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Blog: Fanboyism and Brand Loyalty

Discussion in 'Currawong' started by currawong, Jun 29, 2010.
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  1. Prog Rock Man
    My attention span is too short to become a fan boy. At the moment I have a weakness for vintage and Sony headphones as well.
  2. Deep Funk
    Happy hunting...
  3. leeperry
    SONY can easily make you a fanboy, coz many of their top-end headphones are just unmatched...and yes, being a fanboy is part of the human nature IMHO. Personally, I've been burned a dozen times by computer audio companies selling datasheets and crappy/buggy audio drivers...w/ the promises of fully working software "anytime soon", needless to say these companies are selling lies(who doesn't these days?). So when I find companies that don't play the commercial bs game and actually deliver(SONY, Firestone in my case), then yes I become biased coz I know that these companies won't try to cheat me out of my money. I so much wanna buy a MDR-CD900ST...due to fanboyism? most likely, hah! and because Japanese cd3k owners always speak highly of it, between fanboys we understand each others I guess [​IMG]
    Their bs act is not as big as say the Proline750: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http://www.smci.jp/MDR-CD900ST/&rurl=translate.google.com
    but it couldn't possibly sound any worse hehe...some even compare it to the O2: http://www.headfonia.com/?p=1522&page=3
    will my placebo fanboyism make me love it no matter what? hard to say.
  4. Prog Rock Man
    Ha, I am a fanboy of Firestone as well and happily recommend the Fubar USB DAC and The Supplier. Both are built to last. I have the Sony DR 4C and soon to arrive the DR 5A, both of which are built to last as well. But I only recommend as appropriate.
    The fanboyism I really object to are the one headphone replies to requests for recommendations, which at the moment is the ATH M50s and those who go on and on and on, such as a certain B&W P5 poster.
  5. Deep Funk
    MDR CD900, if I am correct the V7 with a different name or am I confused with the old V900 or MDR 7509?
    DR 5A, is it worth it? I have the DR 6A which is pretty good for an oldie and has pretty good bass. I am still 50/50 on the DR 5A. 
    I am holding of audio gear and music to make sure I have enough funds for university. If I had the funds already the Philips N6330 and Philips SBC HP1000 would be in my possesion. Money... 
  6. Prog Rock Man
    Deep Funk, I had a look at your kit list, you are a fanboy of headphones.
  7. Deep Funk
    I like my headphones a lot. Once I have thick walls, room and the funds the time will come for killer speakers. At the moment some of the headphones are useless though, HP830.
  8. oqvist


    Fashion is the next step... For the majority I am sure gear make take place ahead of fashion for the general nerd :)
    But really just about all commercials message is about this product make you successful... Even coca cola is somehow defining you as successful and cool. Not to say all those sexistic beer commercials. We are all brainwashed with it I suppose.
  9. Antony6555
    I know what you mean about the current tendency to create new terms and I find it annoying as well (I think it has to do with the low attention span of Americans these days). That said, I don't think fanboy fits that mold really. Even if it is lobbed around too much, it seems to describe a very real phenomena and isn't really vague at all. As for being pejorative, well of course it is but I see nothing wrong with that, ha.

  10. jelt2359 Contributor
    Awesome. I think this goes some way to explain the endowment effect (what I own must be better). But I think primarily it comes about because there are always two possibilities in this world- we are either right or wrong. And so when we hear that the drink we preferred was Pepsi and not the Coke we are fans of, we put more weightage on 'wrong' (I must have tasted it wrong). When it is Coke we put more weightage on 'right' (of course I got it right).
    We all probably have different affinities to each (choosing right or wrong)- and this also depends on the situation. I wonder if it's also linked to this effect : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect
  11. kimragone
    For me, branding has a different reason. I have replaced all my headphones in my collection with Sony headphones and my goal is to keep it that way. It's my way of limiting the headphones that could tempt me and basically keep it simple (and easy on my wallet).
    I'm not looking for the Holy Grail of headphones, so it doesn't really bother me if I'm missing out on some other brands. I enjoy my current collection. And like a previous poster mentioned, Sony has plenty of headphones to look forward to owning one day.
  12. Deep Funk
    That is smart in a way, my new used Yamaha HP1 might cure me of torturing my wallet with future headphone upgraditis although I doubt it. 
  13. Currawong Contributor
    What's interesting to me, is that some people can acknowledge their biases, yet other people seem incapable of doing so.  Some people, if you point out their biases, especially if you can show that their thinking is irrational, get very upset.  A skill I've learned is, even when I'm upset, to be able to see myself and my reaction and not become overwhelmed by the emotion.  It's very good in situations where something one has invested a lot emotionally into seems threatened.
    Jelt2359: I reckon you're on to something there.
  14. Ypoknons Contributor
    I do think there is too much emotion on internet forums, not limited to getting upset in arguments but especially because of the putdowns, insults, vague allegations (shill, especially) and drama that happens when arguments break out. I think the rise of trolling, 'fail' putdown and their ilk do reflect a shift towards personal emotional release. I'm much more about community building myself, making a place where we can use logic and reason to talk about the topic at hand. Politeness does not mean political correctness or censorship, but rather a civil exchange of opinion. Keep the emotions and drama out of it. What matters is the subject matter, not the people. When that happens, I believe people become more open minded and the mental blocks about brands and labels tend to drop.
    So I think the problem is not preference for a particular brand, especially if well-founded, but rather mental blocks and attacks against other brands and their followers. But then again, I've been far enough in life to know that 'nice guy' or 'community' ideas often don't work out. I've met many guys who enjoy, or at least expect that people will fight and aggravate their own egos, regardless of whether their social status is nerd or jock. Which also brings up the interesting question of gender; I think the study in the OP did not say. 
  15. maxjam


    No but you surely are a TWAg Fanboi.
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