It's been discussed on this forum before (by people much smarter than me) that "better" depends on a lot of things, one of which is the bit rate of the original DVD. A DVD with a bit rate of 8 Mbps transcoded with Clone will still probably look better than a 4 Mbps DVD re-encoded with the $2000 CCE SP.
Another important factor, for me at least, is the fact that I watch my movies on a 132" diagonal screen. During my testing phase when I was constantly looking for "better", I usually saw more pleasing results when re-encoding vs transcoding. Therefore, I shelled out the $58 for CCE Basic to use with DVD Rebuilder as well as $36 for DVD ReMake Pro (cause I was just too damn scared of PgcEdit :bigsmile: ). No regrets for any of the dough I've parted with...and that includes the $60 for AnyDVD/CloneDVD.
I guess its no surprise that CloneDVD doesn't get used very often by me, but I still use it for those backups that I know I'll be watching on the 27" Sony instead of in the home theater.
Just my 2 cents .