Guitar Center carries both Meinl and Paiste cymbals. Go to the nearest one, ask for some demo sticks, then start hitting the floor models. That's what they're there for. Decide for yourself which you like better.
i have some new paiste alpha's i bought about a year and a half ago and i really like them alot! i don't know about the Meinl know paiste has samples of all their cymbals on their website, so go check that out and also it would be good if you could play them a little bit before you bought!