Integra unveils Dolby Atmos and DTS:X ready AV receivers
AV manufacturer Integra has released a range of AV receivers for the custom installation market.
The three new 7.2 channel network AV receivers, which include the DRX-2, DRX-3 and DRX-4, are available exclusively through Amber Technology.
The receivers are loaded with advanced audio and visual features such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X ready technologies.
Dolby Atmos creates object-oriented sounds that can be heard from all directions, including overhead resulting in 360º, multi-dimensional audio. The audio effects also move around the space, creating a lifelike cinema experience at home.
While the DTS:X codec also delivers object-based audio for a heightened, multi-dimensional effect, it can be arranged in a broader range of configurations compared to a Dolby Atmos system which requires a specific speaker configuration.
The DRX-2 features six HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, while the DRX-3 and DRX-4 each offer eight HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs. Select HDMI terminals support 4K/60Hz as well as HDCP2.2 and HDR for next-generation Ultra HD streaming and broadcasting.
The DRX-4 has a HDBaseT interface offering long distance transmission of up to 70m carrying power, video and control through a single CAT5e/6 cable.
Correcting unwanted audio delays, AccuReflex phase-calibration technology ensures all sound is in sync with other speakers. Combined with AccuEQ Room Calibration, the new AV receivers deliver crystal clear surround performance. Hand-selected audio-tuned parts deliver high current performance for exceptionally smooth audio.
Available on the DRX-2 and DRX-3 is the CinemaFILTER feature, which restores the correct tonal balance of movie soundtracks. The DRX-4 offers THX Select2 Plus Certified for theatre reference sound. All new models have the ability to playback compressed, lossless and high-resolution audio via the local area network.
FireConnect technology lets users send any source, digital or analogue, wirelessly from the AV receiver to one or more compatible, yet to be released, wireless speakers located in spaces of the home. Users can turn wireless zones on/off and switch music sources. It allows users to link multiple zones, making it ideal for parties or for creating continuous flow of music throughout the home.
High-current amplification allows the new Integra AV receivers to produce soundtracks with maximum impact at 140W per channel on the DRX-2, 170W per channel on the DRX-3 and 180 watts per channel on the DRX-4.
All feature a dedicated phono input ideal for vinyl fans who want to connect a turntable to the AV receiver. Simply connect existing home entertainment equipment to the AV receiver using one of its HDMI ports. Wireless connectivity options include WiFi and Bluetooth, which let end users access streaming services including Spotify and AirPlay.
A number of these features will be activated via firmware upgrades in the coming months including, FireConnect as well as wireless streaming services, Google Cast, Tidal and Deezer.
DTS:X technology will be available via a firmware update, which can be downloaded and installed from 31 August 2016.