Deciding between B&W Formation Bar and MartinLogan Cadence
I want a powered soundbar for my living room with 3.0 channels without a separate subwoofer. The TV is for casual viewing and I care more about aesthetics than having a separate subwoofer and surround speakers and I am content with high quality stereo with OK bass rather than paying for poor quality ATMOS or simulated surround sound. Basically I have some money to burn and want the best standalone sound bar. I found the B&W Formation Bar and MartinLogan Cadence but I'm having trouble choosing between them.
The B&W only has optical input but has 3 forward facing channels, each channel with two 2.5" and one 1" speakers.
The MartinLogan has HDMI and can be mounted above TV, below TV, and on a table (where it is placed flat instead of upright) and has 3 channels with 3 speakers each. The strange thing is all 3 speakers in each channel are the same size and pointed in different directions and I have a suspicion that only 1 speaker in each channel is active in any mounting position, based on which speaker is facing the viewer.
What are your opinions and I'm also open to other soundbar suggestions.Thanks.