Receivers

Integra DTR-80.3 9.2 A/V Receiver

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Setup of the Integra DTR-80.3 A/V Receiver

After unpacking the DTR-80.3 and placing the receiver in my cabinet, I got started with the speaker cables first since they tend to be the most time consuming. The speaker binding posts on the DTR-80.3 are five-way posts which allow cable to be inserted from the top, bottom, or directly into the post via banana connectors. There are 22 binding posts on the DTR-80.3, so I would always recommend that you take the time to terminate your speaker cable with banana connectors. This greatly simplifies the process should you have the need to move or change the equipment in the future. The DTR-80.3 speaker connectors also accept 3-5 mm spade connectors.

Moving on to the HDMI connections was a breeze. The DTR-80.3 has 8 HDMI inputs to which I connected my satellite DVR, PS3 and an Oppo BDP-95. I ran a single HDMI output cable from the DTR-80.3 to my HDTV. I connected my first generation Apple TV to the DTR-80.3 via component video and optical digital. The DTR-80.3 is able to up-convert the analog video signal to HDMI, so this really simplifies system configuration and minimizes your video cables. I did run an extra set of analog audio cables from the Apple TV to the DTR-80.3 so I could listen to music using the zone two functionality of the DTR-80.3. I was disappointed to find that the DTR-80.3 is not able to play digital sources from the main source in a multi-zone configuration. While I understand most manufacturers only supporting analog audio in alternate listening zones, this limitation needs to go away as more devices like the newer generation Apple TV come on the market without any analog outputs. Other manufacturers are already handling this today, so I hope Integra considers adding this feature in the next product revision. I connected an antenna so I could checkout the tuner and I also connected an Ethernet cable so I could play with the DTR-80.3 network functionality. The DTR-80.3 supports wireless networking through the optional UWF-1 Wi-Fi adapter which can be used in the front or rear panel USB port on the DTR-80.3. I double-checked the connections, connected the power cord, and was finally ready to get started exploring the configuration options on the DTR-80.3.

The setup menus of the DTR-80.3 are well designed, extensive and pretty simple to use. The place to start is with the "Input/Output Assign" menu.

The "Monitor Out" sub-menu allows for the assignment of the primary video output of the DTR-80.3 to either one or both HDMI outputs or analog output if required. This sub-menu lets you assign a global output resolution such as 1080p and also allows for the output resolution to be set independently by each source on the receiver.

The "HDMI Input" sub-menu allows you to assign each HDMI input connection on the DTR-80.3 to a corresponding source. The major limitation in this approach is that you can only assign one HDMI input to one and only one source. For a device like the Oppo BDP-95, I found this to be a bit frustrating. For example, I wanted to setup three inputs for the BDP-95: one using just HDMI audio and video, the second using HDMI video and two channel analog, and the third using HDMI video and the multi-channel analog input. While I could assign the audio connections to three separate source inputs on the DTR-80.3, I was forced to assign the HDMI input to one source; I chose "BD/DVD" on the receiver. I should point out that it is entirely possible to assign all the audio outputs from the BDP-95 to one source and then use the "Audio Selector" sub-menu in the "Source Setup" menu to manually make a preferred selection. The other option is to use a custom remote control and use discrete codes to make the audio input selection. In either case, it just isn't as user-friendly as I'd like to see out-of-the-box. The other sub-menus in the "Input/Output Assign" menu allow for the assignments of the component, digital and analog audio inputs to their corresponding sources.

After finishing the input assignments, I exited the menu system and was pleased to see a picture from each of my source devices. I was ready to move on to room correction. I unpacked the basic Audyssey microphone that comes with the DTR-80.3 and connected the microphone to a tripod so that I could easily position the microphone in my listening room. I plugged the microphone jack into the front of the DTR-80.3 and the Audyssey "MultEQ XT32: Auto Setup" menu automatically appeared on the display. There are two calibration options. The first is a "Quick Start" which only configures the speaker settings. It only takes a couple minutes and requires measurement from only one location. This is an easy step to make sure that all the speakers are connected properly. The second option is "Full Calibration" which takes about 20 minutes and allows for speaker configuration as well as measurement of room response at up to eight positions in the listening room. I performed a full calibration and followed the on-screen directions which were very straightforward. After completing eight sets of measurements, I saved my calibration results and went back into the menu system and took a look at the "Speaker Setup" menu. I was pleased to find that the calibration had correctly identified all of my speakers and their distances from the primary listening position and had set the levels as needed.

I went back into the setup menus for a few more adjustments. I visited the "Source Setup" menu for each of my sources. I checked the "Audyssey" sub-menu to make sure that Audyssey processing was enabled and set to "Movie" or "Music" based on the source. The "Audyssey" sub-menu also allows for selection of Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ maintains a proper octave-to-octave balance at any volume level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume compensates for variations in the volume of source material such as movies, television, and commercials and adjusts the volume in real time to ensure a consistent listening volume while still preserving dynamic range. Audyssey Dynamic EQ is automatically engaged on the DTR-80.3 if Audyssey Dynamic Volume is enabled for a given source.

The "Picture Adjust" sub-menu is extensive and allows for full control over the video processing for each source.

The "Picture Mode" menu option allows for several predefined options such as "Cinema" and "Game" as well as two ISF modes for day and night viewing depending on the brightness of your room. There is a "Through" mode which does not adjust the incoming picture quality but does scale the incoming signal as necessary, depending on the selected output resolution. There is a "Direct" mode which does the same thing as "Through" mode but also maintains the original input resolution. For those wanting complete control, a "Custom" option is included which allows access to basic video controls such as contrast, brightness, hue, saturation and color space, noise reduction options, gamma, and brightness and contrast controls for each primary color. If you do use the "Custom" option, the "Resolution" menu item allows for the output resolution to be set independently by source. While the "Resolution" menu item can be changed, it won't actually be active unless the "Monitor Out" resolution is globally changed to "Source" in the "Input/Output Assign" menu. No warning is given if you forget this detail and your source output resolution will just be ignored in favor of the resolution set in the "Monitor Out" menu.

In addition to the extensive video control, the DTR-80.3 offers the same level of control on the audio side of things. The "Audio Adjust" menu allows for the configuration of audio processing options for such things as Dolby PLIIx, Dolby PLIIz, Dolby Volume and Audyssey DSX. This menu also allows for the configuration of subwoofer handling in "Direct" mode as well as whether DSD (Super Audio CD) signals are processed by the DSP in the DTR-80.3. The other handy feature tucked away in the "Audio Adjust" menu is the "Sound Program Edit" sub-menu.

Integra has included a predefined list of six sound programs labeled "Stereo Source 1" through "Stereo Source 3" and "MultiCh Source 1" through "MultiCh Source 3". These programs allow you to predetermine the values for Audyssey, Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume, Dolby Volume and a favorite listening mode and assign them to a sound program. The sound program can then be selected for an individual source while listening to the receiver.

The "Listening Mode Preset" menu lets you configure the default audio processing mode for everything from analog to Dolby and DTS high-definition formats. The menu allows for selection of Dolby, DTS, and THX processing options and also includes stereo, direct decode and direct mode for each input format. As if that weren't enough, the listening presets can be varied across each input on the DTR-80.3 for the ultimate in control. While that concludes the bulk of the setup of the DTR-80.3, I'll give you a quick glimpse at some of the remaining functionality.

The "Miscellaneous" menu provides for such things as absolute or relative volume display, muting level, maximum and power-on volume, as well as headphone level. The "Hardware Setup" menu provides for such things as trigger, multi-zone and network configuration. The "Remote Controller Setup" menu helps in programming the remote and in defining the behaviors of the activity buttons such as "My Movie" that are included on the remote. The last menu is the "Lock Setup" menu that allows you or your custom installer to lock the setup menus so you don't easily modify all those customizations.

The last setup item to consider is upgrading the firmware on the DTR-80.3. Integra frequently offers firmware upgrades which improve their products, and the DTR-80.3 is no exception. Updates can be done using the network or via USB input. I tried performing a firmware update using the network via the "Firmware Update" sub-menu found on the "Hardware Setup" menu. I had no luck in doing so and consistently received an ambiguous network error. After talking with Integra support, I just decided to copy the update from the Integra website to a USB stick and update using the front panel USB input on the DTR-80.3. The process only took about 10 minutes and worked as expected without any further hassle.