Integra DTM-40.4 Stereo Receiver
Integra is Onkyo's boutique brand, offering products similar to the lower-priced Onkyo models, but generally with better quality parts, refined circuitry, and improved styling. Since Onkyo is already known for putting out high-quality products, this can only be a good thing. While expensive, high-end two-channel receivers are not exactly mainstream, the Integra DTM-40.4 serves its niche market very well. Discrete amplification and 80 watts per channel ensure excellent sound and power, while the thought-out connectivity delivers lots of versatility.
Although the DTM-40.4 is not quite as expensive as some of its high-end competition, it does offer video connectivity as well as audio - something that many receivers both above and below it lack. This connectivity comes in the form of four composite video inputs and two outputs, six analog audio inputs with two outputs, a single phono input, and both subwoofer pre-outs and outputs. On top of this is DLNA capability, as well as iPod/iPhone connectivity-readiness.
Perhaps one of the biggest factors contributing to the flexibility of this receiver is its three programmable 12-volt triggers, allowing for easy on/off powering of external components. The DTM-40.4 is also HD Radio-ready, as well as including internet radio, AM/FM, and WiFi when using the optional adapter. Although many of the higher-priced receivers are more focused than the Integra DTM-40.4, this stereo receiver offers excellent sound, control, and flexibility thus making it an outstanding overall choice for the money.