Originally Posted by Blackdevil77
What is the difference between the Integra DHC-80.3 and the Onkyo PR-SC5508? Is there a difference other then price? From my understanding, Onkyo and Integra are the same company, Integra being a higher devision of Onkyo. My question is, does the Integra use the same parts or "better" parts? I would assume something has to be different other then the unit saying Integra to justify the extra cost, but I could be wrong.
I've done extensive research on the Integra DHC-80.3 compared to the Onkyo PR-SC5509 and the Integra DTA-70.1 compared to the Onkyo PA-MC5500. All I can tell you is that your warranty is much longer on Integra products. The Integra has a different cosmetic design than the Onkyo. And that the Integra was designed for the custom installers.
Example: If you needed a new surround system in your house and you went to an installer and they carried Onkyo. Why would you purchase the Onkyo product from an installer when you can probably get it cheaper somewhere else. Now the installer loses some of your business. So Onkyo decided to produce a special line of equipment for the custom installers/private audio stores so they don't lose any profits. Also, many installers will offer free system calibrations and if something goes wrong, they will come and replace the model and may lend you a temporary model until your model is replaced. Compared to buying your own A/V gear and if it should fail within the warranty period, it will be your responsibility to send your unit in for repairs and reconfiguring it to your speaker setup when it returns. Also, if you don't have any back-up gear, your system will be down until your A/V gear is returned. All that can be a big hassle for some people. And not everybody is tech savvy to handle the ups and downs of the DIY audio installation process.
Knowing a particular audio store that allowed me to take them apart, I've found that all the circuits and designs look to be pretty much identical, but I could be wrong. At least I hope my eyes and brain weren't playing tricks on me at that time.
I'm personally going with the Integra line of products cause I've sent lots of business to one of the audio stores that I deal with and there giving me a great deal on Integra products much lower in price than the same Onkyo product you can find in your chain store or online. I'll also be going with the Integra DBA-50.3 Blue-Ray player.
And on another note, when ordering or purchasing your audio gear: receiver, pre-amplifer or blue-ray player, I would ask the seller if the units have the latest firmware updates added to them. And if not, I would download and update the firmware before doing your system calibration tests. Also, take in consideration that not all A/V products can be upgraded. I use to own an Integra DTR-8.8 and since it wasn't there flagship product, they didn't offer any online firmware upgrades for it. However I did read in some forum that someone did send their unit back and had to pay an additional $300.00 plus shipping charges for an upgrade. But talking to the Integra division, they told me that they have never heard of anything like that. So I decided to be safe and purchase the flagship model to be more future safe.
I hope the little information I gave you has helped you out somewhat. I wish you the best in your decision. Take care and have a wonderful life.
P.S. AVS is the place to ask your audio questions. I've learned so much from all the good people on these forums. I would be lost without AVS.