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Integra's new line of DRX-series AV receivers promises bliss for custom installers

Theo Nicolakis | June 6, 2016
Integra's new line of DRX-series AV receivers has lots of cutting-edge features for custom installers.

The DRX line includes intelligent Zone 2 auto-switching, which allows a 7.2 channel main zone or 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X setup to automatically change output to 5.1 channels, plus Zone 2 stereo, when Zone 2 is turned on.

The entry-level DRX-2 ($800) and DRX-3 ($1000) feature app-based streaming, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, UltraHD 4K video and object-based audio. The DRX-2 is rated to deliver 80 watts per channel (with 8-ohm speakers) and 25 amps of high-instantaneous current capability (HICC), along with the latest spec HDMI connectivity (six inputs and one output). The DRX-3 offers 100 watts per channel (with 8-ohm speakers) and 30 amps of HICC. It has eight HDMI inputs (one in front) and two outputs. Both the DRX-3 and DRX-2 feature Bluetooth technology and a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter. Support for the less-crowded 5GHz frequency band should reduce interference from other wireless devices operating on the 2.4GHz band.

The upper-end DRX-4 ($1300) and DRX-5 ($1700) have a number of key features over their entry-level relatives, which promises to make them good complements to large, complex, or demanding installations. The DRX-4 and DRX-5 are THX Select2 Plus-certified, ensuring theater-grade performance in larger listening rooms. THX certification also provides additional THX processing modes and Loudness Plus. These two top models also feature Zone 2 HDMI matrix switching.

Integra rear view 
Rear view of the Integra DRX-5 with HD-BaseT connectivity. Credit: Integra

The DRX-4 and DRX-5 sport HDBaseT output, which enables you to use twisted pair copper cabling (STP or UTP) to transmit HDMI signals over long distances that HDMI cables will not support. While the DRX-4 comes in at 110 watts per channel (with 8-ohm speakers) and HICC at 35 amps, the beefier DRX-5 is the more powerful of the two with 130 watts per channel (with 8-ohm speakers) and 40 amps of HICC. The DRX-5 features Onkyo’s VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry, a technology designed to improve the digital-to-analog conversion process) on all channels, and it includes Zone 3 audio to go along with Whole House Mode for synchronized, house-wide audio. The DRX-5 also features a separately assignable Zone 2 DAC for HDMI Audio, SPDIF (PCM), NET (network) and USB sources, while the Zone 3 DAC handles NET and USB sources.

All four DRX network AV receivers are available now from authorized Integra dealers and integrators.


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