I switched to TAOM chalk and found it is clearly not BETTER, but VERY MUCH CLEANER! As a result, I am now a permanent TAOM user. I just like the total lack of chalk marks all over the table and dusted all over the carpet.
As far as playability, I can not imagine any chalk could make a difference as long as the tip is covered.
I'm going to disagree on part of what you said. It is better. I find that I have far fewer miscues, have to apply chalk about a tenth as often, and don't have the mess to vacuum up. Being a retired chemical engineer, I can appreciate and understand the work done by the Japanese, American and Finnish engineers to improve on the 1920's tech embodied by Masters and the like. I've also seen noticeably lower wear on my cue tips, so extending the life of the tips, each one of which costs about as much as a block of Taom Pyro.
Cost? Well, I've got $4k in pool table, $2k in cues and balls, so am I really going to worry about a few cents in chalk? At my current usage rate with Pyro, I'll be buying another block in mid 2024, and I play a lot. If you do a simple cost analysis, I probably save three hours a month just not looking for my chalk block so I can apply antique chalk every other shot, having to wash my hands every time I want to touch something, and not having to vacuum the table once a week. Add all that up along with tips and reduced cloth wear, and I consider Masters and Silver Cup liabilities. I donated them all to the Senior Center and hope to not see them in the house again.