Integra DRX-8.4: The Perfect AVR for “Integrators”

Integra DRX-8.4

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American audio specialist Integra has rolled the curtains on its latest AV receiver; in the form of Integra DRX-8.4, the brand-new AVR pushes the limits on home cinema specs and plans to redefine your experience with home entertainment.

The new AVR is set to launch later this spring and it will bring 11 channels of amplification. The channels are planned 150 watts and shoot for premium performance.

Among the 11 channels of Integra DRX-8.4, you have two independent sub-out ports and multiple balanced XLR ports. 

Integra DRX-8.4
Source: Integra

The new AVR even supports smart assistant integration and a wide range of audio formats. Regarding audio formats, the DRX-8.4 supports IMAX Enhanced, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, THX Select, and many others. 

It is also expected to get Auro 3D Audio support through a firmware update in June. That’s a lot to digest, right? Well, the Integra DRX-8.4 does not stop there. 

According to Integra, it is being touted as the “integrator-approved solution for the world’s finest home theatres.” To offer that, Integra has worked with multiple home cinema installers. 

Integra DRX-8.4
Source: Integra

That eventually led the AVR to meet high expectations. Integra also states that the AVR is ushering in a new age of audiophile-grade equipment. 

And it has equipped the new AVR to deliver “more power, more symmetry, and an unprecedented number of referral-ready features” than any other AVR model currently available.

To get that, the Integra DRX-8.4 packs reference class AB amplifier design and ESS Sabre DACs. Integra states these two component choices will lead to maximized audio performance. They will power up the sound and send it to the connected speakers.

Integra DRX-8.4
Source: Integra

For the passive subwoofer assignment, the DRX-8.4 has two dedicated subwoofer channels. Moving onto connectivity, the new AVR has seven HDMI 2.1 inputs and three outputs. Among the outputs, there is one HDMI eARC.

The Integra DRX-8.4 also supports 4K/120Hz output with full HDMI bandwidth. So, it will not fail to offer you a crisp and low-latency gaming experience. Don’t want to settle with 4K?  You don’t have to! 

The Integra DRX-8.4 supports 8K passthrough through the HDMI 2.1 port. It even has support for Dolby Vision. That said, it is not clear whether the new AVR will have support for HLG and HDR 10+.

Integra DRX-8.4
Source: Integra

Other than that, the compatibility with music streaming platforms is on another level for the Integra DRX-8.4. 

There’s support for Tidal, Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon Music. And if you don’t like to rely on these, there’s AirPlay 2 and Chromecast

Also, it is Roon-ready and is even compatible with Sonos. But don’t expect full support until the September 2023 firmware update.

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