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    Integra’s Latest ‘Dot 2’ AV Receivers Carry Sonos Compatiblity with 9.2-Channel Performance

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    (Integra) The all-new DRX-5.2 9.2-Channel Network AV Receiver

    (June 1, 2018) In typical fashion, Integra is following Onkyo’s recent RZ announcement with three new moderately priced models of its own. This collection of ‘Dot 2’ receivers marks the company’s first models to carry the “Works with Sonos” certification, while bumping up to 9.2-channels of audio performance across the board. Much like legacy Integra designs, build quality appears to be excellent, with a focus on sturdy anti-resonant steel and aluminum chassis and hand selected componentry for ultra-pure performance.

    Priced from $1,700 (DRX-5.2) to $1,000 (DRX-3.2), with the mid-line DRX-4.2 priced at $1,400, Integra’s new offerings cover a wide range of price points. Both the DRX-5.2 and DRX-4.2 have been anointed THX’s Certified Select status, meaning they carry technologies making them perfect for medium-sized rooms up to 2,000 cubic feet in size. That includes relatively powerful amplification specs that vary from 120 Watts per channel (8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20kHz, 2 ch) to 100 Watts per channel, respectively. The step-down DRX-3.2, which does not carry THX certification, delivers 90 Watts per channel.

    All three models natively support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound across 7.2.2 and 5.2.4 speaker configurations. While the DRX-5.2 and DRX-4.2 carry onboard processing that allows for a 2-channel external amp to expand performance to full 7.2.4 arrangements. Like its Onkyo brethren, the new Dot 2 series ships with AccuEQ Advance, which is Onkyo’s new premium-grade multi-point room calibration package. AccuEQ Advance utilizes three different microphone positions for better sound across a wide seating area, in addition to tapping AccuReflex which aligns the phase of directional and non-directional sound coming from Atmos-enabled speaker modules.

    Because Integra designs models for custom integrators, each new Dot 2 model supports a host of useful integration features. They include bi-directional Ethernet with IP Control, RS232, Zone 2 outputs with independent bass, treble, and balance control, powered Zone 3 audio, IR inputs/output, and three 12V triggers. In addition, each model also offers Zone 2 HDMI with matrix switching.

    While the “Works with Sonos” certification should be appealing to owners with Sonos Connect, each receiver also offers wireless functionality using Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi, and FlareConnect. They also natively deliver access to Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL, and more. It’s worth noting that the receivers do not carry onboard Wi-Fi, meaning that each model requires a connection to a wireless access point. They do, however, offer AirPlay functionality for instant streaming from various Apple devices.

    Each of Integra’s new Dot 2 receivers are projected to begin shipping during June 2018.
     
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