Previously, Audioholics reviewed the Onkyo TX-SR601 and found that to be a good value for a mid-fi receiver. We also reviewed the high-end Integra RDC-7 pre-processor. Naturally, it made sense for us to review the unit that would fall somewhere in between the two and thus we requested the DTC-9.4 pre-processor. Integra was kind enough to send us the DTA-9.4 so we could mate the unit with its 7-channel Class-D "partner". Here's a quick summary of the specifications of the DTC-9.4 and DTA-9.4:
We had no prior experience with the Integra line of processor and Class-D amplifier products. The Integra Research RDC-7 processor made its way into our Reference System 2 and the Onkyo TX-SR601 proved to be able to hold its own and even take a slight edge over many other $500 receivers. Our review of the DTC-9.4 and accompanying DTA-9.4 proved that entry-level separates are still competing for attention in the audiophile community and that some of the new competing flagship receivers will most likely have a continuous fight to stay ahead of the curve.
Integra , the higher-end manufacturing line over Onkyo, has been producing precision audio components for over 50 years. The company's philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. Today, Integra is at the forefront of the home theater and digital revolutions. We feel this is largely due to the inevitable "trickle down effect" achieved by putting an incredible amount of R & D into their Integra Research line - these technologies quite often make it into the Integra line and provide "best of class" performance in that line. For more information about this and other Integra products, visit www.integrahometheater.com or call 800-229-1687.
Moving on Up
For those of you familiar with the Onkyo TX-SR601 , the Integra DTC-9.4/DTA-9.4 combo is quite a step up, offering the following advanced features which differ from the Onkyo receiver:
120W/240W x 7 into 8/4 ohms respectively (via the DTA-9.4)
THX Ultra2 Certification
- 6 s-video inputs, 3 outputs
- Component video upconversion (rated at 60MHz with OSD disable possible)
- 7 assignable digital inputs (4 optical, 3 coaxial + front panel optical), 2 digital outputs
- CHAD touch screen remote control
- 8 (7.1) balanced XLR/unbalanced RCA preamp outputs
- Gold-plated input/output RCA terminals
Integra has built a versatile unit with excellent specifications and features. There is a distinct difference in performance between the mid-fi TX-SR601 and the Integra separates which we'll go into futher during this article. So, without further a-do, let's explore the Integra separates!