What forums do you use??

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  1. shankar

    shankar Stunt Coordinator

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    I cruise the Internet and have visited most of the HT forums asking questions. My experience has been thus:

    Home theater forum: Best forum for audio related questions. OK for video stuff. Friendliest of the forums.

    Digital Theater: Used to be he place to get answers, I don't visit there that often.

    AVS Forum: Best source for HDTV related info and questions. I learned a lot. Some highly opinionated people tend to blow away newbies.

    HT spot: Good source for Toshiba related stuff, mainly due to the organization. Learned a lot about tweaking my Tosh TV.

    How about you folks?
     
  2. James Bergeron

    James Bergeron Supporting Actor

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    Althought I like Home Theater Forum (I agree great place for audio).

    I think Home Theater Talk is the most friendly forum.

    There are not nearly as many users there so you can get a vast more amount of opinions here on hardware. They deal more in intelectual talk.
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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  4. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Digitaltheater.com Strengths: Good technical advice available. Used to be a pretty good forum, but for some reason the traffic has come to a virtual stand-still, to the point that some of their luminaries (like brucek) have migrated over here. Good for us, bad for them!
    Weaknesses: As noted, effectively DOA. It may take a while to get a response, if help is what you are after.
    Hometheaterspot.com Strengths: None that I can think of.
    Weaknesses: Finely hashed into more than 80 topical sub-forums (no kidding), which makes it a pain to navigate. For instance, there is a forum for every major equipment brand, so I imagine anyone someone posting a “newbie help” question under their brand would get far less responses than he would in a “Beginners Forum” like we have here. Seems to be very few really technically knowledgeable people there. Too many participants seem akin to the less-than-gracious, barely-literate types that haunt most of the car audio forums. Responding to some fellow’s “Help!” thread will often get you zip in feedback – no “Thanks,” no “Drop dead,” no nothing.
    Soundandvisionmag.com, the website for Sound and Vision magazine, also has a forum (direct link at http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/cgi-bin/Ultimatebb.cgi). Strengths: There is sanity to the number of sub-forums. Friendlier, more literate and generally a higher-caliber clientele than the Spot. Reasonably competent answers to “help” questions.
    Weaknesses: Doesn’t really sound out from the crowd. There are more (in number) knowledgeable people here and elsewhere.
    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  5. shankar

    shankar Stunt Coordinator

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    Zbigniew Stunt Coordinator

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    Mike Matheson Second Unit

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    Two other forums I frequent:
    Audiogon Forums -- tends to be for higher-end gear, tubes, tweaks, etc.
    Audio Asylum -- sort of a Wild West kind of experience, but a lot of info (speakers, digital sources and DACs, etc.)
     
  8. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    Disadvantage of forums with dozens and dozens of categories:
    People who may be able to answer your question can't find your question as easily, so it takes longer to get an answer.
    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     
  9. Jack Keck

    Jack Keck Second Unit

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    I enjoy this forum, Home Theater Talk, and AVS. I also visit SMR and Harmonic Discord. HD is a great place for any kind of esoterica, especially discussions about tube equipment. I am pretty much low end, but I enjoy reading people's ideas and opinions about the higher end stuff.
     
  10. dave_brogli

    dave_brogli Screenwriter

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    I use this place probally the most, followed by SAV forums. Also there is a new place opened its called HDTVoice. Its primarily HD related and there are only about 500 members so its still new but there is some good stuff on there... http://www.hdtvoice.com/voice/index.php
     

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