Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
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Well, I pulled the trigger and ordered the DRC-R1.1. It arrived yesterday and I took the day off to take my time installing it. Right out of the box I must say, they did a nice job with the initial presentation. Packaging was great and was easy to tell everything that was suppose to be included was very visible right on top. Installation was quicker than expected as moving from my older 80.2 the layout was similar (with my mix of balanced and unbalanced amp inputs, and 3 zones). One thing I noted was the RCA and HDMI connectors are spaced a little close to each other (if you've have smaller hands it's probably not a problem). The initial power up presented a setup menu you have to choose to skip, or go through step by step doing the room EQ and labeling all the inputs to your liking. I found the remote to be nicely laid out (much better than the old clunky one from my 80.2), I had no problems with selecting what I wanted and when I had to enter things like pandora account info, it was pretty easy. very basic but easy to get to the real guts of the processor quickly. On to the good stuff...
So I was too excited to go through the initial startup procedure. Knowing what my system is capable of and what it sounds like without room correction and everything flat. I went right for a few audio tests, first just music... It sounds great, I didn't notice any unusual sounds or behaviors, was as good as my setup has ever sounded without modifications. no clarity issues, was 100% satisfied. Moving on to the the gadgets. the first thing I noted was no more click it tee clack relays... The 80.2 had so many relays, it seemed every time I switched sources or switched content material, it had relays switching from Dolby to DTS, etc. All that nonsense is gone. Besides the turn on/off relays, it's pretty quiet. next I wanted to check out the various audio formats. I was disappointed two find my Apple TV 4k Still won't light up the DTS or Dolby modes as it still delivers PCM but did manage to get the Atmos light to come on when content with Atmos was played. Its fun how when you get something new you check everything even though some of the options are rarely used... Anyway, what I learned yesterday was all about the Apple TV and the PCM output and why (not related to the Integra but good to know). I also learned the Roku can not do DTS-MA. I assumed it did but when tested every format of content on every device I have, then researching on the web I learned of a Roku shortcoming (again, not Integra related issue but good to know). Only PLEX on my HTPC or playing an actual blu-ray disk was I able to test all audio formats to work. So for those that want to stream the best audio and video, good luck having a selection of streaming devices that handle it all and get your processor to work as intended. Today, I think that only happens when playing a disk or when streaming using an actual HTPC.
So back to my little review, I was very happy with the DRC-R1.1 throughout most of the evening, till I got to the room correction. I finally ran it and quickly ran into problems. First, It kept shutting down (or forcing into protection mode) my main speaker amplifiers. I think it's when it's doing a phase test, sound like a thump but it must be pushing DC to the speakers? anyway, it wouldn't complete. After trying 3 or 4 times it gives the option to continue without correcting the speakers it could not find. Then it seem to not be consistent in measuring the distance from listening position to the speaker. I found that odd. I ran it several times and each time some of the speakers returned completely different distances (like several feet difference). Lastly, after the last run of the room correction, it said it trimmed each speaker it could find some what but the odd part was the subs. It had trimmed one sub +0.5db and the other sub -0.5db, but when I play a source, it had turned off the subs completely (no signal to either subs). Frustrated, I shut it all down and when to bed with the manual in hand.…
Today my plan was to reset everything and start over but when I turned it on this morning the subs where working again... So I'm not sure what's up, the instructions say to power cycle if you get strange behavior, I think I'm going to do the full reset and start from scratch..
another thing I learned was something I guess I suspected but until running tests, I really didn't know for sure... I apparently have had a tweeter in my right surround speaker thats intermittent. While running the room correction last night, I kept noticing the timber of one surround speaker changing while pink noise was sent to it. I thought that was odd so I ran the pink noise test manually and sure enough, it's very intermittent. I removed the tweeter today and it's now the priority to replace before getting back to the room correction part of the Integra evaluation. I'm not sure whats up with the power amps shutting down, I'm hoping the full Integra reset will address it. I have the latest firmware loaded so it should be 100%. If anyone has ideas or input I'd love to hear, or if there is something you'd like for me to check/test. Let me know...
So far, with the exception of the room correction, I'm pretty pleased with it's audio performance. More test to come...
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