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The Sonos ARC Surround Set vs Enclave Audio CineHome Pro 5.1

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In our reference article, Sound Bar vs Surround Sound, we compared these two home theater options on a general basis, but how do the individual features of different sound bar brands and models compare to the Enclave Audio CineHome wireless home theater systems. Let's take a look at how the Sonos ARC Soundbar and Surround Set compares to the Enclave Audio CineHome Pro wireless home theater system.

The Sonos ARC and ARC Surround Set

The Sonos ARC is a soundbar designed to provide surround sound for TV viewing as well as for stereo listening of streaming music sources (Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music, SiriusXM, Spotify, Tidal, and more). 

The ARC provides stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Atmos decoding for TV and movies, which is supported by an internal speaker array that includes three tweeters and eight mid-range woofers. Two of the mid-range/woofers point upward to provide support for Dolby Atmos height effects when needed. 

For listening to TV and movie content, the Sonos ARC connects to your TV via HDMI. Audio signals are transferred from the TV (the TV is also used to transfer sound from devices connected to it such as a DVD/Blu-ray disc player or plug-in media streamer) to the Sonos ARC via the HDMI-ARC feature. The sound is then decoded or processed and played back on the soundbar. 

The Sonos ARC soundbar is priced at $799, but you have the option of adding additional wireless surround speakers and wireless subwoofer for more suitable surround sound listening. Sonos recommends a pair of its One SL speakers ($358.00) and the Sonos Sub-Gen3 ($699.00). 

The total price for the Sonos ARC “Surround Set” is $1,856.00.

The Sonos surrounds and subwoofer must be plugged into AC power separately as each has a built-in amplifier. The Sonos ARC soundbar sends audio signals to the surround speakers and subwoofer wirelessly via the Sonos Wi-Fi network. 

The Sonos ARC also has built-in microphones to support Alexa and Google Assistant voice control

Sonos provides access to the S2 Control App for setup and integration with other Sonos wireless speakers, audio products, and music streaming services. This enables the Sonos ARC to be a part of a whole-home wireless audio system.

The Enclave Audio CineHome Pro

The Enclave Audio CineHome Pro is a THX-Certified wireless 5.1 channel home theater system.

This system is packaged with five speakers (left, center, right, left, surround, right surround), along with a subwoofer. The left, center, and right channel speakers each incorporate two full-range drivers and one tweeter. The subwoofer incorporates a 10-inch front-firing driver. 

Amplifiers are built into each speaker and subwoofer, rather than the CineHub.

Each speaker receives audio from the CineHub wirelessly but they do need to be plugged into an AC outlet to supply power to each speaker's built-in amplifier. However, that’s less clutter than long speaker wires and cables running from five speakers and subwoofer. 

The CineHub identifies each speaker and decodes the surround sound signals coming from the TV (including sources connected and passed-through the TV) and sends them to each speaker in the system wirelessly using Wi-Fi-based WiSA technology

The CineHub connects to a TV using the HDMI ARC/eARC connection. The TV then transfers audio signals to the Enclave CineHome Pro CineHub. The CineHub decodes Dolby Digital or DTS surround signals and sends them wirelessly to the correct speakers. For stereo-only sources, signals are sent to the left/right front channel speakers. 

Since the main focus of the CineHome Pro is discreet 5.1 channel home theater surround sound, features such as built-in music streaming and voice control are not included as they can be provided by the TV or other devices connected to the TV. This avoids feature duplication between other devices, the TV, and the CineHome Pro. 

In most cases, the CineHub can be controlled by the TV remote. In addition, Enclave Audio provides a smartphone control app (iOS and Android) which also aids in system setup. 

Note: The CineHome Pro is also compatible with the Roku TV Ready™ feature, providing additional audio control using a Roku TV™ remote. 

The THX Certified Enclave Audio CineHome Pro is priced at $1598.00.

Sonos ARC and Enclave CineHome Pro Feature Comparison

Feature

Sonos ARC

Enclave Audio CineHome Pro

Product Design

Soundbar - Optional subwoofer and surround speakers are available at additional cost.

Integrated system with, control hub (CineHub), five speakers, and a subwoofer included. 

THX Certified 

No 

Yes

WiSA Certified 

No 

Yes

Number of Channels

Soundbar only 3/Soundbar+Sub 3.1/Soundbar+Sub+Surround 5.1

5.1 Channels - left front, center, right front, left surround, right surround, and subwoofer.

Surround Speakers

Optional purchase 

Included

Subwoofer 

Optional purchase

Included (up to 3 additional subwoofers can be used with optional purchase)

Audio Decoding

Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD. Dolby Atmos accessible via metadata encoded within Dolby Digital Plus or Dolby TrueHD. No decoding of DTS signals.

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, and PCM (2-channel PCM via digital optical, 5.1 channel PCM via HDMI eARC).

Audio Processing

Speech Enhancement, Night Sound (reduces the intensity of loud sound effects).

Dolby Pro Logic II, Whole room Stereo, Dolby Dynamic Range Mode

Audio Setup

Sonos Trueplay via provided App. 

WiSA and additional setup via provided App. 

Speaker Settings

Limited EQ (Bass and Treble only).

Speaker Distance, Speaker Level (levels for each speaker and the subwoofer can be set individually), No extra EQ settings provided.

HDMI-CEC

Yes

Yes

Audio Return Channel (ARC/eARC)

Yes

Yes (eARC with update)

Apple AirPlay 2 

Yes

No

Physical Connections 

1 HDMI (You can also use an HDMI-to-optical adapter included), Ethernet.

1 HDMI, Digital Optical, 3.5 mm analog stereo.

Music Streaming

Direct from the internet or indirect via TV

Indirect via TV

Bluetooth 

No

Bluetooth 5.0 (input only)

Voice Control

Alexa and Google Assistant Built-in.

Indirect via compatible TV

Setup/Remote Control Smartphone App

Yes

Yes

Limited control using a TV remote.

Yes, via HDMI-CEC

Yes, via HDMI-CEC

Roku TV Ready™

No 

Yes

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