I have heard almost the entire Meadowlark and JM Lab Utopia line. Here are my thoughts. In the Meadowlark line, I like the Kestrals (for the money), Blue Herons, and the Nightingales. The flavor of the Utopia line is more consistent. With that said, I would choose the Blue Herons over the Utopia's. While the Utopia may hold the edge in bass depth and dynamics down low, the Blue Herons have the best tweeter I have ever hear. The top end is simply glorious and the midrange isnt too far behind. I am a big fan of the Audax aerogel midrange. Also, the BH's cast a soundstage that is unbelievable. To me the Blue Heron is a giant killer, but YMMV. While I dont own the BH's I could easily live with them forever. Try to contact Goldman Audio in CT. Jonathan is one of the nicest dealers I have ever done business with and he also happens to be a Meadowlark dealer.