THX has announced the launch of its first consumer electronics device at the THX Onyx DAC, which aims to ensure high-quality sound from a range of devices.
The company – founded by George Lucas you don’t know – was a staple on DVD and Blu-ray, often popping in with its trademark ‘Deep Note’. We haven’t seen much of THX’s presence in recent years, but with Onex it is set to embark on a new consumer-facing path for the company.
THX Onyx caters for listening to music, watching movies, streaming and playing games, aiming to bring “unlimited sound” to the audio experience. With its USB-C connection it can be connected to Android smartphones (iPhones will require a Lightning adapter) to improve audio quality when used with wired headphones. They will also work with headsets (non-wireless) earbuds or when connected to desktop speakers.
The design is rather sleek, sporting an all-metal CNC-machined body with the iconic THX logo in 3D at the top. Onyx has THX’s AAA-78, which according to THX, matches the power of desktop AAA Dac / amp Factor in very small form.
AAA stands for achromatic audio amplifier and while it sounds like a lot of jargon, it aims to provide the highest fidelity possible with low levels of noise, while low-fat listening up to 40dB “harmonic, intermodulation and crossover distortion “Reducing experience. The inclusion of the AAA-78 will also enable better dynamic range and maximum output power for greater sound pressure levels. You may want to dial down the volume after the THX Onyx enters the groove.
Also integrated is an ESS ES9281PRO DAC, and can provide master quality certification recording (MQA). This will enable the transmission of music in the way the artist intended, performing a second ‘unfold’ to unpack the data within the Onyx DAC / amplifier file. MQA is supported by the tidal streaming service, so if you want to listen to Onex while streaming music, you can consider a tidal subscription.