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The Boston speakers seem like a good choice to me, given your budget. Very few bookshelf/monitor speakers are going to do the job, and the ones that can are mostly quite expensive.
Since you are talking about only 2 speakers, I would suggest the Harman-Kardon 3490 receiver.
It puts out a lot of power and sounds very good.
And yes, the Klipsch RW-12D sub is hard to beat for under $500.