Integra Delivers its First HDMI 1.3a Compatible AV Receiver
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (7/11/07) -- Integra, the first company to produce audio-video receivers specifically designed for custom home electronics installers and systems integrators, has announced immediate deliveries of its first home theater receiver with HDMI 1.3a processing. The Integra DTR-5.8 AV receiver allows the end-user to exploit the advanced audio and video capabilities of high definition HD-DVD players, BluRay players, Sony's PlayStation3 gaming systems, and other advanced systems that fully implement the HDMI 1.3a standard.
"The DTR-5.8 is the first of several important new products from Integra over the coming months," comments Integra Director of Sales, Keith Haas. "We have made important upgrades to our A/V receivers' feature sets, including HDMI v1.3a compatibility and decoding for the new lossless and high definition audio formats. As with all Integra products, the DTR-5.8 has advanced systems integration features for easier interface with multi-room and home automation technology, making it possible for our custom installing dealers to achieve lower support costs and higher profitability."
With two HDMI v.1.3a inputs and 1 output, the DTR-5.8 is is completely compatible with full 1080p digital video signals, including Deep Color™ (36 bit) information. It is among the first receivers to include internal decoding for DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby Digital Plus lossless and high resolution audio formats. Legacy analog video sources are all seamlessly transcoded to both HDMI and component video, including Faroudja DCDi Edge Technology de-interlaceing for 480i signals.
The DTR-5.8 includes a wide range of features specifically tailored to the needs of custom installers, such as bi-directional RS-232, RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) system control integration over HDMI, three programmable 12-volt triggers, dual IR inputs, and three unique assignable IR code sets. It also has extensive independent Zone 2 capabilities via fixed and variable line outputs, or by using two of the seven main amplifiers. An Audyssey 2EQ room correction and calibration system simplifies speaker and room setup. Since most of these receivers will be set up by professional installers, customized dealer settings can be independently stored for easy recall.
Integra's DTR-5.8 is also the company's first receiver to feature compatibility with both XM and Sirius satellite radio programming. The addition of an optional antenna system for either network enables consumers to subscribe to and receive hundreds of channels of commercial-free music, news, talk, and entertainment programming. The receiver also includes onboard Neural THX processing for reception of multichannel XM HD surround programming. Finally, there is also a high quality terrestrial radio tuner, and the receiver features 40 presets for AM, FM, XM, or Sirius stations.
The Integra DTR-5.8 has a seven-channel amplifier section rated at 90 Watts per channel into 8 ohms, and 110 Watts into 6 ohms. With its high-current power supply, Wide-Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT), and discrete power output devices this receiver can drive high power levels with low noise, and smooth response from 5 Hz to 100 kHz.
For audiophiles, the front channels are bi-amp-capable by using two surround channels to compliment the front channels.
The Integra DTR-5.8 is now available from Integra dealers with a suggested retail price of $800.
Integra designs and manufactures premium Home Theater receivers, processors, amplifiers, and DVD players that are specifically designed to meet the needs of custom audio/video systems installers. Systems integration and convergence technology protocols include RS-232, IR and on-board Ethernet for network connectivity and TCP/IP control. Integra has access to vast technical resources, and bears a proud heritage of 60 years of audio engineering excellence. For more information about Integra and its many fine products, visit www.integrahometheater.com or call 800 225-1946.
I have HDMI 1.3 and I don't know how it benefits me or why I should even care. Something for the future, perhaps.
People area always worried about future proofing systems thats one reason. Another is because newer receivers with 1.3 can process Dolby TrueHD and DTS MA audio ONCE a player is released that can send the information via bitstream rather than LPCM. There are also other features offered by HDMI 1.3 that have not really been implemented yet but everyone still wants the biggest and the best.
Is there any speculation on Audioholics doing a review later on the DTR-8.8?
Thats one critical opinion I would be very interested to read.
I second that