UNBOXED: Reviewing the Enclave Audio CineHome HD Wireless Home Theater
Everything you need to know about Enclave Audio and their mission as a company is stated very clearly on the giant box that ships to you when you receive their CineHome HD wireless home theater solution. It’s home theater made simple.
Typically, a consumer looking to add some sort of surround sound system to their in-home entertainment space has a lot to consider—from the type of speakers, to the AV receiver you want to add to the system, to the speaker wire, and so on. And then, of course, there’s the overall cost of investing in a system well worth your while.
There’s none of that with Enclave.
You don’t need to be a master technician or some wiring wizard in order to get their 5.1 channel home theater system up and running. There's no cutting open drywall to run speaker wire. You don't even need to try to recall your WiFi password to get the speakers all synced up. All you need to know how to do is unpack product from boxes, place them where you want them, and how to plug them into the wall. All that’s left? Power them on.
That’s it. They just work.
Oh, and perhaps most importantly, you don't need super-deep pockets to afford something like this. The price tag on the CineHome HD system: a penny under $1,000.
Having run into Enclave at a number of events prior to actually prepping this review, they made a simple promise to me—that I’d spend more time opening up the boxes and removing all of the packaging than I would actually waiting for the system to be ready. So, in looking to keep them to their word, I timed myself. It took me a total of 12 minutes and 40 seconds to unpack the system—complete with a center channel that doubles as the receiver with its various inputs, the oversized subwoofer, left and right fronts, and left and right rears. Once plugged in and powered on the speakers got themselves synced together in about 10 seconds—no joke, I timed them.
So, in total, it took me less than 15 minutes to go from a room with no surround sound to speak of to one with a legitimate, full-bodied home theater feel to it.
The audio engineering that powers these speakers is simply impressive considering how limited the speakers are size-wise. We’re talking about six custom-tuned enclosures that give you 14 individually designed drivers, completely surrounding you in immersive audio. It’s almost hard to fathom the output that these tiny devices collectively produce.
And to top it all off, it’s all wireless. A point that I know would make home theater traditionalists scoff, Enclave Audio’s wireless system is one that needs to be taken seriously for a few reasons. First and foremost is the small badge that you’ll find on the home theater system’s box designating them as a member of the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association. WiSA, as we’ve detailed time and again, is group that’s been at the forefront, working with its members—Enclave included—to engineer some of the most impressive wireless home theater technology. To be clear, the user’s home WiFi system isn’t needed to support this wireless audio system. This, like all other WiSA-certified systems, operates on its own local network, meaning there’s no interference from other devices fighting for bandwidth. You get clear, 24 bit/96kHz uncompressed audio wirelessly, right out of the box, with no added gear or configuring necessary. Just plug your speakers in, plug your sources in, and go.
The back of the center channel gives users plents of options with three HDMI inputs, an optical input, and a standard AUX line-in.
As a WiSA-certified system, the latency that you might expect to see in a wireless, or Bluetooth-connected device, simply isn’t there. According to WiSA, their partner products operate at one-tenth the latency of other Bluetooth audio devices, meaning it’s practically unnoticeable to the human eye/ear.
So, what you’re left with is a set of products that take up minimal physical footprint, but a whole system that’s still capable of producing bone-crushing levels of sound. Having stress tested the CineHome HD wire-free system (with an empty house so as to not break the ears of my wife or kid), they place you at the center of whatever it is you have on the screen in front of you. Concerts, sports, action movies, even regular TV—it all becomes this immersive experience. And all it takes is plugging in six separate components and hitting that power button.
For the price, the simplicity, and the jaw-dropping power of the Enclave CineHome system, there’s really nothing else that can compete with it on the market.