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Review: Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Mini

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The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Mini is a compact yet powerful soundbar, offering an expansive and meticulously detailed audio experience. The AMBEO Mini is also the most compact device in Sennheiser’s AMBEO soundbar lineup. Even though its small in stature, it goes head-to-head with some of its larger counterparts, by delivering an impressive audio performance.

Design and Build Quality
Although the design of the AMBEO Soundbar Mini is similar to some of the soundbars out there in the market, it distinguishes itself through subtle design changes. Sennheiser has chosen to feature illuminated (dimming-capable) AMBEO branding on the front right-hand corner. Furthermore, the top panel of the mini slopes gently from back to front, while the sides are enveloped in fabric, ensuring a cohesive aesthetic throughout.

On the top of the soundbar, you will find the controls for volume adjustment, Bluetooth connectivity, input selection, playback management, and microphone muting. There’s also a white light strip that lengthens progressively from left to right as volume levels increase, providing a nice visual touch.

Features and Specs
The soundbar offers an audio output of 250 watts and boasts a frequency response ranging from 43Hz to 20kHz. It also comes packed with four 1.6-inch full-range drivers, with two oriented forward and an additional pair situated at the ends, slightly angled outward for optimal dispersion. Positioned near the center of the soundbar are two four-inch woofers, facing upward to deliver immersive bass performance.

Complementing these drivers are six class D amplifiers, collectively capable of delivering 250 watts of power, ensuring a brilliant audio reproduction. Furthermore, the soundbar features four far-field microphones responsible for room calibration; it’s essential to ensure these microphones are unmuted before initiating the calibration process for optimal results. However, the soundbar’s connectivity options are limited to a single HDMI port, which may be a potential drawback for some users.

However, the AMBEO Soundbar Mini’s wireless connectivity makes up for the limitations in wired connectivity. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay 2, thus offering seamless audio playback. The soundbar also integrates with popular streaming services such as Spotify Connect to enhance the overall user experience. Sennheiser’s dedicated app further enhances convenience by incorporating built-in media player controls, allowing you to stream to and manage the soundbar effortlessly from a single, centralised platform.

Performance
In terms of audio performance, the AMBEO Soundbar Mini offers an awesome overall audio experience by creating an immersive soundstage that includes outstanding detail and clarity, irrespective of what content you play on it. It excels in delivering exceptional audio performance, particularly in smaller environments. However, its effectiveness diminishes in larger spaces, particularly when attempting to replicate a 7.1.4 simulated surround sound experience.

This limitation becomes evident when one considers the Mini’s power output, which is capped at 250W. Meanwhile, the bass output of the Mini is impressively balanced, complementing the intricate details present throughout the sound profile. The delivery of impactful low-frequency effects is missing, however, which is crucial for enhancing the immersive cinematic experience. The absence of thunderous thuds, booming effects, and rumbling vibrations, that can elevate the overall movie-watching experience, is sadly missing.

Verdict
The Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Mini stands as a testament to compact soundbar excellence, offering a brilliant audio performance within its diminutive form factor. It is ideal for those seeking a balance between size and sonic prowess since it excels in delivering superior sound quality and sleek design aesthetics. Despite its premium price tag and the absence of certain features found in competing models, the AMBEO Soundbar Mini comes across as an interesting choice for those who prioritise audio performance and space-saving design.

Price: AED 3300

Sennheiser AMBEO Soundbar Mini AED 3300
  • Final Rating
3.5

Summary

The soundbar offers an audio output of 250 watts and boasts a frequency response ranging from 43Hz to 20kHz. It also comes packed with four 1.6-inch full-range drivers, with two oriented forward and an additional pair situated at the ends, slightly angled outward for optimal dispersion.

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Reolink Launches a 16MP Camera and Dual-Lens Security Camera Lineup at CES 2024

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Reolink has unveiled a new dual-lens camera lineup at CES 2024. The company showed off a 16 million-pixel security camera, Duo 3 PoE, and more cutting-edge security products and technologies, redefining the future of home and business surveillance. “Devoted to creating the finest security products for consumers and business owners, Reolink is harnessing the latest technology to make homes and offices more secure and comfortable,” says Fabrice Klohoun, Marketing Manager at Reolink. “We invite conference attendees to join us at CES to witness the latest advances in security solutions, including the 16MP images captured by our devices and additional capabilities of Reolink’s product offerings.”

Reolink Duo 3 PoE 16MP Camera
Reolink’s newest addition to its flagship dual-lens lineup, the Duo 3 PoE, innovatively merges two high-resolution lenses into a real-life vision with an enormous 16 million pixels. Users can capture more vivid details than ever before, including wanted or unwanted visitors, license plates,  delivered packages and much more. Boasting an advanced dual-image stitching algorithm, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE camera creates a 180° panoramic view with minimum distortion. Users will experience peace of mind when it comes to property surveillance without missing a single detail.

The most innovative feature of the Duo 3 PoE camera is the built-in Motion Track. By overlaying multiple tracks and positions of people, vehicles, or animals over a certain period into a single picture, users can monitor footage within seconds. This feature removes hurdles like video buffering delays and having to watch multiple footage playback to confirm activity.

Reolink TrackMix Series and Argus Track
Reolink’s hybrid lens TrackMix series provides wide-angle images and target-focused close-ups simultaneously. Together with the auto-tracking function, the TrackMix camera lineup delivers the smoothest surveillance experience for tracking a moving target.

Reolink brings this hybrid dual-lens security technology to a consumer-grade security camera, known as the Reolink Argus Track. This sleek camera incorporates all of the must-have features on the TrackMix cameras: 4K colour images day and night, dual-view display – one for overall and the other for close-up, and 6x hybrid zoom. In addition, it is solar-powered with a 6W solar panel.

Reolink ColorX Series
Reolink is expanding its innovative ColorX true colour night vision technology into more lineups: 4K camera series, Wi-Fi camera series, and PTZ camera series.

Integrating an F1.0 super aperture, an advanced 1/1.8” sensor and HDR function, the new ColorX cameras CX810, CX410W, E1 Outdoor CX capture ultra clear and colourful visuals in extreme darkness, improving nighttime surveillance performance as daylight ones.

Whole-Home Security
High-performing security systems should be full-range and centralized. At CES, Reolink showcased three surveillance solutions for homes and businesses, ranging from wire-free battery solutions and fast Wi-Fi 6 plug-in solutions to solid PoE systems.

All Reolink security camera system solutions embrace a spectrum of advanced features, including 24/7 monitoring, AI-assisted smart detection, instant motion alerts, and more.

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Monster Middle East to Showcase its Innovative Product Portfolio at Channel Summit 2024

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Monster Middle East (MME), a full-service, transcontinental regional platform, has announced that it is participating in Channel Summit 2024, which will be held from January 19 to 21, 2024, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

 

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The company, which has been at the forefront of the consumer electronics industry since 2001, caters to the Middle East, Africa, CIS, and the Indian Subcontinent.

MME offers a wide range of devices under categories such as videography, lifestyle, gaming and toys, multimedia, tech protection, Edutech, wearables, mobility, and so on. Brands represented by the company include GoPro, Cricut, Therabody, My Arcade, Monster Cable & Audio, Gel Blaster, Veritable, Aarke, Larq, Speck, Incase & Incase Design by Microsoft, Minix, Rocketbook, OneAdaptr, and Arcade1Up.

“Over the years, MME has built a reputation as an industry leader, diligently meeting the needs of customers, suppliers, and end-users. The company’s success is underpinned by exclusive partnerships with many of the world’s leading brands in audio, video, mobile, computing, and emerging technology categories,” said Jehangir Khan, Regional Director for Middle East, Africa, CIS and Indian Sub-Continent, at Monster Middle East.

MME boasts a team of over 32 dedicated employees and operates four bonded distribution centres in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and one duty-paid centre in Dubai.

“Our participation at Channel Summit will be centre around reconnecting with current and new partners and highlighting new lines for the upcoming season,” concluded Khan.

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Lenovo to Launch New AI PCs and Far Edge Computing Products at MWC 2024

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At MWC (26th – 29th February, Barcelona, Spain), Lenovo (Booth #3N30) will unveil its latest portfolio of AI devices and infrastructure solutions to date, as well as showcase two new device concepts that challenge the traditional PC and smartphone form factors. At CES, Lenovo launched its first AI PCs, bringing the technology into its ThinkBook, ThinkPad, Yoga, Legion, and ThinkCentre PC portfolio. With the company’s vision of “AI for All” at MWC, Lenovo will unveil several new AI PCs and edge computing solutions, bringing the technology more into the mainstream for 2024/2025. The company expects the trend of hybrid AI to fuel the demand for both AI PCs and AI smartphones and drive another industry refreshment cycle.

Purpose-built to support AI, Lenovo’s AI PCs are designed and engineered to perform tasks such as reasoning, problem-solving, and learning. More importantly, they create a user-machine bond, bringing tailored experiences amplified by AI. With stronger computing power and larger storage, large language models (LLMs) can easily run on the device rather than in the cloud. Over time, these models adapt to the user’s preferences and habits, enhancing their assistance as time goes on, resulting in a more personalized experience while safeguarding privacy.

In addition, Lenovo plans to unveil several next-generation infrastructure solutions for telecom that help businesses harness vast bodies of data at the far edge for transformative AI applications at scale, while reducing the energy consumption of cloud services. As the telecom industry evolves to connect to today’s digital economy, Lenovo’s Edge AI computing solutions are forging new AI capabilities across city streets throughout Barcelona and Madrid, like using video analytics and computer vision to identify smoke and fire, improve emergency response times and support public safety.

At its Tech World event in October 2023, Lenovo unveiled its hybrid AI for All vision and showcased how it is unleashing the power of AI to drive intelligent transformation in every aspect of people’s lives and in every industry and its commitment to investing $1 billion investment in AI innovation. Also, at MWC, Lenovo will show two new concept products for the first time at a public event. Motorola’s adaptive display concept, a world-first product which uses an FHD+ pOLED display that can be bent and shaped into different forms depending on users’ needs, and also another world-first proof of concept and eye-catching innovative laptop form factor that pushes the boundaries of engineering, design, and user experience from the Intelligent Devices Group and Lenovo Research teams.

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