Home Theater Merges with Sound & Vision
Stereophile's owner, Source Interlink Media (SIM), announced today that it is merging the two most powerful print and online media brands in the home technology field, Home Theater and Sound & Vision, to create a single powerhouse consumer brand dedicated to electronic entertainment.
SIM executives joined these two brands under the Sound & Vision banner because of the undeniably quick evolution of home and portable electronics products. Sales of new audio/video components like soundbars, wireless speakers, high-performance headphones, and computer audio gear have virtually exploded and join more traditional A/V equipment in a vibrant new marketplace. “Using the all-encompassing Sound & Vision name we can more easily address the new ways in which consumers use their entertainment systems,” says Keith Pray, publisher of Sound & Vision, Stereophile, InnerFidelity.com, AudioStream.com, and AnalogPlanet.com.
As a result of the merged brands, Pray notes, advertisers will enjoy benefits like the strongest industry print circulation, a growing digital, interactive version of the magazine and an abundance of digital apps. “Advertisers will find that Sound & Vision’s reach is unrivaled in the industry,” he says.
Rob Sabin, currently editor-in-chief of Home Theater and a former Sound & Vision executive editor, will guide Sound & Vision beginning with the October 2013 issue. It will boast an exciting redesign, new features and a line-up preserving the best elements of both magazines.
“Bringing these two entities together has the effect of putting virtually all of the industry’s most noted experts in one place,” Sabin explains. “We will be ramping up our product review program to cover more gear across a wider range of categories and under the Sound & Vision name we can broaden our audience while continuing to support the serious audio/video enthusiast with the depth of coverage they’ve come to expect from Home Theater.”
The new Sound & Vision publishes ten times a year following the original publication schedule of Home Theater.