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Old 14-11-2002, 01:19   #1
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What is THX Certified ? Is it better than normal 5.1 ?

I can't seem to find out what the "HoloNet News website" extra actually is.

Also what does THX Certified mean??

According to Rewind the R1 has both of these and the R2/R4 don't.

I wanted to know what they were before ordering one of them.

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Old 14-11-2002, 08:50   #2
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check this out http://www.holonetnews.com
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Old 14-11-2002, 09:07   #3
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Just getting a static image at that site.....

So - is it just an archive of info that is on the DVD as opposed to a weblink?
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Old 14-11-2002, 09:34   #4
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Just click the link at the bottom of the page - the one written in alien language - and you'll get an archive of the site. I think it started up in the run up to AOTC's release in the cinema -- its basically a tounge-in-cheek news website from the Star Wars universe.
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Old 14-11-2002, 09:45   #5
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Aaah.... I see it now Thanks



So basically the R1 has a copy of this on the DVD itself so that you can see it on the DVD rather than having to use the web to find it?
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Anyone got any ideas about the THX certified bit?
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I personally think it is just a gimmick
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So sound wise the R2/R4 should be pretty much the same as the R1?
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...nope... compared to R1, both R2 and R4 are sped up by approx. one half of a quarter tone, due to PAL speed-up... I think... golden-eared chaps should abstain... perhaps... THX is simply a 'Quality' stamp that some people claim signifies nothing - others mistakenly think it is a type of sound (like DD or DTS or the cinema-only SDDS format) - it isn't... I know...

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Quote:
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...nope... compared to R1, both R2 and R4 are sped up by approx. one half of a quarter tone, due to PAL speed-up... I think... golden-eared chaps should abstain... perhaps... THX is simply a 'Quality' stamp that some people claim signifies nothing - others mistakenly think it is a type of sound (like DD or DTS or the cinema-only SDDS format) - it isn't... I know...

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Thanks for the info.
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Old 14-11-2002, 13:12   #11
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here is the official website www.thx.com plus link

http://www.thx.com/digital_services/title_search.asp

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here is the official website www.thx.com plus link

http://www.thx.com/digital_services/title_search.asp

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"THX certified" doesn't really mean much at all. It is a quality standard for cinemas. Supposedly, THX people check out the quality of sound setups in cinemas, and if the sound setup in that establishment is up to the standards that THX have decided upon, that screen is "THX certified".

I have no idea why individual movies are called "THX certified". Perhaps part of the system is that movies can also be rated by THX, based on how accomplished the sound mix is. I'm not sure.
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THX certification means different things depending on its context. Cinemas can receive THX certification. A different set of criteria must be met for certification of home theatres processors, amplifiers, speakers etc. Yet another set of criteria exist for the software certification programme (as used on DVD).

THX software certification involves THX technicians verifying that the equipment used to produce a disc's transfer is working correctly and has been calibrated accurately. Depending on a studio's requirements, it may also mean THX engineers oversee the creation of the transfer right through to replication and final quality control. The goal is to ensure the disc looks as good as it can using the equipment and technology available. It doesn't necessarily mean the disc will look and sound great (if a poor quality print or audio source is used, for example).

When THX certification first appeared on LaserDisc in 1993, it was a useful indicator of a disc's quality. At the time LaserDisc transfers were inconsistent and THX's standardisation was widely welcomed. Since then, the general quality of transfers has improved dramatically, thanks greatly to DVD's arrival. THX can also take some credit for this improvement, but this improvement also means THX certification has lost much of its appeal. Great transfers are now a matter of routine from software distributors such as Warner Brothers, New Line and Paramount. None of which use THX certification (Warner once did, but no longer).

THX certification once meant a disc would stand out from the pack, but this is no longer the case with non-THX discs being produced of such high quality. The very best transfers produced these days are often not THX certified as it involves extra cost for the disc producers with few practical advantages.

In the late '90s, THX moved out into VHS certification, which was a blow to their reputation as a quality brand. Soon they will be certifying gaming machines, game software and car stereos, further reducing their aura of exclusivity and quality. In recent times THX titles have also been of inconsistent quality. Some have had poor transfers such as the original R1 releases of Die Hard and Highlander. Some have had obvious technical problems, such as Tarzan. This has led many to question the effectiveness of the programme.

At the moment, I feel THX certification is being used as a marketing tool. People are familiar with the brand (moreso in the US than elsewhere) and the perception of the name is still of quality. It may not have much technical value these days, but it does impact the bottom line. As things stand, the THX label doesn't guarantee superior quality and shouldn't, in my opinion, be a factor in anyone's buying decision.

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Yep - absolutely no guarantee of quality with THX - the Highlander THX DVD is just about the best example I can think of - it was a disgrace, and should never have been released.
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here is another great article about THX Certification

http://www.dvdreview.com/html/how_dv...certified.html
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As mentioned it can also apply to other things as well.
My Altec Lansing ADA885 PC Speakers a THX certified as is the upcoming Audigy2 sound card. A few years ago Dell released a THX certified PC.

The idea is a good one, but only if its stuck to.

As for what gets it and what doesn't, some of that is manufactures choice...you wont see it on Yamaha's products because they don't belive it means anything, kinda of saying you should trust our name/reputation and not some tiny logo you hardly notice.
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The refusal of the DVDForum to take on THX Certification as the standard for DVDs is the reason why Lucas is with-holding the original SW trilogy from release on the format..

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