By ROBERT SILVA • May 5, 2016
Wireless Speakers For The Home Theater Environment
Home Theater and surround sound is great, but having to run all that speaker wire to 5 or more speakers and then finding ways to hide them from view can be frustrating. There have been some attempts in recent years to bring "wireless" speakers to market that are acceptable for home theater use (I am not talking about those portable Bluetooth or other compact/portable wireless speakers), but it has been slow going.
However, in 2011 WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio Association) was formed to develop wireless audio transmission standards specifically for the home theater environment, and co-ordinate product development. As a result of their efforts, some Wireless Home Theater Speaker systems finally becoming available, such as the Bang & Olufsen Wireless BeoLab and Klipsch Reference Premiere, with more on the way.
Unfortunately, the Bang & Olufsen system is super-expensive, and the Klipsch Reference Premiere, although less so, it is still expensive for many mainstream consumers.
As a result, Enclave Audio saw an opening and developed its own wireless home theater speaker system, which was first shown at the 2015 CES.
Originally targeted for availability late in 2015, it was finally made available in 2016.
Introduction To The Enclave CineHome HD 5.1 Wire-Free Home Theater-in-a-Box
The Enclave CineHome HD outwardly looks like most home theater-in-a-box systems. It comes with five speakers (center, left, right, left surround, right surround) and a powered subwoofer. However, there is something different.
First, all the speakers are powered.
In other words, each speaker in the system not only houses the speaker drivers, but also houses its own built-in amplifier. In addition, each speaker (with the exception of the center channel speaker - more on that in a minute) has a built-in wireless receiver (bye-bye speaker wire). However, although the speaker wire factor is eliminated, because of the power needed for the built-in amplifier and wireless receivers - each speaker comes with a detachable power power supply, which must plugged into an AC outlet.
In other words, you are trading speaker wire for AC power cords, which means that each speaker needs to close to an AC outlet.
The Smart Center
In addition to its role as a speaker, the center channel speaker is also the hub of the system. It provides, in addition to its own built-in amplifier, wireless transmitters that send audio signals to the other 4 speakers and the subwoofer... [continued]
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