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Cheapy receiver for a mate...

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Noodle, Jan 30, 2004.

  1. Noodle

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    Hi,

    I'm about to buy a receiver for a friend of mine, and was hoping for some advice.

    It will need to power Kef Q55's as front mains, Q95c centre & Q60s surrounds. He will not have a sub.

    The budget is really £150 but I can push that to £170 inc delivery at most.

    So far, I've shortlisted:

    Pioneer VSX-C301 @ £160 from RS (anyone know how much delivery would be, I couldn't find it on the site)
    Pioneer VSXD512S @ £148 delivered from empire direct
    Sony STRDE585 @ £150 delivered from Superfi

    Of these, the Pioneer 301 seems to be perfect. The slimline size would be useful for him, although not essential. The only real requirement s my mate has got are that it must be silver/titanium and must have PLII. Will this tiny little box really have enough guts to drive the Q55's though?

    Any other suggestions or opinions gratefully received.




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  2. Nobber22

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    Just barely I would have thought. Those speakers deserve/need more welly IMO. How about the Yamaha HTR5630 Silver from RS at £150?
     
  3. Noodle

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    That's kind of what I was expecting, but will the Yamaha really be any better? It's only rated at 60wpc.
     
  4. Malky1903

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    How about a Denon AVR1603 from here? Only £150 :smashin:

    DTS discrete 5.1 and Dolby Digital with Power Amps for 5 Channels

    Fully discrete, balanced five channels - 5 x 70w

    4 composite and 3 S Video inputs

    2 composite and 2 S Video outputs

    Dobly Digital, Dolby Pro logic 11, DTS

    5 channel sound from stereo source

    Front A/B Speaker terminals

    FM/AM Tuner - 40 presets

    WHD 434 x 147 x 417 - 10.4kg

    EDIT
    Just realised that black is a no-no for your mate :suicide:
     
  5. Noodle

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    Cheers anyway mate. I only discounted this because of the colour.

    Any other suggestions?
     

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