Buying new receiver.... Yamaha HTR-5440 or Pioneer VSX-D710S ??

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  1. Chris_Waz

    Chris_Waz Extra

    Mar 10, 2002
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    I have narrowed my receiver choices down to a Yamaha HTR-5440 and a Pioneer VSX-D710S. I have heard good things about both.

    If I could get some advice on which would be better (for product quality and for sound quality, especially), that would be great. I know people would like to say "get the Harmon Kardon or the Denon", but I really have narrowed it down to JUST these two receivers. -- Unless, of course, they are both particularly poor, which is the exact opposite of what I have heard.

    Anyway, any advice to help me decide between these two would be much appreciated.

  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

    May 22, 1999
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    While Pioneer has one of the best HDTV's on the market, their reputation is not as good for receivers.

    As a Yamaha owner, I'd say I am very happy with the 3 receivers I've owned. (I just got back the one I sent to college with a daughter, it still works!).

    As far as features go, i would compare:

    - Which receiver has more digital inputs

    - Which receiver offers SVideo switching

    - Which receiver has binding posts for all speakers

    - Which receiver has binding posts that match the dual-banana plugs

    With all else being equal, it may come down to these small issues that will make you happier with one unit over the other.

    Good Luck.
  3. Mike H Wizard

    Mike H Wizard Stunt Coordinator

    Mar 7, 2002
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    Hi Chris,

    Let me start out by saying I totally agree with Bob...

    I myself have the Pioneer VSX-D810S, which has the new 6.1 surround sound, and I have been very Happy with it, I bought it at Best Buy and for the Price of $399.00 , I found that it was a pretty good deal, actually I was going to buy the 710S, but my wife talked me into buying the 810 because of the 6.1 Surround Sound...

    However I am a newbie when it comes to Home Theater and I would take the advice of the Veteran Home Theater people on this forum...

    That is just my 2 cents worth if it helps at all...

  4. Jason Wilcox

    Jason Wilcox Supporting Actor

    Feb 21, 2002
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    i'm stuck between these 2 recievers too. what is the LFE crossover for the pioneer? i know the yamahas is set at 90hz. also, is the crossover on the pioneer adjustable?

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