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Broad Integra Launch Adds 9.2 AVRs

9/21/2009 02:00:00 AM Eastern

In unveiling four new A/V receivers (AVRs) and two preamp processors at the CEDIA Expo, Integra expanded its selection of audio components equipped with PC networking, Internet radio, Dolby ProLogic IIz, Audyssey MultEQ XT and embedded Imaging Science Foundation Certified Calibration Control (ISFccc) protocols.

The launches also include the brand’s first electronics components with Audyssey DSX surround processing and the brand’s first two 9.2-channel AVRs.

The four new AVRs are the $1,000-suggested 7x100-watt DTR-40.1, $1,400 7x130-watt DTR-50.1, $2,000 9x140-watt 9.2-channel DTR-70.1, and $2,800 9x145-watt 9.2-channel DTR-80.1. They join the recently announced $600 DRT-20.1 and $800 DTR-30.1 AVRs. Rounding out the complete fall lineup are the two new preamp-processors, the $1,200 DHC-40.1 and $2,300 9.2-channel DHC-80.1.

Some of the new models are shipping, and others are due in October. The brand is sold only through custom installers and systems integrators.

The $1,000 and $1,400 AVRs are THX Select II Plus-certified, and the other AVRs and both preamp/processors are THX Ultra II Plus-certified.

All of the new AVRs and preamp/processors feature Dolby ProLogic IIz, which delivers front-height channels, and Audyssey DSX, which delivers two front-height and two front-wide channels. Dolby Pro Logic appeared in the Integra lineup for the first time earlier this year in the $800 DTR-30.1 AVR.

All of the new AVRs and preamp/processors are compatible with Windows 7 and are Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Version 1.5-certified by the DLNA. All AVRs and preamp/processors also feature Audyssey room correction, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, decoding of all DolbyTrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, and 1080p up-scaling of all video sources.

All AVRs and preamp/processors stream music from a networked PC and, via a broadband modem, access Internet radio stations and select Internet music services. Internet stations are accessed through the vTuner portal. Accessible Internet music services are Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius Internet Radio services.

In the brand’s previous lineup, only one Integra component, a preamp/processor, featured PC networking and Internet radio. That model accessed the vTuner portal and Sirius Internet Radio.

Among the new AVRs, features that start at the $1,000 level include powered second- and third-zone audio. At the $1,400 level, Integra adds dual HDMI outputs, second-zone component video, and ISFccc video-calibration technology.

The onboard video calibration makes it possible to individually optimize video signals for each video source connected to an AVR or preamp-processor even if the AVR or preamp/processor is connected to a video display via a single HDMI cable. With ISFccc calibration, installers create day and night settings for each individual video as well as a third custom setting that consumers can turn on.

Moving video-calibration technology from a TV to audio components lets installers separately calibrate each video source without having to run a cable from each video source to the calibrating TV, then run audio cables from each video source to the AVR or pre-pro.

In Integra’s previous lineup, only two AVRs and one preamp/processor featured ISFccc calibration.

At the $2,000 level in AVRs, Integra adds Dolby Volume, 1080p up-scaling via the step-up HQV Reon-VX processor, and step-up Audyssey MultEQ XT room-correction technology. In contrast, the two lower-priced AVRs feature Audyssey MultEQ room-correction technology and Faroudja DCDi 1080p up-scaling.

At $2,800 AVR level, Integra adds powered fourth-zone audio and eight HDMI inputs vs. six HDMI inputs in the $1,000 model and seven in the $1,400 and $2,000 models.

Among the two new preamp/processors, both feature ISFccc video calibration, Dolby ProLogic IIz, Audyssey DSX, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ, and two HDMI outputs. Other features in the $1,200 model include Faroudja DCDi 1080p up-scaling, Audyssey MultEQ room correction and seven HDMI inputs. The $2,300 models features step-up HQV Reon-VX 1080p up-scaling, step-up Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction and eight HDMI inputs. The $2,300 model also adds Dolby Volume, second-zone component video, and eight HDMI inputs compared with the other models’ seven HDMI inputs.

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