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Is the THX worth $200

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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   BrentB



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Posted May 05 2003 - 08:39 PM

All else being equal,needing only a 6.1 capable receiver,is the THX capability in the Denon SR800 worth the $200 more than the SR700?
Would I just be paying for the THX label on the receiver?

#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Nathan_R


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Posted May 06 2003 - 01:06 AM

Personal opinion (and from a different make/model), while I like seeing the THX badge on my receiver, I have turned off all THX processing in my machine. If you're looking to save money for other goodies, spend that $200 elsewhere.
Just one man's opinion, though, and some others will likely tell you that badge the most important part of your system.

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#3 of 13 OFFLINE   Thomas_Berg



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Posted May 06 2003 - 01:17 AM

i think that $200 worth of software will make you alot happier than the THX sticker Posted Image

#4 of 13 OFFLINE   Jon_Welker


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Posted May 06 2003 - 02:34 AM

Save yourself 2 bills and opt for the SR700. THX is nothing but a lot of talk and a badge.

#5 of 13 OFFLINE   GordonL


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Posted May 06 2003 - 04:06 AM


First, there is no Denon SR800/SR700. I think you meant Onkyo.

Second, you need to do more research to determine whether the price difference is worth it to you. You (and the others) incorrectly assumed the price difference is attributed solely to the THX label. If you look at the spec sheet carefully, the SR800 has more A/V inputs (6 vs 5), more digital inputs (7 vs 4), an additional S-Video input, an additional coax digital out, slightly better power numbers, and a better amp section (36.6 lbs vs 27.8 lbs). In the entry level price range (and to some extent, the middle price range), THX almost always means a beefier amp which is important if you're driving your HT to reference levels. Of course, you also need to take into account your room size and speaker sensitivity.

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   Don_Teel



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Posted May 06 2003 - 04:11 AM

Actually you may want to wait, the new Onkyo TXSR701 is gonna be THX certified at the same price at the present 700

#7 of 13 OFFLINE   Yogi



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Posted May 06 2003 - 09:31 AM

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#8 of 13 OFFLINE   George Pappas

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Posted May 06 2003 - 09:50 AM

Everybody above is correct.

The most important thing about THX is the badge on the unit and the THX intro on the DVD.

Think about this. There are even THX approved cables. What for? For Lucasfilm to make more money. Hey if you can have it in the theatres, you might as well take a stab in the home theatres.

#9 of 13 OFFLINE   Jon_Welker


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Posted May 06 2003 - 09:54 AM

I agree 100% with George. Companies have to pay an outrageous fee to get their equipment THX certified, and who do you think pays for that? Surely not the manufacturer. I checked out the THX (lucasfilms) website once looking for these supposed "rigid specifications", and could find nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

#10 of 13 OFFLINE   JoeHard


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Posted May 06 2003 - 01:01 PM

My buddy bought a Carver amp a few years ago. The THX version came out the next year with the same specs as previous and a $100 price increase. THX alone is a ripoff.

#11 of 13 OFFLINE   RobWil


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Posted May 06 2003 - 01:38 PM

Well, in addition to getting the 7th channel, which you say you don't need anyway, the SR-800 also has the following:
more dynamic power (front)
more power into 6ohm load
digital upsampling
39 dsp modes vs 13
7.1 multi-channel input vs 5.1
more A/V inputs
more digital inputs
choice of absolute or relative volume display
more zone 2 options
and weighs almost 9 lbs more

I don't think that 7th amp weighs 9 lbs and it doesn't come from the THX sticker so I would assume some beefier transformers and capacitors.

I'm not trying to support THX, just pointing out that there are many differences except besides the badge that everyone loves to hate Posted Image
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#12 of 13 OFFLINE   RobWil


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Posted May 06 2003 - 01:42 PM

Shit! I didn't see your post Gordon.
But I agree with him. People are always to eager to jump on the anti-THX bandwagon. It seems to me there's $200 worth of differences even without the certification.
On top of that the THX stickers GOTTA be worth at least a few cents. Posted Image
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#13 of 13 OFFLINE   Jerry Klawiter

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Posted May 06 2003 - 02:02 PM

Besides all the extras you get for that $200.
When the next upgrade comes along, you know you will,Posted Image
that THX badge will pay dividends at resale.
Not only a few extra coins, but a faster sale.
George has already done the marketing for you.