Integra just announced new Dolby Atmos Network A/V Receivers and a Preamp Processor, all of which are THX certified and support HDMI 2.0 for 4K/60Hz as well as next generation HDCP 2.2 copy protection. These units also support HDBaseT technology, which allows HDMI audio/video signals to be transmitted over much longer distances with a more-easily-installed cable than conventional HDMI connection. By incorporating HDBaseT technology, these new additions to the Integra offering are optimized for whole-home distribution and can connect to compatible entertainment devices in the home through a single CAT5e/6 cable. HDBaseT is the only technology that enables long-reach wired connectivity up to 325 feet (100 meters) for uncompressed full HD multimedia content including 3D and 2K/4K Ultra HD making it ideal for the custom integration specialists. The HDBaseT and HDMI output ports in these new Integra models can be assigned for either main or second zone configuration. Along with the DTR-40.6, Integra now offers five (5) models that support HDBaseT; by far the most of any manufacturer.
“The addition of HDBaseT in these new models allows us to continue to address the issue of providing HD quality over long distances at much more attractive price points,” said Keith Haas, Director of Sales. “Implementing new technologies like Dolby Atmos allows us to continue to provide products people have come to expect from the market leader. These additions along with THX Certified sound quality and unparalleled streaming service options, afford our customers access to the best the industry has to offer.”
The top model, DTR-70.6 is an 11.2 channel, THX Select2 Plus network A/V receiver that boasts 135 watts per channel of power. It supports an abundant package of connectivity options including 8-in/3-out HDMI, the aforementioned HDBaseT port and Zone 2 HDMI, and 11.2 multichannel pre-outs. If preferred, the unit can be configured to assign four of the nine available channels to drive audio in Zone 2 and Zone 3 simultaneously.
The DTR-60.6 is a 9.2 channel, THX Select2 Plus network A/V receiver which is also rated at 135 watts per channel. Like the DTR-70.6 it comes with 8-in/3-out HDMI supporting HDBaseT and Zone2 HDMI.
The final addition to the line is the DTR-50.6; a THX Select2 Plus Dolby Atmos ready A/V network receiver capable of providing 130 watts per channel of power. It’s complete with 7-in, 2-out HDMI supports HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2 and HDBaseT connectivity.
Amplification comes courtesy of proprietary WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology) and discrete Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, a combination that preserves a distinctively musical sound even at high volumes.
Also new is the DHC-80.6 THX Ultra2 Plus Certified 11.2 channel network A/V preamp processor sporting 8 HDMI 2.0 inputs for 4K/60Hz support and 3 outputs. In addition to Zone2 HDMI and HDBaseT, the DHC-80.6 is equipped with 11.2 multichannel balanced XLR pre-puts (with front bi-amp capability), two-channel balanced XLR audio inputs as well as 11.2 multichannel pre-outs and audio-grade 18 mm-pitch RCA Pre-Outs (Front L / R).
All models provide management of the main and multi-zone entertainment via the Integra smartphone app, which encompasses the selection of online streaming services, internet radio channels, and network audio files. The network connection provides Internet radio and streaming music services, with preformatted service packages for Spotify, Pandora, Slacker, Tune In and SIRIUS XM Internet Radio. They also support the playback high definition music files in FLAC, DSD, ALAC, HD 24/96 and HD 24/192 formats from HD music download services.
In addition to having the power to steer high-res movie soundtracks at theater-reference volumes, the receiver is loaded with high-end features to optimize two-channel performance. The DHC-80.6 and DTR-70.6 incorporates 192kHz/32-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs for all channels (with one stereo DAC per front channel in Differential DAC mode) while the DTR-60.6 and DTR-50.6 are equipped with 192kHz/32-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs for exceptional audio quality.
All models also include proprietary AccuEQ room calibration. AccuEQ measures and corrects speaker distances, levels, crossovers, and frequency response from one convenient listening position to ensure cohesive surround-sound while enabling playback of 7.1-channel formats at 96 kHz without down-sampling. For pure and authentic stereo performance, AccuEQ bypasses the front channels so the unique character of the user’s loudspeakers can be enjoyed without DSP correction potentially altering the sound.
Qdeo technology by Marvell upscales low-resolution video to 1080p for Full HD displays and 4K for compatible UHD screens. All three components include selectable ISF video calibration, which optimizes picture settings to industry standards with night and day modes for optimal viewing in any conditions. Together, these technologies deliver next-generation video to big-screen TVs and projectors with picture quality that is nothing short of spectacular.
As with the previously announced DTR-30.6 and DTR-40.6, the DTR-50.6, users will receive a FW update in September to take advantage of the new Dolby Atmos processing. The DTR-60.6, DTR-70.6 and DHC-80.6 will support the Dolby Atmos format out of the box when they ship.
Price and Availability
Integra DHC-80.6 A/V Preamp Processor $3,200 (October 2014)
Integra DTR-70.6 A/V Receiver $2,800 (October 2014)
Integra DTR-60.6 A/V Receivers $2,300 (October 2014)
Integra DTR-50.6 A/V Receivers $1,700 (Available now)