|Dell Computers to Feature THX Certification|
|Home Theater News General News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 21 November 2000|
Dell, the largest direct seller of PC computers and Lucasfilm THX yesterday announced the availability of the first THX certified PCs under a newly created THX program.
The THX PC certification covers the entire system, and it is the system as a whole that is certified. THX and Dell engineers collaborated over an 18-month period to ensure optimum picture and sound quality among the selected subsystems, and that process is a key element in the THX certification program. Every component that can affect sound and picture quality was assessed, including the display, sound card, video card and speakers before THX would certify the new system.
The first PCs to be available with certification from THX under the new program are the 8100 and 4100 Series from Dell, which combine THX certified multimedia speaker systems and Dolby Digital surround sound with state-of-the-art PC subsystems. For ease of system setup, certified systems also come equipped with a THX-developed software utility, the THX Picture and Sound Optimizer, that guides the user through connections, sound card adjustment, speaker placement and other items to ensure that performance is optimized. Once setup is complete, that same utility allows for quick verification of the THX settings, including adjustments for color balance, brightness, contrast, aspect ratio and 5.1-channel Dolby Digital decoding.
The Dell Dimension 8100 starts at $2,599.00, and the Dell Dimension 4100, is priced at $1,999.00. Each system comes with a DVD that contains the THX Optimizer software and THX trailers for a powerful demonstration of the systems' superior audio and video performance. Both are available directly from Dell.