Best slimline, cheap amp?



I am fairly new to the Home Cinema Scene.

I have bought some Sonare 5.1 speakers (fairly low level NXT speakers). I want a cheapest amp/receiver to go with them, preferably fairly slimline and easy to use. It has to be silver.

I will have my sky+ and my Sony combi going into it, and may want to connect my gamecube. I have a very small room, and hence the need for small/quiet speakers.

It would be nice to have the extra power if I ever decide to upgrade my speakers (the Sonares are 42W peak power; frequency response 52Hz-150Hz ±6dB), but not a necessity.

Would also be nice to have a smallish remote, as the amps one I have seen tend to have lots of buttons on them.

I am a sucker for a bargain.:cool:


Well-known Member
There aren't too may slimline av amps around I'm afraid but a few can be found here:-

all offer the sound formats you'll need (DD, DTS and prologic II) with varying wattage and at an affordable price:)
Any of these examples should do a fairly good job of filling a small space with sound. The only way to see which one sounds best to you is to go have a listen.

good hunting:)


I know its not slimline, but what do people think of the Sony Str-de475?

I know someone selling his for £115, and so might compromise on space if I cant find a better solution for reasonable money.


I also noticed that Richer Sounds are doing the Sony STR-DE495 for £100, half the usual £200 price.

Its very chunky, but seems to be good value at that price (and I assume its better than the DE475). My only problem is that it only have 1 optical and 1 coaxial.

I know my sky+ has optical out, not sure what my Sony combi drive has though (do they always have coaxial?).


pioneer vsxc301
panasonic saxr25 (With speakers @ £350 or less)
sony strlv500 (Not that cheap)

Only good slimline amps i've heard


Distinguished Member
Pio 301 is probably the best slimline cheap amp out there at the moment. Yamaha 5630/5640 are verygood but much lager size.
Pio connectivity is superb though! 3 scart (rgb inputs and a scart out to telly!

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