Originally Posted by MSmith83
the fact remains that THX certification alone is not a good justification to jump right into a product if problem-free functionality is of primary concern
That's a straw man argument, since THX themselves don't claim that their certification process yields flawless products. So it's not a choice between relying on THX certification "alone" vs whatever else you rely on; it's the advantage of having THX certification and
everything everything else you already rely on.
It just so happens that the only recent set of mass produced receivers that suffered from serious and easily identifiable design flaws was a set of THX certified receivers.
As Roger Dressler mentioned in one of the threads I linked to, Dolby also tests products to make sure they are complying to licensed specs (as does DTS). Whatever design flaws you're talking about were also missed by the DSP chip maker, the receiver designer & manufacturer, Dolby Labs, DTS, etc. Are they all worthless now for having missed the glitch or does all the blame fall on THX only?
I want my video transcoding to be free of distortion and my HDMI video to be free of artifacts and dropouts.
I hope reality is able to meet your wants someday. Until then, we all have to live in a world where video transcoding is not flawless and HDMI outputs don't work perfectly (even on non-THX products). As I mentioned before, no matter how many fresh sets of eyes a product goes through, someone will find a glitch somewhere. Enthusiasts who weren't even in the consumer electronics industry discovered the chroma bug that the entire DVD player industry missed. Yeah, I know, DVD player manufacturers are worthless, since they didn't release perfect players.
Why would consumers want to settle for anything less than perfection in functionality?
Because perfection doesn't exist in the real world. Not understanding that is a recipe for constant disappointment. More important is what manufacturers do to address their less-than-perfect products (e.g., Pioneer issuing software to correct their LFE problem).