HIK Vs Their OEMs

Please excuse my ignorance here, but I've heard differing answers to this question: are HIK originals better than their OEM models when compared with specs, longevity, and overall performance? I've been told that they are all the same just different silkscreen, also been told that the sub-par chips, etc go to the OEMs.

It wouldnt make business sense for them to sell inferior goods to HIK's customers on both levels.

Another question, is HIK pronounced like "hike" or "hick"? It's been an ongoing debate in my area.

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