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Today THX released a tool for Apple iOS devices that enables anyone to tune their HDTV’s major user controls for an optimal picture.  Called the THX tune-up app, it is available now free until Feb. 4 (after it will sell for $1.99) at the iTunes store and is compatible with models of the iPad, iPhone and Apple TV  (see list below) for picture adjustment of any high definition display including LED, LCDs, plasmas and front projectors. The details appear after the break.

The THX tune-up app contains test patterns and images and a step-by-step guide to tuning your HDTV. The download is free for the next week in the US. To get the special THX test patterns and images from your iOS phone or tablet to your HDTV requires an Apple adapter and an HDMI cable. Here are links  for the current Lightning Digital AV ADAPTER (MD826ZM/A) $49.00 as well as the older style 30-pin AV ADAPTER (MD098ZM/A) $35.23 We recommend the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable , it’s $7.49 for 2-meters and performs flawlessly (we use them in our test lab).

The THX tune up takes you through proper adjustments of the major user picture controls  (color, contrast, brightness, tint and aspect ratio). The app also confirms proper speaker output in surround sound applications as well as checking for correct speaker phase.

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Bonus Features

THX also includes the following extras:

  • “THX Deep Note” – the sound that made THX famous is available at the push of a button in 5.1 surround sound
  • “THX Trailers” – extraordinary THX trailers (just like the ones in THX Certified Cinemas) are available in HD for users to show off their newly tuned TV and sound systems to friends and family
  • “Moo Can” – users can tilt their iPhone or iPad to hear the classic “moo” sound from a popular THX cinema trailer
  • “Ask Tex” – provides consumers with an easy way to get answers to any questions they might have for THX about their home theater equipment and setup process.


Supported devices

THX tune-up is available now for Apple iOS devices , including the iPad 2, 3 and 4 with iOS version 5.1.1 or later; the iPad Mini with version 6.0 or later; the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 with iOS version 5.1.1 or later; and the iPod Touch, generation 4 or later with iOS version 5.1.1 or later.

An Apple Digital AV adapter or Lightning Digital AV adapter and HDMI cable, or Apple TV is needed to connect the iPhone or iPad to your system.

THX has also released an Android version that can be found at the Google apps store website.

An Apple Digital AV adapter or Lightning Digital AV adapter and HDMI cable, or Apple TV is needed to connect the iPhone or iPad to your system.


History and Additional Information

Director George Lucus created the THX Certification program in 1983 to institute audio and film reproduction standards for movie theaters. Later, THX began an audio certification program for home theater. More recently, THX introduced new standards for home HDTV certification (for more on THX history click this link).  For more on THX TV certification read our article “WTF is THX Certified Display“.



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