There are a lot of problems with Lodima paper. It will take time and work for M&P to get it right. Let's help them make it perfect.
As to the relative qualities of enlargement vs. contact printing, I'd urge you to look at the photographs of Brett Weston, who did both. My favorite print of his is an enlargement, and I only know that because I was told. I defy you to tell the difference by looking only at his prints. Granted, he had much better enlarging papers to work with, but I've seen some simply magnificent prints on Ilford Multigrade, a paper which I regard as mediocre at best. The skill of the printer makes a lot more difference than the paper does.