I think there's a lot of good gear out there. Even a hobbyist like myself...who isn't afraid to mix it up and try new stuff (and that's changed of late)...doesn't want to be constantly tinkering. For the last 6 years...the 6 years I consider to be my most "serious", in terms of committing money to the passion...I've been happy to love Dynaudio speakers, have them be the foundation of my system...and be willing to change almost everything else. Some take just the opposite approach; they have electronics they like...and they keep that as the constant, and experiment with speakers. It's all good!
Dyns are great; I spent 6 years with them exclusively, trying the stand-mount in just about every line. But when I heard Harbeths...they were like the steak to Dyn's lobster; or lobster to Dyn's steak. Both really, really good...but different; and one is welcome after sort of nothing but the other. I think the point I'm trying to make is...you tend to hear the same names, time and time again. I've told the story...about how when I was looking for "the best", many names came up; everyone will have their own idea. But Dynaudio...in that search...came up more than any other. Not only that; but the people who talked about them...didn't just say "buy Dynaudio; it's what I have". They talked about the speaker with passion; they...as I see in this forum everyday...truly loved their speakers.
You can't say that of every brand; but from my perspective, I do get the same thing from Harbeth owners, PMC...a few other brands. Again; there are certain brands that command this kind of response, and I think that can't be ignored. Who wouldn't want to sample speakers like that?