Items tagged with THX

Speaking of Apple getting sued by people, it appears as though THX Ltd., which was founded by none other than George Lucas, is bringing a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly violating a 2008 patent for narrow profile speaker technology. The offending devices in which Apple used the technology include a big chunk of its product lineup, including iPhones (iPhone 4 and later), iPads, and iMacs. The patent description of the technology reads in part, “A narrow profile speaker unit comprises at least one speaker outputting sound towards an internal surface and through a duct with an output terminus,... Read more...
For those who take their audio seriously -- as in, serious enough to drop a couple of grand, or more, on a home theater receiver -- Onkyo today announced the release of two new high-end network A/V receivers, the TX-NR5008 and TX-NR3008. Not for the faint of wallet, the cheapest of the two (TX-NR3008) runs a cool $2,100, while the the TX-NR5008 commands $2.700. To help justify the hefty investment, both receivers bring a ton of features to the table, including support for network audio streaming, various multi-room setups, iPhone/iPod playback over USB, and fully immersive 3D compatibility, Onkyo... Read more...
When Graham McKenna, the PR guy at THX, contacted me and asked me if I’d like to borrow a new Lincoln MKT SUV for a few days, I jumped at the chance. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t care a whit about the MKT itself. I wanted to check out how THX and Ford engineered the sound system in the vehicle. When McKenna arrived with the MKT, I was a little taken aback. The MKT is built on Ford’s Flex platform. So although it seats up to seven people, it’s relatively low slung. It is, however, long. As it turns out, the MKT isn’t the car for me (even if I could afford the price tag), mostly because it seems... Read more...
I once bought a car because of its sound system...Okay, so I didn’t buy the car only because of the sound system, but it was a key component in my decision making. The car was a Subaru Outback H6-3.O VDC, back in 2001. The car was classic Subaru, spare and lean, all-wheel drive and not very exciting to look at.Then there was the tricked out audio system: an 11 speaker sound system, complete with 200W McIntosh (yes, that McIntosh) amplifier. Part of the speaker system was an 8-inch, long throw subwoofer. The H6 was about 200 pounds heavier than a stock Outback due to the extra sound deadening material... Read more...
At the CEDIA Expo, Pioneer announced that its Elite BDP-09FDr Blu-ray Disc Player has become the world’s first to achieve THX certification. The company’s Elite EX Series in-wall speakers have also attained THX Select2 certification. Both of these products complement the company’s Elite A/V Receivers, which are also THX Ultra2 Plus Certified and feature Class D digital amplification. By meeting these certifications and adhering to the company’s own strict principles for faithful reproduction of content, Pioneer feels that its line of products rival the movie theater experience. Pioneer Showcases... Read more...
When most people see the THX logo, they think sound. And understandably so, given that said logo is in pretty much every theater and stamped onto a slew of higher-end audio products. But, contrary to popular belief, THX can also relate to video, though apparently getting certification for your HDTV costs a pretty penny. After posting stellar results for its most recent quarter, LG Electronics has introduced its first-ever THX-Certified display in the US market, and none of the three are anywhere close to "cheap."The LG90 series is comprised of three big-screen sets, all of which boast 1080p LED... Read more...
One of the most requested new features for Apple's iPhone has been instant messaging. After all, e-mail is sort of old-fashioned to your average cutting edge phone phreak. Apple seems to be poised to offer IM, as it has filed a patent for a universal interface for real-time messaging. In normal use, users would continue to use the same bubble chat interface as with today's phone, complete with the ability to start new messages by searching through the contact list or typing the first few letters of someone's name. Users can also see a past chat history and remove individual conversations from the... Read more...
Download squad has an amusing -- and spot-on -- list of the 5 most annoying programs on your PC. It's delightfully vicious about its bloatware choices, and unlike many such lists, it isn't just some fanboi attacking software from one vendor.  Its choice at number 1 is Acrobat Reader, which is hard to argue with. Who among us has not done the "Acrobat cringe" when you accidentally click a .pdf link?Acrobat reader does one thing poorly -- read PDFs. To do this it needs to download updates at least twice a month. Acrobat's other big feature is the ability to bring your system to a roaring halt... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces 500W StealthXStream PSU, a Power Management Solution with Excellent ValueSunnyvale, CA—October 23, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high-reliability memory and power supplies, today announced the new 500 Watt StealthXStream Power Supply to offer a sufficient source of power for mainstream gaming PCs. The 500W edition features the same understated look as its 600W predecessor with a sleek black case and unlit fan for the value-conscious consumer seeking effective, quiet performance. Qualified under the watchful eye of... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the Ultra-Quiet StealthXStream 600W, a Best-in-Class, Gamer’s Power Supply Sunnyvale, CA —April 23, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced the new StealthXStream Power Supply. This new 600W PSU features a conservative look with a sleek, black case and fan. Designed for the value-minded consumer seeking simple, quiet performance, the StealthXStream includes OCZ’s acclaimed reliability and feature-sets with a lower price point.... Read more...
OK, this is pretty HOT. We've been waiting for a set of good quality wireless speakers and it looks like we just might have found them. Speaker Power: 36 Watts RMS per channel (5 channels) 130 Watts RMS subwoofer Frequency Response: 35Hz ~ 20kHz THX Certification assures ultimate performance in games and movies Wireless technology eliminates cables between subwoofer and rear speakers. Wireless remote also controls popular compatible Creative MP3 players Advanced satellite design with high-efficiency, three-inch driver and flared port tube for impact, mid-bass output. New dual flared, dual-ported... Read more...
Lian Li V1000 review @ ShinyNewToys.com: "I'm torn. In some ways, this is the best case I've ever worked inside: it's sexy, it's roomy, it's sturdy, and it's easy to use. On the other hand, there are some issues that limit its flexibility..." Logitech Z-2300 THX Certified 2.1 Speaker System Review @ FutureLooks: "In this day and age of 5.1 speakers and surround sound, is there still a place for a set of top end 2.1 speakers that can rock your world? Of course there is! For the music lovers everywhere, 2.1 is where it's at, and we check out Logitech's top drawer offering to see if they... Read more...
The Logitech Z-560 THX Certified 4.1 Speaker System High Performance and Fidelity At A Low Price By - Dave Altavilla December 9, 2001   It's that time of year.  In the PC Hardware and Peripherals industry, you almost can't keep up with the onslaught of new products hitting the market for the holiday season.  Likewise, the HotHardware Test and Tech Writer Team, almost can't keep up with the volume of new gadgets showing up in the lab for test and showcase.  The key word here is "almost", because we always seem to find a way to squeeze in an article on a new product... Read more...