May Buy A Receiver In The Next Few Days

Lee M T

Second Unit
Nov 28, 2002
Hey all,

I'm heading towards purchasing a new receiver. I've brutalized my old Pioneer by leaving it running pretty much 24/7 for the last ten years. I rarely turned the thing off, not sure why. I used to torture it by running my main speakers and a pair of JL Audio subs in the closet all off the main channels as well. My house shook pretty well.
Anyhow...the thing finally died on me.

The new Pioneer's are about to come out and the 812-K looks very delicious at $299. However, I just spotted last year's Yamaha HTR-5560 for $321 at Best Buy. This is the $499 model. So it's obvious they are getting ready for the new Yamaha's. Which receiver is the better deal?

The Yamaha says "DTS-ES compatible." So I'm a bit confused about that. When looking at the units and feeling them out, the Yamaha just seems like it is made better. Whether it performs any better, I am not quite sure. They both have all the hook ups I need. The new Pioneer does add the new DTS 96/24 surround format. I'm not a huge movie watcher, so I don't even know how prevalent this feature is for me. I really just want it for music and video games (which haven't even broken out of the original Digital and DTS stages).

So what should it be? Pioneer 812-K or Yamaha 5560?

Thanks for the help!!!



Stunt Coordinator
Jun 2, 2002

I demoed the Yamaha HTR5560 seven months ago for about a month. I ended up taking it back because it did not have a discrete rear center channel and did not have DTS:Neo 6.

I ended up going for the Pioneer 811S - last year's version of the 812-K. I'm very happy with it.

If you are a Yamaha fan, someone indicated that they have just released a new line of receivers in
this thread.

For more ideas, check out the Receivers Buyer's Guide at

Hope that helps,


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