively focus on the speaker. The beamforming
microphone arrays are integrated into both sides of the cabin. The result is
precise capture of the voice, while wind, engine and tire noise is efficiently
attenuated. The other passengers can join the phone conversation or continue
listening to their music or film audio undisturbed.
“We are extremely pleased to be taking the unique immersive
audio experience of Ambeo to automobiles, and to be doing so with Karma
Automotive, who put their development focus on electric vehicles,” said Daniel
Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser. “With Karma, we are combining the future of
mobility with the future of audio enjoyment.”
Co-CEO Andreas Sennheiser added, “We set out with the aim to
create nothing less than the best-in-class sound experience. The system we
designed will amaze with its authentic immersive sound, voice intelligibility,
and possibilities for sound personalization.”
“At Karma Automotive we pride ourselves in creating
immersive driving experiences through global relationships and technology
partners such as Sennheiser,” states John Maloney, Chief Revenue Officer of
Karma Automotive. “Karma’s Pebble Beach technology showcase of the Ambeo sound
system in our 2020 Revero GT illustrates cutting-edge audio technology possibilities
for the future.”
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