THX tune-up

Get the most out of your home theater with the help of THX

So you have a home theater in your house that you want to use to watch the Super Bowl or Olympics, but it just isn't running quite the way you had wanted. Whether you need to optimize the video quality or change the audio levels to improve your sound system, you will want to download the THX tune-up application.

The app works by launching a series of step-by-step instructions to walk you through a series of tests. These tests include Video Features, Audio Features and Bonus Features. Inside the Video Features you will be able to adjust aspect ratio, brightness, color and more, while the Audio Features will make sure the correct speakers are being used at the right time through phase adjustment and some other tweaks as well.

If you are looking to take better control over your home theater system you'll definitely want to check out THX tune-up for your Android device now. The application is currently free until February 3rd, when it will jump up to a $1.99 purchase.


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THX tune-up app now available for Android devices


Should list that it only works for certain devices.

Taken from the description:
HTC One Max
HTC One X+
Nexus 4
Nexus 5
Nexus 7-2013
Nexus 10
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

That's a good start, but there are plenty of other devices that could run this that should be on the list. Like pretty much any device that is running 4.1 or above. Some of these kind of tool should be more on hardware capabilities vs. OS version.

Other than that, looks like a cool concept. Can't wait to try it out on me Nexus 7.

Just my $.02

Interesting but it says it's not compatible on my moto x (running 4.4). I'll have to try it on my nexus 7 when I get home.

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Just picked up a 60 in Sharp LED. I have been struggling with my old surround sound system. If I get it working, I should give this a shot.

that's a pretty picky list of compatible devices but no one has ever accused THX of trying to be inclusive...

Nowhere in this post does it mention that you need a cable to connect your device to the TV. Depending on the device, you need either MHL, Micro-HDMI or Slimport.

I wrote THX an email yesterday asking when they are going to add Chromecast support. I think THX could reach a much larger group of consumers if they simply used the Chromecast instead of relying on consumers buying cables. I don't really have a use for the cable outside of the THX app.

couldnt get it to output 5.1 over HDMI using my HTC One, would only output stereo despite being told to use 5.1

And here I thought people just called their service provider ( cable, dish,, that other thing over phone lines )

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This is cool if you snag it for free but not worth the paid version. 1! it's the same thing you can do with the video/audio set up feature on most Pixar Blu-ray disc. 2! Any receiver worth buying has built-in audio calibration. And the biggest one 3! Anyone that REALLY wants to maximize their HD viewing is going to need to calibrate their tv with an ACTUAL colorimeter. You can pay someone to do it or you can buy the software and meter and do it yourself. Plus your going to need to get into the engineering menu of your tv. Anything worth doing is worth doing right

Nexus 5 4.4.2
Got sideload?

Anything on a disk like a DVD or BluRay will Do a great job. Most serious AVRs have integrated audio self-tunning functions and a calibrated microphone in the box. These will inevitably do a much better job than gimmicky software on a phone with an uncalibrated microphone.

Disks like the "Avia II home theater setup disk" or "Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark and Calibration Disc 2nd Edition" should also allow to do a much better job for image quality and color correction than what any smartphone can over MHL.

Image color, gamma and black levels aren't just about static images, they are also about the whole flow of ultra-high bit rate data on your system and the end signal to both amplifier and TV, including all equipment and cable-induced jitters and signal defects/errors. You listen to Hi-Def movies on BluRay discs, HTPCs and dedicated Movie Streamers, not from your phone...