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It was bad when they certified interconnects and speakerwire. It got worse when they started stamping VHS tapes and botched DVD's.


It got silly when they started stamping plastic, computer speakers.


When Creative Labs bought majority share it became a farce with the very soon after released THX certified Audigy 2 (sans any specifications regarding why it was "THX certfied").


Now they are going to certify games.


THX is now totally meaningless.
 

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"THX sends them specifications on what the company's audio and video production rooms should look like, down to the types of desks people sit at when they are working. " :rolleyes:


Gotta drop by Office Depot and check out those THX-certified desks.
 

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Don't forget the THX certified seats in the THX certified theater that you will need to sit in while you are watching the THX certified movie and eating your THX certified popcorn.
 

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I've sampled the popcorn, and to tell the truth, I can't tell the difference. I'm not saying that all that double blind data is faked. But you should try it for yourself, and only go for what you can taste.
 

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I've just picked up my THX certified cups. Wow what a difference, the coke taste better now. Kidding aside this THX fiasco reminds me of having the "Royal" stamp. If I remember correctly, in England, companies can buy / license the 'prestigous' "Royal stamp" approval for their products from Buckingham Palace whether it is dishes, furniture, clothes etc. The perception is that with this stamp, your goods have a higher value because of the assocation with the Monarchy.
 

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I couldn't agree more!

The THX symbol has been meaningless to me since I brought home my "THX certified" copy of Highlander and saw what is still the worst looking DVD ever played in my home theater.


What a joke.
 

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I am all for it they demand video game makers design better sound than what we have now, and make them place surround effects correctly into the sound field. You know guys, this might just be a good thing!
 

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Mike0221,


you are SOOO right about that first Highlander release - "THX CERTIFIED" ideed!!


That disc was an artifact reference piece - a screen by screen "HOW TO" on f#%king the f#%k up......big time - royally - deluxe.


A pool of rat vomit if any there were.
 

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You know the sad thing is, they'll make a ton of money off of it. There will be tons of people who, not knowing what the THX certification really is, buy a certain product over another just because of the THX sign. Even if it is priced more. THX has just been marketed very well. You have to admit, the first time you saw something (movie, amp, etc) that had the THX stamp on it, you were inclined to check it out. Many of my components are THX certified, not because I went out of my way to get the THX certification, but because the manufacturers of my components felt that they needed the THX stamp (perhaps as eye candy) to be competitive with others. Nowadays, only the extremely low end and ultra high end gear is non THX certified.
 

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THX should only certify LDs (RIP), dvds, theaters, mixing rooms, and high end equipment and speakers. Video games, vhs tapes, and cheap computer speakers and sound cards are rediculous.
 

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I thought all THX meant was that there was a certain minimum Signal to Noise Ratio. In that case, things like speaker wire and speakers make sense because all too often you can have a great stereo system and speakers but use bad wire and hear lots of background noise.


I wish speaker wires were balanced.
 

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Hey as long as they keep putting cool THX multi-channel promos at the begining of movies, I'll be happy! (Seriously, I really like those....):D
 

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How long till there are THX lunchboxes and action figurs of little Georgie directing? How 'bout a THX water pik to get the THX popcorn out of your teeth after the film?
 

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Just a couple facts for those interested:


The main THX specification is to clearly define the exact specs of the THX logo before it can be stamped on anything


The THX certified popcorn has far less ambient crunch noise, and is guaranteed to not cause undue echo and reflection in your theater, it also will not stick to your floor


THX chairs have built in devices that remove money from your wallet while sitting in them and transfers it to George Lucas on a weekly interval


THX cables automatically filter George's laughter at the customers stupidity when listening to any of his directors commentaries on his DVDs


They have started a THX certified tree farm to make speaker cabinets out of when they mature enough to start logging them, I look forward to hearing the difference


The new THX certified Honda is going to be the de-facto standard for the best ride to the theater to see Star Wars Episode 3


At least when I get old, there will be THX hearing aids that will probably make the world sound better than it ever did in my youth


Its getting a little ridiculous, I dont even mention THX anymore when showing off my THX Ultra 2 system to friends, because when they ask what it means, it pains me to have to explain it to them.
 

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THX certified movie date coming soon ! Georges new escort service . :)
 
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