I would say the 801/802 is better competiton for the APM-1. Try before you buy - and don't base judgement on price!
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i have heard the n802's and the gen apm2's. i found that the apm's did have a unique quality of sound in the mid to upper range. i did not, however, feel that i liked the integration of the subwoofer with the mids and tweets. to me, the sub did not have good rythm and was not totally in sync like a one box dynamic speaker like the 801/802. one box coherence was just not there for me. also, sometimes upper registers sounded a little metalic. yes you may save on amplification. but have to think about what you are going to use these babies for. ht or 2 channel?
I own the APM-1. It's sound is highly dependent upon setup. Because the sub is powered, it's easy to get it off by just a db or two which will hurt integration. It took me nearly 3 months of tweaking it to finally get it right. I haven't heard the 801, but I have heard the 802. It wasn't anywhere near the top of my list when buying speakers.