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  1. Burklund

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    in the glossary at circuit city website the definition to THX is :
    THX - Lucasfilm Inc. has developed a certification process for audio and video components that meet their high standards for home theater performance. THX-certified components incorporate specific performance features and circuits designed to compliment and enhance other types of surround sound systems, like Dolby® ProLogic and Dolby® Digital.


    I noticed that only the more expensive home theater recievers offer THX.
    Is it worth paying top dollar to have this THX?

    What is it all about?

    THanX !![​IMG]
     
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    Yes and no. I read an interesting article on this in a recent Home Theater Mag and it said there is no real impact on price comparatively between certified and non cert. receivers. The ones that are certified at least have met the specs, so I'd say it isn't going to hurt anything, but my receiver is THX select, and I basically never use THX processing. It definitely was not a feature that I was looking for, it just happened to be there. I wouldn't use it as a criteria for purchasing.
     
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    THX home page:
    http://www.thx.com/

    Sound & Vision magazine: THX Certified
    http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...&page_number=1

    Sound & Vision magazine: Behind The Numbers: Digital Sound Receivers (includes THX crossover spec)
    http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...&page_number=1

    AVS Forum thread: THX certification process
    http://archive2.avsforum.com/avs-vb/...hreadid=122172

    What is THX Home Cinema?
    http://membres.lycos.fr/tessier/thx.htm

    How THX works (theaters)
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/thx.htm
     
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    so are there certain movies that require THX in order for the sound to be better?
     
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    Nope... THX is merely a CERTIFICATION, as is explained...

    Just says that "this peice of equipment is up to my (Mr Lucas') standards".

    There are many peices of equipment that perform way better than their THX certified counterpart, yet do not bother getting the certification, as it adds more $$$ to the price.
     
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    so its just a "bragging rights" kinda thing?

    ....my receiver has THX and yours doesnt [​IMG]
     
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    I think once you go over a certain level, you don't need THX. However for a budget AV amp I think I'll choose a THX specced 100W x 5 over a Sony/Yamaha/JVC/Kenwood/Technics 100W x 5 (if features, sound, relibility, looks, customization, remote etc) are identical.
     
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    What you are saying is, you didn't read any of the links.


    It adds nothing to the price, the companies are not charged for the certification, though they may have to go through a few rounds of testing. Knowing the design has at least passed some spec is definitely not a bad thing compared to one that has not. It is certainly does not mean that a good non-THX cert $1.5K receiver would not perform as well as a THX cert one of the same price. They are not just using it as a scam to get more money.
     

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