Integra has launched its latest receivers, featuring the latest codecs, technologies, and other features that, as expected, keep pace with Onkyo’s new offerings, but in a more custom-installation oriented package:
The Integra DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5 add several important new features for 2013. These include full support for the new Ultra HD high definition video format, the addition of TuneIn to the internet radio content list, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces for modern media connectivity. These two new A/V receivers are also THX Select2 Plus certified to help ensure the finest audio quality possible.
“With THX Certified sound quality, Ultra HD video compatibility, upgraded DAC’s and the wireless integration capabilities offered by built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, these new receivers demonstrate our on-going commitment to integration flexibility for both custom installers and end users; as well as our commitment to exceptional audio performance ,” said Keith Haas, Integra, Director of Sales. “Installers will be able to quickly configure these receivers to meet the customer’s home theater and music needs, and the end user will always appreciate state of the art sonic and visual performance capabilities.”
Other connection options include eight total HDMI inputs (7 rear-panel) with two outputs for connection to streaming services via Apple TV, Roku, Blu-ray players and other sources, a USB port, and an Ethernet connection. The Integra DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5 include an array of modern and very useful video features, including InstaPrevue, which allows users to monitor multiple program sources with this HDMI variant of picture-in-picture. There is also Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), which uses the front-panel HDMI port to deliver HD video and up to 7.1 channels of audio from compatible Android smart devices and other products.
Sound quality is a key factor in Integra’s design process. The new Phase Matching Bass circuitry optimizes low frequencies while preserving mid-range clarity. It counters phase shifting — which can affect sound quality — by synchronizing the timing of different frequencies. The result is deep, well-defined bass that won’t overwhelm vocals or strings.
The most notable enhancements over last year’s models are the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support instead of relying on dongles. For those purchsing 4KTVs, the receivers now feature full support for 4K pass through, instead of merely upscaling the source. In what is hopefully a misprint, though, whereas last year’s models included MultEQ XT32 room correction, the specs for the DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5 merely list vanilla multEQ — a significant step down.
The Integra DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5 will be available in July with suggested retail prices of $1,300 and $1,700 respectively.