Well speakers are like most products, there isn't always a direct link between price and quality. Also as a consumer looking from the outside in, you also don't know if the pricing is due to economies of scale, production cost, or just plain price gouging.
Generally the most expensive part of a speaker is the cabinet, and speakers closer to 2k tend to have less fancier finishes or cabinet materials than a speaker that's $6000 or more (like in the case of the B&W or Kefs), which don't necessarily contribute that much to the sound. I think Floyd Toole mentioned something that once you go above around $1800/pair for speakers from a measurement perspective on average the more expensive speakers aren't really qualitatively better. Beyond that point, most of the money is spent on the cabinet (so you are being effectively sold a furniture piece), or in the case of Genelec, Nordic countries have pretty high standards of living, I'm sure the labor cost contributes a lot to the prices. You also have to consider mindshare, some brands are able to charge more on the basis of their name alone (say Apple vs some generic cell phone company), even if the product isn't qualitatively better.
Finally regarding B&W, I don't think you have bad ears, they have a frequency response that is not accurate so it'll be pretty hit or miss with most people. While I don't know the dealer you visited, they do have a vested interest in making a sale, so I wouldn't take anything they say at face value. Even in a retail store at Best Buy they have teenagers pushing $200 HDMI cables that aren't really qualitatively better than $10 ones...
As far as Revel, yes the PerformaBe M126BE is a killer speaker, I would definitely recommend a demo.
Last edited by driedmango; 02-18-2019 at 04:03 AM.