THX Unveils New 4K Certification Program for Ultra High-Definition Displays

Known more for its speaker, home-theater, audio production equipment, and HDTV quality certifications, THX announced a new one to certify quality of 4K Ultra-HD displays (monitors and TVs), which feature at least 3840 x 2160 pixels, as defined by VESA. To earn the new certification, a display has to crack over 600 unique and "rigorous" tests. Apparently, Sharp's LC-60HQ10 60-inch UHDTV is the first to do so.

"With consumers today demanding more immersive and compelling home entertainment experiences, the industry has moved beyond HDTVs toward even higher resolution displays that offer a whole new level of entertainment realism in the home," said Peter Vasay, vice president of technology operations at THX Ltd. "Our new THX 4K Certification process ensures that content viewed on a THX Certified Ultra HD display meets the most exacting video standards achievable in a consumer television today. Each display we evaluate must pass a stringent battery of tests to guarantee it can accurately reproduce the original HD image, in precisely the colors, tones and resolution intended."