Audio Advice is proud to be an authorized dealer for Integra products. It’s by far and away our favorite brand for home theater receivers and processors.
Integra comes from a different heritage than your typical mainstream a/v products. The engineers at Integra are most concerned with audio/video performance, ease of use, and long term reliability. You will not find lots of flashing lights or crazy features on Integra products. What you will find though are always the latest features in the world of a/v. Integra has a very tight connection with both Dolby Labs and THX which allows them to be first to market with audio or video advances.
One new product from Integra, the 50.5 receiver, is a shining example of just how much value Integra packs into their products. We thought it would be fun to feature it here for you to learn a little more about.
An important thing to remember when making a receiver purchase is the fact that unlike a lot of disposable consumer electronics, you’ll probably have your receiver for a very long time. The good ones are made to last!
Cool features new to the industry-
Dolby Volume- this one is just great! Imagine if all of those commercials that came on at twice the volume level could be reduced back to the normal volume? Wouldn’t that be great?? Integra is one of the first brands to include Audyssey Volume which will fix this issue that drives all of us nuts. This feature is found on the 40.5 ($1295) and 50.5 ($1695)
IDT HQV Vida VHD1900 + Marvel Qdeo 4K- now that’s a mouthful! This is a dual chip array that does an incredible job converting your non high definition sources to HD quality. HD sources are even improved to reduce compression artifacts. Bottom line- when you stream in a Netflix movie, YouTube Video, or Hulu TV show, it will look far better played through the 50.5! Also with 4K pass through you’ll be able to use the Integra with the upcoming 4K content looming on the horizon.
Connectivity and fun stuff-
HDMI- 8 total inputs so you never run out of connections (seven on the rear, one on the front)
Ethernet and Wifi enabled- Stream in Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker, Sirius XM, Last fm, Spotify, AUPEO!, and TuneIn Radio!
Powered Zone 2- Connect your kitchen or deck speakers up here for a great expansion option
Sound and build quality
Great amplifier section- 130 watts per channel. And these are not the “if hit by lightning” watts found on the Kmart $199 thousand watt theater in a box, this is the real deal- heck the 50.5 weighs in at 41 pounds!!
Audyssey EQ- This is pretty neat. Our installers, using a calibrated microphone can fine tune the 50.5 to your room acoustics.
192k/24bit DAC- Playback all of your hirez audio files now through the Integra 50.5
Fine Tuning Crossover Adjustments- Another mouthful but when our techs set up your Integra in a surround or home theater system, this lets them really tune the system for best performance. Many products just give you large or small settings for the speakers, but the Integra lets you adjust in 5 and 10hz increments to dial in the speakers to suite the environment. This can make a huge difference in how easy it is to understand the dialog! This great feature is found not only on the 50.5 but all of the Integra surround sound receivers.