I agree. Within the budget available most good quality active studio monitors with an 8" bass driver will go louder than AV/hifi equipment for the same price and will easily be loud enough enough for a house party in your living room. They will also have better sound quality and be less likely to get damaged from pushing them too hard when compared to similarly priced AV/hifi equipment.
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
Sorry, I answered your previous post - I wouldn't recommend the Denon AVR-1713. It's great for movies but trips very quickly when playing milti-channel music at around 3/4 volume (as chance would have it I've just posted a question on this for my own curiosity). Can't comment on the other receivers you mention but personally I'd recommend a stereo amp with A+B speaker posts to drive 4 speakers for music.
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