The full resolving potential of any 14-inch telescope is never realized because of seeing in the "vast majority of locations". Only in the best seeing did the C14 tie the other scopes. Otherwise the seeing, even when good, limited the C14"s resolving potential and with the "lesser quality" of the optics that proved to be the difference. Most backyards do not have really excellent seeing so the comparison in different seeing should be of value to many. And it is also "one reason" why a high quality optic is desirable.
In really excellent seeing, a high quality optic will do 80x per-inch on Saturn.
Roland Christen of Astro-Physics took his 10" Mak to the WSP and used over 800x to resolve the 325 mile wide Encke Gap on Saturn. That type of observation is why many seek high quality optics. Of course, one can enjoy astronomy with scopes of lesser quality.
Great optics and great seeing = crazy high powers. I push all my scopes to the max every chance i get. Bad scopes show how bad they really are as in the case of my dud C14 that was total mush.