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Integra Debuts High End AV PrePro & Receivers at CEDIA EXPO

CEDIA 2011

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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 06 2011 - 06:58 AM


Integra DHC-80.3 THX-Ultrat2 Plus Network AV Preamp-Processor

INDIANAPOLIS (9/6/11) -- Integra, the leading brand of audio-video components specifically engineered for custom installation, will introduced its new top-of-the-line THX-Ultra2 Plus Certified AV processor and AV receivers at the CEDIA Expo 2011, which opens here tomorrow. The company will also debut remote control apps for iPod/iPhone and Android wireless devices.

These three AV components all feature the new HQV-Vida video processors, DTS Neo:X dimensional surround processing, Dolby Volume processing, improved networking and streaming media capabilities, plus numerous other features not included in last year's models.

"With their improved audio, video and networking capabilities, these new high-end Integra models will be the must-have products for our custom installer dealer base," said Keith Haas, Director of Sales. "While 4k video displays are now few and far between, we see that changing over the next 12 months, especially in the high-end and commercial installs. We are also pleased with the ever-improving networking capabilities that actually make it possible to improve a product after the customer buys it. With added streaming services, wireless features, and ongoing support upgrades, our customers get new value added on a regular basis."

The new DHC-80.3 AV preamp controller, and the DTR-80.3 and DTR-70.3 high-end AV receivers are all 9.2-channel THX ULtra2 Plus Certified systems. All three use the new DTS Neo:X dimensional sound processor, which is the industry’s first 2.0/5.1/6.1/7.1-to- 9.1/11.1 conversion technology within a single algorithm, in addition to Audyssey DSX, and Dolby ProLogic IIz.. With eleven speaker- or line-outputs, these new models can accommodate a variety of different combinations of front, height, wide, and surround channels without the need to rewire speakers.

The other big upgrade is of the video processors. While all 2011 Integra receivers now employ the new Marvell Qdeo 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) upscaling video processor, these three high-end models replace last year's HQV ReonVX chipset with the new IDT HQV® Vida™ VHD1900. This provides additional high-performance video processing, including enhancement of low-resolution streaming video, and to facilitate ISFccc calibration capabilities.

This trio of products features extensive networking capabilities with an Ethernet connection plus front and rear USB ports for digital storage devices and other devices. Direct digital connection for iPod/iPhone is available through the front panel USB. This receiver is certified for Windows 7 and DLNA, and can playback a great variety digital audio file formats via a home network or USB devices. An iPod or iPhone can also be connected using and optional dock connected via Integra's proprietary Universal Port, which can also be used for an optional HD Radio Tuner and forthcoming wireless devices.  The network connection provides Internet radio and streaming music services, with preformatted service packages for Spotify, Mediafly, Pandora®, SlackerTM, Napster, Rhapsody®, vTuner, SIRIUS XM Internet Radio®, and Last.fm.

The Integra DHC-80.3 AV preamp processor uses high-end balanced XLR outputs designed for optimal performance with a comparable high-end nine-channel power amplifier, like the Integra DTA-70.1.  The DHC-80.3 AV processor and DTR-80.3 AV receiver both have high-current power supplies with premium toroidal transformers for ultimate low-noise performance. The DTR-70.3 uses a different three-transformer power supply configuration with separate supplies for each major circuitry division. The DTR-70.3 and DTR-80.3 have powerful, low-distortion WRAT amplifier stages with 135- and 145-Watts per channel respectively.

Integra has also announced the immediate free availability of wireless remote control Apps that will allow all 2011 Integra processors and receivers to be controlled using an iPod/iPhone or Android wireless device.

The Integra DHC-80.3 AV preamp processor and the DTR-80.3 and DTR-70.3 AV receivers are now shipping to Integra dealers with suggested retail prices of $2,300, $2,800 and $2,000 respectively.

Integra designs and manufactures premium Home Theater receivers, processors, amplifiers, and DVD players that are specifically designed to meet the needs of custom audio/video systems installers. Systems integration and convergence technology protocols include RS-232, IR and on-board Ethernet for network connectivity and TCP/IP control. Integra has access to vast technical resources, and bears a proud heritage of 60 years of audio engineering excellence. For more information about Integra and its many fine products, visit www.integrahometheater.com or call 800 225-1946.



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#2 of 2 OFFLINE   OzzieP



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Posted September 29 2011 - 08:08 AM

Very nice specs on this preamp, my favorite so far. Has Onkyo announced their clone version of this new Integra DHC-80.3?

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