I was expecting to hear an M80 or M60 vs an M22 or M2 sub combo. I never really entertained the idea of a competitor's speaker in the test.
Personally, I wasn't impressed with either speaker, but then again I was expecting a full range speaker (and I am used to my M80's).
I liked the B&W better overall, to me it was a little clearer and I liked the treble range better. I did however hear much wider sound (sound stage) and more, not necessarily better, bass from the M3. But I surly didn't like it $2000 better!
For $2300 I could have M80's and a VP180 or, M2's and an EP500 and a pair of QS8's. Each of which will give you much superior sound than a pair of 805's
I Like a more linear speaker like the M2's or M22's or M80's.
For me it was difficult to fill out the from also. It was hard to define the sound and put in words or ranking.
I now have a new perspecive on buying speakers.
It was a great excercise and I encourage every one to try it at least once before they buy speakers.
Axiom M80, VP180, Qs8, EP500
Epson 3020 (Evaluating)