| 08/23/02 - Net-Tune Ready, 7.1-Channel THX Surround-EX, CHAD Remote... It's In There. Integra has introduced the DTR-8.3, a 7 x 145-Watt (6-Ohm rated) THX Select A/V receiver designed for the most demanding high-end custom installation and system integration projects. With Integra's Net-Tune™ client functionality built-in, this home theater centerpiece unites network audio distribution with the ability to handle every major home theater sound format currently in use. To control all these features, plus all the other equipment in the house, the receiver also includes the acclaimed CHAD (Custom Home Automation Device) programmable LCD touchscreen remote control.Equipped with Integra's Net-Tune capability, the receiver can access MP3 and PCM files from an Integra NAS-2.3 Net-Tune server, and decode Internet radio from a broadband connection, Up to 12 different rooms can independently access the same music library ‘server’ using separate Net-Tune Ready audio components, all over a single wired or wireless Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN). The receiver's on-screen display shows song title, artist, album, genre, and playlist information, making entire music collections easy to store and access, without the clutter of CDs and their jewel cases. Not even a CD Jukebox can hold so much music, or deliver it so quickly and easily.The DTR-8.3 is an uncompromising home theater receiver, with processing for THX Surround EX 7.1, Dolby Digital EX and Dolby ProLogic II, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, and even DTS 96/24, which provides 5.1-channel 96 kHz audio from conventional DVD players. High quality 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converters are used on L/C/R/SL/SR/SW channels for signal conversion, and Integra's Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC) provides a smooth and noise free analog output for crystal clear sound. As the centerpiece of a complete digital entertainment network, the DTR-8.3 features a broad suite of connectivity options and features. Video signal management includes HDTV capable 60 MHz component video switching, and a three-line comb filter for conversion of composite to S-Video. All video inputs are “upconverted” to component video, eliminating the need for multiple connections to the monitor. A total of eight digital inputs, including one on the front panel, and two optical digital outputs are included, and 7.1-channel analog inputs accommodate SACD and DVD-Audio players. There is also a wide array of multizone features, including Powered Zone 2 which provides the ability to drive a set of stereo speakers in another room using the rear surround channel amplifiers, or using an external power amplifier. An On-Screen display provides control of all settings as well as access to network digital media playlists. A home theater and networked audio system is so powerful and accessible, that it is not uncommon to find five or more remote controls cluttering the coffee table. The included CHAD is a fully customizable graphical touchscreen learning remote which allows consumers to replace all those remotes with a single unit. CHAD can also be programmed to perform a series of up to 255 tasks across multiple components with the touch of a single button. It features 2 MB of internal memory, programmable macros and timers, and an RS-232 interface so it can be customized with a home PC. The Integra DTR-8.3 will be available in October at a suggested retail price of $2200.