Are we talking about working on the margins where demands for quality are highest, or are we talking about good quality prints at reasonable expense?

If we are talking about the latter, good quality scans and experienced and knowledgeable operators mean good quality results.

It really depends more on the people doing the work then the choice of process if you are talking about cost-effective product.

Around here, you need to request a moderately expensive custom print to get something printed optically.