Initially I had intended for this review of Integra’s newest no-holds-barred AV preamp to be part of an AV preamp comparison, one that would include reviews of the Marantz AV7005, Onkyo PR-SC5508 and of course the Emotiva UMC-1 published on Home Theater Review. I chose the above-mentioned AV preamps because they were all priced well below $3,000 retail, which in this day and age is a big selling point for many. While I’m sure we’d all love the chance to own a Krell Evolution 707 or Classe SSP-800, it simply isn’t in the cards for many of us. But that doesn’t mean we should be forced to go without. Unfortunately, we’ll have to settle for three out of four because Emotiva and their UMC-1 bowed out after being the first to commit to such a review over a year ago. Happily there are AV companies out there that aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with their competition, so with that I bring you the Integra DHC-80.2.
Read the full review at hometheaterreview.com.