Is it important that the pads stop the car? This is generally my #1 requirement...
I read a blurb in an auto rag, many years ago. They were interviewing a German engineer - either MB or BMW, I forget which. He was commenting on the difference between European consumers and American. The Americans, he stated, cared only whether the brakes squeled, but not whether they were sufficient to stop the car. The Europeans cared only whether the brakes stopped the car, but not whether they squeled.