Welcome to audio nuerosis 101. Not quite sure if the total budget is $600-700 or the first step budget is that amount. The B&Ws would be driven fine by the Onkyo Receiver given you are not wanting ear splitting levels. But you are really going alot of different directions with you thoughts on choices. If you like the tube sound and want to explore that route, the B&Ws would be ok but you would probably be better off with a more tube friendly speaker such as the Triangle Titus. I would find the ES model which sounds good with tube or SS. The older Titus needs to stay with tubes. IMO you need to stay away from "dark horses". There is a difference in friends musical tastes and their knowledge of music reproduction.
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