That's a great option. Since the PM6005 was released, the PM6004 is heavily discounted on Amazon. Another thing to consider is, depending on his setup, an AVR in that price range. If he has 8Ohm speakers, a Marantz NR1402 is pretty darn nice. Same form factor/power and gets you some basic room correction, a proper sub out and, surprisingly, support for an external amp for the left and right if you want it. I've got a PM6004, PM6005 and NR1402 in my house. I don't currently use the NR1402 but, it's such a nice piece of gear that I can't bear to part with it.