Consumers hate cables and wires. They get lost, tangled, frayed, and when damaged, they disrupt entire systems. We’ve entered the wireless age. Consumers are on the hunt for wireless solutions that improve their experience and make aspects of their daily lives easier and one of the key factors that draws them to these solutions is the elimination of complicated setup and wiring processes.
Traditionally, the term “home theater” conjures up imagery of bulky AV receivers and yards of speaker wire snaked throughout the room to bridge the gap between the speakers and actually enjoying your content. With all the advancements that have been made in wireless technology, it’s time for home theater to go wireless too.
The largest barrier to adoption of home theater is the complicated setup and management process. This is where the consumer demographic begins to fracture. On the one hand, you have consumers who are intimidated by all the wires, the hulking subwoofers and complicated AV receivers so they settle and opt for a soundbar. On the other hand, you have the consumer who’s not afraid to spend the time tweaking and setting up their desired experience. They value performance above simplicity however, if you could offer them an easier route to the same experience and parallel performance, they would jump at the opportunity.
Recent advancements in wireless technology means consumers no longer need to choose, they can enjoy the best of both worlds without sacrificing audio quality. For example, the 24 bit CineHome PRO system is the first WiSA-Certified, THX-Certified wireless home theater system. Consumers now have the choice of a wireless high definition audio system that sets up as quickly and easily as a soundbar but provides all the sonic benefits soundbars cannot – dedicated surround sound.
The elimination of speaker wires is already a tremendous step forward however, if you are going to look towards deploying a wireless home theater system, there are a couple other factors to keep in mind. Interference is a major one. Many of the wireless devices within the home, including your in-home Wi-Fi, remote controls, smart home technology, gaming systems and more all share a commonly used area of the radio spectrum. In a wireless home theater system, it’s important to look for solutions that operate outside of those common frequencies and channels to avoid interference.
Speaker synchronization and latency are two other key factors. If you’ve ever tried to play a video while connected to your car’s Bluetooth, you might have noticed the video and the audio do not sync up. This is due to latency and one of the drawbacks of using Bluetooth in this environment. A wireless home theater setup is meaningless if the audio does not sync with the visual content. This is why it is paramount to seek out low latency solutions. For example, both the Enclave CineHome II and CineHome PRO leverage WiSA technology to achieve low latency and less than 1 microsecond of synchronization between speakers so you can be confident that what you’re hearing matches up with what’s on screen.
To answer the original question, “what to look for in a home theater setup?”, well, recent advancements in wireless home theater audio technology have enabled consumers to confidently remove speaker wire from that list while simultaneously ensuring they lose nothing in audio quality or experience.
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