Cheapy receiver for a mate...


Standard Member

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.



Novice Member
Originally posted by Noodle
Will this tiny little box really have enough guts to drive the Q55's though?
Just barely I would have thought. Those speakers deserve/need more welly IMO. How about the Yamaha HTR5630 Silver from RS at £150?


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


Novice Member
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

Just realised that black is a no-no for your mate :suicide:


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

Any other suggestions?

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