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Integra Research RDC-7 Processor Review

by Steve DellaSala September 15, 2003
Integra Research RDC-7

Integra Research RDC-7

  • Product Name: RDC-7
  • Manufacturer: Integra Research
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: September 15, 2003 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 4500
  • Formats: THX Ultra-approved with Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital (with THX EX), DTS
  • Audio inputs: 5 digital coaxial, 1 AC-3 RF digital coaxial, 3 digital TosLink, 9 analog L/R, 1 analog 7.1-channel throughput, 1 RIAA phono
  • Video inputs: 6 composite, 6 S-video, 3 component
  • Audio record outputs: 2 tape, 2 video recorder
  • Audio outputs: unbalanced (RCA) and balanced (XLR) for each L/R, Center, Subwoofer, L/R surround, and L/R rear surround (2 outputs each for unbalanced L/R and Center), Zone 2 L/R, 1 digital coaxial, 1 digital TosLink
  • Additional inputs/outputs: RS-232 port, A&B assignable 12V trigger, Onkyo RI remote repeater output, main and Zone 2 remote repeater inputs
  • Analog input/output impedance: 50kohms/470ohms
  • Signal/noise: Phono, 80dB (IHF A, 5mV input); CD/Tape, 100dB (IHF A, 0.5V input)
  • FM sensitivity: 17.2dBf, 2.0µV (75ohms IHF)
  • Voltage requirements: 120V, 60Hz
  • Dimensions: 1711/16" x 711/16" x 175/16" (WxHxD)
  • Weight: 35.7 lbs.

Pros

  • Audiophile-Quality Preamp Suitable for Critical Music Listening
  • Professional-Grade Video Signal Switching without Picture Quality Degradation
  • THX Ultra2 Certified, THX Surround EX 7.1-Channel Decoding
  • Apogee Master Clock for High Quality D/A Conversion
  • Above Average SNR; Analog 106dB @1V and 100dB @ 0.5V
  • Dual differential Burr Brown PCM 1704 DAC's for front channels
  • On-The-Fly Speaker Level Adjustments for multi-channel inputs (stored)
  • On-The Fly Speaker Level Adjustments for digital inputs (stored)
  • 8 Balanced XLR Outputs

Cons

  • Lower grade single-ended DAC's employed on center channel, subwoofer channel, and surrounds
  • No component video up-conversion
  • No On Screen Display through component video
  • Master volume control is only accurate to +/- 1dB
  • No bass management or digital delay compensation for external inputs
  • No sub out in 2-channel direct mode
  • Pink Noise test tone off by +1db volume in center and -2db volume in surrounds
  • Mediocre remote control

 

Integra Research RDC-7 Introduction

Few people understand the structure of Onkyo and their related companies. Onkyo Corporation, located in Osaka Japan , has two other divisions, each with more refined products that meet the performance expectations of Audiophiles. These two divisions include Integra and Integra Research. Many confuse Integra and Integra Research as being one in the same, but that's not the case. Integra Research is the newest division of Onkyo that specializes in high-end audio products. Since their inception, they have introduced three home theater components which were jointly developed with several US companies. The line-up consists of the Integra Research RDC-7, a 7.1-channel THX Surround EXT audio/video preamplifier/processor; the RDA-7, a US-designed and manufactured seven-channel THX power amplifier with each channel rated at 150 Watts; and the RDV-1, a premium DVD player with a broadcast-quality video section. All three models are THX Ultra® certified. The A/V processor and DVD player are IEEE-1394 capable, and the processor's operating system and surround formats are upgradeable via software that can be uploaded from a PC. The RDC-7 processor's electronics have also been modularized for future hardware upgrades. This ensures that these products will not be rendered obsolete by the introduction of new surround formats.

The three Integra Research Home Theater components were jointly developed in partnership with two U.S. audio and video technology firms: Apogee Electronics Corp., Balanced Audio Technology. Integra Research also worked closely with a team of custom installers to ensure their products meet the needs of that customer base.

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