Integra Adding MQA, Google Cast, Networked Multiroom to AVRs

Four AVRs are Industry’s First with MQA Decoding
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Integra is bringing multiple technologies to its audio/video receivers for the first time, including networked multiroom audio, Google Cast for audio, and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) high-resolution audio decoding.

The technologies will be available as firmware updates in four new custom-install-oriented 7.2-channel AVRs. They are the $800-suggested DRX-2, $1,000 DRX-3, $1,300 DRX-4 and $1,700 DRX-5. All are available.

All four are also the first Integra AVRs with Tidal music streaming and high-res 11.2MHz DSD decoding, joining 5.6MHz DSD.

Tidal will be available as a firmware upgrade in the fall along with firmware upgrades to add Google Cast and MQA, the company’s website shows. A time frame for adding networked multiroom was unavailable.

Fall is also the due date for a DTS:X firmware update for these AVRs and previous-generation DTS:X-upgradable AVRs, Integra’s website also shows.

All four also feature Dolby Atmos decoding, and they support 5.1.2 Atmos and DTS:X speaker configurations. Their processors don’t support 5.1.4 configurations via an add-on amplifier.

With the launches, Integra becomes the first company to announce AVRs with MQA compatibility, MQA inventor MQA Ltd. confirmed. The launches also bring down the opening price of DTS:X to $800 from $1,100.

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