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post #1 of 6 Old 03-25-2000, 08:21 AM - Thread Starter
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I understand the technical difference between THX and non THX certifed speakers. I have a 20'X30'X8' home theater room and want a great HT sound system. My question is whether or not I will hear a positive difference between THX certified and non THX speakers in this room which I would categorize as "bright" due to a tile floor and glass (with mini-blinds) along one 30' wall. This room also has two 12" square beams running across the 20' dimension at equal distances in the ceiling creating three 9'X20' bays which I assume is a good thing because they will break up sound waves in the room?

I do plan on using a THX Ulra pre-pro.

Can anyone comment on this THX issue based on actual experience?

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I think your room would be a prime candidate for THX. Check out THX at THX.com and talk to an installer if your budget allows. If you don't like what you find especially regarding cost, email me and I'll describe my system with which I achieved THX performance on a budget. Good luck.

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Tom:

You'll hear a difference between THX and non-THX speakers to the same degree that you'd hear a difference between, say, B&W and Dunlavy, Snell and Triad, and so forth.

The THX characteristics solve alot of potential issues which may or may not exist with non-THX speakers. That being said, you're far better off buying lesser speakers and putting the difference in proper treatment of your room.

You can put some Radio Shack Optimus speakers in an acoustically correct setting have some nice sound. Conversely, you can put a bunch of Meridian DSP8000 in a non-treated area and have horrible sound.

Of all your reproduction equipment (not *that* equipment), the room will have a more significant impact on the sound than any other component in the room.

It is absolute hokey to spend big dollars on cables, hospital grade outlets, better speakers, seismic sinks, and far eastern hockey pucks, until you address the room acoustics issues.

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Dennis:

Great reply.

Who would one consult to address room acoustic issues for a specific HT with confidence he is getting proper advice?

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Greetings:

Tom, it just so happens that DENNIS is your man. Several of us on this web site have contracted with Dennis to provide home theater design services on a off-site / remote basis. I can't recommend him highly enough.

If you'd like to see a little of the HT that we are currently in the middle of constructing, please click the hyperlink below. Dennis has been invaluable throughout the entire process. I can't imagine how I'd have the confidence that my end result is going to be a world-class HT without his assistance.



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I blush to disclose .. "C'est moi!"

Now if any of you remember the movie that came from, keep it to yourself (along with your "Flying Purple People Eater" and Leslie Gore records).


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