Integra DTR-9.1 A/V Receivers

DTR-9.1

· THX Certification Ultra · Surround-EX / DTS-ES · Dolby Digital Decoding · DTS Decoding · Cinema Re-Eq

User Reviews (6)

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cnlt   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 16, 2003]
Strength:

All of the above

Weakness:

I didn't purchase it earlier

I went through the entire ONKYO line besides the 989. I have to say the 9.1 upgraded version is INCREDIBLE in every way. Music, movies, sports you name it it does it. I have had nothing but hours of pleasure using this optimal piece of equipment. I did do my homework also. Dennon, Yamaha, Onkyo, Marantz, JVC etc. Nothing compares. It's vitually a plug and play. Afew settings to alter to specific tatse, other than that just sit back and enjoy the show. My wife hates it though, I no longer go to the movies, I wait for it to come out on DVD and watch it then. Anyone who owns one will understand why. It is simply better than any theater I ahve been to. Thanks INTEGRA for the best on the market receiver. !!!!!

Similar Products Used: My set up: 45" panasonic lcd, jvc 95k gold dvd, polk CSI series speakers, velodyne 12 sub X 2.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
dvaugh   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 03, 2003]
Strength:

great switching abillity plenty of S-Video and Component ins/outs, lots of digital inputs, and even one digital output. very good remote, learns everything and has macros. Pure Sweet Sound and lots of power

Weakness:

configuration, Build a good relationship with the store you buy from or a good installer. You can get it to operate OK by reading the manual (THROUGHLY) but if you want all the functions to be available then get help or pack your lunch.

I have the upgraded version (DTR9.1U2) which has a MSRP of 3600.00, This is my third reciever from the Onkyo/Integra brand, and my seventh piece of Onkyo/Integra AV equipment overall. Because of my 15 plus years experiance with this name brand equipment I had high expectations for Integras flagship model. The price was a bit scary and I had to talk very fast and very convincingly to keep my wife from devorcing me. Fortunatlly the reciever was everything I had hoped for and much more. Since I have purchased two Onkyo Integra recievers in the last six years (before this Integra) the question of why the need for regular upgrades was a serious question of my wifes, the ability to upgrade without buying a new reciever was an important selling point.My home theatre has slowly progressed over the past fifteen years to the level of being the envy of our friends and we are the first family in our group to have funtioning HDTV. The Integra helped make this possible by allowing me to route ALL switching, audio and video through the reciever. this eliminated at least two remotes and for the first time in years I can control EVERYTHING with one remote only. The sound quality is not believable,I am able to play DVD Audio discs and the 9.1 does them justice. I am hearing old friend CDs like I havent heard them ever before. The wife was reservedly impressed with the new unit untill I put together a few basic/easy macros in the remote control. Now I am a hero again...nobody has to call dad to reconfigure the system from DVD too Satelite (at least nine steps either way). I dont think I could ever talk the little women into letting me buy another new reciever, but I dont believe I will ever need to. I am taking this one into retirement with me.

Similar Products Used: TX-DS838 Onkyo Integra AV Reciever 737 Onkyo AV Reciever DPS-7.2 Integra DVD player DVD 7 Onkyo DVD player TX-3800 Onkyo Integra CD player TA-2600 Onkyo Integra Cassette player
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Audio Detective   AudioPhile [Feb 20, 2002]
Strength:

This machine is truly amazing in both music and home theater. It''s detachable power code is great for install applications. 130 watts or power times seven. Five video inputs, bass management and detailed on screen menus for the hands on crowd!! Integra, take a bow you''ve done it!!

Weakness:

Fan noise

I have had this Integra system for about 8 months now. I must say that it stands on a shelf of it''s own. This unit houses 130 watts per channel into seven channels. I must say that''s plenty of power. I have listened to several other recievers including B&K''s AVR 307 and Denon''s AV-5800. With the exception of weight, both units proved to be standard in both sonic quality and ergonomics. Integra spared no expense when designing this unit. It has assignable video inputs as well as AC-3(Digital) inputs for you laser disc lovers. I managed to find cables long enough to make use of my zone two options in another room (Clean transfer). Now, the only negative I can find in this unit is the dreaded fan noise. I recommend this unit to all true audiophiles!! System includes NHT (Speakers) Panasonic Laser disc player 680 Integra DVP-7.2 (DVD Player) Philips CD-Recorder Integra CDC-3 Monster Power HT-3500 Philips Web-tv Unit Tascam Reel to Reel Sony WEGA 36'' Philips Pronto Remote

Similar Products Used: Onkyo TX-787 Denon AV-4800
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Angelo   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 27, 2001]
Strength:

Clean sound, Dead silent background, Seven channels of amplification, PCM upsampling, Upgradeable, Plenty of inputs, HDTV switching ability

Weakness:

Weight 50+ lbs. (but its not really a weakness), 19" deep

I was first interested in purchasing the Onkyo tx ds989, but the place I went to recommend the integra instead. After a 2 week period of listening to the above listed models, the Integra just seemed right. I demoed the AVR 5800, the ADCOM seperates, and the Integra at my house. And with my set up the ADCOM sounded the best, and the denon and integra sound the same. I must point out the ADCOM did not sound better by much, but enough to be noticed. As you can tell I did not go with adcom for three reasons: 1. The difference in sound was so very small that it did not justify the increase in cost 2. No upgrade modules or RC port 3. Had to buy another amp for the surronds or the mains. The denon in my opinion is a mess to use. Sounded great, but a beast to work with. So a week with the Integra sold me on it.

I really enjoy the PCM upsampling, some people say they can't here it I say it sounds smoother and has better seperation between instruments.

THX EX is just great and you have to listen to Star Wars Eps 1 with this. I am going to get the upgrade to DTS ES/ Pro logic II soon. (See that upgrade port is already coming in handy!). I have not heard fan noise yet, but my unit is behind a glass door.

Overall the amps are great have never quit on me, and are dead silent. My motivation to get a new receiver was because the DB940 I had was noisey. The hiss during quite sections of a movie was so annoying.

The Integra is a best buy in my opinion. The Denon is nice, but not so easy to use. And at this price useability should be a must. The only way to get a better sound is to go with high end seperates. And the upgrade port makes sure your $3000 isn't obsolete in 2 weeks.

My set up:

A/V: Integra DTR 9.1
Monitor: Mitsubishi 55907 (a super buy!)
DVD: Panasonic RP56 (best dvd p-scan under a $1000)
PVR: Philips TiVo (upgrade to 96 hrs of record time)
VHS: Sony VCR (it just collects dust now)
Game: Dreamcast (could be replaced by a Xbox soon ;)
CD: Sony 555ES 400 disc cd changer
Remote: Philips Pronto ( a life saver with this much stuff)
A/C: Monster Power HTS3500(helps lower background noise)

Mains: Phase Technology Teatro 11.5 (in a word perfect!)
Center: Phase Technology Teatro 6.5 (best value around)
Sides: Phase Technology Teatro 4.5 (could be great mains)
Rear: Boston Acoustics Bravo (excellent wallmounts)

Similar Products Used: Demoed:Denon AVR 5800, AVR 3802; Integra 7.1; Onkyo tx-ds989; Adcom GTP830+GFA7500; Marantz SR-14, SR-18
Owned: Sony STR db940, 2 previous sony recievers
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
David   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 07, 2001]
Strength:

flash memory for upgrading, versatality

I read with humor some of the review od this piece and it is evident that some people love to blow their own horns. In truth, I have used denon for years, and I auditioned the B&K also, and neither was capable of the things this unit was, in my opinion. Everyone has to listen for what they think most important, and to me, the HD switching is a moot point as I run my cables directly from the source - the best way to do it. I like the upgradability, and if you notice, Denon has already come out with their 5800 Mk II to cover the DPL2, while the integra simply pops a disc into your computer, and you upgrade it yourself. This is one of the strong points of the unit, IMHO. Also, I know of very few people, myself included, that can use over 100-120 watts in their homes, and my integra is more than ample for that. As I said, everyone needs to listen and decide what they think the most important, but for me, this unit fills all my needs, and then many more

Similar Products Used: Denon AVR4800
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Tony Taylor   Audio Enthusiast [May 23, 2001]
Strength:

Well built, audio format upgradeability, THX certification, power too spare and unique.

Weakness:

What fan noise?

Since I came from a seperates-are-always-better background for 23 years, I never thought I would own an all-in-one-box solution. Being the research-a-holic that I am, and of course trusting my ears as much as one can, of 43 years of high decibel listening, I chose this piece. The search started with the Usual Suspects and after listening to my other hifi-junky friend's setups, including the Denon 5800 system and others, I had to ask myself if there wasn't something better than just what the salesman wanted to push at me. Denon being the usual piece everyone thinks is the big bad boy. And don't get me wrong, Denon has been in my house for 10+ years and is a great product usually. Sometimes I feel we are comparing the differences in handling between a Porsche and a Lotus! But being in the hifi retail and car business for many many years has told me that just because you never heard of something doesn't make it bad. I mean at one time I was the one answering "well Denon has been around for years and as you can hear this thing is nice" Enter the Integra. Onkyo? Sure I'm aware of them. Integra? Pretty new to me. Research helps me to put things in perspective, so after about what felt like a couple of hundred hours researching this piece and listening to it compared to the other players, the B&K's, the Marantz's and Denon's, Yamaha's, this was the hands down winner. Audio format upgradeable, wonderful transparent amp section, can pass an HDTV signal and it's a unique piece. HT mode is powerful and creates a huge soundstage, it has to as this thing has to fill a 900 sq ft HT area in my basement. Musical? One indicator to me, is a units ability to uncover nuances and place instruments and notes in a soundstage in recordings that you may have heard a hundred times before. The 9.1 does this effortlessly. Granted one needs to know how to set up a listening/HT area and to do it right research is required. Folks, nothing against the Denon's and others of the world, but there is a new player in town and it is worth the time and effort to audition this piece if this is the kind of money you are willing to invest. I know this, in 10 years I feel it will still be the heart of my system.

The System-

MITS WS-55857 16x9 HDTV
MITS DD-6000 DVD with progressive scan
Integra 9.1 Receiver
Magnaplanar SMGa front mains
2 DefTech PF15TL+ Subs
DefTech C/L/R 2500 Center speaker
DefTech BPX Surrounds
AIIM 2 rear channel effect speakers
Nakamichi DR10 cassette player.......and.......
some Yamaha 5 CD carousel player my wife wanted for parties!

Similar Products Used: Denon, Adcom, Pioneer, Yamaha, Sony
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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