Thought Id chime in here and let you know what I think of the Integra and the performance it has....my thoughts pretty much echo Yoracs thoughts! and I am no way any type of professional reviewer....but I am so excited by this thing that I must write about it! lol.
I actually had until recently a Denon 4311 which I ended up selling due to the near future of building a house and wanting to go complete XLR's and no RCAs. That was pretty much the main reason and also the fact that Yorac and Stuart from SGR Audio really looked after me price wise on this absolute beast of a processor. So thank you so much guys, I really appreciate all you did for me for this!.
Setup was pretty straight forward, if you can install an AVR you can install this thing....although the Integra looked like it has a switchboard on the back of it lol.Sooo many inputs its crazy hahaha!. Weight wise it was pretty light compared to my 4311, which it should be since as it doesnt have any amplification what so ever! lol. When I unpacked the beast and put it next to the 4311........the Integra was a lot deeper and taller, almost dwarfing the 4311 .
One of my good mates Macca350 came along for the ride to help hooking it all up and moving stuff out of the way to get to the back of the cabinet. We honestly both thought that there wouldnt be much difference in sound comparing both the Integra and the 4311. We ran a 8 point Audyssey XT32 calibration and then we chucked on How To Train Your Dragon. First thing I noticed was the sharpness and clarity in the dialog scenes....I said ok so far so good! and then we put on some real dynamic scenes from the movie where that massive dragon shows up and Holy F&*^..........the dynamics were absolutely insane!!!. It blew me away including Macca too!....we were both not expecting this much dynamics and my seatons kept their composure at these levels which was -5 to 0 lol. I was so thrilled that when Macca left I chucked on other movies and the same thing and it was a completely different sound than the Denon.
The Denon 4311 is a great AVR but I did find it had a laid back sound to it, still very detailed but not as dynamic as the 80.3...I like my sound more forward and exciting!...which is what this procesor brings to the table and it brings it in spades.
I ran a Audyssey pro 12 point calibration on Friday and it even further improved the sound stage. The clarity and dynamics this thing brings is just plain awesome!. Me and the wife watched MI4-Ghost Protocol and this thing just had one of the most awesome soundtracks I have ever heard...from the LFE to the surround mix was just insane!!!!. Even the wife commented in the middle of the movie, she goes when someone gets hit...it almost felt like she was getting it because the impact of the sound was so intense and detailed, it was just dynamic as hell!...we watched it at -10 btw.
Kal Rubinson from Stereophile ranked the 80.2 as a Class A!, in his review, that's as high a rating as many other famous high priced prepros costing around 4X - 10X as much, thats a pretty awesome acheivement from Integra . The 80.2 and 80.3 are pretty much the same, the only major difference is that my 80.3 has 4k upscaling.
Overall I am thrilled to have this type of sound in my HT and look forward to the day I have my own HT room!
Thanks to Yorac and Stuart for helping me out with this beast!
Edited by buddhamus, 14 May 2012 - 12:04 AM.