Integra DRX-3.2

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    Highlights

    • 9.2 Channels
    • 9.1 Channel Processing
    • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input

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    1. Overview

    Integra DRX-3.2 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 9.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 89 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Amplifier
    87
    Audio Features
    87
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    85
    Zones
    86
    Radio
    92
    OVERALL
    89

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    DRX-3.4 Image cannot be found 2021 9.2 100 W 8K
    DRX-3.3 Image cannot be found 2019 9.2 90 W 4K
    DRX-3.2 Image cannot be found 2018 9.2 90 W 4K

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Integra DRX-3.4 vs DRX-3.3 vs DRX-3.2.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Integra DRX-3.2.

    PROs

    •   9.1 Channel Processing
    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   DTS:X
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Google Assistant
    •   Chromecast Built-In
    •   7 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal
    •   Independent Power Supply

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   9.2 Channels
    •   Power Output - 90 W
    •   3 HDMI Outputs
    •   2 Zones
    •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

    3. Integra 2018 Lineup

    In 2018 Integra released 5 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Integra 2018 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsZones Price
    DRX-5.2 Image cannot be found 9.2120 W11.111.23
    DRX-4.2 Image cannot be found 9.2100 W11.111.23
    DRX-3.2 Image cannot be found 9.290 W9.12
    DRX-R1.1 Image cannot be found 11.2140 W11.211.23
    DRX-7.1 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W11.211.23

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Integra DRX-5.2 vs DRX-4.2 vs DRX-3.2 vs DRX-R1.1 vs DRX-7.1.

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    4. Amplifier

    9 channel Amplifier

    Integra DRX-3.2 features 9 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels9.2
      Power Output90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      Non-Phase Shift Amplifier
      VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) Front L/R
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Discrete Output Stage Circuitry 2-Stage
      PUSH-PULL Design
      Bi-amp Capability Front L/R Channels

      5. Speaker Configurations

      Integra DRX-3.2's 9 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Integra DRX-3.2 allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

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      6. Immersive Audio Formats

      Dolby Atmos

      Integra DRX-3.2 supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer.

      • Surround Upmixer: 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

      Integra DRX-3.2 supports DTS:X with Neural:X.

      • Neural:X is an advanced 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.
      • DTS Dialog Control: This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
      DECODING
      Dolby Atmos
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      Dolby Atmos Music
      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

      7. HDMI

      Integra DRX-3.2 features 7 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs: 1 Main and 1 Sub/Zone2.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
      • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Integra DRX-3.2 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
      • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
      • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Integra DRX-3.2 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Integra DRX-3.2 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.



      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      QMS (Quick Media Switching)
      ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
      VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
      QFT (Quick Frame transport)
      3-D Ready
      Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4

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      8. Room Calibration

      Integra DRX-3.2 comes with AccuEQ Advance with AccuReflex™ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      • AccuEQ: First, AccuEQ detects the presence of speakers and evaluates the impedance of each. Next, it pinpoints their distance relative to the main listening position using the mic and sets suitable sound-pressure levels. Then it selects the optimal crossover frequency so that deeper bass rolls smoothly off to the subwoofer. Finally, AccuEQ performs frequency response equalization based on room-acoustic and speaker data collected via microphone. The sound-field is now tailored around the listening position, resulting in a more immersive and realistic in-film experience.

      9. Multi-zone Playback

      Integra DRX-3.2 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • HDMI Output: Integra DRX-3.2 offers HDMI output for Zone 2. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.
      • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.
      ZONES
      Number of Zones2
      Powered Zones 2
      Zone 2 OutsHDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
      Whole House Mode
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output3 (A:100 mA, B:25 mA, C:25 mA)
      Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 1

      10. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 7 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connection.
      • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

      Video

      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 7 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
        8K Inputs: 0
      • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
      • Inputs: 3   Outputs: 0
      • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. Integra DRX-3.2 supports up to 480i/576i resolution on Component video connectors.
      • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 0

      Front A/V Inputs

      • HDMI, Composite, L/R Audio
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs7 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 (Rear)
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      RCA Line Inputs7 (1 front)
      RCA Line Outputs
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs3 (1 front)
      Composite Video Outputs
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs

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      11. Evaluation

      We evaluate Integra DRX-3.2 and give score of 89 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      89

      Amplifier

      EXCELLENT
      87

      We give Integra DRX-3.2 a score of 87 for Amplifier features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   Power Output - 90 W
      •   Independent Power Supply

      Audio Features

      EXCELLENT
      87

      We give Integra DRX-3.2 a score of 87 for Audio Features features.

      •   9.2 Channels
      •   No Front Wide Channel Support
      •   9.1 Channel Processing
      •   Dolby Atmos
      •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
      •   DTS:X
      •   No IMAX Enhanced
      •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      EXCELLENT
      95

      We give Integra DRX-3.2 a score of 95 for Video Features features.

      •   HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough
      •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

      Connectivity

      EXCELLENT
      85

      We give Integra DRX-3.2 a score of 85 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   New HDCP Version
      •   Wi-Fi
      •   Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   Google Assistant
      •   Chromecast Built-In
      •   7 HDMI Inputs
      •   3 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Many RCA Line Inputs
      •   Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   Ethernet
      •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

      Zones

      EXCELLENT
      86

      We give Integra DRX-3.2 a score of 86 for Zones features.

      •   2 Zones

      Radio

      EXCELLENT
      92

      We give Integra DRX-3.2 a score of 92 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   Pandora
      •   Spotify
      •   Tidal

      12. Replaced by DRX-3.3

      In 2019 Integra DRX-3.2 was replaced by Integra DRX-3.3. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Integra DRX-3.2 and its successor.

      UPGRADES Integra DRX-3.3 vs Integra DRX-3.2
      Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
      IMAX Enhanced vs
      Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
      Apple Siri vs
      AirPlay Airplay 2 vs Airplay
      Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz vs 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
      Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
      Newer Bluetooth Version 4․2 vs 4․1 + LE
      DOWNGRADES Integra DRX-3.3 vs Integra DRX-3.2
      Network Audio Formats FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, MPEG-4 AAC vs FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, MPEG-4 AAC, LPCM
      Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC vs FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
      High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC vs FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
      Less Optical Inputs 1 vs 2
      Less Component Video Inputs 1 vs 2

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Integra DRX-3.2 vs DRX-3.3.

      For the complete list of specifications please go to the next page:

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