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First of all, the ARX speakers came in NEXT TO LAST in that test, with only 5% of the subjects voting for them. This is obvious to anyone who reads the test results.
This does not surprise me; they suck compared to the top speakers in the group, which each received around 20% of the vote.
The people who did that test certainly thought so too. How you can look at those results and think the ARX speakers were anything but the WORST escapes me!
The Vandersteen, Focal and Klipsch speakers were actually the top-rated speakers according to the test result.
Also I would like to know where you can buy Vandersteen 2Ce speakers for $1000? The price is $2595 per pair. They are IMO the best speakers in your list, by far. Anyone that thinks the ARX speakers are even close needs a hearing test.
IMO the best speakers you can buy for anything close to $1000 per pair are the PSB Image T6 speakers, which run $1395 per pair. I had them for two years and nothing comes close in that price range.
Both The Absolute Sound and Stereophile claim they are the best in their class and have made them their speakers for "Recommended System" articles.
The ARX speakers are a VERY inferior product for their price, which is exactly what these test results show.