The Enclave Audio CineHome Pro is designed for people who crave a high-end home theater experience, but who are willing to sacrifice a skosh of high-end performance for near-absolute freedom from wires.

If soundbars have left you wanting, and you consume movies and music primarily via streaming services, you’ll dig what the company has to offer. If you prefer the uncompromised experience of physical media (or digital media streamed from a local server), you’ll be somewhat less interested. My bottom-line score assumes you’re in the former category, but I’ll go into detail about all of the system’s pluses and minuses so you can decide for yourself.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best soundbars, where you’ll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.

The CineHome Pro (the full name of the product is CineHome Pro | CineHub Edition THX Certified) is a self-amplified genuine 5.1-channel surround sound system. The only wires you’ll need to deal with are the power cords for its six speakers: center, front left and right surround, rear left and right surround, a massive subwoofer, and the CineHub control box. You’ll connect the system to your TV’s HDMI ARC port with the provided cable (a Toslink port is provided in case your TV doesn’t have HDMI ARC, and there’s also a 3.5mm analog aux input—

all the bases are covered). Enclave says it will push out a firmware update soon that enables HDMI eARC.

enclave audio cinehome pro family shot off center Enclave Audio

The CineHome Pro consists of center, front surround, and rear surround speakers; plus, a subwoofer and a control module that connects to your TV via HDMI.

The CineHub doesn’t have an ethernet port, so you can’t connect it to your home network to stream media that you’ve ripped from disc or downloaded from an online music store. And it doesn’t support Wi-Fi, so you can’t use Chromecast or Apple AirPlay, or technology like Spotify Connect. That leaves Bluetooth for wireless streaming (although the system doesn’t support aptX or the higher-resolution aptX HD codecs), or any type of player that has either an HDMI or Toslink optical output (CD player, Blu-ray player, home-theater PC, etc.).

Enclave’s system assumes your TV is the center of your home theater experience, to the degree that the CineHome Pro doesn’t come with a remote control. You use your TV remote to control the volume, or Enclave’s excellent mobile app (available for Android and iOS) for volume control and a lot more. The CineHome Pro uses two types of Bluetooth connections when connecting to your smartphone or tablet (while the app is the same, I found the tablet experience—specifically, with an iPad mini—superior to using my Pixel 2 XL smartphone). Your interactions with the app’s user interface utilize Bluetooth LE (Low Energy), and music streamed from your mobile device to the CineHub utilizes Bluetooth’s A2DP profile.

Media coming into the system via cable or Bluetooth streams out to the speakers using WiSA (Wireless Speakers & Audio Association), a low-latency, wireless multi-channel technology that supports up to eight channels of uncompressed 24-bit audio at a sampling rate of 48kHz (the system supports up to 96kHz input sources). Because it uses unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz range that’s not used by Wi-Fi, the two networks won’t interfere with the other. You can read a lot more about WiSA in this article.

cinehome pro settings screen Michael Brown / IDG

Tapping the outline of each speaker in the system will play white noise, so you can verify the speaker is working and calibrate it if you so choose.

Codec support

The CineHome Pro’s support for Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS Digital Surround points to the manufacturer’s focus on consumers who stream movies and music over the internet, via a smart TV/set-top box or a mobile device, versus playing digital media from discs. While PCM is also supported, there is no support for the lossless Blu-ray codecs Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD Master Audio, and there won’t be even after Enclave pushes out the firmware update that will enable eARC support (regular ARC doesn’t have enough bandwidth to handle those codecs).  Enclave, for its part, says “the audible difference to a listener between Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD would be nearly imperceptible.”

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