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New Integra Components Include Streaming Blu-ray Players

9/20/2010 08:34:46 AM Eastern
Atlanta - Integra comes to the CEDIA Expo with eight new components that include the brand's first two Blu-ray players with Internet video on demand services and an expanded selection of Internet music services in AV receivers.

All of the new AVRs and preamp/processors feature 3D-compatible HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs like the Integra DTR-30.2 and DTR-20.2 AVRs introduced in the spring at a suggested $800 and $600, respectively. All of the components but one of the two Blu-ray players are THX-certified.

The Blu-ray players are the $700 DBS-50.2 and $500 DBS 30.2 Blu-ray Players, both of which stream video on demand from Netflix, Blockbuster, and Roxio. The 50.2 features THX certification and 1080p upscaling accomplished by a new Marvell Qdeo HD Video processor. Neither player features 3D capability or playback of SACD or DVD-Audio discs.

The four new AVRs are the $2,800-suggested DTR-80.2 and $2,000 DTR-70.2, both of which are 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus-certified models. The other two AVRs are the $1,400 DTR-50.2 and $1,000 DTR 40.2, both of which are THX Select2 Plus certified 7.2-channel models. The two new preamp-processors are the 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus DHC-80.2 at $2,300 and the 7.2-channel Select2 Plus-certified DHC-40.2 at $1,200.

All products are shipping to custom installers and systems integrators. The brand doesn't sell through national chains or online retailers.

Three audio components - the top-end DHC-80.2 preamp-processor and top-end DTR-80.2 and DTR-70.2 AVRs -- are Integra's first products with Audyssey's new MultEQ XT32 and Audyssey Sub EQ HT room-correction technologies. MultEQ XT32 delivers 32-times the resolution of MultEQ XT technology with the same processing power, correcting for frequency-response and time-domain errors more than 10,000 points across the frequency spectrum. With the same processing power, MultEQ XT 32 delivers 32 times the resolution, enabling the technology to correct for a greater number of narrower response peaks and dips. Audyssey Sub EQ HT, offered in conjunction with XT 32, delivers room correction at low-bass frequencies in systems that feature two subwoofers.

With the new audio components, Integra expands its new overlaid graphical on-screen display to all models to let users control an on-screen menu while a video program plays in the background.

 As with the previous line, both preamp-processors and the AVRs priced from $1,000 and up are networked models compatible with Windows 7 and DLNA Version 1.5-certified. The new models, however, expand their predecessor's roster of Internet music services, adding Napster, mediafly, and Slacker. Those services join the Pandora, Rhapsody, and Sirius Internet Radio services. Like their predecessors, the new models access Internet radio stations through the vTuner portal.

Also with the launches, Integra is adding front-panel Made for iPod/iPhone USB ports to both preamp processors and to AVRs starting at $1,000. Front-panel USB ports previously had been promoted as capable of playing music files stored on USB mass storage devices, including  USB flash drives and MP3 players.

 Like before, the new AVRs and preamp-processors feature select Audyssey room correction technologies, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, decoding of all DolbyTrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, and 1080p upscaling of all video sources. Also like before, all of the new models feature Audyssey DSX and Dolby ProLogic IIz, as does the $800 AVR introduced in the spring. Dolby ProLogic IIz derives matrixed front-height channels, and Audyssey DSX delivers two front-height and two front-wide channels.

  Among the new AVRs, $1,400 remains the price point at which Imaging Science Foundation's Certified Calibration Controls (ISFccc) video-calibration technology is included. The two pre-pros also feature ISFccc, like their predecessors. The on-board 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.

 Also like before, all Integra receivers and premp-processors are HD Radio-ready with accessory UP-HT1 Universal Port Tuner.
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