Originally Posted by Rod#S
"Best in the world" is very subjective at best. I love my 800 Series Diamonds (802's and HTM2) but definitely don't think they are the best. If I was rich I would be using speakers like Sonus Faber Aida's, Wilson Alexandria XLF's or Focal Grande Utopia III EM's. There is only one speaker that B&W makes above the 800 Diamond and that's the Nautilus but in that price range I think I would prefer Wilson Maxx speakers or for a bit less money Sonus Faber Stradivari, Wilson Alexia or Focal Maestro Utopia. Wilson, Sonus Faber and Focal are just three high end manufacturers producing amazig speakers but there are many more, those are just the three that have always had my interest.
Here is the measurement of the Stradivari:
Objectively, it measures worse than the B&W 802D/ 800D2.
Here is the Wilson Maxx3:
Objectively, it is one of the worst measured speakers I've ever seen - much worse than the 800/ 802. The Wilson's measure very poorly like Vienna Acoustics. The only speaker I've seen measured worse is the Zu Audio, which measures as bad as Bose.
Here is the Focal Maestro Utopia III:
Objectively, it doesn't measure any better than the 800/ 802.
Objectively, the speakers that measure a lot better than the B&W include the KEF Reference 207/2, Revel Salon2, and TAD Reference1.
But subjectively, pure personal preference, it is anybody's call.Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 11/10/12 at 9:47am