Integra Launches High-End Audio Trio

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Indianapolis - Two high-end A/V receivers and a preamp-processor that Integra is bring to the CEDIA Expo are the brand's first with DTS Neo:X post-processing and 4K video upscaling.

All three networked devices also sport an expanded selection of Internet music services, and all will be the first Integra processors and receivers that can be controlled from free wireless remote-control apps available for mobile Apple and Android devices.

The $2,600-suggested Integra DHC-80.3 AV preamp processor, $3,000 DTR-80.3 A/V receiver, and $2,300 DTR-70.3 A/V receiver are 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus certified systems. All are shipping.

DHC-80.3 AV preamp

With Integra's implementation of DTS Neo:X, the three components up-convert stereo and multichannel soundtracks to up to 9.1 channels, though Neo:X allows for 11.1-channel implementations. The Integra implementation gives users a choice of which extra channels to add to a 5.1 system. Users could add front-height and image-widening front-wide speakers to a 5.1 system, or they could add front-wide and surround-back speakers. A third option is adding front-wide and surround-back speakers.

The trio also features Audyssey DSX post-processing, which adds front-height channels and a pair of image-widening left-right speakers to traditional 5.1-speaker setups. The products also feature Dolby ProLogic IIz post processing, which adds front-height channels.

Among their video features, the components offer the new IDT HQV VidaVHD1900 video processor for the first time to step up video processing, including enhancement of low-resolution streaming video and 1080p up-scaling of analog and video sources.

For the first time, the brand is adding Qdeo up-scaling of native and up-scaled 1080p video to 4K. Although 4K video displays are "few and far between," said sales director Keith Haas, "we see that changing over the next 12 months, especially in the high-end and commercial installs."

In expanding the selection of Internet radio services, Integra is adding Spotify, Aupeo and  to join, Mediafly, Pandora, Slacker, Napster, Rhapsody, vTuner and Sirius XM Internet Radio.

Like their predecessors, the components feature Windows 7 and DLNA certification to stream music from networked PCs. Also, like their predecessors, the trio features ISFccc video calibration capabilities, making it possible to individually optimize video signals for each connected video source without resorting to complex cable routing and customized remote-control macros.

The DHC-80.3 preamp processor features high-end balanced XLR outputs designed for optimal performance with high-end nine-channel power amplifier such as Integra's DTA-70.1. The DHC-80.3 processor and DTR-80.3 A/V receiver also offer high-current power supplies with premium toroidal transformers for low-noise performance.

The receivers are rated at 9x145 watts and 9x135 watts, respectively, into 8 ohms from 20Hz-20kHz.

Like their predecessors, the components feature Dolby Volume, which delivers a consistent volume level when switching among connected audio and video sources, when changing TV channels, when TV programs transition to a commercial, and when a TV program transitions from louder to softer scenes.


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