Integra DPS-7.2 review: Integra DPS-7.2

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Great-sounding DVD-Audio performance; plays MP3, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW discs.

The Bad Expensive; remote has tiny buttons and no backlighting; no progressive-scan video.

The Bottom Line Though it delivers superior audio performance, this interlaced-only unit is pricey compared to other DVD-Audio players with progressive-scan video.

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The DPS-7.2 by Integra boasts DVD-Audio support and interlaced video, but it's one of those products that make sense for only a narrow audience. While it delivers good video performance, it's been designed primarily for the audiophile, not the videophile. If that's your bent, this pricey player certainly satisfies. The DPS-7.2 by Integra boasts DVD-Audio support and interlaced video, but it's one of those products that make sense for only a narrow audience. While it delivers good video performance, it's been designed primarily for the audiophile, not the videophile. If that's your bent, this pricey player certainly satisfies.

Basic styling
The player is a fairly nondescript black box. When powered up, a cool blue light--the deck's most distinctive visual attribute--illuminates the Open/Close, Stop, and Play buttons on the front panel. Onkyo also opted to put a joysticklike navigational button on the front panel, which we found odd considering it would have been far more useful had it been placed on the remote instead.

And about that remote: It's a small affair with tiny little buttons, none of which are backlit, making the thing next to impossible to use in a darkened theater environment.

Ample features
As one might expect from a high-end player, the DPS-7.2 doesn't skimp on features. From a video perspective, the 10-bit/54MHz video D/A conversion is certainly a big plus (video performance is solid, but more on that later). However, it's worth noting that there's no Black Enhance feature in the setup menu. This feature, which is available in most high-end DVD decks, allows you to get a deeper, richer black when using a component video connection.

Audio-wise, DVD-Audio playback capability heads the list, with MP3, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW support rounding out the full suite of playback options.

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Integra DPS-7.2

Part Number: DPS-7.2
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  • Media Type Video CD
  • Type DVD player
  • Sound Output Mode 5.1 channel surround