The question reminds me of the one about cars: which do you prefer, a sports car or a pickup truck. The fact is they are different and each suited to its own task.
Fortunately, I have both: an f/6.3 5" refractor for imaging of dim big things (think nebula) and an f/15 12" Cassegrain for capturing small but bright things (think planet).
I initially started with visual and a big SCT but found that less than ideal when I transitioned to imaging, so I shifted for a few years to a refractor. That has worked great for DSOs. Imaging is so much easier with a refractor than an big SCT.
However, I miss watching moons transit Jupiter, showing the rings of Saturn to visitors, etc. So I've returned to having a big reflector, now mounted side by side with my refractor. Best of both worlds.