Pioneer VSX-812K A/V Receivers

VSX-812K

  • Manual MCACC w/Auto Subwoofer detection
  • Double Precision 48-Bit Motorola DSP
  • DTS 96/24 Decoding
  • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 Decoding
  • DTS NEO 6: Music & Cinema Surround Decoding
  • Dolby Digital EX 6.1 Surround Decoding
  • Pro-Logic II Music & Movie Surround Decoding

User Reviews (2)

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vikramk18   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 18, 2004]
Strength:

Lots of features, excellent stereo direct mode, sensitive and clear tuner, low price, 7.1 preamp outputs.

Weakness:

No way to switch off the power amplifier setion. I'm going to need that when I have the home theater speakers connected and the studio monitors being driven by the preamp outs.

I bought this receiver mainly for it's set of preamp outputs which I wanted to use to drive my BX8 studio monitors. I am thrilled with the receiver. It took about 15 mins to hook up everything (DVD Player, tuner antenna, TV etc). The Stereo Direct Mode is very good. The imaging in this mode is sharper and distinct as compared to the regular mode which includes all the processing electronics like tone, dsp surrounds etc. The ease of connecting up is simply superb. I toyed with the idea of buying the VSX-912K, but dropped that plan on realizing that all it had was a little more power (add 10 watts per channel) and an automatic room calibrater. I have no use for either of these features. I'd much rather callibrate manually. There are sufficient connectors at the rear. I have not yet got around to using all of them yet. I know that I will want to use the receiver's built in amps to run a set of home theater speakers in the near future and that's why I chose a receiver over a stereo preamp. Cost is another factor. A typical stereo preamp can be bought for about $500 and above. My aim is to use the receiver's preamp for stereo listening through the studio monitors and the receiver's other features for the home theater. The tuner is crystal clear and even the weakest stations sounds suprisingly clear. Remote: I was able to control my TV, DVD Player and receiver through the remote. However the cable tv unit cannot be controlled. I have not yet explored the surround modes and will post another review when I get there.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
jwh917   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 12, 2004]
Strength:

For Home Theatre use it's great.

Weakness:

For 2 channel muscic it's very weak.Especially the mid-range reproduction with weal bass also.

Had this unit about 2 weeks now and here is my impression.For Home theatre use it is excellent with 5,6 or 7 surround options.It has several different soundfields which work well.However,where it falls short for me is in the quality of sound for 2 channel stereo.It's mid-range is very weak and it's power rating is exaggerated.I believe it's more in the 60 to 80 watt per channel than the rated 100.My 5 year old Pioneer 5.1 channel Pro Logic unit has a much cleaner,accurately rated watts per channel and sounds just as good as my seperate Adcom amplifier.However,you do get what you pay for and for a Home Theater use only it is really a very good value.

Similar Products Used: Pioneer 506S 5 channel receiver;Adcom amplifier.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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