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Integra Replaces Portion Of AVR Line

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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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