Is THX better than DTS and DD?

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  1. Ryan Cruz

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    Who uses the THX mode in their receivers? My Denon 5803 is capable but I haven't really explored it yet. So far I've only tried DD and DTS. What does the THX mode do in particular and how does it differ from DTS and DD?
     
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    THX isn't a sound format, it's more like an approval symbol... saying the item has been approved by the THX people.

    DTS and DD are both sound formats.

    Chris.
     
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    I am going to move this to the Basics area as it does not belong in software.
     
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    Are speed limits better than cars?

    You get the idea.

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    Actually, its simpler than that. It is indeed not a sound format, thus the comparisons are moot.

    It also has little to do with HT in reality and more to do with theatrical presentations. For example, Disney has released non-anamorphic DVDs that are THX certified. there are not a few THX certified DVDs that are inferior to non-THX DVDs.

    Most respected names in HT acknowledge that it makes for no perceptible enhancement for HT and as such is largely a marketing gimmick.
     
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    Those of you who think that THX is just a seal of approval should really check out that FAQ...

    On receivers like the Denon 5803, the THX mode includes:

     
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    There is most definetely an improvement, I use THX as it seems to provide a less harsh sound, it also removes "hiss" from badly recorded films.
     
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    Hey, James! Quit playin around in the forum and go finish that damn theater and post some pics!![​IMG]
     
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    THX certified receivers must meet THX's standards on sound reproduction. They recommend though that THX mode works best when used with THX certified equipment (speakers, cables, etc). This doesn't mean that if u have a THX certified receiver that u MUST have everything else THX certified. There are some great speakers for example that sound great and that are not THX certified. I also feel that timbre matching and RE-Eq are great features, as the whole sound stage just blends really nice and re-eq fixes the 'brightness' that some movies have.
     
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    Yes, my Pre-amp has a seperate microchip that runs the custom THX algorithms. The 3 features that are mentioned in this thread are what you get. THX really does seem to balance things out wonderfully. It takes away from that harsh and overly bright sound in most movie soundtracks. I wouldn't completely suggest searching for a unit that has the THX stamp on it. Just look at it as a nice added bonus for sure.

    -J
     
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    THX post-processing lays over the top of DD or DTS decoded sound formats as well as PCM for 2 channel Dolby ProLogic encoded sources.

    To say THX sounds better than DD or DTS is a mistake. Either the THX mode engaged improves the DD or DTS sound or it doesn't.

    Dan
     
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    I agree THX is not a sound format but a sound enhancer however to have a truly THX system every thing must meet the standard form the amps to the sound treatment
     
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    What about THX surround EX?
     
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    Thanks. I do know that THX is not a sound format. I guess I should have re-phrased my question. Since the 5803 does let you choose betweem THX, DTS, and DD modes, I was wondering which was best to use since I haven't really had the time to evaluate, and I also wanted your opinions.
    Hopefully by this weekend I'll be able to, since I jsut got my amp last week. [​IMG]
     
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