I'm moving my current 1996 B&W CDM-1 to my bedroom and want new speakers for the living. System: Pioneer PLX-1000 with Ortofon 2M Black > Parasound JC3+ > Parasound Halo Integrated. Digital: laptop connected to the Halo (maybe better DAC in the future if I feel the need). I usually listen in low to mid volume. Sometimes I crank it up. Imagine a living room 5m x 6m (16 x 20 ft), front wall is the smaller, with an adjacent dining room 4,5m x 4,5m (15 x 15 ft) in the right (looking from the listening chair), so I don't have a right wall, only a small wall that comes from front wall until the dining room begins (like an "L" shape). The living room where the system is located is 16 x 20 ft but I don't have a wall in the right, so front wall is 5m (16ft) but the back wall is 9m (30 ft). I hope you can figure out. Ceiling is about 2,5m (8 ft). I auditioned B&W 683 s2, 704 s2, 804 D3 and 800 D3. 800 is the best but too expensive. No way. I thought that the 704 was much better than the 683. The 804 was audibly better than the 704 but not that much. I ended up thinking that the 704 was much cheaper and almost as good as the 804 so this would be my choice among these B&W. While I was doing some research I found this and maybe it describes my experience with the B&W: While I didn’t review the R500, Doug Schneider did, I currently own R700s, and previously owned R900s, so I’m very familiar with KEF’s R series. I always hesitate when I’m asked about which of two speakers is “better.” As always, what’s better for one person might be terrible for another, so it’s all relative to each listener’s sonic preferences. That said, the R500 was chosen as one of our Recommended Reference Components for a reason. As you can see from the measurements that accompany the R500 review, it’s a very well-designed, neutral transducer. If you’re into a neutral sound, with no part of a musical performance over- or under-emphasized, then I’m not sure you can do much better for the price than the R500. But -- and this is a substantial but -- if you prefer an exciting sound, one where instruments sound ultra-vibrant, voices pop from recordings, and recording spaces sound cavernous, then the 704 S2 is absolutely worth considering. If you take a look at the 704’s accompanying measurements, particularly the “Listening Window” chart, you’ll see that the 704 S2’s averaged frequency response peaks at 1kHz, and then again at 4kHz and 9kHz. Those peaks (and corresponding troughs) aren’t inherently a bad thing -- there's a reason so many people like messing with an equalizer when listening to music -- but they’re absolutely audible, and you should be well aware of that approaching a potential purchase. My strong suggestion would be to listen to a pair of 704 S2s in person. I suspect that you’ll hear much of what I did during my review process. As for whether or not you’ll like what you hear -- only you can decide that. . . . Hans Wetzel SoundStage! Access | SoundStageAccess.com (GoodSound.com) - Bowers & Wilkins 704 S2 vs. KEF R500 I can't audition but can buy online here the KEF R500 and R700. What do you think? Does that make sense? How would these speakers compare?