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post #3541 of 4252
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Originally Posted by pasadena View Post

I have a DTR-80.2 and was about to buy the DHC-80.3 about a month ago but when I found out the Marantz AV8801 came out, I've been torn as to which way to go. However, seeing that the 8801 is considerably more money, the 80.3 is still a great deal. Also, I'm still in 2 minds to even purchase something yet as I'ld like to see what Integra will come up with to go against the 8801.

Cheers.

Likely, you will have to wait until the fall. That has been the Integra timetable for new prepro announcements. There is a review by Kal in the current Stereophile of the Marantz with comparisons to his 80.2.
post #3542 of 4252
I have had my 80.3 for about 7 months and no issues. I can't remember any issues with this model but there are some with the 80.2. I wish bypassing the video processing turned it off to reduce heat but it does not - I called Intergra and verified.

The 8801 has my eye but they are still working through some bugs that "should" be resolved by firmware. However, my perception of Denon is they struggle a bit more with the technology side of things than Onkyo (parent companies).

Reliability wise, I think Yamaha is the champ. They just don't have a worthy option at this point.
post #3543 of 4252
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Originally Posted by tngiloy View Post

Thanks for the clarification.
I am using Paradigm S2's for fronts with 2 SVS SB13PLUS's in a fairly small room. I am trying to tame some HF brightness/harshness.
I will give this a try.
If it doesn't help I may visit you on the Pro thread to get suggestions on editing a custom curve to help.

Tom

I use S2's for fronts (C3 as well) and have 3 subs (one of which is an SB13 Ultra, the other 2 are more capable DIY subs, somewhat similar in size/driver compliment and wattage to the Submersives) in a 1700-1800 cube room. After running Audyssey my fronts are also set to 40Hz. But I've adjusted up to 120Hz or even 150Hz at times as my dual front S2's sit on top of my dual DIYs. Sounds great to me.

Brightness can also be caused by the room itself of course.
post #3544 of 4252
That sounds encouraging!! I think I will pull the trigger next week.
Thx.
post #3545 of 4252
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Originally Posted by jima4a View Post

I have had my 80.3 for about 7 months and no issues. I can't remember any issues with this model but there are some with the 80.2. I wish bypassing the video processing turned it off to reduce heat but it does not - I called Intergra and verified.

The 8801 has my eye but they are still working through some bugs that "should" be resolved by firmware. However, my perception of Denon is they struggle a bit more with the technology side of things than Onkyo (parent companies).

Reliability wise, I think Yamaha is the champ. They just don't have a worthy option at this point.

Agreed, if Yamaha made a Pre/Pro that would be at the top of my list too. I thought Marantz and Denon were part of D&M holdings. I did not know Onkyo was part of it?
Thx for the feedback.
post #3546 of 4252
I was implying Denon for Marantz and Onkyo for Integra. Sorry for not being more clear.
post #3547 of 4252
Hi all,

Does anyone know if the 80.3 has the ability to trim level on analog inputs that will be subjected to digital processing? I am an Anthem D2 convert, and the D2 had this feature. I am trying to use a CD player's analog outputs, and am hearing what I believe to be overload when passing it through the 80.3.

Thanks
post #3548 of 4252
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Originally Posted by jima4a View Post

I was implying Denon for Marantz and Onkyo for Integra. Sorry for not being more clear.

Got it, and thanks again for the info. Just curious, how do you listen to two channel music with your system? Digital :HDMI/COAX/TOSLINK Analog: RCA 2/7.1 input/XLR. Stereo/direct/pure? So many combinations!!!! Looking for the least harsh and fatiguing sound with the best imaging and detail.
Thanks.
Christian.

PS: Putting in my order today as I think/hope this will be a reliable series.
post #3549 of 4252
First off, I would say it is a work in progress. Typically listen to music primarily three ways, all digital. FLACs via thumb drive to 103 then HDMI2 to the 80.3. SACD via HDMI2 with DSD format. Finally IPOD Classic connected via USB to 80.3 with almost all recorded in Apple Lossless. Have a USB hard drive which I plan to connect to the 103 once I decide on HD formats. Also plan to try the stereo analogs on 103 as a test.

For music, I turn Audyssey off but find Stereo works good. Direct works but then I have to change mains to Full Range which takes more work.
post #3550 of 4252
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Originally Posted by jima4a View Post

First off, I would say it is a work in progress. Typically listen to music primarily three ways, all digital. FLACs via thumb drive to 103 then HDMI2 to the 80.3. SACD via HDMI2 with DSD format. Finally IPOD Classic connected via USB to 80.3 with almost all recorded in Apple Lossless. Have a USB hard drive which I plan to connect to the 103 once I decide on HD formats. Also plan to try the stereo analogs on 103 as a test.

For music, I turn Audyssey off but find Stereo works good. Direct works but then I have to change mains to Full Range which takes more work.

Great, I will try that when I get it hooked up and look forward to doing the hard drive hookup with WAV coded music. Direct keeps the speakers to small? It seemed to me that mu 9.9 bypasses the size option and outpus as full range. I might be wrong though.
Thanks again.
Christian.
post #3551 of 4252
Regarding direct, there is a sub option that only works with analog not digital (???) so perhaps that can impact whether it switches back to full range (large) or not.
post #3552 of 4252
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Originally Posted by SteveR1952 View Post

For you all that have had this unit for a while...would you buy it again if you were looking for a comparable unit today? If not, what would you buy today? Any issues with the unit that still need to be fixed by Integra?
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Originally Posted by cadethoerk View Post

Has anybody had their HDMI board fail on the 80.3. I know the prior models have weak caps that don't resist well to the heat. The 80.3 has a new design with two processors handling the video duties. I was hoping they also upgraded the capacitors on this model.
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Originally Posted by TL5 View Post

I would like to buy the 80.3 but have reservations based on the 80.2's reliability issues. Has the 80.3 been any better?

I've had mine since September 2011 with no issues. Some people are bothered by clicking noises. I have only noticed clicking when, for example, playing Blu-ray discs and the program material changes from Dolby Digital to DTS (as sometimes happens between previews and the main feature). It never happens in the middle of a movie nor in the midst of playing an SACD or a CD. The clicking does not bother me. I would highly recommend the 80.3.
post #3553 of 4252
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Originally Posted by Beto3645 View Post



I've had mine since September 2011 with no issues. Some people are bothered by clicking noises. I have only noticed clicking when, for example, playing Blu-ray discs and the program material changes from Dolby Digital to DTS (as sometimes happens between previews and the main feature). It never happens in the middle of a movie nor in the midst of playing an SACD or a CD. The clicking does not bother me. I would highly recommend the 80.3.

Thank you for the feedback and I am waiting for my local dealer to order one for me. I might be tempted to wait and see what the next version would bring but this unit has all the bugs worked out now.
THX.
post #3554 of 4252
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Originally Posted by cadethoerk View Post

Agreed, if Yamaha made a Pre/Pro that would be at the top of my list too. I thought Marantz and Denon were part of D&M holdings. I did not know Onkyo was part of it?
Thx for the feedback.
Yamaha makes good stuff. I am not disputing that. A big BUT, I honestly believe that YPAO is much more limited and much less sophisticated than Audyssey, especially XT/32, and super especially with Audyssey Pro. For example, YPAO only applies corrections down to about 50 Hz from what I have read. So, even if Yamaha were to make a prepro, I do not think it would be on my radar screen.
post #3555 of 4252
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Originally Posted by Beto3645 View Post



I've had mine since September 2011 with no issues. Some people are bothered by clicking noises. I have only noticed clicking when, for example, playing Blu-ray discs and the program material changes from Dolby Digital to DTS (as sometimes happens between previews and the main feature). It never happens in the middle of a movie nor in the midst of playing an SACD or a CD. The clicking does not bother me. I would highly recommend the 80.3.

I don't have any clicking issues, in fact NO issues with the 80.3, I love it!
Just waiting on Integra to give us an 11.2 model, then I'm upgrading.
post #3556 of 4252
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Originally Posted by Beto3645 View Post



I've had mine since September 2011 with no issues. Some people are bothered by clicking noises. I have only noticed clicking when, for example, playing Blu-ray discs and the program material changes from Dolby Digital to DTS (as sometimes happens between previews and the main feature). It never happens in the middle of a movie nor in the midst of playing an SACD or a CD. The clicking does not bother me. I would highly recommend the 80.3.

I have had mine for a couple of months and do not regret the change!! I do get the clicks as well but they only happen during audio changes on the disc and since everything is in a closet does not bother me.
post #3557 of 4252
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Originally Posted by fitzcaraldo215 View Post

Yamaha makes good stuff. I am not disputing that. A big BUT, I honestly believe that YPAO is much more limited and much less sophisticated than Audyssey, especially XT/32, and super especially with Audyssey Pro. For example, YPAO only applies corrections down to about 50 Hz from what I have read. So, even if Yamaha were to make a prepro, I do not think it would be on my radar screen.

Agreed, the XT 32 is hard to beat!! I had a taste when I demoed a Marantz 8801 for a week. Wow! I can only imagine what is possible with the added sample positions the Pro kit offers. The reliability of Yamaha products is undeniable however. I have NEVER had one fail. They just get outdated, as all processors do. I have my Integra on order and waiting for a quote for the pro kit.
Thank you all for the feedback on the reliability of your 80.3's.
To be continued...
post #3558 of 4252
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Originally Posted by wkingincharge View Post

I have had mine for a couple of months and do not regret the change!! I do get the clicks as well but they only happen during audio changes on the disc and since everything is in a closet does not bother me.

I suspect the clicks are micro switches that enable different decoding??
When I turn on my ailing 9.9, I can hear the power supply main switch and moments later another softer "click" that I suspect engages the A/V circuit?
Any thoughts.
post #3559 of 4252
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Originally Posted by cadethoerk View Post

I suspect the clicks are micro switches that enable different decoding??
When I turn on my ailing 9.9, I can hear the power supply main switch and moments later another softer "click" that I suspect engages the A/V circuit?
Any thoughts.

The clicks are old style relays that most manufacturers have replaced with solid state ones. In the past mechanical relays were more reliable than solid state ones but this is no longer true.
post #3560 of 4252
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Originally Posted by my2cents View Post

Hi all,

Does anyone know if the 80.3 has the ability to trim level on analog inputs that will be subjected to digital processing? I am an Anthem D2 convert, and the D2 had this feature. I am trying to use a CD player's analog outputs, and am hearing what I believe to be overload when passing it through the 80.3.

Thanks

Anyone??
post #3561 of 4252
Are you referring to line level for source input? You may want to check and see if your cd input on the integra is at 0db. I use analog direct with my pioneer elite pd-65 and haven't encountered anything that you are describing.
post #3562 of 4252
I'm selling my DHC-80.3 that's in perfect condition. PM me if interested.

Link to classified ad: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1460658/integra-dhc-80-3-pre-pro-like-new
post #3563 of 4252
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Originally Posted by Skillet View Post

I'm selling my DHC-80.3 that's in perfect condition. PM me if interested.

Link to classified ad: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1460658/integra-dhc-80-3-pre-pro-like-new

What are you getting to replace it - a Marantz? That seems to be stealing some of the thunder of the 80.3.
post #3564 of 4252
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Originally Posted by fitzcaraldo215 View Post

What are you getting to replace it - a Marantz? That seems to be stealing some of the thunder of the 80.3.

No, I'm not upgrading my pre/pro, I'm very happy with the 80.3. I currently have two of them and I've decided to sell off the second one. It's just overkill for the secondary system that I'm using it in. Plus, I'm getting ready to buy some Seaton Catalysts and selling this will help to fund that purchase.

The Marantz sounds like it's probably a nice piece, but I can't say it would be worth spending an extra $1000 or so to upgrade to. Aside from the fact that there may or may not really be any real improvement in sound quality, I'm not a big fan of Marantz's porthole display. It looks cool, but I like being able to see the display from my seated position and know what the selected input, surround mode, volume level, etc., is without having to bring up an OSD all the time.
post #3565 of 4252
Integra 80.3 paired with Seaton Cats, a match made in heaven - enjoy! smile.gif
post #3566 of 4252
Ya, I can't wait. As much as I'd like to get the 12C's, they're just too big for the space that I have to work with, so I'm going to go with a pair of the slimmer 8ST's and an 8CL for the center when they become available in a few weeks.
post #3567 of 4252
IMG_0467.jpg 3019k .jpg file Quick question, Just got the DHC 80.3 and so far love it. However is the volume graphic bar looks like its split with the lower 10% or so offset horizontally. Is this normal? I don't see any other strange OSD elements.
Thanks.
Edited by cadethoerk - 3/4/13 at 6:59am
post #3568 of 4252
For some reason I'm unable to get a network connection into my 80.3.
I switched the lan cable with the one from my Oppo (which I checked before I switched and it got 'connected' when I checked in the oppo setup).
I get no info when I push 'NET' source.
When I go into the 80.3's setup and check under 'hardware setup'>'network' the settings seem right. Mac adddress is correct. DHCP >enable. NETWORK CONTROL> enable.
I tried 'firmware update'. When I enter it ,it usually automatically checks and tells me I have the latest firmware. If I scroll down to 'via net' and select, it just sits there.

I noticed the problem earlier today when I was trying to use my Audyssey Pro.

Has anyone encountered this problem with the Net connection not working, and is there a fix??. Or ido I have a wrong setting??

Help would be greatly appreciated.

Tom
post #3569 of 4252

I would give it a static address, then power down. Pull the plug and wait a while. Hold the "on/standby" button  in while plugging the power back in.
This gives a reset, but is not as drastic as a full on reset.

post #3570 of 4252
I got a DNS error the first time I tried a firmware update via net. I unplugged the integra and tried again and it worked. I also went into network and it asked me to save the setting before going to firmware update.

Hope this helps.
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