Originally Posted by Smoof017
All things being equal, if people are buying more of the comparable receivers of brand x over brand y...then I think that is comparing competitiveness...
There could be many reasons why people by one brand over another. If you go to the big box stores, the sales reps will push the products that earns them the highest commissions, or earns the stores the most profits. Many, if not most, uninformed consumers listen to what these sales reps say and since the reps appear to know more about the products than they do, they will more likely purchase the product recommended by the sales reps. Since most HT rigs are purchased in big box stores, the higher profitable brands will move out the door faster than the others. These sales numbers have no bearing on the actual quality of the products.
I personally will not buy any products made by one of the major A/V manufacturers, as I have experienced far too many premature equipment failures with their products. I think that their quality is awful. Postings from other folks indicate that they've had worse than average success with products made by the company. Yet, they keep selling their stuff.
Why? Good advertising, sales rep commissions,,,,,I don't know. It sure ain't product quality though.