Integra Adds a Sixth-Amplifier Channel, HD Component Video Switching, and A-BUS to its Two Least Expensive AV Receivers.
02/15/02 - Integra has upgraded their two least expensive AV receivers from five- to six-channel amplifiers, added 50 MHz high definition component video switching, and A-BUS™ remote zone capability to further enhance their already high versatility for custom installers. The Integra DTR-6.3 and DTR-5.3, which replace the DTR-6.2 and DTR-5.2, have also gained 6.1-channel Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES processing to provide rear-channel audio for the extra amplifier. These receivers also support all Dolby and DTS 5.1 channel modes, plus Dolby Pro Logic II, which generates a 5.1-channel sound field from two-channel sources like CDs and video cassettes. Integra’s exclusive CinemaFilter corrects for the overly harsh high frequency content of many modern videos. The Integra DTR-6.3 and DTR-5.3 are respectively rated at 6 x 100 Watts and 6 x 80 Watts RMS into 8-ohms, from 20 Hz- to 20 kHz, which is more than enough power to drive almost any home theater speaker system to ear-shattering levels. The all discrete power stage uses the company’s highly-regarded WRAT Wide Range Amplifier Technology for a bandwidth of 10 Hz to 100 kHz. Other key audio upgrades include the addition of 192 kHz/24-bit DACs (Digital-to-Analog Converters) for the left and right channels, the addition of digital audio outputs, and a variable subwoofer crossover. Both receivers have excellent connectivity with full array of digital and analog audio and component, S-Video, and composite video connections.On the video side, with the growing popularity of HDTV and progressive-scan DVD players, Integra felt it was necessary to include HD component video switching in all models to eliminate the picture quality degradation that occurs in receivers without this feature. Integra has also added front-panel video, S-Video, and Digital audio inputs. The DTR-6.3 also adds the company’s popular Y/C separation circuit, to convert composite to higher quality S-Video. Previously, this feature was only available on their more expensive models. From its inception, Integra has included exclusive features designed to enhance its products’ utility to custom audio video systems installers. These multi-zone, multi-source receivers allow different sources to be enjoyed in different rooms at the same time. This year’s addition of an A-BUS port further enhances that capability by allowing the addition of a remote zone connected only by a slender Cat 5 cable, or multiple zones with the addition of an optional A-BUS hub. In addition to A-BUS, the DTR-6.3 also has powered and RCA line level Zone 2 capability. Both receivers also have RS-232 ports for integration with home automation systems and rear-panel IR inputs and outputs. The Integra DTR-5.3 has two programmable 12-Volt triggers, while the DTR-6.3 has two programmable and one Zone 2 triggers. The Integra DTR-5.3 and DTR 6.3 have high quality AM/FM tuner sections with 40 station presets. On-screen displays, easy-to-use SmartScan setup dial, and programmed learning remote control make these receivers very easy to set up and use.The Integra Division of Onkyo designs and manufactures premium audio video components that are engineered to meet the needs of custom audio/video installers. These components are system integrateable, and multi-zone expandable, but most importantly components that home theater enthusiasts will love.