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post #1 of 23 Old 02-24-11, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Onkyo vs Integra

Hi
was wondering if you guys hve any thought,or suggestions regardig going with Onkyo for smaller budgets?
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post #2 of 23 Old 02-24-11, 10:00 AM
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Re: Onkyo vs Integra

As they are both the same company there is very little difference between the two. Mainly having balanced pre outs is the biggest difference on the Integra.
The tolerance levels will be a little tighter on the Integra line but again audibly there would be no difference.
I have an Onkyo TX SR805 now going on more then 3 years and have still never had one issue and it is a solid performer.

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Re: Onkyo vs Integra

Hello,
The biggest thing Integra has going for it is that it has an additional year of Warranty. In addition, the Distribution Channels are much different with Integra primarily being aimed at the Custom Install Market with very few traditional Retailers carrying the line. It also makes it difficult to find Online.

Personally, I prefer the Industrial Design of the Onkyo Model each Integra Component is based off of. Mostly, I am not a huge fan of the Silver Volume Knob and prefer that Secondary Functions are covered by a hidden door on the Onkyo Models. However, taste is subjective.

As far as "hand picked components", all I know is that the Integra stuff is made at the same Malaysian Plant as the Onkyos. If Integra was made in Japan, I would put more credence in this assertion.
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Re: Onkyo vs Integra

I just bought an Integra DTR 40.2 (from my friend in Bradenton Jungle Jack!) and it's an amazing receiver. It replaced my 7 year old DTR 8.2. Free sub to Sirius Internet Radio, V-Tuner Internet Radio with hundreds of stations, plus Pandora. And the sound is amazing, very crisp and clean.

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I just bought an Integra DTR 40.2 (from my friend in Bradenton Jungle Jack!) and it's an amazing receiver. It replaced my 7 year old DTR 8.2. Free sub to Sirius Internet Radio, V-Tuner Internet Radio with hundreds of stations, plus Pandora. And the sound is amazing, very crisp and clean.

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Was it at Audio Workshop on Manatee Avenue? Regardless, congratulations on your new SSP. The 40.2 is an excellent SSP and a free year of Sirius is gravy. I love Pandora and use it often and vTuner is quite good as well.
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Re: Onkyo vs Integra

I always thought Integra and Onkyo were the same company, but aimed at 2 markets custom installs and consumers.
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Was it at Audio Workshop on Manatee Avenue? Regardless, congratulations on your new SSP. The 40.2 is an excellent SSP and a free year of Sirius is gravy. I love Pandora and use it often and vTuner is quite good as well.
Cheers,
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It was indeed! Mario is a great guy and I've bought all my A/V eq from him, at least receivers, and Paradigm speakers. I couldn't stand walking into Sound Advice and, one being ignored, and two, paying their full retail for eq. I used to live in Sarasota, btw, as you probably already figured out! Integra is supposed to be a "step up" in performace over Onkyo.

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Small World amigo. Mario is an amazing guy and is a shining example of the advantages to having a relationship with a specialist AV Store as opposed to a Big Box Store or Online.
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Small World amigo. Mario is an amazing guy and is a shining example of the advantages to having a relationship with a specialist AV Store as opposed to a Big Box Store or Online.
Cheers,
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You got that right JJ! I of course now live in AZ and I still bought from him! I walked into a "home theater" store in Scottsdale and they had ONE Paradigm speaker and it was a center one at that! He has more A/V eq than a high priced retail store in one of the most expensive citys in the U.S.

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Re: Onkyo vs Integra

Hello,
Another fantastic Store like that is Read Brothers in Charleston, SC. They carry many High End Lines and it is the strangest place. You walk in and it is a Fabrics/Textile Store and then you walk down a Ramp where a 30,000 Dollar 2 Channel Setup is featured as you walk into that part of the Store.

The Owner Tom and his Wife Marion are really passionate about Music and work with Clients all over the Country.
I purchased my first pair of Martin Logans there along with my Aragon 8008bb. For a time I had 4 Aragon Amps, but now only have 1.
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