Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Crystal Acoustics TX-3D12 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

ARTICLE INDEX

Introduction

It was five years ago that I first heard Crystal Acoustics speakers. Crystal is a British-based OEM speaker manufacturer that started making THX certified speakers under its own name. Because Crystal sells direct through the Internet without the costs of a distribution network, it offers very low prices for its products. I was quite impressed by the price/value proposition of its TX-3D12 THX Select certified surround system.

Specifications

  • TX-T3SE Floor-Standing (Tower) Speaker
  • Design: 3-½ way, Dual-ported
  • THX Ultra2 Certified
  • Drivers: One 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, Three 7" Woofers
  • MFR: 33 Hz - 22 kHz
  • Dimensions: 42.2" H x 8.3" W x 13.4" D
  • Weight: 55 Pounds/each
  • TX-CT Center Channel Speaker
  • Design: 2-way, Dual-ported
  • THX Select Certified
  • Drivers: One 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, One 7" Mid/Bass
  • MFR: 45 Hz - 22 kHz
  • Dimensions: 8.5" H x 21.7" W x 6.4" D
  • Weight: 15.5 Pounds
  • THX-D Surround Speaker
  • Design: 2-way, Ported, Dipole
  • THX Select Certified
  • Drivers: Two 1" Silk Dome Tweeters, One 7" Mid/Bass
  • MFR: 45 Hz - 22 kHz
  • Dimensions: 12.2" H x 12.2" W x 5.8" D
  • Weight: 15.5 Pounds/each
  • THX-12SUB Subwoofer
  • Design: Powered Subwoofer, Dual Ported
  • Driver: One 12"
  • THX Select Certified
  • Amplifier: 200 Watts RMS, 400 Watts Peak
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 350 Hz
  • Dimensions: 18.5" H x 13.8" W x 18.5" D
  • Weight: 64 Pounds
  • System Price: $1,999 USA
  • Crystal Acoustics

So when I recently received a press release announcing Crystal Acoustics' latest system, the TX-3D12, which is anchored by the new THX Ultra2 certified TX-T3SE main speakers, I was excited to get my hands on a review sample. When I found out that the system is being offered at $1,999, my excitement turned to amazement. How could anyone possibly offer a 5.1 system featuring THX Ultra2 mains, plus a center-channel speaker, dipole surrounds and subwoofer that are all THX Select certified, for under $2,000? I was determined to find out.