Originally Posted by nismo604
For the internal parts I'm pretty sure that there is no difference, if you look at the specs same DACs and DSPs etc. There are some very subtle differences across the line though. Integra lacks the pure audio mode but does have a 15 band eq vs the Onkyo 7 band eq. In regards the receivers Integra has assignable triggers while the Onkyos don't which can be a pain when you have external amps.
I've looked and correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that Integra is only available in North American market. It seems us North Americans are suckers for the luxury branding, it was the same with Lexus, Infiniti and Acura until recently only available in North America. In Japan the exact same vehicles are branded Toyota, Nissan and Honda.
Another car brand that makes it diffucult to import with 3 different names
UK = Vauxhall
US = Saturn
Rest of the World (at least Europe) = OpelThe Onkyo 5509 vs Integra 80.3 discussion again
...seems like noone knows for sure
From what I have heard and read the components in the Integras are "selected" = better. That could mean that they for example have the same size on a resistor but a smaller tolerance. Same thing for other components. People have compared workshop manuals and found the same part nrs though so how do the do. Is there somebody meassuring all components coming in putting the "good ones" in one box and the bad in the other? Sounds pricey
I would really like to come to a final answer on the question since I am about to choose 5509 or 80.3. The Integra is a lot uglier with its silver knob but if it is better i dont give a .... A very very knowledgeble guy on a forum here in Sweden says the Integra is better and that is probably the only reason I could believe it is true. He is basically never wron and works as professional installer and knows everything you ever need to know about audio and video standards and equipment. Well its his job and interest so I guess it explains it
Another difference - Onkyo has pure audio mode but Integra does not.
Differences collected from forums
- is quite a bit pricier.
- has 1 year longer warranty
- is supposed to be more prepared for professional installers
- is 2.2LBs LIGHTER I read on a forum..havent looked into it but that doesnt sound good. Less for more
- has Zone 2 Component out
- has Zone 2 &3 Subwoofer preouts
- has additional 12v triggers and IR in/out
- is only sold through dealers
- 15 band eq (Onkyo 7)
- precision volume knob feeling
None of the above are dealbreakers besides maybe the assignable trigger since I will have 2 or 3 amps