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Sharp shipping THX-certified 70-inch Aquos UHD TV to US in August

06/26, 11:33am

Passed THX 4K certification tested upscaling of HD content

Sharp will launch its first THX-certified 4K-resolution television in the United States in August. The 70-inch Aquos Ultra HD LED TV, the larger of two models announced for sale in Japan last month, will also be the first television of its type to have the visual certification, thanks to it passing through four hundred performance tests.

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Apple, THX in talks to resolve speaker patent lawsuit

06/05, 12:23pm

Lawyers ask to postpone conference to late July

Apple and THX are in talks to solve a lawsuit brought by the latter party over a speaker technology patent, new court documents reveal. Lawyers for both sides have filed a petition with the federal court in San Francisco to move a June 14th case-management conference to July 26th. "The parties are currently attempting to resolve this matter outside of this litigation," the filing reads.

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THX sues Apple over speaker technology patents

03/15, 10:50pm

Says iPhones, iPads and iMac infringe on sound boosting tech

THX, the pro-audio company originally founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, has sued Apple in federal court in California. The company alleges Apple is infringing on patents for a type of speaker unit that can boost sound output, granted to the company in 2008. It says the infringement is occurring in the iPhone, iPad and iMac products -- though how other iOS and Mac products are not guilty of the alleged infringement as well isn't explained. THX is seeking a sales injunction, royalties and damages.

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THX launches tune-up calibration app for iPhone, iPad

01/29, 4:45pm

Features tools to tweak audio, video

Movie standards firm THX has released THX tune-up, its first iOS title. The app is meant to help calibrate TVs, speakers, and projectors, using an interactive configuration process. When checking video for instance, tune-up can use a device's camera to check for accurate color and tint. The software also makes suggestions for adjusting brightness, contrast, and aspect ratios.

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Sharp to sell THX-certified 4K TV in Japan by early 2013

12/14, 10:43am

ICC Purios has 60-inch display, multi-channel recording

Sharp is joining the 4K race with its own Ultra High-Definition television. The "Integrated Cognitive Creation" (ICC) Purios joins the ranks of LG and Sony in putting a 4K screen on the market, and although the 60-inch display doesn't match its 84-inch competitors, Sharp does boast it to be the first 4K TV to be released with a THX-certification.

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MSI ships GT60, GT70 gaming notebooks

04/23, 3:05pm

MSI GT60, GT70 gaming notebooks start at $1,500

MSI has begun US-based shipping for the gaming-oriented GT60 and GT70 notebooks that were introduced at CeBIT at the start of March. Other than size, both have nearly identical hardware components, running Intel's new Ivy Bridge-based 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM and paired with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670M for graphics. The backlit keyboards come from gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries.

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TiVo now shipping four-tuner Premiere Elite DVR

10/10, 10:55am

Premiere Elite set-top box offering many firsts

TiVo is now shipping its Premiere Elite set-top box, which was officially introduced at the start of September. The premium offering has four digital tuners and a built-in 2TB hard drive. Meant for home theater enthusiasts, it's also THX-certified for picture and sound output.

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THX working to certify smartphones, tablet sound

09/05, 9:25am

THX expanding to mobile audio

THX senior VP Rick Dean in an interview Monday said his company was pursuing its certification process for smartphones and tablets. The audio team was "actively going down that path" of hoping to improve mobile audio, in part because mobile devices could now output to a TV. Size limited what THX could do, but Dean told Pocket-lint that compression or DSP tuning could improve what came out of the system.

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Sharp unveils ultra-bright, 70-inch Aquos LC-70XS TV

09/02, 12:40pm

Sharp Japan shows 70-inch Aquos 3D LCD TV

Sharp Japan just introduced a new 70-inch Aquos LCD TV, the LC-70XS, for its home market. The set sports an above average 15,000,000:1 contrast ratio with according brightness and is LED-backlit. Its 240Hz panel displays 1080p content and can also show 3D images with active shutter glasses.

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MSI ships SteelSeries-backed GX780, GT780R gaming notebooks

06/13, 6:50pm

MSI GT780R and GX780 hit US shores

MSI started the week by shipping two of its highest-end notebooks to the US. The 17.3-inch GX780 and GT780R both share the same SteelSeries-made keyboard that can both withstand extra abuse, have customizable backlighting colors, and are optimized for games, especially first-person shooters. The two are also loaded in minimum specs and carry a 2GHz quad Core i7, at least mid-range dedicated graphics, and Dynaudio speakers with virtual THX-grade surround.

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THX creator now at Apple, says Laporte

05/04, 4:00pm

Could help audio quality of hardware, software

Apple has hired the creator of Lucasfilm's THX sound standard, Tomlinson Holman, according to This Week in Tech host Leo Laporte. In a Twitter post Laporte explains that he has it "on good authority" that Holman is "joining Apple to run audio." Most recently Holman was a film sound professor at the University of Southern California.

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Logitech Z906 rekindles 500W surround speaker line

03/09, 7:25am

Logitech intros Z906 surround sound audio

Logitech produced a sequel to one of its best-known speaker lines on Wednesday and launched the Z906. As a successor to the veteran Z-5500, it builds on the formula of a THX-grade, 5.1-channel surround system and still puts out 500W of sustained power, 165W of which comes just from the subwoofer. The new design is shaped to stack easily in a home theater and can have as many as six devices attached, including Blu-ray players, game consoles, handhelds or computers.

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Creative headsets position sound above and below listeners

09/01, 10:10am

Creative intros THX gaming headsets, headphones

Creative on Wednesday introduced two new gaming headsets and two headphones. The high-end Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Alpha and Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma gaming headsets feature THX TruStudio Pro technology and customizable profiles. The two new full-size headphones include the HQ-1600 and HQ-1450.

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MSI intros AE2280 all-in-one with THX audio

08/09, 12:50pm

MSI AE2280 all-in-one now shipping in the US

Taiwan-based PC maker MSI has begun shipping its Wind Top AE2280 all-in-one desktop in North America. The desktop is framed around a 21.5-inch, 1080p display with multi-touch support but gives extra attention to audio. It comes outfitted with two THX TruStudio Pro audio-certified 5W speakers that, despite their power, provide it with a more home theater-level experience.

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TiVo Series4 pushes online video, QWERTY remote

03/02, 7:35pm

TiVo gets new UI, 1080p, Pandora

TiVo fought back in digital media tonight by launching the Series4, its long-planned overhaul of its DVRs. The new models center on a heavily redesigned, Flash-based and HD native interface that now puts online video services like Amazon VOD, Blockbuster and Netflix on a higher level than before; content available through those will appear in the same searches that spotlight regular TV shows. More Internet deals are also coming that will include Internet radio from Pandora and a mix of news, photos and status updates through FrameChannel.

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