Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie
Originally Posted by stargate125645
Reviews disagree with you. That's all I have to say about that.
Awesome, lets take reviews as what defines high end or not. I can dig up enough stellar reviews of Vizio products that would classify them as high end under your standard. What defines high end is the quality of the components, quality of assembly, and quality of the post manufacturing inspection. I am talking the actual total build of the product, not how much someone likes them or how "Totally awesome great! A++" a review says it is. Very few, if any, review sites actually break down a television to the smallest of internal parts and looks at them. They simply plug them in and determine, based off that persons personal feelings, how well it works. Are the colors rich, can you see the back light bleeding through, etc.
Look, I am not dogging on Sony in terms of quality as they make a good product, but that is it, a good product. They are not a high end product, an elite product, or an exclusive product. Sony was always the working mans Porsche if you will, a well built product that the average guy/girl could afford and trust that it would give them years of service! What is wrong with being that? That is the best market to be in, you have the largest customer base in that market.
What Sony did with their name and products would be like if Coke decided they were going to be the Dom Perignon of the soda world all of a sudden. Market themselves outside of their actual market and try to become exclusive, it would end in disaster, just like it did for Sony.
EDIT: I remember walking into the electronics store as a kid with some Christmas money I had and wanting to buy my own TV for my room. I am looking at this row of TV's and the different brands, Phillips, RCA, Sony, Magnavox, etc. This was all before companies started merging with each other. After looking up and down at every TV over and over I settled on the Sony. Why?
- I knew the name.
- The TV felt and looked like it was just a little more solid than the others.
- The price was right on it, just a fraction more than the others. Enough to say "I am better, but still affordable".
The TV is still functioning today, and was well worth the few extra dollars it cost. But that isn't seen today, Sony tries to put themselves too far out there.