I think a lot of folks have changed from Sonar to Reaper, so much so that there is a Sonar to Reaper user change over guide on the Reaper site to make it easier. I don't see that with other DAW's over on their site. I have never used Sonar so I don't really know if it is easier or better or what. Plus we ALL know that BETTER is just subjective and everybody will have their own BETTER.
Not trying to sound like a commercial or a fanboy...lol..but I like their forums over there too.....lots of support.
I think out the box it is just okay, but when you make a few changes to the GUI and personalize it then you really have some thing!
Sadly you may be right and maybe if they sold it for $299 (well worth that price) and no fully functioning trial, people would take it more seriously. IMHO this DAW vs. price logic is dumb and would mean that SAW Studio at $2,500 a pop must be the best DAW based on it's selling price.
Those in the Reaper know are well aware of what a great program it is. I won't say I have made the jump from Pro Tools to Reaper completely, but I will say that I am a fan now after trying it out and using it for awhile.