Quantcast

First real half decent amp for £250 ?

CdRsKuLL

Standard Member
Hi guys,

Just after a bit of advice really..

I'm starting down a slippery slope of AV and have a £500ish budget for both speakers and sub.

I have currently at the moment an old pioneer system that's getting to it's tenth birthday and I feel it needs updating to match my 55 LED samsung TV I bought last year.

I figure a 50/50 split of the £500 would be about right on amp / speakers so after advice on what to get. I could still use my pioneer speakers (6 ohms) but would need a new sub if that means I would end up with a better system...

Anyway, £250 I've been looking at the Onkyo TX-NR515 which although a year or so old seems to get great reviews. The sub I was looking at was the Wharfedale SW150 .. (£150) so have £100 still to play with but I dont have to spend it all..

Advice on this sort of thing would be greatly appreciated. It will be only really used for watching films..

thanks

Steve
 

nenito2k

Active Member
as i always say...i don't understand why people like to buy crap if for 100£ they can get much better..anyway don't buy anything would be my advice... and SAVE CASH to buy a decent system:
the minimum would be:
a gemini sub for 215£ (actually it is quite an outstanding piece of kit!!!)
5.0 speakers for 200£ (as far as i go you cant' get anything decent below 200£)
amp 250£ : many possibilities in yamaha, onkyo and even sony...sot a problem really
Total would be as you see 665£....let's say 600 if you shop good

So like i said above...100£ more than what you were gonna get....
 

swiftpete

Distinguished Member
My mate is trying to build a cheap system. He bought used onkyo 606 for about £100, some xtz 93wmt for the front 3 speakers for £150 and some monitor audio r45s for rear for about £50. No sub yet. That is a decent use of funds though. Your budget is too small for new to sound good, get used.
 

dante01

Distinguished Member
Maybe look at the RXV673 for £350 or a refurbed model for £309:

Richer Sounds Yamaha RX-V673 AV Receiver upscales to 4K resolution & Fts AirPlay 4957812509732 | eBay


or a Denon AVR1713 for £250:
https://www.forumhifivisual.co.uk/prod.asp?product_idx=3762

There's even the option of an AVR1713 for just £200 if you don't mind it being a refurbished model:
[ame=http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141019236538?lpid=54&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=54]Denon AVR1713 3D Home Theatre Cinema AV Receiver Black | eBay[/ame]


I'd partner either of these receivers with the following 5.1 speaker package:
Monitor Audio Vector 5.1 AV Speaker Package Black - Special Offers - Audiovisual Online - Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists


Total cost excluding mounts for the speakers would be £500 - 650.


The mounts cost £15 each:
Monitor Audio Wall Brackets For BX1 / Vector / Mass (Single) - Speaker Brackets - Audiovisual Online - Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists
 

PSM1

Distinguished Member
Generally it is better to spend more on the speakers than the receiver. with a general guideline being 2 to 3 times the price of the receiver on the speakers to get the best from the receiver.
The Denon 1713 and Vectors suggested above would be a great system and within budget too.
 

lindzap

Novice Member
Generally it is better to spend more on the speakers than the receiver. with a general guideline being 2 to 3 times the price of the receiver on the speakers to get the best from the receiver.
The Denon 1713 and Vectors suggested above would be a great system and within budget too.
I second that. Having spent 20 years enjoying hifi and AV I can tell you that you will live far longer with your speakers than amps simply because of the technology change curve in consumer electronics. Buy speakers you adore, sound wonderful, look great and come birthday or christmas in a few years time you will partner with an amp they deserve.
 
Last edited:
Top Bottom