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Integra DTC-9.4 Processor and DTA-9.4 Amplifier Review

by January 30, 2004
Integra DTC-9.4 Processor and DTA-9.4 Amplifier

Integra DTC-9.4 Processor and DTA-9.4 Amplifier

  • Product Name: DTC-9.4 DTA-9.4 Processor and Amplifier
  • Manufacturer: Integra
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: January 30, 2004 18:00
  • MSRP: $ 5000

DTC-9.4 Preamp/Processor - MSRP $2000

DSP: THX Surround EX, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES Discreet 6.1, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Headphone, Theater-Dimensional, New Dual 32-bit DSPs
DACs: 192 kHz/24-bit x 8
Audio Inputs: 7.1 RCA multi-channel, 8 pairs analogue RCA (including phono), 5 optical S/PDIF (including 1 front), 3 coax S/PDIF
Audio Outputs: 7.1 RCA multi-channel, 7.1 XLR multi-channel, 2 optical S/PDIF, 4 pairs analogue RCA (includes Zone 2 pre-outs)
Video Inputs: 2 component RCA (60Mhz), 5 composite RCA, 5 s-video
Video Outputs: 1 component RCA (60Mhz), 4 composite RCA (includes Zone 2 & monitor), 4 s-video (includes Zone 2 & monitor)
Misc Inputs/Outputs: Ethernet RJ45 (Net-tune), IR in/out, 12V trigger (Zone 2/A/B), Onkyo RI port, bi-directional RS-232 port.
Frequency Response: 5Hz - 100kHz +1/-3 dB (CD in Direct mode)
SNR: 110 dB (Direct mode) IHF A 0.5 V input
Dimensions: 17-1/8" x 6-7/8" x 17-11/16" (435mm x 175mm x 449mm)
Weight:
20.9 lbs (9.5 kg)

DTA-9.4 Class-D Amplifier - MSRP $3000

Continuous Power: 120W/240W into 8-ohms/4-ohms x 7 (2 channels driven)
Dynamic Power: 162W/267W/350W into 8-ohms/4-ohms/2-ohms (2 channels driven)
THD: 1 % at rated power (1 kHz), 0.01 % at 1 watt output (1 kHz)
Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 60 kHz, +1 dB/ –3 dB (8 ohms)
SNR: 115 dB (IHF-A, 1 V input / unbalanced or 2 V input / balanced)
Damping Factor: 25 at 8 ohms, 1 kHz
Inputs: 7 RCA multi-channel, 7 XLR multi-channel
Power Consumption: 5.3 A
Dimensions: 17-1/8"" x 6-7/8"" x 17-13/16" (435mm x 175mm x 453mm)
Weight:
39 lbs (17.7 kg)

Pros

  • Aesthetics
  • A/V input routing
  • IntelliVolume input level matching
  • Flexible bass management options
  • HDTV-compatible component video upconversion
  • Net-Tune PC-audio streaming connectivity

Cons

  • Difficult custom remote control programming
  • No sub out in two channel "pure audio" or "direct" mode

 

Integra DTC-9.4 and DTA-9.4 Introduction

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.

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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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