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 50.6 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 Atmos- This is the latest and greatest surround sound processing. Dolby Atmos adds height speakers to greatly enhance the feeling you are fully surrounded with all the great effects the movie producer intended you to hear! We feel like it is one of the best improvements to the movie experience since the original introduction of Dolby Surround. To learn about all of the details of Dolby Atmos click here.
Marvel Qdeo 4K Upscaling- 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 upscaled to 4K 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 50.6! Also with HDCP 2.2 you will be ready to play back and/or stream upcoming 4K content starting to appear.
Connectivity and fun stuff-
HDMI- 8 total inputs so you never run out of connections (seven on the rear, one on the front)
Ethernet enabled- Stream in Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker, Sirius XM, Last fm, Spotify, AUPEO!, and TuneIn Radio!
Powered Zone 2 for all sources- This is a really great improvement. Many receivers have Zone 2 which allows you to power another pair of speakers for say the kitchen or deck. However, in the past, the only sources you could use were those connected up with analog cables. This used to be fine 5 years ago, but with everything going to HDMI connections, it really limited your Zone 2 sources. Integra has added new circuitry to take the HDMI feeds and also be able to send them out to your second zone, very cool!
HD-Based T Video Out- Another great feature for the 50.6 is their adoption of the HD-Based T standard. This allows you to send an HDMI signal down a single CAT5 cable to another room. With the addition of an HD-Based T receiver you can send this signal up to 300 ft! You can choose to use this for either the main zone or zone 2. Very cool!
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 50.6 weighs in at 34 pounds!!
192k/24bit DAC- Playback all of your hirez audio files now through the Integra 50.6
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 50.6 but all of the Integra surround sound receivers.