I have been using EMG's for more than ten years, and I think I may be experiencing a case of being so familuar with a certain sound that nothing else compares.
I recently bought a guitar that came with 2 Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro pickups, they sounded very good, and the cleans were beautiful, however
I still felt that overall they lacked the "punch" I was used to with my EMG's.
I often find them being pigeonholed as being a "metal only" pickup. Where as I myself have used them for years for playing all styles of music.
I recently had some single coil EMG SAV pickups installed in my strat and they are great for everything from funk to country.
And after doing some research I found that many non-metal players have used EMG's over the years, people like David Gilmour from Pink Floyd.
And I was really surprised to learn that one of Prince's main guitars has an EMG 81 in the bridge.
Just curious to get your feedback...