1. Wilson Maxx 2s
2. Aerial Acoustic Model 9s
The Wilsons are the best speakers I've ever heard, but I thought the Aerials deserved mention. All of the Aerial speakers (except for the Model 6, IMO) offer GREAT value compared to other brands. You can get equal performance in the Model 9 to the Wilson WATT/Puppy IMO at less than half the price. All of the Wilsons are too expensive really for what they do, but that's also just my opinion. Of course, if you like the Wilson sound signature, I guess you're stuck paying the premium
. Also, I agree the Gallo Reference IIIs are great speakers for the money, but I don't think they can really match any of the Wilsons (other than maybe the Cubs). If I was looking for speakers in that price range I'd probably be looking at the Gallos and the Totem Forests, which are another great speaker IMO. The only thing the Gallos don't really do is play particularly loudly. In fact they don't play loudly at all without sounding strained and a little harsh. The Forests are better in that respect.