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    Default Integra DTC 9.8 and DHC 9.9


    The DTC-9.8 is equipped with three state-of-the-art DSP engines, allowing it to offer a wide range of features you won’t find in other surround processors in this price range.

    The Integra internally decodes and processes every high-resolution audio source available today. This includes PCM sources up to 7.1 channels, pure DSD streams from SACD playback, and the newest flavors from Dolby and DTS, including lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

    The Integra DTC-9.8 also includes a broad range of post processing. This includes THX Neural Surround post processing (designed for gaming and broadcast applications and derives up to 7.1 channels of audio from 5.1 sources and 5.1 audio from stereo sources), Dolby’s Pro Logic suite, and THX’s full complement of post-processing features. All of the post-processing modes can be layered on any incoming audio signal, including the next-gen codecs from Dolby and DTS.

    Another big plus on the audio side is Audyssey’s MultEQ XT, a full-featured room-correction system. Audyssey calibrates your system and performs correction for in-room response, optimized for multiple seating positions. The DTC-9.8 also supports MultEQ Pro, which allows an Audyssey installer to take the calibration a level further, using more sophisticated analyzing equipment. The additional capabilities of MultEQ Pro not only allow for the inclusion of more seating positions, but also allow the calibrator to select from multiple curves that are better suited to certain room dimensions. This level of calibration can only be achieved through an installer fee of about $400; but depending on the circumstances, it may be worth the added price.

    The Integra’s video-processing capabilities are courtesy of Silicon Optix’s Reon video processor. This is one of the better high-definition video-processing solutions on the market. The DTC-9.8 can also convert all analog video inputs to HDMI, providing the end user with a single-cable solution to their display.

    The Integra DTC-9.8 is probably the greatest value in surround sound processors I’ve seen to date. The video processing is superb, and its ability to decode literally every sound format on the market today makes it a rarity and a safe bet for long-term compatibility. The Audyssey calibration is without a doubt the best EQ system I’ve seen or used on a processor and rounds out the package even more. Honestly, at twice the price, I would call this a steal. At under $2,000, I would just about call it a must-have.

    Outstanding video processing including full support for high-definition deinterlacing and 1080p/24 passthrough
    State-of-the-art room correction is simple and provides great results
    Full complement of audio decoding with support for every audio format on the market today
    One of the most fully featured processors on the market, and one of the cheapest, to boot

    Full review here - http://www.hometheatermag.com/preamp...gra/index.html
    There's a lot more to the DHC 9.9 though than ISFness. This THX Ultra2 Plus certified pre has balanced and single ended 7.1 outputs, the full Audyssey Dynamic EQ ad Dynamic Volume, Sirius/XM readiness, two HDMI outputs, HQV Reaon-VX processing (and that's why it puts out as much heat as many AVRs) for scaling of digital sources to 1080p, analog sources to 1080i. Of course, it does in-process Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD MA as well. And unlike most pre-pros, the DHC-9.9 connects to Internet radio and even includes terrestrial AM/FM and HD radio tuners. It's going for $2,000 which, pinch me, is a steal!

    Review here - http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/cedia2..._pre-pro_ever/
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