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Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Audio Enhances 'Revolution' Exhibit at the MMFA by Charles Mohapel
Review by Charles Mohapel
Sennheiser Event  ISBN/ITEM#: CM170626AMBEO3D
Date: 26 June 2017

Links: Sennheiser Press Release -- MMFA / Sennheiser Press Release -- AMBEO 3D / MMFA - Revolution / My Event Photos / Show Official Info /

Forget your Father's Surround Sound and look to Sennheiser's revolutionary AMBEO 3D Audio.  On Tuesday June 13th, 2017, I had the privilege of attending the press conference at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) prior to the opening of 'Revolution' Exhibit to the public on Saturday June 17th. There we learned that the exhibition, which originated at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, England focuses on the social fabric of the late 1960s (1966 to 1970).  In addition to the wonderful exhibits provided by the Victoria and Albert Museum, there was also a special section on Expo 67, the 1967 World's Fair held in Montreal, plus a selection of music by Quebec artists.  'Revolution' runs from June 17 to October 9, 2017 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

While the spectacular 'Revolution' Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is scheduled to run from June 17 to October 9, 2017, I'll be focusing on the audio technology used to best effect. 

Upon arriving at the entrance to the exhibit visitors are issued with one of 700 audio guides paired with high-quality Sennheiser headphones.  Once inside the exhibit, visitors are treated to remastered music for the period of 1966 to 1970, playing through the audio guide as they walk through the various areas.  The pièce de résistance is the Sennheiser AMBEO 3D audio installation located in the Woodstock area which Sennheiser says recreates the legendary festival with original stage costumes, documents of the time, vibrant concert video material on giant screens, and a fascinatingly immersive AMBEO audio system, complete with several beanbag chairs for people looking to relax and experience the music at its best.  

The serious audiophile and / or tech junky will be interested in the detailed stats of this area will appreciate those provided by Sennheiser:

"For this extraordinary sound experience, high-quality digital copies (24 bit, 192 kHz stereo .wav files) of the original analog magnetic tapes of the Woodstock film were converted to 3D by the Sennheiser AMBEO upmix algorithm.  The nine-channel output was then post-produced and fine-tuned to play back on 14 Neumann KH 420 midfield loudspeakers for an increased impact that would enthrall visitors and give them an emotional as-if-there feeling.  The KH 420 were positioned as L, R, SL, SR, C, plus sides, each of these seven positions with a height speaker mounted at about 5.5m), while the LFE is played back through a total of four Neumann KH 870 subwoofers."

While I never attended Woodstock, I have heard a lot of the music played there, but it never sounded as good as it did thanks to Sennheiser AMBEO 3D audio.  I'm curious as to where the next Sennheiser AMBEO 3D audio installtion will happen.

Believe me when I say that Sennheiser AMBEO 3D audio has to be experienced to be believed.  Consider making the trip to Montreal and enjoy the festivities of Montreal's 375th Anniversary and Canada's 150th Birthday.


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