I will only respond to what I've owned. With that, I've owned;
Focal Chorus 710's
B&W 702's (Original Series)
Sonus Faber Venere 2.5's
And Now, Sonus Faber Sonetto V's.
I have enjoyed all of them, but have progressed upward as money allows. In the $1K to $5K category, you just can't imagine how good the
Sonetto V's are. SF has built an addition to their Italian Factory just to produce the Sonettos. They have modeled the tweeter after the Olympica's tweeter, have reconstructed the midrange from the Venere line, and have built an entirely new woofer of aluminum. The highs are remarkable with the damped design from trusted, tried and true more costly models, the midrange is unbelievable with male and particularly female voices, and the base response is incredible with the fast response aluminum drivers and the downward firing port. My brother-in-law owns Vandersteen Treos and he loves the Sonettos. The Sonetto V's compare easily to considerably more costly speakers, and for the money, simply can't be beat. They are an outstanding value for the money. Highly recommended in $1K to $5K range.