Integra has two new 7-channel receivers on the horizon and based on the spec sheet, these two amps don’t skimp on features. The new receivers, which are dubbed the DRX 3.1 & DRX 2.1, are extremely stout in the audio and video department, plus they have extensive custom installation features.


When it comes to hi-res music formats, both of these new receivers can decode DSD 5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz, 192 /24 PCM, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, WMA Lossless, MP3 and AAC via a network connection or from a USB drive. On the home theater front, the DRX 2.1 and DRX 3.1 are setup to handle DTS:X and Dolby Atmos object-based audio formats in a 5.2.2 speaker arrangement.


If you enjoy Internet music, these new receivers support a plethora of online music services. Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer and Tidal are all easily accessible through both amps. If you have Apple devices, the DRX-2.1 and the 3.1 are both AirPlay compatible.

Integra DRX-3.1 Preview

Multi-room audio is the new “It” feature and Integra isn’t holding back. Like many of the receivers from sister company Onkyo, the DRX-2.1 and 3.1 support FireConnect which allows users to transmit audio from components connected to the receiver to FireConnect compatible speakers. In addition, DTS Play-Fi will be available on both receivers with the help of a future firmware update.


If you want to take controlling the receiver to the next level, you can pick-up a Google Home speaker which will allow you to use voice commands. If you want a more “low-tech” approach, Google Chromecast comes baked into both receivers so you can send music from your smartphone or tablet.


For video, the DRX-2.1 and DRX-3.1 check off all the boxes needed for 4K video. HDCP-2.2, 4K/60 Hz, Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), HDR10, WCG (Wide Color Gamut), and BT.2020 are supported by both receivers.


Integra’s receivers are widely known for their custom installation and home automation flexibility and these two new receivers are no different. Both receivers share similar features for custom installers such as –  bi-directional RS232 and Ethernet control port, 2 IR inputs and 1 output, 3 programmable 12V triggers, zone 2 pre/line out, and zone 2 DAC for SPDIF, NET and analog sources (SPDIF for DRX-3.1 only).


As far as major differences between these two units, there aren’t a whole lot. The DRX-3.1 is rated at 100 watts per channel, while the DRX-2.1 pumps out about 80 watts. The 3.1 has a total of eight HDMI inputs compared to the 2.1’s six and the 3.1 also has 7.2 analog pre-outs.


Both receivers should be appearing soon at various home theater specialty shops. The DRX-3.1 is expected cost about $1000 at launch, while the DRX-2.1 will carry a sticker price of $800.

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