The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Yamaha RX-A4A vs Integra DTM-7 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Yamaha RX-A4A has 7.2 versus 2.0 for Integra DTM-7. Regarding power, then RX-A4A has such a W/Ohm ratio - 110/8 when DTM-7 has a power of 100/8. The THD is 0.06% for the RX-A4A but 0.08% for the DTM-7.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 384 KHz/32-bit for RX-A4A and AK4438 384 KHz/32-bit for the DTM-7. Only the RX-A4A supports Bi-amping feature. The Yamaha RX-A4A can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
WI-FI modules have the same characteristics: 2.4/5GHz. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha RX-A4A has support for AirPlay, AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison - AirPlay. Spotify can be used on each receiver. The RX-A4A can work with the audio stream from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, and the DTM-7 can receive a content from Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio.
HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. The RX-A4A can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the DTM-7. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is supported by these receivers.
The Yamaha RX-A4A has 7/3 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Integra DTM-7. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the RX-A4A. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The RX-A4A supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.3, versus HDCP 2.2 in the DTM-7. These compared receivers have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
Each of the AV receivers from our review supports 2 Multi-room zones. The RX-A4A supports voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI, and the DTM-7 - Google Assistant. An ECO mode is only available for the RX-A4A. Both RX-A4A and DTM-7 can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Only the RX-A4A has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the RX-A4A.