Home cinema fans have been advised to use a sound system that comes with the quality assurance standard THX.

Teufel, an audio equipment company, explained that this standard informs the consumer that a particular home cinema system is capable of emulating the sound heard in a movie theatre. The mark does not focus on the sound format of the recording and is not a recording technology itself; it merely assures customers of the quality of a certain system.

Consumers who are making a significant investment in a projector might want to keep this in mind when they come to buy a sound system that compliments the screen.

Daniel Radiziwon, head of Teufel Audio UK, commented, “It is great having the THX standard out there, because it means that all home cinema systems who aspire to deliver the best possible consumer experience have to undergo rigorous testing and scrutiny to reach the accepted levels.”

THX was developed by Tomlinson Holman, who worked at Lucasfilm. He created the standard in a bid to ensure the soundtrack for the Return of the Jedi would be accurately reproduced. His name accounts for the ‘TH’, while the ‘X’ stands for a crossover, a term which denotes an electronic filer used in audio applications. However, it is also thought to be a homage to George Lucas’s first film, THX 1138.