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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Integra DTR-40.2 7.2 Channel AV Receiver Preview
Integra’s 7.2 channel, THX Select 2 Plus certified DTR-40.2 receiver is very capable 3D-ready, 2-Zone, networkable A/V Reciever with 7 HDMI 1.4a inputs and a power rating of 110 watts per channel (20-20kHz, 0.08% THD).Integra's DTR-40.2 comes in a matte black, and though there are plenty of buttons to fiddle with on the unit's front, it remains well organized and clean.   I like the look of the distinctive, easy-to-see silver volume and power controls.  Also on the front is a lone USB port for connecting iPod/iPhone's and other digital media drives and one of the HDMI inputs.  Speaking of HDMI, this receiver has 7 HDMI 1.4a inputs (6 back, 1 front) which provide 3D pass-through for Blu-ray and Broadcast content, and also supports Audio Return Channel.  There are also 3 Y/Pr/Pb component inputs (capable of up to 1080i), 1 D-Sub ...
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
Is Netflix Streaming Good Enough for the Serious Movie Buff?
Since 1997, Netflix has changed the way that we think about "renting" movies.  Instead of schlepping it to our nearest big box rental shop or mom 'n pop store to pick up a tape of DVD, they've made us all lazier -- excuse me, enhanced the convenience of renting a movie -- by sending discs directly to our mailbox based on a queue arranged on their website.  Wait times can be a hassle for high-demand items, but the service has nevertheless made believers out of many consumers.  However, with the likes of free movies available at various venues across the Internet (Hulu, The Auteurs), a new type of viewing experience has become predominant within the past few years: instant streaming, along with free on-demand rentals through cable providers. In reaction to this, Netflix has also come out of the gate ...
Thursday, 12 November 2009 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Integra DTR-9.9 A/V Receiver Preview
Integra’s 7.1 channel, THX Ultra 2 Plus certified DTR-9.9 receiver is incredibly complete in its feature set.  Receiving a great deal of positive coverage, reviews often stated that the biggest downside to the DTR-9.9 was that it offered too much, making setup and operation a bit complex. Though the 9.9 offers 7.1 channels of surround sound, Integra takes into account the possibility that owners may have a 5.1 speaker setup, and so allows the front speakers to be biamped by the two spare channels.  The DTR-9.9 has a 145 watt output per channel at 8 Ohms, and is certified for performance at 4.  It features a frequency response from 5Hz up to 110KHz and a signal to noise ratio of 110dB.  Crossover frequency can be set anywhere from 40Hz to 200Hz and is able to be adjusted by channel pairing, meaning ...
Thursday, 26 February 2009 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Is Plasma Technology on the Decline?
By now we’ve all heard the chatter.  Whenever two different types of technology are in competition with each other, there’s a tendency to declare a victor, and every media outlet wants to be the first to make the call.  The long standing rivalry between LCD and Plasma displays is no exception, and seems to have come to a peak in recent weeks as early this month; both Vizio and Pioneer announced the end of their Plasma television lines.Between the two brands, the main scope of television purchasers is covered.  Vizio, famed for their highly affordable entry level units, covers a fair portion of what we’ll call the casual crowd.  Pioneer of course caters to not only the casual consumer but the enthusiast looking for the best money can buy. As early as January 2007 articles appeared online declaring the LCD ...
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 ,  Written by Andrew Robinson
Integra DTC 9.8 AV Preamp/Processor
Introduction High-end home theater processors are quickly becoming the hot topic amongst home theater enthusiasts, and not because they’re the best. No. Home theater processors, the once-touted peak of all things audio/video, have taken a hit in recent years, largely due to the ever-changing HD landscape and a little thing called HDMI. When HD was in its infancy, component cable was king and 720p/1080i seemed to be the best anyone could hope for – for a while, it was. Even when 1080p reared its head, it took some time before it became the norm. However, the HDMI cable inevitably became the chink in HD’s armor, causing massive amounts of confusion and frustration among manufacturers and consumers alike, forcing many high-end brands to simply wait out the storm. It was during this time that many larger, mid-fi foreign brands took up the ...
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