AVS Forum began back in 1999, when home-theater buff David Bott decided to launch a Web-based forum for like-minded aficionados in collaboration with online retailer AV Science, from which the forum’s name was derived. Since then, the membership has grown to nearly 1.2 million, with an average of more than 2.6 million unique monthly visitors who peruse over 25 million posts in more than 1.4 million threads, making AVS Forum the largest AV-enthusiast forum site in the world.
In 2013, veteran AV journalist Scott Wilkinson was asked to contribute so-called “editorial content”—professionally written articles—becoming the Editor of AVS Forum in the process. He was soon joined by Senior Writer Mark Henninger, a professional photographer/videographer and long-time AVS Forum member. Today, Scott and Mark produce news items, product reviews, and features as well as coverage of events such as CES and CEDIA, with lots of insider info and insight gained from their extensive contacts in the AV industry.
Also on the editorial staff are Ralph Potts and Lee Weber, who have written AVS Forum’s “official” Blu-ray reviews since 2008. Not only do Ralph and Lee critique movies and TV shows on Blu-ray, they also evaluate the audio and video quality of the discs so readers can find titles that make the most of their home theater’s capabilities.
None of this has diminished the forum content one bit; it only adds value to an already-invaluable site. In fact, AVS Forum is still the best place on the Web to ask any question about AV technology, with many members ready, willing, and eager to share their knowledge about and experience with just about any facet of the hobby we all love.
As with many hobbies, AV enthusiasts can be pretty passionate about their perspective, and comments can get a bit rambunctious, so we have a large staff of volunteer moderators who make sure things don’t get out of hand with personal attacks, off-topic rants, and unauthorized promotions. Lead administrator Mike Lang has been managing the moderators since the site’s inception in 1999.
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