THX Ultra 2 Question

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  1. Robert.CB

    Robert.CB Agent

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    Hello all,

    I hope this is the right place to post this. I am going to start the framing on my dedicated home theater this winter, and will try to completely finish it by the summer of next year. I am thinking of trying to do build the theater comprised of THX Ultra 2 equipment. I was wondering if you could reply with your thoughts and recommendations about specific brands and models of THX Ultra 2 equipment, so I could get an idea of total cost, etc. to build it. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

    Robert
     
  2. peter m. wilson

    peter m. wilson Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi,
    Most of the big names such as Denon Sony Pioneer have equipment that meets those specs. Go to their sites and do your homework.

    Peter m.
     
  3. Robert.CB

    Robert.CB Agent

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    Hello,

    What I am mainly interested in is the quality of the products. I can go to the makers web site or look at their information and find out what the product can do, but I can't tell how well it does it. That's what I am trying to find out. What are the better quality products on the market?

    Thanks,
    Robert
     
  4. Donnie Eldridge

    Donnie Eldridge Supporting Actor

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    When you say,
     
  5. greg_t

    greg_t Screenwriter

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    I don't know what you're wanting to spend, but the Pioneer Elite 49TXi is Ultra 2 certified. I have one and love it. It is pricey though. The 59TXi was just announced at Cedia and doesn't have any real benefits over the 49TXi. You may be able to start finding the 49TXi at reduced prices. There is a thread here that describes the differences between the two in detail, but I don't see anything that makes me want to upgrade from my 49.
     
  6. Robert.CB

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    Hello,

    Sorry I haven't explained myself well. I am looking for recommendations in the categories of controllers, amplifiers, speakers, screen, etc. that are THX Ultra 2. I am looking for components in each of these categories that are THX Ultra 2 certified that rise above the rest as far as what users have experienced.

    Thanks,
    Robert
     
  7. Kevin C Brown

    Kevin C Brown Producer

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    I think you have a mistaken belief that if a component is "THX Ultra2" certified, it automatically guarentees a certain level of quality. For example, a DVD player can be THX certified and still have the chroma bug and do bass management for DVD-A and SACD incorrectly.

    I think you should focus on quality components, regardless of whether they have THX certification.

    As the 2nd poster alluded to, there is no substitute for "homework". [​IMG]

    If you want to start talking actual components, do you want separates, or a receiver? What is your budget? What type system: 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1? CRT, RP, LCD, DLP, etc? More than 1 sub? Etc...
     
  8. Robert.CB

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    Hello,

    I am looking to build a really good 7.1 system in a room with 23X15X9 dimensions for around 30000 (I could probably do more with a little begging and pleading).

    As far as getting into the real specifics of home theater I'm just getting my feet wet. I know that THX Ultra 2 or THX Select can do a 7.1 system. Building a great quality home theater is my main concern.

    That's mainly why I was asking. to see if building a really good quality THX Ultra 2 or 7.1 system is possible (due to budget constraints or other factors).


    Thanks,
    Robert
     
  9. GordonL

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    $30k for just the audio? You might be able to get something decent with that. [​IMG]

    For starters, look into equipment from these manufacturers. All of them have their fans so picking something is a matter of personal preference.

    $$ = mid-priced
    $$$ = high-priced
    $$$$ - can blow your budget with one or two pieces [​IMG]

    THX:

    $$
    Anthem
    B&K
    Parasound (Classic)

    $$$
    Aragon
    Arcam
    Bryston
    Classe
    Integra Research
    Krell
    Lexicon
    Parasound (Halo)

    $$$$
    Classe
    Krell
    Levinson
    Meridian

    Non-THX but still worth considering:

    $$
    ATI
    Rotel
    Sherbourne

    $$$
    Sunfire
    Theta Digital
     

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