I may suggest that the best speaker is the one that is most pleasing to its listener, you. Also which one that performs best with the electronics you have it matched with. In the comparative price range you are discussing, I might suggest you audition the Dynaudio Contour 3.3's. I have owned Wilson Watt Puppies, Beverage Model V's, Vandersteen Model Iv's, just to name a few. Currently I own a pair of Duntech Sovereigns. That is without question my first choice. If you are experiencing some brightness, I might suggest a different interconnect. I have been an XLO fan for years, but they are bright in some applications. I currently am using the Magnan Signature XLR. I hope these suggestions help, Good Luck.