September 22, 2004
Ok, you bought a THX certified receiver, amplifier, speakers, and even speakers cables. But how about the theater itself? I kind of chuckled when I read this but hey, it’s only a natural progression. The guys from THX are now looking to certify the room’s too, unveiled at CEDIA was the “THX Certified Home Theater” program. Basically they work with integrators in setting and specifying standards they feel will bring the entire room into spec, not just the equipment. Taken into consideration are room layout and design, acoustics, lighting, background noise, and equipment positioning and installation.
Upon this “certification” the home owner will be presented with a plaque indicating the theater is THX certified. Ok… shockingly the program requires the use of, you guessed it THX certified components. Granted this in of itself, isn’t all that important, but I can see integrators offering this on higher end systems, as a complete package with room acoustic tuning and IFS calibration to boot. As a package this might actually be a good idea, as long as it doesn’t turn into a “what can integrators do for THX” instead of “what can THX do for integrators”.