I tested everything SSAV had in the floor stander division available up to £2100. The Kef R500 stood out head and shoulders above everything else by a long way. I cannot recommend these speakers enough. They are utterly superb. I couldn't believe that what i was hearing were coming out of those small boxes. It is relative of course, most other offerings are of a bigger size. B & W were very good tweeter wise and were the closest competition, but they couldn't get anywhere near the Kef with regards to base , + the Kef looked better .
I was also put off B & W , I have quality worries , having owned a Zeppelin and being on my third one due to repeated failure of the unit.