THX what does it mean

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  1. MichaelJ

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    Hi All I am considering getting the Onkyo 797 and am curious as to what the THX stands for ,is it an improvment over non THX or what? Thanks Michael PS whose got the best Price anyone know
     
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    The merit of THX is very debatable. Basically it means that the manufacturer of a givin product wanted to get the THX seal of approval on a product, and/or include some form of THX processing. Is a THX certified product mean thatis is better than one that is not? No. Sometimes, all it means is that in the case of receivers, it has a certain amount of wattage, and includes some sort of re- equalization or post processing. Customers have been made to beleive that THX is sign of quality, when in fact it means very little. Some of the best home theater products in the world are THX certified, but most likely, only because the manufactures feel compelled to make to product as all-inclusive as possible,and leaving out THX might be considered a flaw.

    I have nothing against THX. Their only goal is to make movies better, but many of their philosphies seem to be oriented towards one thing: making money.
     
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    THX
    Rumored to stand for the Tomlinson Holman eXperience. Others say it named after George Lucas' first film, THX-1138. THX is a set of standards by which laserdiscs and video tapes are made, as well as by which home theater equipment is made. They are supposed to yield the highest quality in home theater.
    Lucasfilm THX is a trademark that identifies a cinema's compliance with parameters of Lucasfilm THX for cinema sound systems and acoustics. THX develops standards for the playback environment, regardless of film format. A THX logo identifies the cinema's THX certification. www.thx.com
    THX Surround EX
    Isn't actually a new format. It is instead a collaboration between THX and Dolby Labs designed to give surround sound improved directionality. THX adds another one or two "back surround" speakers to the speakers already present in a 5.1-channel system. However, those added channels, rather than being discrete, simply share a matrixed channel of sound composed of information from the regular surround channels.
    Currently, only a few DVDs are encoded in THX Surround EX, and have that extra channel of surround information ready to go. However, you can play a regular Dolby Digital 5.1-channel DVD, and a THX Surround EX decoder will simulate 6.1- or 7.1-channel surround by processing the audio information in the regular surround channels and sending it to your back surround speaker(s).
     
  5. Jorge M

    Jorge M Stunt Coordinator

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    As for your PS, I got my Onkyo 696 from Vanns.com. They were great to deal with, have a very good website, and will price match any authorized dealer. They commonly have specials such as free shipping or coupons for new customers, so keep your eyes peeled!
    J&R (www.jandr.com) are also a good store. They also carry Onkyos and will price match. Their price is usually discounted, and so will not be posted on their site (probably an Onkyo requirement), so you'll have to call.
    Jorge
     

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