Originally Posted by rdclark
Yes, but it's still a severe mismatch between speakers and receiver. There's really little point in buying a receiver with the 705's features and power if you're going to use it with speakers that are more suited to something considerably more modest.
Oh, I couldn't agree more. I'm cringing at the notion; however, $350 for that system is at least more bearable than $700-$1,000, and probably more in line with a price-to-performance spectrum. There's not much out there in 5.1 at $350 price point anyway. How it's all going to work is, well....
It seems that you're set on buying that system because of the price. It's cheap for a reason - $350 shouldn't be a clearance or sale price, that's what the MSRP SHOULD be, and it should be on sale for $199 or something given the performance.
I'm not sure if you've asked in the speaker forum, but if not I'll save you trouble - the responses you'll get are: 1) avoid Bose period; 2) save more money to buy something better, even if you stick with satellites; 3) spend the money on a quality 2.0 system first and add components as you get the money. FL/FR first, then sub, then center, then side surrounds, then back surrounds. 4) to save money, downgrade the AVR and spend more on speakers.
IMO - if you could somehow finagle $500 for a good FL/FR by increasing your budget and/or decreasing the AVR, you can get terrific tower speakers that will annihilate those Bose cubes in every way. Of course, I'm not sure of your room parameters so that makes a difference too.