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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.
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https://www.whathifi.com/q-acoustics/media-4/review

By all accounts, this has excellent sound, but a few quirks in the usability department, which may or may not bother you. The requirement that the soundbar have a built-in sub does limit your choices quite a bit.

Here's another option:

https://www.amazon.com/ZVOX-SB500-Su...1207868&sr=8-4

It's a VIRTUAL channel unless stated otherwise.

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