Sennheiser has announced details on a new pair of headphones that can record 3D audio to your smartphone.

The new headphones named Ambeo Smart Surround headphones were publicised last week at the CES show in Las Vegas. These in-ear headphones come with two in-ear microphones capable of capturing binaural audio as it reaches the ears. This will allow users to record sound just as they hear it.

Previously only used in the pro user world, Binaural audio has been around since the 1960s. This type of audio recording creates a 3D sound effect by recording sound with two microphones.  

Sennheiser are looking to bring this unique technology to the general public, so everyone can experience this distinctive way of listening to audio.

The Ambeo headphones can be used on iOS and Android platforms using Apple’s Lightning connector or USB-C to record multiple audio channels on the user’s smartphone. The audio can then be played back through the headphones using a specific app.

Co-CEO Dr. Andreas Sennheiser said in a recent press release: “Yet as mainstream technology makes immersive visual experiences ever more accessible, the power and emotion of this footage is too often let down by the quality of sound that these devices can capture. Ambeo Smart Surround is an innovative solution that closes this gap.”

Clubs including Ministry of Sound have already ventured down the 3D sound route with their Dolby Atmos nights, but now potentially everyone will be able to enjoy this in the near future.