Really like my Kings. Agree with some points above - alloy used in the drive shell is too soft, but I've replaced with a steel one - much better.
I don't think the need to maintain it more frequently makes it shit as some seem to think. I actually like the fact I can get into easily and get the parts readily to maintain it.
I9's are also very nice - have a pair and they build a very nice looking, very strong wheel. Can recommend them if you've got the cash.
Are they worth more than Hope, Shimano...I couldn't give a shit about that personally.
Regarding this alleged problem with King Headsets, can someone show me some incontrovertible evidence? I've run mine on three bikes, and latterly on long travel forks with no problems with this whatsoever with respect to the steerer. Was discussing this with the owner of my LBS about it and the guys in there have never seen any such problems either (and they are a King stockist).
ActiveDuty - you are right about that, that Raster headset is definitely the work of a pothead.