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About AVForums

The history of AVForums and our mission statement

AVForums.com is both an internet community where people discuss Audio Visual home consumer electronics and a resource of news, reviews and articles covering home entertainment, technology, movies, TV shows, music, video gaming and more.

We started as a UK home cinema community way back in 2000. We now encompass all aspects of home entertainment and technology.

Our goal is to grow a friendly, helpful community who feel comfortable and confident asking questions and sharing their knowledge and experiences.
To achieve this, we put special emphasis on making new people feel welcome, we do not tolerate cyber-bullying and we insist that members are respectful to others.

At AVForums 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.

There is an ever growing membership getting satisfaction from helping others achieve the best from their home entertainment and technology experiences, whether by answering questions aired or passing on their wisdom.

In addition to the community, we have an editorial team whose remit is to publish independent, impartial, expert reviews, news and articles which are technically accurate but written in plain English. We aim to represent our community by pushing the manufacturers for ever better products and we’re proud that our editorial opinions are respected by the AV industry.

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 just 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 in order to appreciate how things are done.

The AVForums icon

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Our icon looks, at first glance, like a play button with some extra lines in it, but in fact, it's the A, V and F of AVForums put together.

The A
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The V
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The F
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Which forum is most relevant?
Since our website covers quite a broad spectrum of topics, we have a lot of forums. For convenience the forums are grouped into categories. The Home Entertainment category covers all the equipment and media you would enjoy in your home entertainment room. The Technology category encompasses all gadgets enjoyed outside of the
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. We pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming, friendly, inclusive community since 2000. 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.

History

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.

For press releases

"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.
Readers of AVForums.com are usually looking for information about how to improve their home entertainment experience.
While the core focus is Home Entertaiment, 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 news, reviews, articles, videos and podcasts which aim to be educational as well as entertaining.
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Link to us

We are always grateful for links to us. The url to use is https://www.avforums.com with descriptive text:
AVForums.com - the No.1 home entertainment community website.

Notable milestones

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 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
October 2013 Launch of all new editorial system, switch from vBulletin to the Xenforo forum platform and implementation of an all new design
October 2014 20 million posts

Future

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.

Thanks,

Stuart Wright, M2N.

AVForums is owned and operated by M2N Limited, company number 03997482, registered in England and Wales.
M2N Limited, 21a Plymouth Road, Barnt Green, Birmingham. B45 8JF. United Kingdom

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Oct 9, 2013
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