Integra DHC 9.9

default -- Sat, 12/13/2008 - 15:01

I recently purchased an Integra DHC 9.9 processor which replaces my aging Proceed AVP2. This is a great processor with all the bells and whistles for under $2000. My only quibble is on page 140 in the 9.9 manual it states “When the remote controller’s batteries expire, all learned commands will be lost and will have to be learned all over again”. I also verified this with Interga's tech support. It would be a drag to have to re-program the remote every time the batteries die or are taken out to be changed. I had already programmed information into the remoted prior to see the above information (barried in the back of the manual so I have not taken the batteries out at this point. A truly exceptional processor but a flaw with the remote if this is actually the case.


BATA (not verified) -- Wed, 07/08/2009 - 06:05

I need help, i dont know much about this hobby but i like music and movies and that makes me decide to buy rocket 850 speakers,bigfoot 220 center,& elt for sorround,2 pb13 ultra , dhc9.9 pre/pro ,xpa-5 amp. Q1.) what is right configuration setting on my speakers/sub in the dhc 9,9 after running the audessey? Q2.) should i turn off the crossover switch on the subwoofer ? how to calibrate the two sub, or proper way to run audessey with two sub? 

Robert Harley -- Thu, 07/09/2009 - 14:12

Bypass the crossover in the subwoofer and let the AVR's internal crossover do the work.

bata (not verified) -- Sat, 07/11/2009 - 22:11

thanks!!!! i did set everything to 80hz ,sub crossover is off, run audessey in three positions only, forgot to say that before i did the audessey i calibrated the first subwoofer with the spl meter to 70 db while the 2nd sub is off , then turn off the first sub and di the second sub to 70db. am i doing it right ? i used the dhc 9.9 test tones ,the subwoofer volume was -12db before i ran audessey.. any comments and suggestions pls..

pconley2 (not verified) -- Thu, 07/23/2009 - 16:37

 I see lots of reviews of the Integra 9.9 but never see any reviews suggesting what amplifiers should be used with it, and especially no one ever mentions the amps that Integra makes.  Does anyone have suggestions about what to pair with this, apparently, fine pre pro?

stingray4 -- Thu, 07/23/2009 - 18:12

I have used both two Proceed Amp 5's and currently two Rotel RBM 1075's with my 9.9 and they appear to be a good match for the 9.9 and my B&W speakers. Since Proceed is no longer around and Harmon has limited parts available I switched to the Rotel amps. The Amp5 is a great amp but if it breaks down than there may be a problem with repairs and parts. In addition to the Rotel 1075 (which was recently replaced with a newer model), there are several multi-channel home theater amps that should work fine with the 9.9. (NAD, Parasound, Marantz, Lexicon, Krell, Anthem, to name a few). I have not heard or seen any information or reviews on Intergra's amps.


mecolwell -- Fri, 07/24/2009 - 08:40

Regarding the Integra amps, I believe they may use "Class D", which are digital switching designs, which have been widely reported to sound a bit harsh. Do some research, and if they are, stay away from Class D.
My buddy, Lee (see stingray4 above), has the 9.9 and was so happy with it, I bought one, too. Actually, I bought a 9.8, in the Onkyo Pro flavor, the PR-SC885, which is very similar to the 9.8, with a couple additions, like "Pure Audio", which turns off all video circuitry and the display, (you can't for some reason, turn the display completely off in the Integra versions), for the best analog performance, and a cleaner look, with a swing-down door hiding the less used keys.
I am using a Carver 6 channel THX amp, which I bought from Lee a few years ago, and also have B&W speakers all around, with a JoLida tube amp for the main L-R channels, for my two channel music. I am using 3 channels of the Carver, as I have a 5.1 setup. If I had to buy a new multi-channel amp, I'd look seriously at the Rotel which Lee has, but be careful, as Rotel is going to class D for their new designs. The RMB 1075 is a great amp, as are a lot of great ones, like the NAD, Marantz, etc, Lee mentions.
You could try Audiogon and look for something there, if you want used.
The 9.9/9.8/Onkyo Pro controllers are so good, I think any good multichannel amp would sound good, as the Audyssey Program does such a great job of smoothing out room anomolies, which almost all rooms experience.
My combination sounds great for my combined music and HT system, on all counts. I have read that the analog performance is not as good as it should be, and I haven't compared it to an Anthem or Classe', but it sounds wonderful to me, on my heavy vinyl-centered system, and I used to own an older Classe'. 


markus46 -- Mon, 08/17/2009 - 17:44

Hi all,
I am thinking of purchasing an Integra DHC-9.9 Pre Processor.  Looking at a photo of the back panel and reading in the brochure that it has XLR pre outputs makes me think that it ONLY has XLR pre outs.  Does it have unbalanced (RCA) line outputs?
The power amp I am thinking of using (NAD M25) only has RCA inputs.


stingray4 -- Mon, 08/17/2009 - 19:02

No worries. The 9.9 has both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) outputs to the power amp(s). When I first purchased it I used XLRs to two Proceed Amp5's.  I now use Rotel RMB 1075's that only have signal-ended (unbalanced RCA) inputs. So you can use either XLR balanced or unbalanced RCA outputs from the 9.9 to your power amp. Your NAD should work fine with the 9.9. BTW, I have had the 9.9 for several months and love it. It has worked flawlessly. Highly recommended.
Lee W.  


markus46 -- Mon, 08/17/2009 - 18:20

Thanks Lee for your response.  That's a huge relief!

stingray4 -- Mon, 08/17/2009 - 18:47

You are welcome-my pleasure. I think you will really like the 9.9.
Lee -- Sun, 01/30/2011 - 20:59

I  purchased an Integra DHC 9.9 processor in Sep, 2009 from Sound Components - Coral Gable - FL.
It is linked to a Panasonic front projection PT-AE2000 via HDMI - Main Out.
I used hdtv tuner box via HDMI and an OPPO BDP-83 via HDMI. They were working normally, however, since yesterday, I can't see any video or sound by HDMI inputs. The Integra displays "No Signal" everytime I switched to the dvd or game/tv HDMI inputs. Just by components or composites inputs is possible to see any video with the HDMI main output.
I didn't change the setup or cables and I don't know what happened with the system that I used for about a year and a half.
So, if somebody can help me to solve the problem, I will appreciate so much, since I leave in Brazil and there's no dealer or Integra Service here.
The way to solve it is to sent the Integra to assistance in NJ, but it will cost to much to me and I really don't know if it will worth.
Thanks in advance. 

 Luiz Falcao - Brasil

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