|Yeah, I though the bass was muddled, and the highs unbearable. I ended up buying some Focal JM-Lab 707S.
I guess it's about taste, but the B&W are very highly regarded by british review magazines, and look:
50 reviews, 4.8/5
I figure that you are in the minority, and while everyone hears differantly, we should take some hints from what is collectively appealing among those who have listened to many decent brands.
Let's set a few things straight:
I see reviews and posts touting the quality of model after model of Paradigms, Totems, Dynaudio, and B&W's. Across all series and through the years. Does this mean that everyone will like ALL these? No, but they certainly have wide and deep appeal.
People who shop them , demo them, and pick them often upgrade within these brands time and time again. There are many other brands that have this kind of following and I invite others to list them here.
As for some speakers, while they used to be that way, they seem to be loosing their appeal as they are getting cheaper. Others are just not improving to keep up with others, or cannot sound as good with newer electronics. Some are suffering from a combination of these problems. I will offer Klipsch as an example, as many horn lovers seem to be moving into other brands or going back to their legacy products.
I would also caution those people who have been amazed by products, that they(or others) have taken the time to match up with good equipment, set up right in a decent room, and have heard good recordings on, not to knock other products that they heard in less than ideal (unfortunate) conditions.
Beware of the anti-something trolls with few posts. While I AM AWARE THAT NOT EVERYONE WITH A LOW POST COUNT IS INEXPERIANCED, it might be helpful to explain why you reached certain negative conclusions.