TVs & Home Theaters forum

General discussion

Is THX-certification worth the extra $$$$

by GinoShea / October 15, 2009 1:15 AM PDT

In the next few weeks I?m going to be buying a new A.V. receiver. My funds are limited as well as the location of where I can buy the receiver (BB). So my selections are obviously limited.

I?m looking at the Pioneer Elite VSX-21THX and the Onkyo SR-607. The Pioneer is THX-certified and you don?t need a special adapter to hook up your iPod or iPhone. It?s 110 watts a channel and offers 7.1 audio inputs. (Something I may or may not need in the future) The Onkyo is 90 watts a channel. It doesn?t have 7.1 audio inputs. I own another Onkyo so I?m a little partial to Onkyo. If their SR-707 model was $100 cheaper I?d be looking at that.

The Pioneer-Elite is $669 and the Onkyo $499 plus I?d have to spend another $100 for the iPod/iPhone adapter.

The bottom line is, I?d like some input as to the THX-certification. Is it all that important? Is it worth the extra $60 or $70 to go with a THX certified receiver? My gut tells me it is, but I?m not sure.

I know CNET gave the less expensive version of the Pioneer model very high rankings and the Onkyo was well received as well.

The A.V. receiver going to be used in a 7.1 home theater system.

Thanks for your input.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Is THX-certification worth the extra $$$$
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Is THX-certification worth the extra $$$$
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
You *do* have 7.1 audio on the Onkyo
by Pepe7 / October 15, 2009 1:38 AM PDT

While you wouldn't have PCM/analog inputs for surround, you could however use the HDMI inputs in back from your various components with HDMI output. PCM/analog surround inputs aren't needed per se. The receiver sends the appropriate signals to the various surround speakers in your HT. The blu ray player (etc.) sends the audio the receiver where it is decoded. No issues there unless I missed something you require. [ What other components will you be using in your HT? ] edit: i just looked again- the 607 appears to offer 7.2 channel sound.

It sounds like the benefit is the built in iPod dock vs the Onkyo dock that is an accessory. You wont' be gaining much from the THX certification IMHO. If you are familiar and comfortable with the Onkyo performance and can live w/o the iPod dock, it may be the better value. OTOH, one of my favorite gifts from my wife was the Onkyo dock she surprised me with (I have an older model, btw).

Collapse -
For me no. You?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 1:53 AM PDT

I thought about it and I have never made a decision that THX was a factor. That is, if I went to the theater (movie) and one had THX blazoned all over the kiosk and the other didn't, that didn't seem to matter to me.

Seems they (who are they?) have spent decades promoting these three letters and all it did was annoy me as they played their THX theme and title before the movie.

Collapse -
You can get the Onkyo 707 for $660 at Amazon
by minimalist / October 15, 2009 1:34 PM PDT

I'm sure other places online have it for similar prices. And you can hook up a regular 50 dollar Apple iPod audio video connector to the iPod. You don't have to use the more expensive Pioneer or Onkyo branded docks.

I'm loving my Onkyo 706 I bought several months ago. The THX modes don't do it for me though. (they seem to suck the bass out of the mix). I prefer to stick with unadulterated Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD-MA, PCM, and DD 5.1.

Collapse -
by Pepe7 / October 15, 2009 3:36 PM PDT

...has his 607 for $499 (maybe less if you negotiate w/ the sales rep). Onkyo docks you can find for $50 as well, FWIW.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.