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Integra adds another 4K HDbaseT-enabled receiver to its 2018 A/V lineup

Integra DRX-7.1
Earlier this week, Integra announced its DRX-R1.1 network audio/visual receiver and DRX-R1.1 network A/V controller, both of which were the company’s first in each category to support 4K HDbaseT. Now it is following up with another feature-packed receiver featuring the technology, packed with the same high-end features as the models released previously, but with a lower channel count for those looking for a slightly less complex setup.

Many of the features here are similar to the DRX-R.1 receiver announced earlier this week, though this is a 9.2-channel model while that one is 11.2 channels. Like that receiver, the DRX-7.1 offers up 140 watts per channel at eight ohms. If you’re looking for a full 7.2.4-channel setup for Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, the receiver features pre-outs that can power a separate two-channel amp for a total of 11.2 channels.

The DRX-7.1 features eight HDMI inputs, including one in the front for easy reach, plus main and Zone 2 outputs. The receiver supports Wi-Fi, which means DTS Play-Fi, Chromecast built-in, and Google Assistant Voice Control are all supported. High dynaamic range (HDR) is supported in a big way, with HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log Gamma — a newer format intended mainly for broadcast use, are all present. So far, there is no mention of support for HDR10+, but it’s possible that this could be added in a future firmware update. In addition to HDR, the DRX-7.1 also supports wide-color gamut as well as BT.2020.

While the above features can be found in plenty of Integra’s previous receivers, the inclusion of 4K HDbaseT sets it apart. Aimed mainly at the custom install set, this technology allows streaming of 4K video over a Cat 5, Cat 6, or Cat 7 cable, complete with HDR. This may not mean much to you, but it is a big deal for those with more complex home theater setups, as it allows for cable runs of over 300 feet, allowing custom installers much more flexibility.

Like the DRX-R1.1 receiver and DRX-R1.1 controller, the DRX-7.1 and HDB-RX1 will go on sale in March. The DRX-7.1 will be priced at $2,400, while the HDB-RX1 will retail for $400. For more information on all of these products, see the Integra home theater website.

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