Sennheiser’s Ambeo headphones put directional surround sound in your ears

VR expecting great things from these
19 February 2017 / 8:00GMT

Anyone who’s ever strapped a VR headset to their face knows that visuals are just one part of the immersive virtual reality experience – the other being, of course, sound. After all, you’re not going to feel like you’re in the middle of a zombie-infested house if all you can hear is the traffic outside your actual house. Sennheiser’s Ambeo headphones (£TBC, out second half of 2017) are aiming to be the go-to earbuds for VR, thanks to their ability to replicate directional audio via nifty trickery. If a recording has been made using binaural sound – basically, how the human ears perceive audio – then listening through these 'phones will put you right in the centre of the sound. The real boon here is that it also features binaural mics, so you can create your own super-immersive directional recordings.