Having both a Sanwa modded SE and TE stick, I didn’t notice anything different gameplay-wise. You’ll get the same precision and same overall feel while gaming.
“i would like to know if the tournament edition is WAY better than this”
“Way” better? I wouldn’t go that far. Personally, I prefer the larger size and weight of the TE for both putting on a table/tray in front of me, or even on my lap. I think I’d prefer the SE for longer sessions if it were to stay on my lap. Overall, after hours on both, I get pretty much the same results. The same combos come out, the same feel is there, the same wins/losses are had. I’m not complaining about “only if I had better parts in this I’d do better!”
Here are probably the reasons you would consider using one or the other. Whether this affects your gameplay or not is purely speculative. Yes, one comfort might give you a slight edge and affect your decisions, but that’s where preference comes into play:
Portability? Well, I do love the TE for having the cable storage option, so it’s nice and clean. However, I’d say that the SE is better for an on-the-go option, being much smaller and lighter. For this reason, I take the SE with me when I’m about to throw down at someone else’s place. Takes up much less room in a backpack as well.
Aesthetically? I like the TE’s wider design. Sometimes it feels like my left hand slides off the side of the SE in some respects when I hold the stick, whereas the TE my hand feels nice and comfortable resting. In both cases, my hands rest in the middle of the stick, so both feel just fine when playing on a table or my lap. I’m not a big fan of the slant on the SE, especially if it’s on my lap. I’d rather my palms rest on a flat/level surface to the buttons I’m pressing. FYI, when putting the two next to each other, it seems/feels like the SE is about 80% the size of the TE.
Cleanliness? The TE hands down. If you’re neat-freak (or even partially), then the TE is the way to go. Once you’re done gaming, just unplug the cord, store it in the hatch, and rest the TE somewhere and it looks clean next to your components. With the SE - and almost every other joystick out there - you probably wrap the cord around the peripheral. That seems almost archaic to me, especially in an age of cordless controllers being the new standard.
My personal choice? Overall I’d have to go with the TE. The size of it just feels more comfortable to me. I don’t think I pull off any better combos when using it, nor do I feel it ups my game “that much more.” But since I am more comfortable using the TE, I probably play slightly better. You probably couldn’t tell if you saw me play though.
Just comes down to comfort