To Doug Schneider,
I am looking at spending approximately EUR1500 on some speakers. It has been suggested I hear three brands: KEF, B&W and Focal. I have heard of B&W only. Do you have any experience with those brands or any others? The speakers will be used for home theater as well.
Those are three great brands to look at. KEF and B&W are UK companies, while Focal is out of France. We’ve reviewed speakers from all three companies and they have been anywhere from good to great, so chances are you’ll end up with something you like even if you limit your shopping to only those three.
Still, for that kind of money you have plenty of options. If I were shopping I’d also look at speakers from these companies: Dynaudio, PSB, Paradigm, and Monitor Audio. Like the three you already mentioned, these companies all make products for stereo and home theater. PSB and Paradigm are Canadian, Dynaudio is Danish, and Monitor Audio is British. I suspect you’re located in Europe and you should have no trouble finding products from all these companies there since they're sold worldwide. . . . Doug Schneider