Las Vegas - THX
launched a certification program for compact speakers intended for use in small
rooms, including home-theater rooms, gaming rooms, and living rooms in homes
THX said it created
the Compact Speaker System Certification program because of a major trend in
mainstream consumer audio to more compact speaker systems.
speakers perform better than flat-panel TV speakers, the sound quality of existing
small speakers varies widely because of limitations imposed by their small size,
THX said. Certification standards will ensure consistent quality and raise customer
confidence, THX explained.
The new standard
is designed for speakers intended for use in rooms up to 1,000 cubic feet, or 13.5
feet long by 10 feet wide by 8 feet tall. The recommended listening distance is
up to 8 feet from the screen. A 2.1-speaker system with one subwoofer is the minimum
requirement, but the standard includes 7.1-channel speaker systems. High output
up to 105 dBC SPL is also required, among other things
THX already offers
two tiers of certification for speakers. THX Ultra2 Certified products are
intended for larger home theaters of 3,000 cubic feet in size with a viewing
distance of 12 feet or greater from the screen, THX's website says. THX Select2
Certified products are for medium sized rooms, up to 2,000 cubic feet in size,
with a 10- to 12-foot viewing distance from the screen.
The new standard
also calls for:
response for better dialog clarity across a wide, optimized listening area;
crossover for consistent, lifelike audio playback with richness and depth;
subwoofer low-frequency output for enhanced bass performance with tailored
equalization for an overall smooth, well-balanced sound when combined with the
satellite speakers; and
with current and future THX Select2 Plus or Ultra2 Plus Certified A/V receivers
using standard THX 80Hz crossover settings.
THX-certified small speaker will be from MK Sound, the direct seller of speaker
systems. The speaker, whose certification is pending, is based on the M Series
MK M7 speaker.
for high-quality sound systems that fit the aesthetics of smaller home theaters
or dedicated media rooms continues to increase," said Peter Vasay, THX technology
operations VP. "The THX Compact Speaker System Certification offers consumers
the same promise of high-fidelity sound expected from any THX Certified home
entertainment product, and performance above typical smaller speakers that are
on the market."
THX is showcasing
the program at the Renaissance Hospitality Suites.
#CES Las Vegas - THX launched a certification program for compact speakers intended for use in small rooms, including home-theater rooms, gaming rooms, and living rooms in homes and apartments.