CAF 2011: Cathedral Speakers & Integra Home Theater

The “architectural” look of these cathedral speakers don’t really hide the speakers, per se, but they do look very different than your run-of-the-mill loudspeakers. Whether or not this is enough to earn WAF will of course be a matter of taste. It’s worth a shot, no?

On display were the Integra Home Theater top-of-the-line preamp, the DHC 80.2, along with a 70.1 amp and an Integra player whose model number I forgot to check. The 80.2, which is two revs higher than the DTC 9.8 currently sitting in my 5.1 HT setup, looks pretty much exactly the same. I mean, its indistinguishable from any distance. Anyway, the receiver lineup just got rev’d less than a month ago, so the 80.2 and 70.2 are now sitting on top of much younger siblings carrying a dot-3 designation in the supporting lineup (50.3, 40.3, 30.3, 20.3). So, naturally, I asked when the top-of-the-line would be getting the refresh. Surprisingly, I got an answer: 3 months. And the 80.3, at least, will include new DACs and include goodies like DTS Neo X and will support the nex-gen 4kx2k HDTV resolution. I had no idea BluRay was so passe.

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Scot started all this back in 2009. He is currently the Publisher here at PTA, the Publisher at The Occasional Magazine, and the Executive Producer at The Occasional Podcast. There are way too many words about him over on the Contributors page.

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