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Gadget Guru: Enclave, Braven audio systems bring outstanding theater sound

WIRE-FREE HD AUDIO DEFINED - JUST UNBOX, POWER UP, AND GO. No home Wi-Fi routers to connect to and no bridge box required. Simply place your speakers in the appropriate location, plug in the speakersí AC power adaptors into any locally available 110/220v power source, load up your Enclave Smart Center with sources, and Enclave Audio system is ready to deliver 24 bit uncompressed audio wirelessly - straight out of the box with no con guration necessary. 
 
 AMPLIFIERS Designed to satisfy the most discriminating audio enthusiast, Enclave Audioís 6 independent Class D ampli ers are engineered to offer stunning acoustic performance in concert with Enclaveís custom designed speakers. Featuring a High Performance Closed-Loop Architecture, the real story is in the powerful digital signal processing utilizing a digital crossover, an equalizer for at frequency response, and more. SPEAKERS Designed and custom tuned to deliver a world class home theater surround experience, the Enclave system offers 14 distinct drivers in 6 independent speaker enclosures creating a 360 degree eld of incredible sound, all done wirelessly. 5.1 HOME THEATER At Enclave, we understand that half of the movie experience?is heard and not seen. With the popularized soundbar audio solution, true surround sound is dismissed for convenience?and wiring issues. The Enclave Audio 5.1 home theater system offers uncompromising true surround sound with the ability to easily place your speakers as 5.1 surround was designed and intended. Surrounding you. Whether it is movies, music, sports, or video gaming, Enclave wirelessly surrounds you with every nuance of every sound, bringing your home theater experience to life as youíve never heard it before. The Enclave Smart Center connects to your TV with a single cable and will host HDMI and SPDIF (Optical) sources, including satellite, cable, streaming appliances, and gaming consoles.
WIRE-FREE HD AUDIO DEFINED - JUST UNBOX, POWER UP, AND GO. No home Wi-Fi routers to connect to and no bridge box required. Simply place your speakers in the appropriate location, plug in the speakersí AC power adaptors into any locally available 110/220v power source, load up your Enclave Smart Center with sources, and Enclave Audio system is ready to deliver 24 bit uncompressed audio wirelessly - straight out of the box with no con guration necessary. AMPLIFIERS Designed to satisfy the most discriminating audio enthusiast, Enclave Audioís 6 independent Class D ampli ers are engineered to offer stunning acoustic performance in concert with Enclaveís custom designed speakers. Featuring a High Performance Closed-Loop Architecture, the real story is in the powerful digital signal processing utilizing a digital crossover, an equalizer for at frequency response, and more. SPEAKERS Designed and custom tuned to deliver a world class home theater surround experience, the Enclave system offers 14 distinct drivers in 6 independent speaker enclosures creating a 360 degree eld of incredible sound, all done wirelessly. 5.1 HOME THEATER At Enclave, we understand that half of the movie experience?is heard and not seen. With the popularized soundbar audio solution, true surround sound is dismissed for convenience?and wiring issues. The Enclave Audio 5.1 home theater system offers uncompromising true surround sound with the ability to easily place your speakers as 5.1 surround was designed and intended. Surrounding you. Whether it is movies, music, sports, or video gaming, Enclave wirelessly surrounds you with every nuance of every sound, bringing your home theater experience to life as youíve never heard it before. The Enclave Smart Center connects to your TV with a single cable and will host HDMI and SPDIF (Optical) sources, including satellite, cable, streaming appliances, and gaming consoles.

Enclave's Audio Cinehome HD 5.1 wireless home theater speaker system with Dolby sound brings big screen audio to your home.

Whether it was a concert video, movie or the crack of a bat in a baseball game, the sound produced from the milt-speaker system was crisp and clear at any volume level.

Don't be fooled (like I was) by the size of the system's delivery box. While there is a lot of packing protection, there are also lots of parts and pieces in the system.

An Enclave representative told me the Cinehome system is "the ideal surround sound for a single room, not a whole house or anything like that."

This was my first testing of a system with WiSA wireless technology. If you're like me, you have no idea what that stands for, so I'll tell you: Wireless Speaker and Audio.

The Enclave Audio Cinehome system has five speakers and a subwoofer.

The front speakers measure 12.4-by-4.7-by-7.7 inches, the rear speakers 5.0 -by-8.1-by-4.3 inches, and the subwoofer is 17.7-by-12-by-13 inches.

In all, you get 14 individual speaker drivers, giving you 360 degrees of surround sound.

There is a little setup to get things running, but it's pretty straightforward and doesn't take much time. The speakers are AC-powered and communicate wirelessly through the Smart Center (5-by-12.4-by-17.7 inches) speaker.

All the buttons to control the speaker are easy to access on the top, while the HDMI, optical audio, power and 3.5mm ports are on the back. A wireless remote is included.

The Cinehome brings outstanding movie theater sound to your home. If you have reclining chairs with cup holders and popcorn, you'll never leave the room -- trust me.

ww.enclaveaudio.com $1,199.00

The wireless Braven BRV-XXL is another great audio system with a boombox look.

It's promoted as a tank-like (20.25-by-8.25-by-9.5 inches, 18 pounds) king of Bluetooth speaker. While the portable Bluetooth/NFC speaker market is a pretty crowded field, I'd say this is near the top of what I've heard.

Once you crank it up, you'll get incredibly clear head-banging HD sound coming from four drivers and a subwoofer.

The body is built with aircraft-grade aluminum and has an IPX5 waterproof rating keeping it safe from spills and splashes. Inside is a 15,600mAh battery to power the sound and also can be used as a charging source for other portable devices with the 5V/1A USB port.

Sound adjustments, volume, battery level indicator and track selection controls are built into the side. You even get a mic input if you have a microphone to sing along.

A carrying handle is built into the speaker and you can add a carrying strap.

You'll get up to 14 hours of sound before a charge is needed with the included power adapter.

www.Braven.com $349.99

SanDisk has released the next generation iXpand Flash Drive with a newly designed and user-friendly app.

It's built just like a flash drive with a USB connection on one end and a flexible Apple Lightning connection on the other. The exterior has a durable metal housing.

The USB 3.0 connection lets you load from a computer (Mac or PC) and then plug in the Lightning connection to an iOS device to view, upload or download.

The iXpand is your best friend to expand the capacity of the storage locked Apple devices along with using the iXpand to automatically back up photos and videos.

Just as previous generations, it's simple to use. When you connect your iOS device it directs you to the redesigned iXpand app.

The updated app is simple to set up and lets you store and view PC-friendly movie formats such as AVI and WMV files.

Photos and videos can be created from your iPhone or iPad and stored directly to the iXpand. Another incredible space-saving feature lets you play an iTunes music list directly from the flash drive.

The iXpand Flash Drive comes preloaded with encryption software to password-protect files,

www.SanDisk.com Available in 16GB - $49.99, 32GB - $69.99, 64GB - $89.99, 128GB - $129.99, capacities

Gregg Ellman, gadget guru, can be reached at greggellman@mac.com. Follow him on Twitter@greggellman.

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