For $2,300, this all-in-one audio/video box is quite a bargain — with quality sound from all formats, plus its excellent video circuit.
The zones were easy to activate and the software updates were a snap, thanks to the unit’s Internet connectivity. They should all be this intuitive. I sampled the zone functions by setting up additional stereo speakers and an amplifier in an adjacent room. The zone room had a CD player feed, and everything worked flawlessly, as controlled by the Integra.
As I expected from Integra, the DHC 80.1 delivered a very good sounding surround presentation with various BDs. Channel separation with sound effects was effective with a realistic transmission of music transients and rock-solid center placement of dialogue.
The 3D is Coming!
Integra DHC-80.2 THX Ultra-2 Plus
With the 3D push now underway in the A/V world, Integra has introduced the 9.2-channel DHC-80.2 — a THX Ultra-2 Plus certified, 3D-Ready, network capable audio-video preamplifier processor with professional-grade balanced outputs. This pre/pro will replace the DHC-80.1, but the price stays the same at $2,300.
The AV controller is equipped with eight 3D-Ready HDMI 1.4a inputs for delivering signals to state-of-the-art video displays, including 3D systems. HDMI 1.4a also supports the ultimate in lossless digital audio via Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, plus Audio Return Channel and HDMI Thru.
Like the the DHC-80.1, its replacement uses HQV Reon-VX processing to provide video upscaling of all sources to 1080p, plus full ISFccc Certified Calibration Controls to support individual color calibration for all video inputs.
The 9.2-channel Integra DHC-80.2 contains the latest audio processing from Audyssey, Dolby, DTS, and THX. It equipped with the updated top-of-the-line Audyssey MultEQ XT32 advanced room equalizer and included SUB EQ HT, which claims to properly combine the sound of two subwoofers in a room.
The ‘80.2 also supports the added acoustic dimensions of Dolby Pro Logic IIz and height or width expansion provided by Audyssey DSX, with the 9.2-channel systems capable of combining height channels plus rear surround. The DHC-80.2 includes Dolby Volume and both models include Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ.
As part of the trend toward more connectivity and networking, the DHC-80.2 includes extensive audio networking and Internet radio capabilities using built-in Ethernet and USB interfaces. These connections are also used for firmware updates. The DHC 80.2 is certified for Windows 7 and DLNA Version 1.5. Internet Radio connectivity is configured for the popular commercial portals, such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius Internet Radio, Napster, Mediafly, Slacker, and vTuner.
The DHC-80.2 includes extensive custom integration features, with bi-directional Ethernet and RS232 interfaces, up-to Zone 3 capabilities on the DHC-80.2, three programmable triggers, two IR inputs and one output, and lockable dealer settings. The DHC 80.2 is Sirius/XM Satellite and HD Radio Ready, and have 40 AM/FM/Sirius radio presets. Click Integra DHC 80.2 for more info.