Best of AVForums: 13th-19th Oct, 2018

The week that was.

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Oct 20, 2018 at 1:22 PM


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    Best of AVForums: 13th-19th Oct, 2018
    Take a moment to relax, look back and catch up with all the stories you missed from last week.
    Cinema reviews:



    Hunter Killer Review: Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman combine for submarine escapades in a testosterone-driven under-the-sea flick. Does it sink or swim?

    Mandy Review: Courageously blends Mad Max: The Road Warrior, William Blake, AC/DC and Nicolas Cage having a bad LSD trip. But is it good Cage or bad Cage?

    Disc and Streaming Reviews:



    Netflix's The Night Comes for Us Review: Netflix tries to get in on some Indonesian gangster action with The Night Comes for Us, starring the leads of The Raid. But does it live up to its casts' best works?

    Revenge Blu-ray Review: The brutal, bloody but very stylish indie horror thriller, Revenge, is a visceral experience. Could it be an impressive debut from writer/director Coralie Fargeat?

    Papillon Blu-ray Review: With an unnecessary remake just around the corner, it's time to revisit the classic Steve McQueen/Dustin Hoffman original recently released on Blu-ray.

    Twelve Monkeys Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam's 1995 time-travel sci-fi flick is a classic, but does the disc do the film justice?

    They Live 4K Blu-ray Review: A slew of early John Carpenter films are given the 4K Limited Edition treatment, we take a look at the first: They Live.

    The X-Files - Complete Series: Seasons 1-11 Blu-ray Review: Assuming that they don't commission another event season in a few years' time, this may well be most the 'complete' X-Files box set we'll ever see. But should you pick it up?

    The Happy Prince Blu-ray Review: Charting the tragic last years of famed playwright Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince is a melancholy tale of a life lived.

    Bad Times at the El Royale Review: Drew 'Cabin in the Woods' Goddard's throwback to the multi-narrative movies of the 90s borne from Tarantino's style. But does this film live up to its 90s roots?

    Game Reviews:



    SoulCalibur VI Review (PS4): SoulCalibur VI returns to the stage of history, retelling its tale of souls and swords with style and finesse in its finest entry in some time.

    Hardware reviews:

    Samsung HW-N850 Soundbar Review: The Samsung HW-N850 is identical to the N950 but without the rear wireless speakers, but is it a good alternative for those on a budget or do you need those surround channels?

    Fyne Audio F301 Standmount Speaker Review: Does the world need another affordable standmount speaker? When it comes to Fyne Audio, we might be persuaded to let a new member into the club.

    Sony HT-ZF9 Soundbar Review: Sony's HT-ZF9 soundbar not only supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but promises to deliver immersive audio from 3.1 channels thanks to its Vertical Surround Engine. But is it worth the asking price?

    LG 55B8 (OLEDB8SLC) OLED Review: LG has been busy moving the OLED TV game on but unlike last year, the B8 seems to be pegged back from the rest of the family line-up with the use of a lower grade processor. But does that really impact on the level of performance?

    News:



    Audiolab Announce New Portable Bluetooth DAC: Click the link to see full details, including pricing and availability.

    McIntosh have announced a high end amp with a massive 300W of power that costs £10k. But is it worth the money? Click the link.

    Optoma have announced the price for their new 4K projector with HDR, 3D support as well as Amazon Alexa integration. Read the full story here.

    After Google's billion pound fine, the company have announced that they will now charge device makers for their apps. But does this mark the end of Google's reign as search king? Or just mean consumer's pay more? Click the link to see for yourself.

    RevoNext Introduces RX8 Dual Driver Earphones: Dual drivers with detachable cable and semi-transparent sound chamber. But is the price too good to be true? Read the story to find out.

    Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Announced: Huawei announces what it hopes will be the world's best phone. Read the full story to see what you think.

    Android TV Gets Netflix-Google Assistant Integration: Click the link to find out more.


    Terrestrial broadcasters want the government's help in defending against streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Read the full story here.

    Pioneer and Onkyo announce eARC and MQA updates to existing devices, with more planned to come in the future. Click the link to find out more.

    Full Photoshop CC was announced for the iPad and will be free for existing Adobe CC subscribers. An Android app is also planned. Read the full story here.

    New TV Shows and Films: 15th-21st Oct 2018: Too many new movies? Or do you need a new show to binge but find there are too many streaming services to keep up with? Don't worry, just read our list of the newest and most exciting shows and films to see this week. Click the link to find out more.

    GW100 Headphones Are Grado's First Wireless Bluetooth Set:
    Grado are hoping the GW100 headphones can take on the likes of Sennheiser and Sony in the increasingly competitive Bluetooth headphones market. Click the link to find out more.

    Jay Z owned Tidal now has over a million MQA tracks at 96kHz/24bit. But can this help them compete with Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube? Read the full story here.


    Last week's podcast

    The pub quiz, extremely hot curries and home made soup dominate this week's conversation, as well as 8K TVs from Samsung, and new OLED's from Philips and Sony. We also talk £250 loudspeakers and the latest movies. Listen here.

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