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Integra DTR-5.9 7.1 Channel Custom Installation Compatible Home Theater Receiver


Integra DTR-5.9 Receiver - Front View

Integra DTR-5.9 Receiver - Front View

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The Integra DTR-5.9 Home Theater Receiver is a reasonably-priced receiver tailored for custom installations. In addition, the DTR-5.9 also features 7.1 channel processing with Dolby TrueHD and DHD Master Audio decoding, four HDMI audio/video inputs with video switching and upscaling, Sirius Radio ready, and is iPOD Dock compatible. The DTR-5.9 has an MSRP of $800.

Video Inputs and Outputs:

The DTR-5.9 offers Four HDMI inputs and one output, as well as Two HD Component inputs and one output. There are four Composite Video and S-Video inputs, two additional analog audio-only inputs, plus a front panel A/V input for connection of an additional source, such as a camcorder. The DTR-5.9 also features a VCR/DVR/DVD Recorder connection loop.

The DTR-5.9 can also upconvert all standard definition analog video input signals to HDMI video outputs to simplify Receiver connections to an HDTV.

Audio Inputs and Outputs:

The receiver has four assignable digital audio inputs ( Two Coaxial and two Optical), Analog stereo audio connections for a CD player and CD or Cassette audio recorder, and a subwoofer preamplifier output. The DTR-5.9 also has a set of 5.1 channel audio inputs to accommodate 5.1 channel DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray, or HD-DVD 5.1 channel analog audio connection options. The DTR-5.9 can also access multi-channel audio via its HDMI 1.3a connections. In addition, the DTR-5.9 also has a set of preamp outputs for multi-zone operation.

Audio Features - Sound Processing:

The DTR-5.9 features extensive surround sound processing options, including: Dolby Digital EX, DES, DTS 96/24. Also, DTS Neo:6 and Dolby ProLogic IIx processing enables the DTR-5.9 to extract 7.1-channel audio from absolutely any stereo or multichannel source. In addition, the DTR-5.9 is also has the ability to decode DHD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD soundtracks on Blu-ray Discs and HD-DVDs via its HDMI 1.3a compatible inputs.

Audio Features - Multi-Zone and Bi-Amping:

Another useful audio feature is the ability for the DTR-5.9 to be used in a full 7.1 channel configuration, or in a 5.1 channel configuration in the main home theater room, with simultaneous 2 channel operation in a second room. However, if you want to use the full 7.1 channels for your home theater environment, you can still run an additional 2-channel system in another room by using the Zone 2 preamp outputs. However, you will have to add a secondary amplifier to power the speakers in Zone 2.

Also, you also have the option of assigning the two back channels for Bi-amp use for the front main speakers.

Amplifier Characteristics:

The Integra DTR-5.9 delivers 90 Watts-per-channel into 8-Ohms via its seven internal high-current WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) power amplifiers. With amplifier frequency response from 10 Hz to 100 kHz the DTR-5.9 is up to challege from any source, including SACD and DVD-Audio, Blu-ray Disc, or HD-DVD.

Speaker Connections:

Speaker connections consist of dual banana-plug-compatible multi-way speaker binding posts for all main channels with color-coding for simplified wiring.

Video Processing:

The Integra DTR-5.9 features HDMI pass through of high definition signals up to 1080p. Also, all standard definition video input signals are deinterlaced using Faroudja DCDi video processing and upscaled up to 1080i via the HDMI monitor outputs.

Additional Features - Front Panel Display and LFE Features:

The fluorescent front panel display makes setup and operation of the receiver easy and fast. Also featured is an adjustable crossover on the Subwoofer LFE (Low Frequency Effects) pre-out channel.

Additional Features - AM/FM/Sirius Satellite Radio:

The DTR-5.9 not only has the standard AM/FM tuner, but also has built-in Sirius Radio connectivity. Paid subscription and optional tuner/antenna are required for receiving Sirius Satellite Radio Service. Their are also 40 station presets provided that can be used for setting any combination of favorite AM/FM or Sirius stations or channels.

Additional Features - iPOD Connectivity:

With the optional iPOD dock, in conjunction with the 504, you can incorporate your iPOD listening right into your home theater system.

Additional Features - Audyssey 2EQ:

The DTR-5.9 also features an automated speaker setup function called Audyssey 2EQ. By connecting the provided microphone to the DTR-5.9 and following the instructions outlined in the user manual. The Audyssey 2EQ uses a series of test tones to determine the proper speaker levels, based on how it reads the speaker placement in relation to the acoustical properties of your room. However, keep in mind that you may still have to some minor adjustments manually after the automatic set up is completed in order to conform to you own listening tastes.

Additional Features - Audyssey Dynamic EQ:

In addition to the automatic speaker setup system offered by the Audyssey 2EQ feature, the Integra DTR-5.9 also incorporates the Audyssey Dynamic EQ feature. Dynamic EQ allows for real-time frequency response compensation when the user changes volume settings, For more specifics on how Dynamic EQ works in relation to volume settings and room characteristics, and how this can benefit the user, check out the official Audyssey Dynamic EQ page.

Addtional Features - Custom Installation Compatbility:

The DTR-5.9 includes several options for custom installers, including bi-directional RS-232 and Ethernet ports for central control systems, three programmable 12-volt triggers, dual IR Infrared inputs, and three assignable IR (Infrared) settings.

Final Take:

With the DTR-5.9, Integra presents an affordable receiver tailored for custom home theater installations, inluding the needed connections for several external control options. In addition, other practical features include four HDMI video inputs, HDMI video and audio switching with analog-to-HDMI video conversion and upscaling, advanced HDMI audio capabilities, and Sirius satellite radio and iPOD compatibility.

On the other hand, some features missing from the DTR-5.9 that have been included in previous generations of Integra receivers in this class, such as the DTR-5.8, include XM-radio compatibility and Neural Surround processing, as well as a third HD-component video input.

Also, the Integra DTR-5.9 also lacks a dedicated phono input for connecting a turntable. In order to connect a turntable to this receiver, you must purchase an additional phono preamp. Sadly, this is becoming more common on home theater receivers in this class.

However, depsite some shortcomings, if you are planning to purchase a mid-range priced home theater receiver, with lots of HDMI inputs, custom installation compatibility, and good potential performance, then DTR-5.9 may deserve your attention.

For more details, including access to the actual user manual and quick start guide, check out the Official Integra DTR-5.9 Product Page.

The DTR-5.9 is now available at a suggested retail price of $800.

NOTE: If you notice that the Integra DTR-5.9 is similar to the Onkyo TX-SR606, you are correct; Integra is the custom installation-tailored division of Onkyo.

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