Perlick forward sealing faucets are held in very high regard around here. I have three of the 525ss models and they area great. I upgraded from the standard chrome plated rear sealing faucets and the difference is huge. My old faucets would stick if you didn't pour a pint for a few days. I had one stick shut, went to pour a pint and it opened, but wouldn't shut. I made quite a mess (and wasted beer) as I was opening the fridge grabbing for the disconnect.
The general belief is that the regular faucets are great if they're used alot, like in a bar. But for a little extra money, I would go with the perlicks. I wish I had gone with the perlicks to begin with.
The stainless perlicks are around $32 or so. They also make a cheaper version that's still forward sealing but is chrome plated brass for around $17. My entire set up is stainless; faucets, shanks, tail pieces. It may be a little overkill, but I got a very good deal on it. You can certainly obtain acceptable pours with cheaper equipment. The key is to balance your keg system.