AVForums.com is a website which people visit to discuss Audio Visual home consumer electronics.
As well as our core Home Cinema forums, we also have very busy dedicated sections for video gaming, computers, photography, mobile phones, sat nav, ICE and more.
AVForums is free to use. We do not charge you for using the forums, posting classifieds, reading our reviews, watching our videos or listening to our podcasts. We do not sell anything except advertising campaigns to advertisers. We only ask that you, as a visitor to AVForums, allow us to show you the adverts which sustain and help grow this resource.
At AVForums.com you can get totally free advice from other people on all subjects relating to AV.
People often come to find what products to buy, where to buy them from, and how to get the most out of them after they get them home. We are visited by many types of people from those wanting to build their own DIY home cinemas to those wanting a complete custom installation without delving into details.
There is an ever growing membership getting satisfaction from helping others achieve the best from their home entertainment experiences, whether by answering questions aired or passing on their experiences gained.
AVForums.com is a resource made up of two types of content.
As well as being a vibrant and exciting forum community, AVForums also has its own in house editorial team to produce original reviews, podcasts and videos.
Our philosophy in our forums, reviews, podcasts and feature videos is to promote audio and visual excellence by gathering and sharing the best information and resources available.
Our editorial team produces
- Hardware reviews respected for being thorough and objective.
- Blu-ray reviews written with expertise and a passion for the movies.
- Game reviews written by our dedicated team of gamers.
- Regular podcasts covering home cinema and movie news, reviews and commentary.
- Videos covering varied topics from consumer and industry shows, product reviews and tutorials to home cinema installations.
How do people use the forums?
It's easy. You don't need to be a member to read our forums, but if you wish to post a message, the first thing you need to to is register, which you can do by clicking here (it's free and takes a few minutes). Then you can post a message, either by replying to an existing thread, or creating a new thread of your own. If you are not familiar with how to use forums, we ask that you read our Frequently Asked Questions page in order to appreciate how things are done.
Which forum is most relevant?
Since our website covers quite a broad spectrum of topics, we have a lot of forums. From plasma TVs to speakers, digital cameras to high definition movies. For convenience the forums are grouped into categories. For example, the Video Electronics category contains the LCD Flat Panel Televisions forum.
Take your time to browse the categories and forums before choosing the one which is most suitable for your new message.
Our best advice if you are new to our forum is to take your time browsing to get an idea of where everything is. Don't be intimidated by the amount of information. Just focus on what interests you.
I feel reluctant to join in because I'm new to the subject
We're all new to the subject at some time. Our rules state that members should treat each other with respect, although we rarely need to enforce these rules as ours is a very friendly community. Please don't feel intimidated by our veteran members, as they are, for the most part, extremely friendly, and you are very welcome here.
What else do I need to know?
If you need any other information about how to use the forums, you should access our FAQ here.
Please enjoy visiting the AVForums.com. We're here to help you.
AVForums.com has been run from the outset with a strong emphasis on employing a code of good conduct so that AV enthusiasts of all ages and from all walks of life can participate in a safe and friendly environment.
By the summer of 2000 it was clear the forums were popular so we installed professional software to provide the features people were demanding. As time went on, we created new forums for separate categories of hardware such as Televisions and Speaker Systems. Also the more technical Home Cinema PC and Video Processing forums were created in order to satisfy the specific needs of the enthusiastic technically minded visitors.
|February 2000||Launch of AVForums.com|
|August 2001||Our 4,000 plus members were drawing too much resource from our shared server. So we transferred to our own dedicated server.|
|October 2001||Installed the vBulletin software to satisfy our members' demands for more features.|
|Summer 2004||Registration of our 25,000th member. This was indicative of a rapid growth of the forums with new registrations reaching 70 per day towards the end of the summer.|
|Q4 2004||Introduction of a links database, a TV guide, an AV news feed and a searchable AV reviews and price comparison database.|
|January 2005||1 million posts|
|March 2005||Registration of our 50,000th member. New registrations passed 100 per day.|
|January 2006||2 million posts and an upgrade to a new web server.|
|March 2006||100,000 members and launch of our Podcast.|
|September 2006||3 million posts|
|October 2006||Server upgrade : doubed the CPUs, memory and HDD|
|March 2007||Launch of our hardware reviews and 4 million posts|
|September 2007||5 million posts|
|October 2007||Server upgrade : dedicated database server and 2 dedicated web servers now used|
|November 2007||200,000 members|
|December 2007||Traffic exceeds one million unique visitors per month|
|March 2008||Launch of AVForums.tv video productions|
|August 2008||Server upgrade : second database server employed and both web servers replaced|
|September 2008||7 million posts|
|March 2009||New search engine employed to facilitate fast searches of the over 8 million posts. Over 2.5 million unique visitors every month.|
|June 2009||9 million posts|
|October 2009||Traffic exceeds three million unique visitors per month|
|November 2009||10 million posts|
|December 2009||1 million threads|
|November 2011||1.3 million threads and 15 million posts|
|March 2012||Gaming reviews section launched|
|April 2012||New design launched and our appearance at Gadget Show Live|
We have been reporting on the AV news and publishing DVD and Blu-ray reviews for some years, but in 2006 we started producing audio podcasts covering news, movie reviews and expert opinion on the AV industry. In 2007 we launched our hardware reviews, and in 2008 we started producing videos.
Home cinema and tech news articles
Mark Hodgkinson writes home cinema and tech related news for AVForums. It is published in our home cinema and tech news forum at www.avforums.com/forums/home-cinema-tech-news/.
This news is also available via our mobile app. Download it from the Android market place or from iTunes.
If you wish to submit press releases for consideration for inclusion on our news pages, please email them to email@example.com.
Video news reports
Phil Hinton and Steve Withers publish news reports, product reviews and educational tutorials for our YouTube channel. We embed those videos on AVForums at www.avforums.com/videos/ but if you prefer to view them directly on YouTube, our channel is at www.youtube.com/user/AVForumsTV
To contact our video production team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank all our moderators, registered members and regular visitors for their support and enthusiasm. The world of AV seems to get more exciting each year, and as we see the number of users continue to rise, we look forward to sharing an exciting future with you at AVForums.com.
Stuart Wright, M2N.
For press releases
Our press releases are listed here.
Launched in 2000, AVForums.com is the busiest website dedicated to Audio Visual discussion in the UK.
It is free to use, independently run and has grown through word of mouth and, in recent years, organically via Google. As of December 2009, they have more than a third of a million members, one million threads, ten million posts and three million monthly unique visitors.
Readers of AVForums.com are usually looking for information about how to improve their home entertainment experience.
While the core focus is Home Cinema, their coverage also encompasses video gaming, computers, photography, mobile phones, sat nav, in-car entertainment and more.
They promote dedicated, in-depth and detailed discussion, and provide a user-friendly, enjoyable way to interact with the forums.
As well as being a vibrant and exciting community, AVForums also has its own in house editorial team producing original content including movie reviews, hardware reviews, videos and podcasts which aim to be educational as well as entertaining.
Link to us
We are always grateful for links to us. The url to use is http://www.avforums.com with descriptive text:
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