whats in a name?

when looking at the brands out there, and listed here daily i feel sympathy for the manufacturers trying to come up with names for their product lines. authors have trouble coming up with great titles for books. newspapers have to develop catchy headlines. likewise a name can make or break a product. i can see a designer/marketer working for a year on a new exciting product and then running into a brick wall trying to name it. iconic names like macintosh, luxman, accuphase, jbl, etc immediatly "mean" something to an audiophile. but some of these new companies really have to struggle to gain some traction. any thoughts? john
I agree, and sometimes (often?) the names they choose scream cheesy, although they sometimes establish a reputation that gets them by it.
After some of those iconic names are sold of to offshore conglomerates, they often mean something very different to the next generation.
a name of a company bears no correlation with the correlation with the quality of its products. it is totally irrelevant.

for example, if i were looking to purchase an amplifier, i would not rule out a company with an odd name.
One company that I had recently noticed and thought "what were they thinking", while deciding on their company name, (and not to pick per se') but...... Fried Speakers..(?)!!:)
whats in a name?

Some written characters that may or may not mean something.
I think the name is part of the marketing strategy they try to employ, to have a "sibling identification" with in a particular company. But more importantly, to me, is the look. I think when looking at gear I am drawn to the look of the faceplate. Some companies have a real knack for the "cool factor" in design. But in the end, the real acid test is the sound.
I once had a friend of mine who worked in marketing (yeah, those folks actually have friends, oddly enough) say that what a company wants to establish is the brand, not the name. The name, if properly selected, evokes the image the company wants to project -- so, for example, "Audio Research" and "McIntosh Laboratories" both invoke an image of seriousness and sophistication. Bel Canto, on the other hand, invokes an image of beautiful music reproduction (a brave decision for a company pushing Class D amps). Companies named for founders are often implying that the founder has special genius or inspiration (Klipsch, Thiel, Polk, and Marantz all jump to mind). You can even find examples that reflect a tribute by an entrepenuer to a devoted spouse who supported the effort (e.g. Spendor).

At the end of the day, a great name won't save a rotten product -- But it can become an identifier that resonates with the target customer base as a symbol, for good or ill -- hence, a "brand." And as Unsound points out, the cache a brand has developed can be squandered -- and often is, eventually. Sigh. I have my fingers crossed for the recently sold "Audio Research", for example -- will its brand survive being part of a conglomerate? The odds are not good. And Klipsch is, post-Paul, a shadow of its former self. I'm feeling old -- I think I'll go take a drive in my DeSoto.
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Nowadays the name of a product acts like a catch of sorts, unless one is of an older generation that has established itself. Case in point-I just bought a Schiit Bifrost DAC. It was the name that caught my attention but it is the sound that has me glued to my seat.