"Any better" is very subjective! Over time our ears get used to the speakers we listen to. More expensive definitely doesn't mean better 90% of the time. Modern speakers are overpriced in my opinion. Every now and then a gem pops up that is truly worth their price but not very often at all. I know of a highly respected audio engineer that has been using Meyer Sound speakers all his life at live venues. Although Meyer sound is not considered "hi fi" equipment, but professional equipment, this engineer uses bookshelf Meyer Sound in his recording studio because he is used to the brand's/ designer's sound signature and not because he can't use better ones. He's just used to their sound.
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From a listener's perspective MLs often come out on top.
In terms of being able to ignore the room and provide life-sized imaging it's rare to find other speakers that do as well. Perhaps the Sonus Faber Stradivari can compete there.
Where the MLs can lose points on is overall frequency response and dynamic range. The SF Stradivari are the only speakers I know that can best them in both imaging and frequency).
It's quite possible once you get used to the ML's you really can't hear anything else as neutral, and that's fine, but it may also be hard for others to come and love the ML's for the same reason.
I have had my ESL X’s for a couple of years now and while I was a bit cautious about going with electrostatic after years of dynamic speakers. I am absolutely pleased with them. I worked with Crutchfield because they are very good about returns. I returned a set of Wharfdales, I wasn’t quite pleased with the vocals. Now I am considering moving up to the ML 13a.
As others have said, it matters what pleases your ears.
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