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Test: Sennheiser Ambeo & Libratone Track +

Test: Sennheiser Ambeo & Libratone Track +
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Christian Boas

So far, we have presented on especially over-ear headphones with noice-canceling. Which is not least because I as a responsible editor with in-ear headphone listening for normal on war foot, because my ears seem simply simply incompatible. Now I’ve tried again with In-Ears, for our comparison test between the wired Sennheiser Ambeo and the wireless Libratone Track +.

Der Libratone Track+ im Test auf (Bild: / TC)

Design & comfort
In addition to the sound experience, the design and weight also plays an important role in the choice of the right headphones. For the € 299 (RRP) expensive wired Sennheiser Ambeo, the earplugs are attached to an earloop that is worn behind the ear. The silicone attachments are included in the carton in three sizes. Otherwise, the design, which is held in white, little suspend in-ear headphones, except for the quite short-circuiting cable. The cables of the two earplugs go directly into the remote control of the Ambeo together, unfortunately Sennheiser has saved on the following Lightning cable from ours a little too much on the cable length. Likewise, the remote control had a clip for fixing well. The Sennheiser Ambe weighs along with the fairly large remote control 35 g and pulls thanks to the earhook despite the short-rated cable and the lack of a clip on the remote not too strong on the ears. Only the exact fit of the olive-shaped silicone attachments leaves much to be desired with the Ambeo. None of the three sizes really wants to fit my ears.
Der Sennheiser Ambeo & Libratone Track+. (Bild: / TC)
The 199, – Euro (RRP) expensive Track + the Danish company Libratone seems just too simple in its appearance. In contrast to the Sennheiser Ambeo, the 28 g Libratone Track + is wirelessly connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth 4.1. The Libratone Track + also has three silicone attachments in the box. In addition, however, a pair of silicone attachments are included, with which the in-ears should be better positioned in the ear. Since the track + is a Bluetooth headset, it also needs to accommodate the 120 mAh battery that powers the in-ear for 8 hours. The batteries have Libratone housed in the two side controls. Below the right side, the headphones can be charged with the supplied micro-USB cable.

Noice-Canceling & Sound Quality
When it comes to noise reduction (noice-canceling) and sound quality, the two in-ears hardly differ, apart from the non-optimal fit of the Ambeo, both headphones deliver a good result for in-ear headphones. Both devices have a pleasant, balanced sound and manage to hide the annoying ambient noise. A special feature, however, is the ability to create 3D sound recordings with the Sennheiser Ambeo. The German manufacturer promises to record the sound of the environment while filming just as the user perceives it during the filming. And indeed, Ambeo believes in what Sennheiser promises, although the recordings of the built-in microphones are not comparable to those of professional equipment, but given the size of the headset, the performance is considerable.
Sowohl Sennheiser Ambeo als auch der Libratone Track+ lassen sich über eine eigene App steuern. (Bild: / TC)

Sowohl Sennheiser Ambeo als auch der Libratone Track+ lassen sich über eine eigene App steuern. (Bild: / TC)

Both headphones have their own app, with which the headphones can be controlled. With the App of the Libratone Track + (iOS App & Android App) it is a bit irritating that you have to register to use the app once the provider. Although there are not only e-mail but also Google and Facebook available, but this compulsion has a Geschmäckle that could have been safely avoided. After compulsory registration, for example, noice-canceling can be switched between automatic and manual via the Libratone app, or the external microphones of the headphones can be used as hearing aids. In addition, the firmware of the Track + can be updated via the app. When using the manual setting of the track + we have a slight but steady noise in parts of the noise suppression, only disappeared completely in the highest setting level. In automatic mode, the noise had never occurred, here, the manufacturer can optimize something.

Sowohl der Sennheiser Ambeo als auch der Libratone Track+ verfügen über eine eigene App, mit der sich der Kopfhörer steuern lässt. (Bild: / TC)

About the iOS app of the Ambeo z. For example, you can switch the function of 3D microphones on and off, such as noice-canceling, or use them as hearing aids (transparent hearing). With the Transparent Hearing or TH, the outside noise is picked up by the external microphones of the headphone and amplified reproduced. You can also change the five predefined equalizer settings of the Sennheiser headphones or make presets for video recordings of the iPhone or iPad camera.

Both tested noice-canceling headphones from the upper price segment have mastered their task well, even though each of them has its strengths and weaknesses. So it is somewhat surprising that the Libratone Track + still relies on the now outdated micro USB port and not directly on the current USB Type-C, that would save the carrying of a separate cable or charger. On the other hand, the stretching should let go the matter with the compulsory registration in the app again by the head. For the Sennheiser Ambeo, we would have liked to see a few more inches of cable and a retaining clip for the big remote control for the price. Finally, it always remains a matter of taste, whether one decides on an in-ear headphones or over-ear headphones. However, in the summer temperatures in-ears have a deciding advantage, you sweat less on the ears.

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