Pioneer VSX-810S, DTS-ES OK, but DD EX??

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ron Stimpson, Jul 17, 2001.

  1. Ron Stimpson

    Ron Stimpson Stunt Coordinator

    Jul 19, 1998
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    Anyone have one of these budget receivers?
    The listing is vague. While it has six amps and is "DTS-ES" compatible, does this mean it can decode matrixed Dolby Digital EX? What about DTS 6.1 discrete? Seems in some cases matrixed rear surround channels can be broken out but this isn't always advertised. Just a bit confusing for the consumer here.
    Also, can anyone hazard a guess as to wheter the component switching would be able to handle switching duties for high-bandwidth HD or progressive scan component video from DVD??
    I'm looking to set up a budget system and the DD EX and HD switching are key. The system can get by without DPL II.
    Here's the link, can't seem to find a manual, and really trust the collective wisdom here more anyway.,2078,00.html
    What $450-$550ish receiver DOES do what the Pioneer doesn't (if it doesn't).
    Thanks in advance for any reports from the trenches.
  2. Han

    Han Second Unit

    Jan 13, 2001
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    Ron, I'd say a lot of people are also feeling hesitant about that 810s from the "shady" specs. That's why maybe there hasn't been too many reports on this receiver.
    I was almost going to pull the trigger when I was at Circuit City looking for something as a cheap temporary preamp until the Parasounds come out. I was also looking at the more expensive Onkyo TX-DS696, Kenwood 510, and Harman Kardon AVR210. Then I was like, "What am I thinking, this is Circuit City. I still have a lifetime DIVX grudge against them [​IMG]. Plus, I'm not going to pay MSRP for something that'll be only temporary." Decided to take my chances with UBid on an HK AVR310 for much less.
    Anyway, I'm going way off topic here... I'd say the ES compatibility thing may work as you'd hope, but at this low a price, I don't think HD level component switching is in the cards.
  3. Greg S

    Greg S Supporting Actor

    Mar 13, 2000
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    Wouldn't one of the new Onkyos fit the bill here???
  4. William Ward

    William Ward Supporting Actor

    Mar 1, 2000
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    The new Onkyos don't have EX/ES....just DPLII.
    Otherwise, I'd already have one... [​IMG]
    Go Bucs!!

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