Jul 20, 2018 at 9:29 PM
- Jun 30, 2017
- Reaction score
- Los Angeles, CA
I feel like this should be made its own post and stickied. So many people I know don't really think about some of these things when it comes to reviews.I'm not a marketing/consumer psychologist, but it is usually due to many different reasons.
It's not that people try and intentionally mislead others. It's usually just small benign resaons:
1. "New toy" bias
2. Psychological expectations (like when pictures of the food on the menu looks awesome, so it influences your expectation)
4. Brain burn in (or physical burn in)
5. Your ears that day (humidity, the seal you get (or don't get), ear inflammation, if you have a cold or congestion that day, etc).
6. Time. Often OOTB stuff can be judged prematurely vs after critical listening for weeks. It's an easy mistake to make - @crabdog literally just did this (https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chi...hones-and-iems.820747/page-1113#post-14370537)
7. Buying into the hype, which then clouds your judgement.
8. Perceived value (lower cost products are usually given more leeway to mediocre performance than much more expensive, such as a $0.99 burger vs a $500 Kobe steak)
9. QC variations. Maybe someone got lucky, and got a REALLY good/golden ear pair, which sound unusually better than some of the others.
10. Manufacturers quietly making a change. This is kind of related to the previous, and it does/has happened. The initial batch goes out and it's awesome. Then they quietly change it and it sucks. This just happened not to long ago with the BGVP DS1 v1 vs v2 (the "good" one = "TN forum" version).
11. Flat out just making an honest mistake. We all do; no one is perfect.