Home Theater ReviewThe DHC-80.2 is the latest, top-of-the-line, AV preamp from Integra retailing for $2,300, which makes it the most expensive of the before-mentioned AV preamps, but then again it also packs the most features. The DHC-80.2 continues in the tradition of my former reference AV preamp, the Integra DTC-9.8, which I used without incident for four years. A lot has changed in the two generations since then, though from the outside the DTC-9.8 and newer DHC-80.2 look eerily similar. The DHC-80.2 is rather large for an AV preamp, sharing the same chassis as Integra's largest multi-channel amplifier, the DTA-70.1. The DHC-80.2 has a large, bright display sitting front and center surrounded by various hard controls for everything from surround mode to source selection. There is a large silver dial to the right of the DHC-80.2's display that controls volume. Minus a similar silver button off to the left that toggles the DHC-80.2 in and out of standby mode, the DHC-80.2 is an entirely monochromatic affair. I do want to point out that the DHC-80.2 does have a few front mounted inputs including a single HDMI, USB as well as a composite video in, mated to analog stereo inputs as well as a digital audio input. DHC-80.2 itself measures a little over 17 inches wide by eight inches tall and 17 inches deep and tips the scales at a respectable 30 pounds.
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Last edited by ev666il; 09-11-2011 at 06:38 AM. Reason: Had to do something about that winking emoticon, it looked too dumb.
Personally, for the price differences, I'll stick to The Onkyo Pro version of the Integra. Quite a bit of a price difference there with not many feature differences. I believe that Audyssey is the only REAL difference now.
Also does anyone know what the difference between the DHC-80.2 and the DHC-80.3 is off of the top of their heads?
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