I have the M22, and also looked at the BW 602. I liked the 602, but the build quality is not as good as the M22, and the sound quality is "tubby" compared to the M22. The M22 is a powerhouse of a speaker, and I am EXTREMELY happy with it. I am happy that I didn't lay out $600 on a lesser quality product. BW is good, but I don't believe that it is as smooth and realistic sounding as the M22. Yes, it is hard to make a decision when buying "ear unheard", but read the reviews on all Axioms products seem to contain a pattern of words- "smooth, clarity, transparent, detailed" -all pop up in many of the reviews; Reviews that have been done with wildly varying types and standards of equipment. I don't work for Axiom, but I am more than happy to support a company that is interested in such a high price/perfomance ratio- it is rather refreshing in my opinion. If you do buy the M22, I seriously doubt that you will ever think "maybe I paid to much".