Originally Posted by gamelover360
My apologies for the silly oversight. I have the 1018 EU version, which is beefier (150 watts per channel vs 130 for US version), THX certified, and probably some better internal components I would imagine than the US version.
As far as THX Cinema....I LOVE IT! I was reticent because I was thinking "gimmick"....
I will run 20-40ms and 30-50ms again, and do some comparisons with and without THX in the future when I get the house for a couple of hours. Probably sometime in 2010
Question for you advanced users out there. And I may be opening up a whole other can of worms here.....but what do you have X-curve at. I have it at 0.5 db/oct as per the room size chart. I wonder if THX cinema makes that redundant? Sounds like more testing is needed. You could literally do tests for 6 months with this bad boy. God forbid I ever get high end speakers that have their own settings as well!
Good thing I love tweaking!
The U.S. version is rated at 150 watts, too, "Continuous Power Output (1 kHz, 6 Ω, 1.0 %)." Pioneer chooses to promote the 130 watt "Related Power Output (1 kHz, 8 Ω, 0.05 %)." Both specs are in the US owners manual, along with the government mandated 110 watts "Continuous Power Output (20 Hz to 20 kHz, 8 Ω, 0.09 %)" rating.
I don't know what type of testing you intend with and without THX, but MCACC will ignore it, if that's what you have in mind. Listening tests, of course, are a different matter.
I set the X-curve as you do. However, it is not employed with THX processing, so it doesn't do much for me, as I almost always listen to one THX mode or another. Like you, I was s skeptic, but became a convert.
Originally Posted by ZBoomer
More than likely the wattage difference is because it was measured differently. THX certification is just that, it is a certification, not a different set of components. Many receivers could pass the certification but the manufacturers don't want to pay the licensing fee or for the testing procecedure.
From Wikipedia, "The THX system is not a recording technology, and it does not specify a sound recording format: all sound formats, whether digital (Dolby Digital, SDDS) or analog (Dolby Stereo, Ultra-Stereo), can be "shown in THX." THX is mainly a quality assurance system."...
To try to clarify: THX certification and processing are two different things, although they are almost always found together on the same equipment. THX certification
is a quality assurance system, but THX processing
sets a number of parameters, and runs on top of the various DD and/or dts processing formats.
In the case of the VSX-1018 (US version), it's all but certain that it could have passed THX certification. It appears that it was a last minute decision on Pioneer's part to drop the THX designation, most likely for marketing reasons, as it makes a clearer distinction between their top "regular" AVR and the opening Elite. In previous years, there was little to clearly distinguish between them. The earliest photos released to the press showed the 1018 with a THX logo.