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DVD and THX

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Stellavision, Apr 24, 2003.

  1. Stellavision

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    Do dvd player's need to be THX certified to reap the full benefits of THX audio decoding.
    I'm using a Toshiba 520E and a Pioneer 2011 reciever.
    I've been watching Attack of the clones in THX cinema mode seemingly with no problems, but I was wondering if I'm better just keeping my reciever in DD mode without THX certification on my dvd player.
    Cheers
     
  2. Too Tall

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    Hi,

    There maybe guys on the forum that can explain this better but I'll give it a go.

    There is a general confusion over THX. Because THX is in effect 3 different things with one name.

    1: THX software standard.
    A set of standards set by THX on the production of software (DVD, LD, Video).

    2: THX Hardware standard.
    A set of standards set by THX on the production of hardware. A product has to pass tests on sounds and vision and ease of use. This is what will apply to a THX approved DVD player.

    3: THX Sound processing.
    THX is not a format in it own right. It is a set of post decoding matrix's that are applied to a sound source. It can be applied to DPL, DD or DTS. It was first developed for DPL to give the mono rears a more stereo feel, the left and right more seperation and to give better bass management. Now with DD and DTS it is a more subjective thing as to whether sources sound better with or without THX on. I personnelly like the THX sound (I have a Denon 1SR).

    So in answer to your question, you do not need a THX certified DVD player to take advantage of THX processing, they are completely seperate things.

    Hope that makes some of sense,
    Stuart.
     
  3. Reiner

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    No, they don't. The THX audio processing (not decoding actually) is done in the amp only and the player itself should not affect the datastream.
     
  4. Gary Lightfoot

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    Is there such a thing as a THX DVD player?

    I don't think I've seen one...

    Gary.
     
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    Onkyo released one.. also a couple of Pioneer Elite players I think recieved THX classification..
     
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    The Tag DVD32r is THX certified.
    To clear some confusion a dvd player/transport that is certified has this certification based on hardware alone, in much the same way that a power amp (or amp section of an integrated) is THX certified.
    It's quality will be based on it's internal design/devices that MEET THX requirements , the THX badge will not "represent" a different "sound or picture".
    As stated above only THX processing, be it THX, THX EX, THX2 will have any effect on the "sound".

    Regards

    STeve.
     
  7. BabylonP

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    Denon's DVD-A1 is THX Ultra certified and very nice it is to.:)
     
  8. Reiner

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    It get's worst: there are even THX certified cables ... :suicide:
     
  9. Adam Barratt

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    Not to mention car stereos, PC speakers, soundcards and games consoles.

    Adam
     
  10. Craig Sowerby

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    Hi,

    These are a few DVD players that are THX certified,

    Onkyo DV-SP800
    Onkyo DV-S939
    Integra Research RDV-1

    Marantz DV- 8300 (THX Select)
    Marantz DV-12S1
    Denon DVD-A1

    Try THX.com for more info

    Hope this is of interest.
     

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