The popularity poll is still alive and well I see ;)\nThis is obviously the type of thread where everyone knows nothing will get settled yet most people like to participate. I've seen it pop up every now and then for as long as I'm a member.\n\nAs far as the topic is concerned, I don't think grouping or pricing is what is missing. The OP should have outline at least some of the criteria. Here's why I think that:\n\n- Building a well performing and cheap speaker can prove to be harder than having a huge budget and a lot of time to make a "price is no object"\n- Following that same logic, making a couple of such speakers or having one in every new line of products is that much harder.\n- Making a well proven and common design is not a huge task, but introducing a substantial difference and improving the production (new material, different driver, different magnet, better XO) should give you some points in this battle.\n- Again, following that same logic, if a company made more than one improvement that is still used today, should give it a heap of points.\n\nMy vote here would go to a long enduring company that claims the largest number of proven and respected patents. I wouldn't necessarily care for a state-of-the-art speaker. Let's say Anthony Gallo can really make a good speaker with enough money and time, but can he do it on a budget. I think the less money you have the more knowledge you have to employ to deliver a good speaker. Of course some can't do it no matter how much money you throw at them.\n\nSo, paradoxically, Harman should be very high. Although a lot of people say Harman explores but doesn't really make good quality stuff themselves, I think a lot of other companies benefit from Harman's work and have Harman to thank to for their results.