Integra DRX-5.3 vs Integra DRX-5.2 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
71
SCORE:
68

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Overview

Here we are comparing Integra DRX-5.3 to Integra DRX-5.2 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 9 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Integra DRX-5.3 Highlights

Integra DRX-5.2 Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™ certified
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Airplay 2, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 9.2 channels
  • 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™ certified
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • Airplay, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet
  • USB and Phono inputs

We have evaluated both receivers. Integra DRX-5.3 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Integra DRX-5.3

Integra DRX-5.2

AMPLIFIER
77
VIDEO FEATURES
70
AUDIO FEATURES
65
CONNECTIVITY
66
MULTIZONE
75
MISCELLANEOUS
68
RADIO
74
OVERALL
71
AMPLIFIER
77
VIDEO FEATURES
76
AUDIO FEATURES
59
CONNECTIVITY
48
MULTIZONE
75
MISCELLANEOUS
68
RADIO
74
OVERALL
68

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Integra DRX-5.3 over Integra DRX-5.2

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Integra DRX-5.3 over Integra DRX-5.2.

Only Integra DRX-5.3 supports IMAX Enhanced. In video department only Integra DRX-5.3 supports HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
IMAX Enhanced
Apple Siri
AirPlay Airplay 2 Airplay
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2

Advantage of Integra DRX-5.2 over Integra DRX-5.3

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Integra DRX-5.2 over Integra DRX-5.3.

Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
HDBaseT Compatible
In: 1
Out: 1
RS-232: 1 (Pasth through)
IR In: 1 (Path through)
IR Out: 1 (Path through)
Maximum Video Resolution: 4K 60 Hz (YCbCr 4:4:4)
More Optical Inputs 1 2
More Component Video Inputs 1 2

Common Strengths of Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2

Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2 share common strengths such as Dolby Atmos support, DTS:X support, HDR10, Dolby Vision, ChromeCast, DTS Play-Fi, SONOS, ethernet connection, phono input, analog pre-outs, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal and Deezer.

STRENGTHS Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Many Channel Processing 11.1 11.1
Dolby Atmos
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DTS Dialog Control
HDR10
Dolby Vision
4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Google assistant
Works with SONOS
Ethernet
New HDCP Version 2.3 2.2
Many HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) 7 (1 front)
USB Input 1 (Rear) 1 (Rear)
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 6
Phono Input
Composite Video Inputs 2 2
Component Video Inputs 1 2
Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out) 11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out)
Zones 3 3
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Internet Radio TuneIn TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer

Common Weaknesses of Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2

Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2 share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, no Auro3D support, no Amazon Alexa, no analog multi-channel input, no Napster, no SiriusXM and no toroidal transformer.

WEAKNESSES Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
No Front Wide Channel Support
No DTS Virtual:X
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
No Multi-Channel Input
No Napster
No SiriusXM Internet Radio
No Toroidal Transformer

Selected Features

Amplifier

Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2 have 9 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 120 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Integra DRX-5.3 can do 4K upscaling. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


THX™ Certification

Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2 are THX™ certified which offers optimal performance, superior quality and seamless integration. THX works with partners from the ground up, so that certified products deliver professional quality audio-visual experiences right out of the box. They only certify the very best products with uncompromised quality, performance and consistency. They ensure that THX certified devices play well with lower performing devices and components. THX listening modes make the receiver to have one speaker set up for movies, music and games. They are tested for power output, bass management, signal-to-noise ratio and feature RE-EQ, timbre matching, boundary gain compensation and THX Loudness Plus.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Integra DRX-5.3 and Integra DRX-5.2 is done by Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer. While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine through the headphones of your portable digital player, the limitations of these files can be exposed when played back through a quality home entertainment system. This is because a significant amount of high-frequency bit information is lost during the file-compression process. To counter this, Onkyo has designed the Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals. This results in a clearer and more expansive sound. Also included in this technology is a loudness correction feature that further improves the audio character of compressed files.


Connectivity


Integra DRX-5.3

Integra DRX-5.3 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with SONOS and supports Airplay 2. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI input.

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Integra DRX-5.2

Integra DRX-5.2 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable. The Receiver works with SONOS and supports Airplay. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI input.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Integra DRX-5.3 and here - Integra DRX-5.2.

BASICS Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
BrandIntegraIntegra
ModelDRX-5.3DRX-5.2
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericaNorth America
Release Year20192018
AMPLIFIER Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Channels9.29.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Non-Phase Shift Amplifier
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) Front L/R Front L/R
THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2) Select™ (previously known as Select2)
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Discrete Output Stage Circuitry 2-Stage 2-Stage
PUSH-PULL Design
Bi-amp Capability Front L/R Channels Front L/R Channels
AUDIO Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine32-Bit DSP Chip for Advanced Processing32-Bit DSP Chip for Advanced Processing
DACAKM AK4458AKM AK4458
Maximum Channel Processing11.111.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
THX Listening Modes
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, LPCMFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AACFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase-Locked Loop) jitter-cleaning circuitry for SPDIF digital audio PLL (Phase-Locked Loop) jitter-cleaning circuitry for SPDIF digital audio
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Tone Control All Channels All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer Advanced Music Optimizer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
THX Processing Mode
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Audio Mode
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional) T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQ Advance 9-point calibration with subwoofer EQ and AccuReflex™ AccuEQ Advance with AccuReflex™
Standing Wave Control Standing Wave EQ Standing Wave EQ
Distance Adjustment0.1 - foot0.1 - foot
VIDEO Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution480i/576i480i/576i
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
FlareConnect
Remote Monitoring with ihiji
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Google assistant
Apple Siri
Works with SONOS
AirPlay Airplay 2 Airplay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Integra Remote Control Integra Control Pro
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
In: 1
Out: 1
RS-232: 1 (Pasth through)
IR In: 1 (Path through)
IR Out: 1 (Path through)
Maximum Video Resolution: 4K 60 Hz (YCbCr 4:4:4)
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.32.2
HDMI Inputs7 (1 front)7 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
USB Input1 (Rear)1 (Rear)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs66
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs12
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No1 / No
Composite Video Inputs22
Composite Video Outputs
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs12
Component Video Outputs
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out)11.2 (shared with Zone 3 Line/Pre Out)
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMIHDMI
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Zones33
Powered Zones 2 and 3 2 and 3
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, RCA Pre/Line OutHDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out (shared with Zone B Line Out)RCA Pre/Line Out
Whole House Mode
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output3 (A:100 mA, B:25 mA, C:25 mA)3 (A:100 mA, B:25 mA, C:25 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 12 / 1
MISC Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
On-Screen Display
GUI Languages99
IP Control
Control4 SDDP
Detachable Power Cord Oversized AC Cord Oversized AC Cord
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)
Smart Grid-Ready
RADIO Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets4040
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Front PanelAudiophile Grade Anti-Resonant Aluminum Front PanelAnti-Resonant Aluminum Front Panel
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals1111
Large Speaker Terminals1111
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supply22
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption850 W850 W
Standby Power0.15 W0.15 W
GENERAL Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 198 mm x 388.5 mm
17-1/8" x 7-13/16" x 15-5/16"
435 mm x 198 mm x 388.5 mm
17-1/8" x 7-13/16" x 15-5/16"
Dimensions of Package (W x H x D)560 mm x 320 mm x 462 mm
22-1/16" x 12-5/8" x 18-3/16"
570 mm x 322 mm x 467 mm
22-7/16" x 12-11/16" x 18-3/8"
Weight14.0 kg (30.9 lbs)14.0 kg (30.9 lbs)
Weight of Package17.0 kg (37.5 lbs)17.0 kg (37.5 lbs)
Rack Mount Kit AvailableIRK-180-4CIRK-180-4C
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Integra DRX-5.3 Integra DRX-5.2
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)120 W (0.08% THD)120 W (0.08% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)250 W (10% THD)250 W (10% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)250 W250 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)220 W220 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)130 W130 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1 V/470 Ω1 V/470 Ω
Rated Headphone Power Output85 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)85 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Phono Overload70 mV (MM, 1 kHz 0.5%)70 mV (MM, 1 kHz 0.5%)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB106 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)80 dB80 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
USB TerminalVer. 2.0, 5 V, 1 AVer. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 1.0 µV (11.2 dBf)Mono: 1.56 µV (15.0 dBf)
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHz530 kHz - 1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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