For the average home theater enthusiast, the Integra name may not mean much, but for those looking for a true theater in their home, Onkyo’s high-end brand is instantly recognizable. Now, the company has unveiled four new feature-packed 7.2-channel A/V receivers aimed at the custom installation market.
As with any A/V receiver worth its salt these days, each model in the new line includes support for both 4K UHD and HDR, including 4:4:4 color space, BT.2020, and HDCP 2.2. For those with a 4K TV that doesn’t feature built-in upscaling, the DRX series features a built-in upscaler.
On the audio side, the DRX line supports Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound in a 5.1.2 configuration at launch. As with many recently released receivers, DTS:X will also be supported with a firmware update planned for this summer.
At launch, streaming via AirPlay, Spotify, Pandora, and TuneIn radio, as well as internet radio, is supported. A planned future firmware update will also reportedly add support for Tidal, Google Cast, and FireConnect for multiroom playback. High-resolution in formats like DSD 11.2 MHz is supported out of the gate, with MQA support reportedly to be added in the same future firmware update.
The highest-end models of the DRX line are the DRX-5 and DRS-4, both of which are THX Select2 Plus-certified and offer HDBaseT output. These models also feature a Zone 3, which offers housewide synchronized audio in whole house mode.
The DRX-5 is the more powerful of the two units, offering a claimed 130 watts per channel, but the DRX-4 is no slouch at a claimed 110 watts per channel. You’ll pay for that power — the DRX-5 has a retail price of $1,700 while the DRX-4 retails for $1,300.
The DRX-3 and DRX-2 might not offer all of the features aimed at the custom installer included in the higher-end models — it has a total of seven HDMI ports compared to eight on the more expensive models — but they still pack major features and power. The DRX-3 offers a claimed 100 watts per channel at a retail price of $1,000 while the DRX-2 offers a claimed 80 watts per channel for $800.
Each model in the new DRX series is available for purchase now. For more information and detailed specs, see the Integra website.