THX Certification for Computer Speakers or Surround Sound Systems

When you want to hear the best sound, go THX

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THX Certification establishes a rigorous set of industry standards for audio reproduction. The certification means that the sound coming out of your 5.1 surround sound or another speaker system is exactly as the audio engineer intended while he was recording and mixing it.

THX is an acronym for "Tomlinson Holman's eXperiment." It was created by Holman while he was working with Lucasfilm studio to create a new standard for audio reproduction to ensure quality and uniformity across all theater systems that would play the company's audio.

THX certifies that an audio system follows strict rules for ultrahigh quality digital sound playback. These systems can be professional theater or cinema sound systems, surround sound setups, simple home theater system, or a surround sound system just for your PC.

Purpose of THX Certification

To own a THX Certified sound system is to be positive that you are hearing optimal sound production, particularly if the DVD or video game you're playing is also THX Certified—though that isn't a requirement for THX to make a big difference in your multimedia experience. When a manufacturer achieves THX Certification, its customers know that their speaker systems will reproduce professional-quality sound exactly as the audio engineer intended for the film or video game to be heard.

Impact on Home Theater Systems

Many films and video games carry the THX brand and logo to prove their worth as high-quality audio or video sources.

However, THX Certification is most important for the actual speaker system that produces the sound, because THX source audio only matters when it is played on a system capable of reproducing it. This is why a THX Certified surround sound system is thought of as the holy grail for home theater enthusiasts.

Recording Format Compatibility

THX Certified sound reproduction does not require that audio is recorded in any particular format, whether it is Dolby Digital sound or otherwise. Rather, THX is most important at the moment that the sound is played by a speaker system. THX Certified surround sound systems such as 5.1 or even 2.1 multimedia surround sound home theater systems play THX certified sound from computers, televisions, and video game systems.

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