I haven't tried NLs but I am sure they are excellent instruments. When you say they are maybe in 'the top three' if you measure it 'by stats', do you mean it's specifications (i.e fov, close focus), or what you imagine it's sales figures are like?I for one do not think the 8x32NL’s are necessarily the best birding binoculars. Probably one of the best, maybe in the top three. If you want to measure it by stats alone, yes. And of course we all know that there is not one best Binocular for one purpose for everybody. You see how I maneuvered back to the OP, after my political dig. 😉
Notice how I was inspired by your example and stayed focused on the OP?