Brand is an important indicator of build quality and components going into something at your price point for value. For example, I have different expectations for Monster than I do for Onkyo/Pioneer. Or D-link and Asus.
I know good bands get free electronics, but they are good because the electronics are good. They did have to buy them before they got discovered, so I feel very good about the electronics the band chose.
@billyrogers Broadcom as in what Dell puts on its server line? That might have been the case 15 years ago, but i haven’t had any problems with Broadcom for a long time. RealTek, on the other hand is consistently bad.
When buying a TV Rtings is most important to me. It’s how I ended up with an inexpensive Dolby Vision panel from a company I hadn’t heard of. I’m not an audiophile, so the wired earbuds or $50 cans are fine for me. Car stereo, brand conscious, I’m not putting a Chinese tablet in there from some company I haven’t heard of even if it’s the same as the Pioneer that is made on the same production line with different badges.
I guess what I’m trying to say, is it depends on the type of electronics.
@Gypsigirl213 It depends on the product. X brand’s Walmart edition thingy might be sourced with different components than X brand’s midrange or flagship thingy.
You can’t safely judge products at the brand level with most companies, IMO / as far as I’ve seen. Even iPhones will have one model with not-quite-equal components from more than one supplier. I bet that’s much more the case with cheaper stuff. (I got burned that way, one time, on a Samsung monitor that went through a series of component changes.)
Some of it gets into how powerful the company is too – can it control and audit its upstream suppliers across the pond in China? Some of these little guys and dropshippers, probably not.
I was going to say I don’t look at brands, but every example I could think of was a thing that only one brand made. Apple makes Macs, iPhones, only Logitech makes Logitech mice… Headphones aren’t interchangeable across brands. They’re different things.
Even cables and crap: Anker’s the only cheapish cable company I know of that supposedly has a good reputation and won’t destroy your stuff.
Modular computer components, hard drives, graphics cards, cases, power supplies – maybe those are the places where there is still commodification. I don’t look at brands there.
Depends, if my choices are among known brands with recognized good quality, then price/features. If my choice is among no names, or names that I know are licensed by no names, then price exclusively. I usually try to research important things.