By Mark Fleischmann • March, 2009
Price: $1,099

At A Glance:
THX Loudness Plus enhances sonic impact at low volumes • Audyssey 2EQ offers better than average auto setup and EQ • Faroudja DCDi video processing

Say Hello to THX I/S Plus

Why are home theater products littered with logos? Because manufacturers don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Rather than design its own loudness enhancement, auto-setup program, or video-processing chip, a company like Onkyo will license one of these goodies from THX, Audyssey, or Faroudja. Or in the case of the HT-S9100THX integrated system, it will use all three.

Of those three items, the newest and most novel is THX Integrated System Plus certification. Like any form of THX certification, it ensures that the system includes all of the THX listening modes (Movie, Music, Game, etc.). It also sets benchmarks for volume, dispersion, and noise at the THX reference level of 85 decibels. Like any form of THX certification with loudness in the name, it includes Loudness Plus. This feature compensates for sonic losses that naturally occur below the reference level due to the nature of human hearing.

What makes the Onkyo shiny and new is the “integrated system” part of the title. (Don’t dare call this a home theater in a box, or Onkyo will smack you upside the head.) The HT-S9100THX is an all-in-one system with components—speakers, A/V receiver, etc.—that are designed, tested, and certified to work together, and I mean that literally. These speakers and receiver are equalized to work with one another, not with other components.

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