Integra DTR-30.5 AV Receiver Preview
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Integra has announced their "first" wireless AV receiver. And of course they mean "first for us" wireless AV receiver. But that's still news worthy of reporting as Integra is one of the premiere custom installer brands and an arm of Onkyo—long known for their feature-rich consumer offerings.
The Integra DTR-30.5 is a 7.2 channel, 95 watts per channel AV receiver. It is rated down to 6 ohms, features discrete outputs stages for all channels, and a push-pull amplifier design. The front and center channels have three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry and the receiver has two independent power supplies. It weighs in at a respectable 28.7 pounds.
The back of the Integra DTR-30.5 is fairly well laid out with enough room to navigate while still having plenty of room for all the required connections. There are six HDMI inputs and two outputs, two component video inputs and one output, and a number of composite inputs (five if you count the front) and one output. There are six pairs of analogue stereo inputs, one optical and two coaxial digital audio inputs, and a two-way RS-232 port (important for custom installations). The HDMI inputs support 3D, ARC, and CEC. There is a MHL (Moble High-Definition Link) compatible input on the back as well (these are often included on the front for ease of use). InstaPreview technology will make switching HDMI inputs quicker.
Integra and Marvell have long has a relationship and the DTR-30.5 is no different. Featuring Qdeo upconversion, the DTR-30.5 will upconvert all your inputs to HDMI and upscale them up to 4k (1080p is, of course, still available). 4K pass-through is supported as well. Dolby Pro Logic IIz is supported for height channels which can be powered internally through or externally through pre-outs. The DTS and Audyssey versions of height/width channels are not supported. Pre-outs are available for all 7.2 channels for adding an extra amplifier. There is a front USB port for connecting your portable device, smartphone, or flash drive.
Of course, the DTR-30.5's claim-to-fame is its wireless. Sporting two antennas, it is not only wi-fi compatible but Bluetooth which means it can connect to your friend's phone without you having to give out your wi-fi password (or give them full access to the receiver). The DTR-30.5 can playback FLAC, DSD, ALAC, HD 24/96 and HD 24/192 formats from HD music download services. It can stream content natively from Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM, Internet Radio, and Tune In. For those that prefer the speed of a wired connection (and have access to one), an Ethernet port is included.
Audyssey's MultEQ is on board but not the newer XT version (much less the XT32). Sound quality is important, though, as the DTR-30.5 has 192K / 24-Bit Audio DACs on board. For vinyl lovers, the DTR-30.5 has a phono input. The DTR-30.5 supports two zones of audio and has dedicated speaker terminals for the second zone making switching configurations easy. Pre-outs are also available for Zone 2.
The $1000 Integra Audio DTR-30.5 Wireless Receiver is a first for the company. It is not only Wi-Fi compatible, but Bluetooth is supported. With pre-outs for Zone 2, height channels, and adding external amplification, this is a receiver that should be right at home in most installations. Marvell Qdeo upconversion and scaling to 4K, MHL, InstaPreview, and more should appeal to those that care more about features than power. But, of course, the Integra DTR-30.5 has power as well. With 95 watts per channel, a two-way RS-232 port, legacy video connections, and three 12 volt triggers, installers are going to love this receiver. At $1000, consumers aren't going to be afraid of the price. Add in the savings from having to run an Ethernet cable to you home theater, and the Integra DTR-30.5 may be a home run for the company.
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This unit is made in Malaysia, not sure if that is a good thing.
Integra DTR-30.5 First Impressions: (Part 2 The Sound!)
Soundstage 1&2: Hooked up to my existing setup: (16.5x18 Room)
- CONFIG A: Replaced my DHC 80.3 w/DTR 30.5 used Pre-outs to my Halo Amps
- CONFIG B: Replaced my DHC 80.3 w/DTR 30.5 used Receiver AMP
This would be the best apples to apples comparison I could do to see how my DTR 30.5 would do as a pre-amp and for the most part after multiple testing of both blue-rays and CDs I can happily report that the perceived difference in Sound Quality between both was minimal at best. For the Music Test I used Pink Floyds Wish you were Here Comfortably Numb Addel 21 Dont you Remember & Miles Davis Bye Bye Blackbird & Blue in Green. In both cases, instruments were easily distinguishable versus the cluttered mess of the noncalibrated audio, and the bass response was very good on both. Whether it was Addels vocals or Miles Davis Trumpet. The Pink Floyd was a live CD and even with Audyssey off you had the sense that you were still in the middle of a concert when I was playing multichannel Stereo. Since I dont have the advantage of doing a side by side comparison I will say my only perceived difference was that the DHC-80.3 came across with a little more detail in the mid and lower level frequencies, but I think it would be very hard pressed to determine with a blind test.
Movies: Avatar Final Battle Scene / James Bond Skyfall
I would say again that it is very close here again, both units did a similar job with the highs and lows with the fight scenes, dialogue was clear and blended well. I will say again that the DHC seemed to squeeze out a little more detailed bass response, but the overall soundstage was pretty similar.
Additional Comments: I utilized Integras new Phase Matching Bass which optimizes low frequencies while preserving mid-range clarity and I have to say I believe that its more than just marketing. I definitely felt that it did exactly as stated as there was a noticeable albeit minimal sound quality difference in the detail.
CONFIG A: (Audyssey ON)
I will state again, that without being able to do a blind test my feedback is perceived, but I firmly believe that there is a noticeable difference in sound quality with XT32 vs. MultiEQ. I would not go so far to say that its huge, but I would say I felt it was there. The overall surround effect under the DHC 80.5 felt more clearly defined in the low end and overall emersion with greater ease to tell where the sound was coming from in the movie.
CONFIG B: (DTR-30.5 Internal AMP)
I know that there has been much debate as to if AMPs sound different so I can only say, In My opinion, there is very little, if any sound difference between the DTR-30.5 hooked up to my external amps or its internal amps. Sound appeared to be similar, but again I felt that bass response and midrange clarity was better when hooked up to my Halo amps. To be honest after listening to the same things over and over I cannot say with 100% confidence that I would be able to tell a difference in a blind test, but I fell that I could as there was slight change in dynamics (guitar strings). I will note that in both cases with Audyssey turned On, the DTR-30.5 configured my speakers differently than the XT32.
- Overall I am satisfied with the Integra DTR 30.5, for the price range you get a very solid receiver with a good user interface, very solid sound quality while also having the advantage of Bluetooth and build it Wi-Fi.
- I was surprised how well it compared to my 80.3 as a Pre/Pro and felt as I didnt lose a lot in sound quality with the exception of Audyssey.
- Integras Phase Matching Bass is more than just marketing and it makes its sonic impact felt
- I also felt that I didnt lose a lot in sound quality when using its internal amp, but it was noticeable.
My overall opinion is that I would rate this amp an 8/10. Items that brought down its score in my mind were a poorly implemented remote, would have liked to see at least Audyssey XT. I also think that there are a lot of other offerings in this price range $1000 retail/$810 Paid, that could offer the same quality with even more powerful amps and features. I do feel that it delivers solidly on sound quality and the advantage of having built it Wi-Fi makes it for much easier room placement in my bedroom and for this job it does a great job.
- This is currently used for two channel listening in my bedroom with a pair of Golden Ear Aon 2s, but after going through all these tests, I definitely feel that this AVR will stay with me for the long haul and handle 5.1 or 7.1 content like a champ when I expand.
- DAMN! For small Speakers the Golden Ear Aon 2 does a fantastic job with both music and movies and its soundstage, high frequency clarity and detail IMPRESS. They do a great job with bass, but will struggle a little on the lowest frequencies. I will be adding a sub in the near future, but overall I see why people rave about the ribbon tweeters.
- Build Quality of the DTR-30.5 appears to be excellent, but now without some small issues. The unit itself appears well built and solid, I would describe it as the mini me to my DCH-80.3. The interconnects appear to be gold plated and nothing on this unit feels flimsy. My only issues are the plastic speaker posts feel a little cheap and the wifi antenas look like something out of early 2000s. Just like its Onkyo brother, the DTR-30.5 does have an internal fan that audio purists may balk at. It is however important to note that the fan never came on during my testing, and is only designed to come on when the unit is getting pushed hard. So overall in this case I can live with the fan.
- Remote Control: They definitely saved a few dollars on this. It just looks and feels cheap, small mushy buttons, for the cost of the unit, I expected better. Both the design and implementation are not well thought out.
- This is one area where I felt that Integra did a fantastic job of implementing. It has very friendly menus to set up the receiver with multiple steps that you can either skip or follow through with. I like the Interface which is a simple GUI display that you can conduct the basic settings. The initial setup involved Audyssey , remote setup, etc. It makes it very easy to get started with your new AVR. I am not sure if the Integra .4 models do it this way, but I like it
- Speaker setup / HDMI setup, Input setup is pretty straight forward and its very easy to adjust crossover, speaker setup etc. Nothing that is out of the ordinary
- I like the walkthrough process for setting up the remote to control to your inputs. It goes over each assigned input when you are setting it up, walks you through the step on screen and even gives you the 5 digit code for the device. (I.e. 01877 for my cable box) Its really a nice feature which makes programming simple, NOW if only the remote were better.
- The menus to connect to one of its many online services is very simple to connect to and easy to use.
- I was really impressed with the video quality when I ran my cable through this unit. There was a significant improvement in perceived image quality vs hooking up directly from the cable box via HDMI. I really dont think there is a placebo effect going on here as the picture quality was significantly better, colors seemed to pop more and there screen looked more detailed
Problem: I did experience an issue with picture quality when I was watching a standard definition on demand program. SyFy channel with my provider only has on demand in 480i. I went to watch Defiance and when the picture displayed on the screen, It shrunk down to a smaller box in the middle of the screen and there was a line of artificating on the top border where there was no picture. I did expand the picture via my cable remote and the problem was fixed. This is something that my neither my 80.3 nor the Marantz 7005 (which I had for a few weeks) had problems with.
- WiFi is Wireless A/B/G/N, but it operates only on the 2.4Ghz bad and NOT the 5Ghz band. I discovered this when it would only pick up the 2.4ghz band of my dual band router. I would have preferred it to operate under the 5Ghz band because there is typically less traffic issues
- It does have a lot of streaming services, but that is not really important issue for me
- Bluetooth is 2.1 which I would have preferred it to be 4.0. I did have a problem connecting devices to it however
- I was getting 85% signal strength one floor and 2 rooms down with the wifi antenas hidden behind the unit which was impressive
+ Solid build with wifi connectivity and easy to use menu screens
+ The video processing seems to work quite well based on my limited time with it (minus issue)
+ Sound quality and amount of power has been quite good so far, but I am going to switch out my 80.3 with it tomorrow and use the pre-amp outs to see how it works with my exisiting paradigm setup.
- Video issues with 480i contect on my cable box was limited to one experience, but was a point of concern
- At this price point $1000 List $810 paid I think there are a lot of other options to consider
Key Features I would have liked that are missing:
- I would probably rate the receiver a B- so far because of a few issues;
- It doesnt have HD Radio
- No Airplay
- Nicer Remote
Equipment Used in Testing:
- Integra DTR-30.5
- Sony KDL-52XBR5 TV
- Golden Ear Aon 2 Speakers (1 Pair)
- BJC for Speaker wire and HDMI
- Linksys E4500 Wireless Router N Dual Band
- Wide Open West Cable with Scientific Atlanta Cable Box
I will get into detail on sound quality once I have had the opportunity to play around with the Audyssey, Integras new base management feature and testing it with my HT setup. I will say I have been happy with the initial sound quality coming out of the Aon 2s, but no where near enough to provide a intelligent review.
Heavy box, but definitely a lot smaller than my DHC-80.3 box! Price Paid $810 Need to learn how to shrink my pictures