Integra Unveils Multichannel A/V Flagship Trio
Integra this week introduced three flagship products for 2019 in the 11.2-channel A/V receiver and A/V processor categories as well as a new 9.2-channel AVR model.
All three models will be on display next week at CEDIA Expo 2019 in Denver, Co.
The new Integra models include the DRC-R1.3 11.2-channel network A/V processor ($2,499 suggested retail); the DRX-R1.3 11.2-channel network A/V receiver ($3,299) and the DRX-7.3 9.2-channel network A/V receiver ($2,399).
The new Integra latest multi-channel components are from the company’s “Dot 3” best-in-class, high-end AV series targeted at the AV integrators dealer channel.
All three are now IMAX Enhanced for IMAX digitally remastered content, and include 4K HDBaseT for 4K HDR video and control up to 100 meters away over Cat 5/6/7 wiring.
All three units support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats up to 7.2.4 channels; off multi-zone processing and feature wireless technologies including Chromecast built-in with Google Assistant voice control.
The products are also compatible with Works with Sonos, AirPlay 2 multi-room synced audio with voice control via Siri-enabled devices, and DTS Play-Fi multi-room hi-fi music streaming.
Each model includes pass-through support for 4K/60p, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, BT.2020, WCG (Wide Color Gamut), 4:4:4/24-bit color, HDCP 2.3, and eARC as specified in HDMI 2.1, the company said.
The DRC-R1.3 11.2-channel network A/V processor integrates Integra’s state-of-the-art flagship processor to feed prestine signals to a power amp via gold-plated 11.2-channel balanced XLR audio or single-ended pre-outs for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround soundtracks.
Equally impressive is the DRC-R1.3’s ability to make the most of music sources with DSD Direct 256 decoding and a dedicated phono input. The unit supports 384 kHz/32-bit D/A conversion with AK4490 768 kHz/32-bit stereo DAC for Front L/R, 2 x AK4458 768 kHz/32-bit multichannel DACs (main channels), and separate AK4388 DAC for Zone audio.
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The DRC-R1.3 features three HDMI outputs enabling connectivity with a TV and projector in the Main Zone, and an additional display in Zone 2.
RS-232/IP/IR control command sets and bi-directional IP and RS-232 ports are included for integration with home automation systems
Carrying THX Certified Ultra classification, the DRC-R1.3, includes copper screws to lock modular circuitry blocks to a double-skinned insulated frame, additional internal bracing is added to enhance anti-resonant characteristics. Other details include floating circuit boards, multiple 32-bit DSPs and DACs, and a DRC-R1.3 processor.
Integra will offer a DRA-R1 companion 11-channel amplifier in early 2020.
The Integra DRX-R1.3 11.2-channel network A/V receiver is a flagship THX Ultra Certified network receiver with 140W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 channels driven, FTC) power and the latest 4K video and multi-channel audio processing support.
The DRX-R1.3 shares the same build and design concept with the DRC-R1.3, including the use of copper screws to lock modular circuitry blocks and double-skinned insulated frame. It also adds a custom shielded power supply and shielded amplification to isolate signals from noise.
DRX-7.3 9-channel network A/V receiver carries THX Certified Select status, with amplification for 5.2.4-ch Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound expandable to 7.2.4-channels for a full IMAX Enhanced movie experience.
THe DRX-7.3 is driven by 135W per channel (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2-ch driven, FTC) power output, and has 7 HDMI inputs & 3 outputs plus a front HDMI input. The receive even adds enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) support from the new HDMI 2.1 specification.
Other features include a faster NXP iMX8 network processor, Zone-B lineout for wireless headphones
Zone 2 D/A converter for HDMI/SPDIF/NET/BT, and Zone 3 D/C converter for NET/BT.
By Greg Tarr
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