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    Integra’s DRX-3.1 and DRX-2.1 Represent Solid Additions to the Company’s 2017 Lineup


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    (Integra) The new DRX-3.1

    (May 26, 2017) May has been a healthy month for Integra, punctuated by several tantalizing product announcements. Last week, the company kept the hits coming with the announcement of two more 7.2-channel Network AV Receivers. The new DRX-3.1 (MSRP $1,000 USD, $1,400 CAD) and DRX-2.1 ($800 USD, $1,100 CAD) are designed with the custom installer in mind, but have an appeal that should interest avid AV enthusiasts.

    Both receivers ship with onboard support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, activated and ready to play. Owners can enjoy the added injection of immersive audio these codecs offer with 5.2.2 channel layouts. The DRX-3.1 possesses 100 Watt per channel power (8-ohms) while the step-down DRX-2.1 can deliver 80 Watts per channel. Both models feature a 4-ohm capable, low-impedance, amplification system for powerful performance when needed.

    The receiver’s audio capabilities also include well-rounded Hi-Res performance using high-caliber DACs, including friendliness with MQA, MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, DSD (2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz), and Dolby TrueHD. Owners can also tap the convenience of Google Chromecast built-in, FireConnect, Apple AirPlay, and DTS Play-Fi (future firmware update required) to stream music from handheld, tablet and home computers. Several of those technologies also allow for analog and digital sources connected to the receiver to be sent to multiple zones (including wireless speakers) for simple whole-house playback.

    For 2017, Integra has added streaming support for TIDAL and Deezer, in addition to other well-known streaming services (such as Pandora, Spotify, and TuneIn Radio).

    Several Integra technologies contribute to sound quality performance, including the company’s own Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC) and AccuEQ Room Correction. VLSC filters out pulse noise commonly introduced by the digital to analog conversion process, making for a faithfully accurate analog audio signal. And AccuEQ helps to adopt the receivers’’ audio performance to any room’s unique acoustic characteristics.

    On the video side, connectivity is the name of the game, with the DRX-3.1 featuring eight HDMI inputs (two out) and the DRX-2.1 providing six HDMI inputs (one out). All of the modern 4K necessities are locked and loaded, including HDCP 2.2 and support for a variety of High Dynamic Range technologies including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). Wide Color Gamut is also supported.

    On the custom install front, the receivers offer bi-directional RS232 and Ethernet for home automation, dual IR inputs (one out), and three programmable 12 Volt triggers. The receivers also offer Zone 2 functionality with independent bass, treble, and balance controls.

    The DRX-3.1 and DRX-2.1 are shipping now. For more information, visit Integra on the web.
     

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