|Integra DTR-10.5 Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Friday, 01 July 2005|
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For ultimate balls-to-the-wall home theater action, there are many who are still going to want to use a separate amplifier. I found the internal amps to be more than adequate for my smaller home theater, but I did lose some punch I had gotten from the Adcom and Anthem separate systems that I had installed before the Integra. Of course, you can use a separate amp, but a sizeable chunk of what you are paying for in the base model of the DTR-10.5 is for the internal amplification. Integra's ultra-high-end line Integra Research makes a separate system in their RDC-7.1 AV preamp with HDMI switching but it is in a higher price category and you'd want to to pair it with an amplifier like the RDA-7.1, also from Integra Research. You’ll just need to decide for yourself if the 150 Watts x seven channels (eight ohm, 20 Hz - 20 KHz) is enough for your speakers. It was for my system and the amount of features and inputs easily outweighed this small compromise in power.
I looked high and low to find faults with the DTR-10.5 and I’m coming up empty. This baby fit so nicely into my rack and was so easy to set up that I was up and running in literally 10 minutes. It has every single input I needed, with a bundle of video and audio connections to spare. When combined with the DPS-10.5 universal player, I have the best-looking DVD picture that has ever graced my TV screen.
Although it may be considered expensive by most Japanese consumer electronics standards, the ala carte nature of the DTR-10.5 actually makes this receiver a great value. You only pay for what you need and the fact that it’s expandable and upgradeable in the future ensures that you’ll be able to have the latest and greatest connection options, as well as the newest sound formats at your fingertips.
If your current receiver or AV preamp still has room to spare on the back and you don’t need HDMI switching, you probably won’t need to pop for a piece like the DTR-10.5. I had filled up my previous receivers and AV preamps, so the DTR-10.5 was the best addition to my theater since adding my big-screen HD-ILA TV. I can’t think of a better piece for my mid-level home theater system and, if you demand a lot from a receiver like I do, the DTR-10.5 could be just the piece you need. If you wanted to make a case that this was the best home theater receiver ever built, I wouldn’t give you much of an argument.