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THX Get Its Game On

THX Ltd. today introduced THX Games Mode, a new audio post-processing technology and listening feature for THX Certified Home Theatre components. THX Games Mode will enable video game enthusiasts to experience truly immersive sound presentations on home theatre systems. This newest THX feature will be incorporated into the companyıs Ultra2 Certification specification and technology for home theatre receivers, which is offered by some of the worldıs leading consumer electronics manufacturers.

With more than 50 percent of home theatre owners integrating video game consoles into their home entertainment systems, THX Games Mode will provide the ultimate way to experience video game sound,² said Mark Tuffy, director of advanced technology at THX Ltd. ³For the first time, gamers will have access to playback systems that accurately place sound effects, music and character dialogue all around them, pulling the gamer even closer into the action. THX Games Mode was designed to accurately reproduce and distribute video game sound content the way it was intended by game developers in their audio mixing studios. It uses THX-patented, four-speaker surround sound technology called Adaptive Speaker Array (ASA) to place point sources anywhere in the surround sound field. This puts the user in the middle of the game, adding a new dimension to the game playing experience. THX Games Mode will optimize action sequences, such as car chases, sports and battle scenes, as well as enhance subtle environmental audio details that are often lost during traditional playback.

The introduction of THX Games Mode further builds upon our recently announced THX Certified Games Program, which sets quality standards for game development environments where audio and video content is produced and edited,² said Ivan Fujihara, general manager of THX Ltd. ³By improving the quality of the playback technology on home theatre components, THX is taking yet another step to ensure the integrity of video game content from creation all the way through game play.

THX Games Mode will accompany THX Cinema and Music Modes on next-generation THX Ultra2 Certified home theatre components. Each feature incorporates post-processing technologies that replicate the sound experience the way it was created in the cinema dubbing stage, mixing studio or recording studio. These technologies are designed to compensate for the differences between the theatre, studio and home environments, taking into account room acoustics, and speaker and furniture placement. In addition, each THX listening mode sets specific reference levels for bass management, distortion and signal noise, as well as complements surround sound decoding technologies from Dolby and DTS.

1/9/2004 Aaron Thomas

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