Let's make the Sony STR-DH190 versus Integra DTM-7 comparison. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DH190 received 5 points out of 10 possible, and Integra DTM-7 was rated 7.1 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2018. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the DTM-7 is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.
For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 100/8/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||100/8||100/8|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8||8|
|THD in stereo, %||0.09||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-DH190 6 out of 10, and the DTM-7 - 7.
Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Sony STR-DH190 has Pure Direct mode.
Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||N/A||AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✖|
|Auto speaker calibration||✖||✖|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||Hi-Res audio||Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DH190 scored 5, and Integra DTM-7 scored 8 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the DTM-7 only.
|USB||1 (USB 2.0)||2 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||✖||AirPlay|
|Other streaming services||has not||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio|
The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Sony STR-DH190 got 4 points, but Integra DTM-7 received 6 points.
Only Integra DTM-7 has 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.
By using the HDMI ARC, we can get rid of additional audio cables for the forefront of high-quality sound, but also thanks to this technology, it becomes possible to use surround sound formats. The DTM-7 has HDMI ARC support.
HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The DTM-7 features HDMI CEC.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✖||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✖||✖|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||✖||HDCP 2.2|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||0||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||0||2|
|Coaxial digital input||0||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||phones||USB, phones|
|Multi channel preamp output||✖||✖|
The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device.
HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available on the Integra DTM-7.
With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. Only DTM-7 in our comparison can work with the 4K/60Hz video.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||✖||HDR10|
|4K signal pass-through||✖||4K/60Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||✖||✖|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✖||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✖||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✖||✔|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✖||✖|
|Other video features||has not||HLG, BT.2020|
In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DH190 got 4 points, but the DTM-7 has 8.
Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The DTM-7 can be controlled by voice via Google Assistant.
|Voice control||✖||Google Assistant|
|App control||✖||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✖||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✖||✔|
|Firmware update||✖||network, USB|
|Other additional features||has not||has not|
As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.
|Multi-room zones||has not||2|
|Zone audio output||has not||speaker, preout|
|Zone HDMI output||has not||✖|
|Multi-room control||has not||Integra Control Pro app, FlareConnect|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||1/1|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||2|
|Dolby (other)||has not||has not|
|DTS HD Master||✖||✖|
|DTS (other)||has not||has not|