Wednesday, July 22, 2015



   When DTS first announced its own competitive object-based surround sound format—DTS:X—we knew that a number of new receivers and surround processors would be popping up on the market to support the format, including new models from Integra. We just didn’t know when, exactly, or what other features those new models would boast. This week, all of those questions were answered when Integra announced two new models with DTS:X and Dolby Atmos capabilities, as well as one new receiver with Atmos but no DTS:X.
   DTS:X or not, all three models sport 384 kHz / 32-bit Asahi Kasei Microdevices digital-to-analog converters, HDMI connectivity with support for HDCP 2.2 copy protection and the latest 4K standards (including High Dynamic Range), and a number of features specifically designed for custom installation, including powered second zone outputs, bi-direction Ethernet and RS-232 control, smart grid readiness, and tons of control inputs and outputs that can be custom configured by your home tech specialist.
   All three new models are also network connected and feature 7.2 channels of output, which means that you can opt for a standard seven main speakers and two subs, or five speakers at ear level, two overhead, and two subs (aka 5.2.2). The new lineup also features WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, Advanced Music Optimizer processing to improve the clarity of compressed tunes from streaming sources or your local library, as well as a CinemaFILTER setting that properly balances the sound of movie soundtracks mixed for large venues, to improve the sound quality in your smaller home theater space.
   In addition to these common features, the DTR-20.7 boasts 65 watts per channel of amplification (into 8Ω; 115 watts per channel if you’re driving 6Ω speakers). It features a total of six HDMI inputs and one output, with a total of three of the inputs supporting next-generation HDCP 2.2 copy protection. It’s expected to sell for $800 USD/$1,050 CAD.
   Stepping up from the DTR-20.7 to the DTR-30.7 not only gives you support for DTS:X (in a future firmware upgrade), it also results in a pretty beefy power increason: 100 watts per channel into 8Ω loads, and 170 watts per channel into 6Ω loads. The DTR-30.7 also features multichannel preamp outputs and a phono input, along with more advance multi-room audio capabilities. It’s expected to sell for $1,100 USD/$1,450 CAD.

   At the top of the pile (for now), Integra’s THX Select 2 Plus Certified DTR-40.7 ups the output power to 110 watts per channel into 8Ω loads, and 175 watts per channel into 6Ω loads. It’s also the only model amongst the new three that is rated to handle 4Ω loads. The 40.7 also adds HDBaseT capabilities to the line’s impressive array of digital connectivity, which, in case you’re not familiar, allows for HDMI audio and video signals to be transmitted over long distances via CAT5e/6 cable. The DTR-40.7 also, of course, features a standard Ethernet port for network connectivity. Like the DTR-30.7, it can also deliver second-zone audio via coaxial or optical digital, and features seven fully featured HDMI inputs (three of them HDCP 2.2 compliant) and two HDMI outputs. It’s expected to sell for $1,400 USD/$1,800 CAD.