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Pioneer VSX-D812
7 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  218.00
Description: <ul> <li>100 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.2% THD — or 100 x 6 in surround mode</li> <li>Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24 and Dolby Pro Logic® II</li> <li>DTS Neo:6 modes</li> <li>6.1 Expanded Theater mode</li> <li>7 DSP modes (6-channel stereo, Music, Movie, TV, Sports, Game, Headphone)</li> <li>Midnight Listening mode</li> <li>96kHz/24-bit DACs</li> <li>multibrand remote</li> <li>7.1-channel preamp input</li> <li>6.1-channel preamp output</li> <li>component video switching (2 in, 1 out, 28MHz bandwidth)</li> <li>digital inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial</li> <li>optical digital output</li> <li>3 audio and 4 A/V (including 4 S-video and 1 front-panel) inputs</li> <li>no phono input</li> <li>wide-range frequency response</li> <li>2 sets of main speaker outputs</li> <li>30 AM/FM presets</li> <li>16-1/2"W x 6-1/4"H x 16-3/16"D</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alain desbiens a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2012

Bottom Line:   
i need to kno how to restore the rmote control to my receiver !

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pulsar19 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This was my very first A/V receiver.Pioneer's reputation is very good and I've decided to purchase it,after a very long time comparing its rivals.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   VIDEOSONIC



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LarryGS a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2004

Bottom Line:   
After several model-years of competent but lackluster home theater performance, Pioneer has jumped to the forefront with their current line of receivers. I have listened extensively to the 712, 812, 912, and the Elite 53 and am solidly impressed... enough to buy an 812 for myself. These are some of the most responsive and transparent surround systems available today, at a price sometimes far below what you'd pay for similar performance from Denon, HK, and Yamaha. All surround decoding is spot on. Music and soundtrack reproduction, even at the widest dymanic range settings, are nothing short of breathtaking. Sometimes I think, "THIS is how it was meant to sound!" Other times the system, and even the room, simply vanish, leaving nothing between the listener and the sound. Do yourself a favor and give the current Pioneers a good long listen.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $290.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fireflight a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I did a lot of research going into buying my first "real" surround sound system. I listened to Denon, Marantz, Sony, Onkyo, Panasonic and others, and couldn't fine a better sound-to-cost ratio anywhere. I won't redefine everything the D812 is equipt with (you can find the specs yourself) but I have yet to exceed its limits in output, it has clarity that matches the higher end and much more expensive receivers best I can tell, has plenty component in's, allows me to listen to SACD's and DVD-audios with my Pioneer DVD/SACD player. It is easy to use, (although I scrapped the confusing remote control and got an 8 device universal remote)and is the perfect balance of affordability and options that I could find in 3 months of research...plus it looks better than the equivalent alternatives.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $290.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sharpp a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is a fabulous value in a consumer line AV receiver. It has a 48 bit DSP processor and 94khz/24 bit DACs (I am unclear how many). Although advertised as having an amplifier and 100 watts per channel for 6 channels, it actually allows you to split the six channel so that you can get 7 channel sound without an additional amp. It has 7.1 preouts and 7.1 channel inputs which allow DVD/A and SACD hookups. Also, an additional Amplifier may easily be added.

The sound is superb, very clean and crisp and easily rivals greater priced units from Onkyo, Denon, Harman Kardon, Kenwood, Sony and Yamaha at a fraction of the price. The stereo gives stellar reproduction and with the right speakers, you would think you had a high dollar, audiophile quality system. It also has a "direct" mode. I have it paired with some Mirage Omni 60 bookshelf speakers and use this for a bedroom system. My surrounds are RCA home theater with Linaeum DiPole tweeters.

This has all the usual aray of Dolby Digitial and DTS processing modes, including ProLogic II, DTS-Neo, Matrix, Discrete, 96/24 with movie and music modes. Pioneer incorporates its own advanced DSP settings for movie, music, game, TV, 6 channel stereo and other settings. Some of these work in conjunction with the Dolby or DTS.

This unit easily powers 8 ohm speakers, and I have not tested with lower ohms, but I imagine it would be fine for bookshelf speakers. The amps never seem to be at a loss for power and the does not get very hot. The only time the fan clicked on was when I tried plugging a DVD player into the power outlet on the back side.

My main system is a Denon 5800, supplemented by a Carver TFM 25 for the mains, powering Final 0.3 electrostat hybrids. Suprisingly, he pioneer gives sound quality that rivals my reference system. The pioneer, with a revealing set of speakers will give you alot of the detail you haven't heard before from the music.

This system does not have the auto MCACC with included microphone, but the manual MCACC is quite easy to set up, if you have a decent ear. The remote is non-learning, but easy to use and looks more egonomic (user friendly) than the learning remote included with the VSX -912.

Before purchasing this, I was vascillating between an HK 525, 7200, a Denon or possibly a Yamaha. To get the same number of features, and quality of sound in these other brands would have cost $300 - $600 more. -Avoid the Onkyos, their reliability is not much better than HKs and they add to much coloration to the sound.

This defintely receives my vote for a best buy. Some folks have claimed that some previous pioneers were non-musical. That cannot be said about this unit. It gives you true reproduction of the source. You may not like your source after you listen through this AVR, because you may hear the poor quality that was there all along. Chances are that the DSP can improve it. Has as many and more connections and flexibility on the back side than just about any other receiver in its price class.

I am amazed that the sound is so good, in spite of using cheap home theater interconnects (a step above the standard patch cords) and inexpensive, run of the mill home theater speaker wire. The rest of the system includes a Sony DVP C660 DVD player, an Acoustic Research Center Channel Speaker and a cheap RCA slim center channel speaker for the 6th channel.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Sears




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