|Integra DTR-6.4 Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Sunday, 01 February 2004|
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The amount of useful features on this product is spectacular – there are few complaints in that department. My main issue was with build quality. The metal case on my unit was not well fitted to the chassis, so when you picked it up, it felt like the cover was on loosely. I figured some screws might be missing, but they were all there. Once positioned, this should not be an issue, but some may feel the chassis is subpar for the price.
The FM connector (and some other connectors to a lesser degree) on the back of the unit was loose and I was apprehensive about pushing the connector too hard and then into the chassis itself. The worst was the volume knob; it felt a little like the track ball on those old-school centipede video games, a bit loose. This receiver needs to have more coaxial inputs, period. My cable box and my DVD player both use coaxial outputs and I can only connect one at a time to the receiver. I could use the optical cables, but the audio signal bandwidth is compromised and that makes me an unhappy camper. I found that every other receiver in this price range had at least two and usually three coaxial inputs.
The more common surround configuration today is 7.1 rather that the DTR-6.4’s 6.1 configuration, however the DTR-6.4 is THX Certified. Competitive receivers such as the Sony ES STR-DA4ES, Denon AVR3808 and the Harman/Kardon AVR7200 all sport 7.1 channels. Even though there aren’t that many 7.1 sources and not that many people have 7.1 theaters yet, it would be a nice additional feature, albeit if it raised the price too much, I too would opt to skip it.
The DTR-6.4 is a great value for someone looking to upgrade the sound in his or her home theater system. It features all the cutting edge home theatre formats like DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX. It allows for multi-channel 5.1 audio reproduction from a DVD-Audio or SACD source. It has a good amount of power for small to medium-sized rooms and allows for multi-room set-ups. It wonderfully adjusts to whatever equipment you have and scales to add new equipment/speakers as you build your home theater system. The user manual and set-up guides carefully illustrate the most common tasks of setting up your receiver to play DVDs and CDs in just minutes. The DTR-6.4 features all the latest in home theater and home stereo technologies and provides this to you at a bargain price of $1,000. Today is an exciting time in the world of home entertainment. Years back, there was a great division between the mega-dollar home theater rigs and the ones sold at our mass-market retailers. Today, you can pop down a thousand dollars and have the lion’s share of features and performance of the big boys, performance that that will astound even the most discerning.