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Integra Replaces Portion Of AVR Line

6/13/2011 04:16:24 PM Eastern

Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Integra is replacing the more
affordable A/V receivers in its 2011 line with four models that bring down the
price of networking and iPod-compatible USB ports.

The new receivers bring 4K up-scaling
of 1080p sources to the lineup for the first time to a suggested $600 from
$1,000.

The lineup also brings ISF video
calibration down to $1,400 from a previous $2,000.

The four models, priced from $600 to
$1,400, will likely be followed later this year by models designed to replace
Integra's current $2,000 and $2,800 models. All four are currently available
through custom installers and systems integrators.

Like before, all four are THX
Select2 Plus-certified, feature HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs with audio return
channel, and include Audyssey DSX and Dolby ProLogic IIz post-processing.

The entry-level $600 DTR-20.3 is a
5.2-channel unit rated at 5x90 watts into 8 ohms. The $800 DTR-30.3 is a
7.2-channel system rated at 7x100 watts into 8 ohms. The $1,000 DTR-40.3 with
7.2 channels is rated at 7x110 watts, and the $1,400 7.2-channel DTR-50.3 is
rated at 7x135 watts. The top three add multichannel analog preouts for
possible use with component amplifiers, and the top two add a phono input.

The quartet's networking
capabilities include Windows 7 and
DLNA Version 1.5 certification to stream music from a networked PC. The four
also feature vTuner to stream thousands of Internet radio stations and a roster
of Internet music services, which consist of Napster, mediafly, Slacker,
Pandora, Rhapsody and SiriusXM
Internet Radio. This year, the $1,000 and $1,400 models add Last.fm for the
first time.

In all four models, the front-panel USB ports have been upgraded to
Made for iPod/iPhone status to stream music from the USB-connected Apple
devices. Like before, the ports also play music files stored on USB mass
storage devices, including USB flash drives and MP3 players, in the MP3, WMA,
WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis and AAC formats. The DTR-50 also has a
rear-panel USB connection.

Integra equipped all four models
with the Marvell Qdeo 4K (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) video processor, bringing the
technology to the line for the first time to up-scale 1080p sources to 4K. At
$1,400, the IDT HQV Vida VHD1900 processor up-scales 480i/p, 576p, and 720p
video sources to 1080p. The new Vida chip is said to enhance image detail and
quality with four-field motion adaptive de-interlacing, multi-cadence tracking,
expanded 12-bit color processing and detail enhancement. It also cleans up
highly compressed video by reducing compression artifacts of block and mosquito
noise from lower-quality sources such as Internet video.

The Vida chip also enables the
$1,400 AVR to offer ISF calibration controls, which were offered in the
previous lineup at the same starting price, to independently adjust video
parameters for each connected video source.

The $600 and $800 models feature
Audyssey 2EQ room-correction technology, and the $1,000 and $1,400 models, as
in the previous line, step up to Audyssey MultEQ XT, which enables
full-spectrum acoustic measurements from multiple locations.

All four include Audyssey Dynamic EQ
and Audyssey Dynamic Volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ maintains the perceived
balance of movie soundtracks and music at all listening levels. Audyssey
Dynamic Volume prevents abrupt volume changes when a commercial comes on the
TV, a program transitions between loud and soft scenes, or sources or channels
are switched.

The $800 model adds two Audyssey DSX
front-height channels, and starting at $1,000, the Integra AVRs offer Audyssey
DSX front-height and front-wide channels.

Starting at $800, the AVRs also add
two Dolby ProLogic IIz front-height channels, and starting at $1,000, Dolby
Volume is available to prevent abrupt volume changes.

The top three models feature
front-panel HDMI inputs, and the top two models have dual HDMI outputs.

All of the Integra models include bi-directional
Ethernet and RS232 ports for control, two IR inputs and one output, three
programmable 12-volt triggers, non-volatile and lockable dealer settings,
firmware updates via Ethernet and USB, Overlaid Graphical On-Screen Display
(OSD), and GUI Navigation via HDMI.

The $600 5.2-channel model features
zone two preouts with independent volume, bass, treble and balance controls.
The $800 7.2-channel DTR-30.3 adds powered zone two output, and the $1,000
DTR-40.3 adds zone two video. The $1,400 also includes a bidirectional,
preprogrammed, and customizable remote controls with onscreen set-up, mode-key
LEDs and macro presets for four activities.

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