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Have you heard both speakers? Which one's sound signature did you prefer? The two are completely different: the Wharfedale will be warm, mellow and smooth with a very full and clear midrange. The MA I would expect to have livelier sparkly treble and faster/punchier mid-bass. If your usage is mainly HT/TV, the MA might be the better choice. If you listen to a lot of midrange dominant music, I'd take the Wharfedale; more dynamic types of music, the MAs would probably make you happier.
About the center: don't assume that just any "matching" center will do. A lot of them suck, or underwhelm. The Wharfedale centers tend to draw only so-so feedback. Not sure about the MA center. Just evaluate the center on its own merits, and if you find any voice clarity shortcomings, don't hesitate to take it back and buy a non-matching center that can pull its own weight.
~ Are you a "geek hobbyist" obsessed with squeezing out that last 5-10% improvement? The economy will thank you...especially the Chinese one. Or are you more of a get-set-and-forget "casual user" who simply wants to increase your enjoyment of movies, TV and gaming? Relax, HT isn't rocket science, nor does it have to cost an arm and a leg---especially if you ignore the aforementioned vocal minority. And remember to smile...it's just a silly hobby, after all. :)