INTEGRA DTM 5.3 Multi-Zone Stereo Receiver
By Ron Goldberg
According to the Distributed Audio Alliance's Web site, multi-room audio is affordable and flexible—"For less than $1,000 per room, you can listen to any music you want from anywhere in your home at anytime-with
just one push on a simple keypad or remote control." Most C-tailers and integrators will quietly smile at this, knowing that while it's the truth, it isn't necessarily the whole truth. But Integra's DTM 5.3 receiver is a unique solution that can live up to both claims.
When was the last time you saw an A/V receiver that didn't offer surround sound? Me too, but the DTM 5.3 is a stereo receiver, pure and simple. Actually, not so simple—in addition to straight two-channel play, the unit offers integrated multi-zone capabilities, which are pretty much this product's raison d'etre. On the back panel, there are connections for a second zone, which can be configured for A-Bus remote operation (via CAT5) or a straight line-level zone two output (via standard RCA jacks). There's also a 12-volt trigger, and a selector switch that lets you set up the unit for A-Bus or IR control.
In terms of more traditional connectivity, the DTM 5.3 has A/V connections for a DVD player, a second video source component (in and out) and a monitor output. All video connections are composite, which may disappoint some customers, but this is, after all, a budget-oriented product. There are also audio-only connections for a CD, a tape deck (in and out) and a turntable (yay!). Speaker connections points are more robust than you'd expect at this price point (no spring clips here), and there's a subwoofer output, although this connection is not associated with any bass management features inside the receiver. Naturally, since the DTM 5.3 is a receiver, there's an integrated AM/FM tuner, which offers 40 presets. For further convenience, there's also a headphone jack, as well as a spare AC input on the rear panel.