Other Home Theater Forums: What have they got that HTF doesn't?

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  1. Paul_D

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    I've noticed a few mentions of other HT forums on the web recently, and with each post I wonder what they have to offer that HTF doesn't? This is by no means a way of putting any other sites down, but I couldn't imagine any other site could provide more than HTF.
    HTF has:
    -The most polite, well-informed and helpful members I've ever encountered.
    -Unprecedented number of members from a long-list of countries.
    -Comprehensive, in-depth reviews of HT software and hardware.
    -A network of film/hardware enthusiasts who read all the major sites and report all the relevant and interesting news that out there.
    -Clean, bright and attractive interface.
    One possible draw-back of HTF is that you could post for years and still stay sorta anonymous, unless you've got a inner-nostril exposing sig-pic, or a very cool name. [​IMG]
    So, what more could you ask for?
     
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    AVS has really good excellent Front Projector and Video Processor areas.
     
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    AVS has a really good HD programming area as well.
    -Gary
     
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    HTF is always the first forum I visit every day, the civility and overall helpfulness of the membership being the main attraction. The Software section has imho the reviews that best inform me on the issues of any particular release that most concern me, and the members there are the quickest to find potential technical problems on new releases.

    For most hardware related issues this is also the best place for information where owners of various pieces of gear share their experiences.

    Some other forums in my experience are better sources of information in some more more obscure areas of interest, such as which local stations are up and running with HD broadcasting or which HD boxes will do what and what problems they may have, as well as which OTA antennas work best in which situations.

    One other forum has brand-specific forums in which one is more likely to find information regarding problems with specific models of tvs, though one must sift through a lot of cheerleading as well as brand bashing to get to the real dope. This same forum has a wealth of tweaking information but unfortunately requires paid membership to access it. For this reason I don't go there very much anymore even though I am a paid member--just strikes me as wrong to require membership to access an important part of the forum.

    Taken as a whole, the HTF is the best HT related forum I've found. I do have some somewhat obscure areas of interest that I get more info about elsewhere, but I have to do more sifting and "taking with a grain of salt" outside of the HTF.

    I don't think any of the HT forums on the net can be all things to all people, HTF comes closest and far excels the others in many areas of interest. It is certainly a bastion of civility, helpfullness, and mutual respect, very refreshing in that respect.
     
  7. KeithH

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    Not exactly a home-theater site, but Audio Asylum (www.audioasylum.com) is a good site overall for discussion of high-end audio. In addition, the site offers a great deal of information on SACD. Many representatives of high-end audio companies and record labels participate there, which helps. However, Audio Asylum has its drawbacks. Membership is not required, so you can use any moniker you choose. As a result of that and a lack of effective moderators, a lot of trolling goes on there, and some people there are simply not worth dealing with. Also, don't go there looking for an unbiased viewpoint and good discussion on DVD-Audio. The high-resolution board is very heavily biased towards SACD.
    One site I enjoy is www.stevehoffman.tv . The site has an audio hardware board that is a bit weak, however, the main emphasis there is the discussion of recorded music. A number of people who frequent the music board there are true historians, as they have an incredible knowledge of a multitude of recordings. I learn a lot there. Importantly, membership is required (free), and people are very polite there.
     
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    AVS forum has a very robust HTPC forum to say the least..
     
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    I think that the other good forums out there tend to specialize in a certain area. AVS serves the high-end user or front projectors (often paired with HTPCs) VERY well.

    DVDTalk and such seem to be filled more with kiddeez and disgruntled people who have gotten the boot at HTF
     
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    I agree with Jeff. Remote central is a great site, just more specific.
     
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    No one site can do everything, or do everything equally well. While I certainly think that HTF is the best such forum around over-all, I do check others from time to time. I do the same with other areas of interest, checking a half-dozen Babylon 5 sites most days, for instance, even though I'm a moderator at one of them. Sometimes it is just interesting to see what else is out there. There is a question implicit in Paul's initial post that I'm sure he didn't intend, but it is there nonetheless, "Why do these other forums even exist if HTF is so good. Why do people bother with them?"
    *shrug*
    People have different tastes. Some people find the rules that keep this place so civilized too restrictive, others like sites that appeal more to high-end users and are "cluttered up" with newbie questions. (Most of the users here remember when we were newbies, so we're a little more tolerant.) And some need to post somewhere, having worn out their welcome here. [​IMG]
    Regards,
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    They all have a place or they wouldnt exist. The wheat is seperated from the chaff rather quickly on the internet.

    Mike
     
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    What's chaff? Are you talking about some sort of beer-making process?
    :p)
    Some sites exist just so people can't tell you to take off your funny hat. [​IMG]
    Hmm, maybe I need to look into starting a site. I don't have a construction helmet, but I've got some pretty damn goofy hats. [​IMG]
    Chat sites are like bars I think. After awhile its just the crowd you chat with, but go to any other one and you will find a similar group chatting about similar topics. Certainly that seems the case with MK's site.
    AVS on the other hand is the tops for things like technical video discussion, despite the HT geeks that also chat at HTF, etc.
     
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    HTF is actually pretty weak on the hardware side
     
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    I love this site. I do visit another mostly because they have more in depth information about my specific Television and they(like the HTF)do not allow too much childish BS to go on.
     
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    I have to agree with the HTPC thing, AVS forum has the better discussions on the that and front projectors.

    Otherwise HTF is top O the pile!

    Brent

    and that nose shot .....
     
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    One word - politeness. Goodness knows, we all (especially me) have had our rants from time to time, but we keep them within bounds (and if we don't, we get a polite - and entirely reasonable - reminder about decorum). (E.g. in any other forum, the PAL speed-up debate would have led to death threats by now).
    And no, I'm not toadying up to any of the HTF administrators. [​IMG]
     

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