Hail Home The­ater!

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Con­grat­u­la­tions on the new po­si­tion. I’ve fol­lowed your writ­ing since the Home The­ater mag­a­zine days. I un­der­stand the

di­rec­tion that you need to take S&V in for the av­er­age reader, but I re­ally miss the fun-lov­ing lifestyle that Home The­ater pro­moted, as well as its look and feel. The pho­tog­ra­phy, the lay­out, even the print qual­ity of the mag­a­zine made it some­thing spe­cial. The ar­ti­cles were short, to the point, and full of hu­mor. I liked the face-offs, the blind com­par­isons, and even the rec­om­men­da­tions for snack food, cigars, and liquor. My wife called it “Martha Ste­wart Liv­ing for boys,” and she was right!

Lu­cas Jack­son Via email

I miss the shootouts from the days of Home The­ater Mag­a­zine in which mul­ti­ple dis­plays were com­pared by a panel of writ­ers and ranked. This would be great for sub­woofers and other com­po­nents. My wife and I re­cently up­graded our Hsu Re­search VTF-3 MK2 sub­woofer with an Out­law Au­dio Ul­tra X-13 and love it. We’d en­joy see­ing a shootout in S&V pit­ting the Out­law Au­dio Ul­tra X-13 against the new THX Ul­tra-cer­ti­fied sub­woofer from Mono­price as well as non-thx-cer­ti­fied sub­woofers.

Jim Ma­lik Via email

Thank you both for the mem­o­ries. I was al­ways proud in those days that we were able to put out a sub­stan­tial, wildly var­ied pub­li­ca­tion with a skele­ton staff. And I agree that hu­mor was one of the mag’s strong points. That’s some­thing we could use more of in Sound & Vi­sion, though there are def­i­nitely bet­ter out­lets to find out about liquor and cigars. As for prod­uct face- offs, those were made pos­si­ble by mul­ti­ple re­view­ers liv­ing in close prox­im­ity to each other. (Face- offs also ap­peared in the early days of Sound & Vi­sion.) To­day, AV re­view­ers tend to be a far-flung lot, spread far and wide across the U.S. That makes putting to­gether a face- off a dif­fi­cult prospect, though it’s not com­pletely out of the ques­tion for the fu­ture.

I’m also happy to hear that your sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers share your en­thu­si­asm for AV— and for AV mag­a­zines. Home The­ater may have been Martha Ste­wart Liv­ing for boys, but we would have been glad to have had fe­male read­ers as well. Same thing goes for Sound & Vi­sion.—

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