I beg to differ, but what do you consider better then? Is this a personal opinion or a professional one?
I think the high end consumer stuff like shun are fine, and I own a few. But for a little more (like 10%) I would go to a Carter hand made. The carter sutuko I have was right at $200 but is easily the best knife I have ever owned. Compared to the same size shun that is nice, but at $175 isn't anything exceptional. Still head and shoulders above really cheap stuff though.
If you want to go on the less expensive side then I like Global a lot more than the stamped wustoff for about the same price.