In an earlier comment, there had been mention of how semi-pro cymbal offerings today are far, far better than they were 20 or 30 years ago. I'd definitely agree with that.
Will the audience notice good cymbals or indifferent ones? Maybe not...
On the other hand, I will definitely notice if I'm playing an anvil compared to something more musical.
That said, I'll choose based on the circumstance. A rock band will need something that will make a big sound. A jazz gig will need something with more nuance.