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It's funny that you mentioned bi-amping because I've heard of one other person (a dealer!) who went this route. He used four Krell amps (!) and claimed spectacular results. But you're right, you can't do it anymore because the new designs make it impractical if not impossible.
Many people like the B&W N801s and N802s, including me, but I would say that among your list, only the Dynaudio's are sonically competitive. I have an admitted bias against Meridian, though -- I just don't think they sound very good despite the state of the art technology and nose-bleed cost. To your list I would also add the Revel Salon's (but don't think you can save a bit and go for it's little brother the Studio; you can't). Indeed, in the bass department, the Salon is competitive with the Wilson X-1, let alone the Watt Puppy.
But they all have very different sound -- very different -- and large price disparities, though none are inexpensive to say the least. So, you'll have to audition for yourself to see what you like and what represents the right mix of sound quality and expense for YOU.