I would put the Wharfdale 10.7 at the top of that group if it was my money on the table. You did say $1000 EACH?
Actually, I did some rather extensive shopping/listening a year ago, and I narrowed it down to the KEF Q900 and the PSB Image T6 speakers. The ones on your list didn't make the final cut...lol.
I ended up deciding that the best overall performer for under $2000 was the PSB Image T6, and after enjoying them for a year I have no reason to regret that decision; they are wonderful speakers.
The Q900 does have bigger drivers and goes a little lower in the bass, but I decided that the Image T6 is better balanced tonally over the whole frequency range; it was a very close call though.
I would certainly suggest that you look hard at those two speakers before deciding. They are the clear champions in this price category IMO, and the Stereophile and other reviews tend to further that view.
The B & W 683 would be my last choice there; I find their tonal balance and overall sound to be surpassed by most good speakers in that price category.
There are online retailers that will give you 30 days to return the speakers for a full refund. You may have to pay return shipping if an audition leaves you unsatisfied, but having a couple of weeks to hear them in your own acoustical environment with your own amplifier or receiver is absolutely essential in my view. Better to have the option of returning them if it should come to that.
Originally Posted by californiacan
I'm shopping for new from floor standing speakers for my Pioneer Elite SC-35 receiver and am having a difficult time. I'd like to spend less that $1k ea, and am considering the following; B&W 683, Axiom M80, JBL L890, Wharfedale Diamond 10.7. I'm looking for full range front speakers and I don't care how big they are. I just want something that has great sound, full range, nice bass, and can be used for HT or audio. I will purchase the matching center speaker and likely the rears for HT 5.1 setup at some point. It's certainly easiest to find and test the B&W's as every Best Buy carries them. I have not had the ability to hear the other options as I am only considering them based on internet research. I hate to buy something that I have not heard, so am leaning toward the B&W 683's. Thought I'd see if anyone has an opinion of any of the listed speakers and more importantly if you've heard them side by side. Thanks!