One of the main reasons the high end amps still sell so well IMO. [I'm not suggesting the main reason isn't sound quality]Cheapest amp to meet needs? In terms of performance and budget, yes. For aesthetics and pride-in-ownership, maybe not so much.
I will add that I'm generally willing to spend more for something with better build quality and premium electronic components in the hopes that it will last much longer and perform more reliably than something cheaper, even if both sound the same to my ears.