I so all my b&w conversions in CS I just prefer that method over anything I've used or seen in Lightroom but I haven't tried them all. You are correct LR is very user friendly but I've been to lazy to really mess with it that much. Part of that is I got stuck doing just one style for so long that I stopped playing and learning. Now that I shoot weddings I just don't want to waste hours developing new methods, yes I'm lazy lol. If I go with them I'll post up in here how they do with sample images.
I understand. It's just that it doesn't take long to make a preset in lightroom and since you have it, its really great to fully understand its utilities. But maybe the presets will make processing more effective for you.
I like Photoshop for doing things like levitation, where you layer two exposures of the same scene, only the subject isn't in one and you brush away the supports. That's awesome. It takes ages to do it well. I'll actually finish the image with cloning and healing in Lightroom.