Danny - deep breath.... I can see why you are frustrated but you aren't getting anywhere like this either.
Ok, when it comes to judging speakers by the measurements and specs, you are fighting a couple things. One, published measurements
and specs for speakers are largely manipulated, biased, and sometimes just not true. the "spec sheet" is usually created by the marketing
department and not the engineers. When you get to the "pro" audio stuff is usually where this changes because the people buying this gear
rely on the specs for business reasons and aren't amused when the product doesn't work as advertised, and subsequently go elsewhere
for their future orders.
Two, even if the measurements were accurate, they don't define what the "best" speakers are. There are a lot of traits speakers can have that
rate differently to different people therefore making "best" just about impossible. Great bass important to you? The loudest? The smallest?
I hate car analogies. Here's one anyway. Road and Track test a Lexus vs. a BMW. There's a whole page of measurements. Say the BMW
is faster, corners at a higher load, and has a better braking distance. The Lexus has a bigger trunk, lower noise in the cabin, and better fuel
economy. Which car is better? I guess it depends on which measurements mean more to you.
As to your Wilson speakers example, you are getting into things like automotive type paint jobs, overkill construction and really expensive
parts weather they make an audible difference or not. Most of them don't have terribly good measurements but many people love them.
You want to use an honest yardstick on this business, and I don't blame you, but you just cant. The "answer" you want isn't available.
I realize this doesn't necessarily help you, I just want to show you why you're running into a wall here.
If you want some advice in the 50 dollar range, here's mine. Find a nice used set of Klipsch pro-media 2.1. They pump out bass and get
real loud without breaking up and hold up pretty well as long as you don't mangle the cable.
If it's got to be out of the three choices listed, use design instead of specs. Biggest woofer, biggest amp, most drivers. Avoid things like
down firing mid ranges. The less cute it looks,and the more it looks like a speaker, the better the chances are of it sounding good.