A great chef can make a fine dish out of ordinary chicken and not just pheasant. And as far as speed goes, I've enlarged directly onto old-school Azo without issues. You just need a fast lens and
strong halogen light source. I've owned color mural enlargers that would probably do it in seconds.
That being said, contact prints having a somewhat different tonality to them. Whether or not one
needs a chloride paper or could do better with one of the superb VC papers avail today is a matter
of nuance and personal taste. Let's just be grateful for having choices.