These are very different sounding speakers. I have used Vandersteen for years and now have the 3Asigs. They are a little laid back sounding to some, but as my other gear has improved, so have they and I would no longer call them laid back. So I guess they really don't have a bump in response to "goose" the sound. You will find many here that like female vocals and acoustic music on the Vandersteens. They typically sound good with many different kinds of equipment. I haven't heard Thiels in many years, but they have a reputation for being demanding in terms of upstream components. I heard B&Ws (can' remember the model) I few years ago and thought them to be too "hifi-ish". Lots of detail and imaging, but not much emotion.
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