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I personally find the sound quality of the current crop of Yamaha and Pioneer receivers to be rather poor.
I recommend that you consider the Onkyo TX-NR616 or 515 (around $350).
The KEF C3 speakers are very good for only $329 per pair (at KEF Direct), and they are front-ported, which allows placement near rear walls or whatever; very flexible placement with these. I think you will find their sound quality to be better than comparable products from Polk and Klipsch, and the Def Tech 350 is not one most people would be happy with IMO. The Def Tech Studio 55 is excellent, but they are $600 per pair.
The Klipsch RW12D is one I would recommend for under $500. Decent low bass requires a lot of power; you have a volume control on the sub, so if you really want to turn it down, that is the easiest thing in the world to do...lol.