Hello everyone. I got the Eltax AVR280 today from RS. It was missing the remote (and the AM aerial was broken) but I decided to try it out anyway. The quality was ok in stereo but the DSP presets were nasty and sounded quite poor. The unit is nice and small and has an aluminum face plate and is plain looking.
I took it back and replaced it with a Sony STR-DE495, and this is not going back. No no way, this is my baby. Much much better than the crap Eltax. It has the usual quirky sony type menu, much more options, much better sounding DSP effects. Sounds a little better than my old mini system it replaced with the same speakers. With a subwoofer I have no doubt this would be a beast and would be beautiful.
Conclusion. Forget any Eltax receiver! The Sony STRDE-495 is ok for £99.95, but the proles here might suggest you spend more on a Yamaha or Marantz etc but I'm happy with this at the moment.
Hopes this helps anyone. You could try the Eltax first, and if like me, you think it's crap, you can get the Sony.
(Edit: It may be that the Eltax I had was faulty but to me the difference from that to the sony is amazing in comparison, even if the Eltax did work and sound good.)