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post #1 of 17
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Hello all,
I got a chance to purchase Home Theater Builder magazine about a month before Christmas. I found it very helpful and an enjoyable read. After checking time and time again at my local Barnes & Nobel and Borders, I still haven't seen the new issue surface. The issue I have is dated November 2004 So I would have to assume even if it was a bi-monthly magazine the new issue would have been out. I've checked their site regularly (which has not been updated since the last issue) and emailed some of the editors and received no response. Does anyone have any more information on this magazine? Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks.

-Lil'
post #2 of 17
It's an amateur job. Some readers enjoy the articles, but many subscribers are frustrated because there is no timeline for the "next" edition.

I was a subscriber when they first announced the magazine. After waiting four months past the due date for the first copy, I cancelled my subscription.

Mike
post #3 of 17
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How did they even get 10 issues out with their current unorganized schedule?
post #4 of 17
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Originally posted by lilsalmon
How did they even get 10 issues out with their current unorganized schedule?
That is a good question.

I am pleasantly surprised when I receive an issue and try not to think about it too much otherwise. In my case, each issue was very timely. My build schedule almost paralleled their production.

Very good value when they were published. If you lay your hands on any backissues, it would be worth it IMO.

I was able to order a couple of back issues when they first started out and their service was good. I think the guy's name was andy and he usually returned emails promptly.

Steve
post #5 of 17
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Thanks guys,
Steve... when might you think we could expect to receive the next issue?

-Lil'
post #6 of 17
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Originally posted by lilsalmon
Thanks guys,
Steve... when might you think we could expect to receive the next issue?

-Lil'
It has been so long since we received one, I'm not even sure there will be a next issue. I can't remember the longest time between issues but I think this might be it.

Steve
post #7 of 17
I was a charter subscriber of HTB. I found it to be somewhat useful, but a bit thin. My favorite magazine was Audio Video Interiors. However, they finally folded. I also had a subscription to Stereophile Ultimate Guide to HT and it also folded. That subscription was replaced by the publisher with HT Magazine which does show up every month.
post #8 of 17
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Originally posted by Jeff Hovis
I was a charter subscriber of HTB. I found it to be somewhat useful, but a bit thin. My favorite magazine was Audio Video Interiors. However, they finally folded. I also had a subscription to Stereophile Ultimate Guide to HT and it also folded. That subscription was replaced by the publisher with HT Magazine which does show up every month.
AVI was a great mag. Not only for AV, but for general interior design as well.

I was under the impression though that it became another pub.
post #9 of 17
AVI became "Connected" magazine which is now a web only pub. Electronic House publishes a quarterly "Ideas" magazine which is pretty nice.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
what other magazines would you guys recommend that would be associated with some of the aspects of the room design, contruction etc. There are enough mags out there pertaining to the hardware end of HT, I am curious about the room design end. Thanks.

-Lil'
post #11 of 17
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Originally posted by lilsalmon
what other magazines would you guys recommend that would be associated with some of the aspects of the room design, contruction etc. There are enough mags out there pertaining to the hardware end of HT, I am curious about the room design end. Thanks.

-Lil'
Well, sometimes the industry trade mags, such as CEPRo and Residential Systems, will do articles on design and construction, but mostly they cover the business aspects.

Sound & Vision and Home Theater occassionally get into design and construction, but they are mostly focused in on hardware.

I find, anymore, that the web, combined with normal interior decorating mags, are as informative these days as any mag out there.
post #12 of 17
Just my two cents worth. Home theater design articles are reall hard to find. Home Theater Magazine is a great overall read for most home theater topics but is quite equipment review heavy. This is because lots of equipment manufacturers advertise in the mag. CEPRo and Residential Systems are good pro magazines (they are free!) but they tend to cover the industry from the business point of view. Not much design help from these guys. Every once in a while you might get a decent article in Sound and Vision or Electronic House but they are broad-based magazines that are also heavy on equipment profiles and reviews. I was excited about Home Theater Builder, at first, but it seriously lacks substance. The rumor is that they are about to fold anyway. (last issue, November 04). I design and install home theaters, so my needs might be more advanced than most, but what I do is this: I subscribe only to the freebes and cheapos (Biz mags, Sound and Vision, for example). I rest I check out on the newsstand to see if anything is worthwhile inside. The rest of my information comes for free from the net. Sometimes you have to dig a bit but that's the fun of it!
post #13 of 17
I thought AVI was a pretty nice mag. It needed a bit more tech info to draw in more HT enthusiasts. HT mag is good bathroom material at best. Their reviews are shallow, the equipment is often reviewed after the models have been replaced by newer versions, and most equioment is overly glorified. You rarely see poor products receive the reviews they deserve. SGTHT was a great mag. However, they were limited to 5-6 pieces reviewed which likely drew people away from it. They should have made an HT version of Stereophile (more products and detail).
post #14 of 17
I received a note from Andy at HTB and he said they he was "finishing" up an issue and that he planned to publish quarterly. Didn't get an exact date but he's still there and answering mail. I ordered some back issues and received them very quickly.
post #15 of 17
If you're looking for a good HT magazine, try Widescreen Review

Real professional mag ...
post #16 of 17
I found that "Robb Report Home Entertainment & Design" has nicely filled the gap left by AVI.

I didn't even know HTB was still publishing it's been so long since I got a magazine I figured they folder or my sub expired and I was never notified, so I never bothered finding out.
post #17 of 17
Widescreen Review is great. They seem to focus on the high end equipment that people building a dedicated theater would care about.

Sterophile is just too far out there to be useful to most people. It's entertaining to read, like the DuPont Registry, but similarly only a very small fraction of people actual read it as a buyers guide.

HT Mag is more for the guy that wants 5 speakers in his living room for when he watches a movie on his TV.

I've been searching for a magazine that caters toward theater construction as well. The music recording mags sometimes have good stuff, since building home recording studios is getting popular. The challenges aren't exactly the same, but they're close. Sound on Sound is one and they have a stockpile of old archived articles. Here's a link Sound on Sound article archives
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