Best of AVForums: 29th Sep - 5th Oct 2018

Start the weekend by looking back at last week

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Oct 7, 2018 at 7:32 AM

  • Did you miss our news and reviews last week?
    Here is your chance to catch up with our complete list of reviews and news from the 28th of September to the 5th of October, 2018. Just click the links to read the content.

    Cinema reviews:

    Blue Iguana is a movie that not many people will have heard of. So is it worth your time and effort hunting it out at the cinema, or will a rental or disc purchase be more prudent?

    The big movie of last week was Venom, a big budget blockbuster Marvel anti-hero film. Can the studio continue the runaway success of their standalone movies?

    The other film raking up the discussions on the forums and social media is ‘A Star is Born’. It's Lady Gaga’s first major movie role and it sounds like she is off to a good start. Read our review to find out what Cas thought is this one.

    4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc Reviews:

    The big 4K Blu-ray movie release was Halloween. This movie is a horror classic and it's out in time for the holiday it shares its name with. Does it stand up to the 4K picture treatment?

    Also released on Blu-ray and reviewed last week was Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. If you're a child of the 60s or just love retro TV, this might be the perfect disc to pick up. Read Simon's review to find out.

    Now for a movie that probably passed most people by. ‘Book Club’ has a pretty stellar cast, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia and Craig T. Nelson. The plot is ‘Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.’ Is it as awful as it sounds from the description?

    The last of our 4K Blu-ray reviews comes courtesy of Simon. ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ was the 3rd in the franchise. A disc just for X-Men die-hards and completists then? Click here to read Simon's take on this one.

    TV, Hi-Fi and Tech Reviews:

    Steve Withers had the back-breaking Hisense U9A (H75U9AUK) 4K ULED TV in for review. Is this the cheapest 75-inch 4K UHD TV you can buy and does it justify its £3,500 price point? Find out what Steve thought about it in his review.

    Greg Hook has been filling his house with Wi-Fi this week reviewing the Netgear Orbi RBK23 Wi-Fi System. Is it easy to install and setup? What about a well-designed app, fast speeds, rock-solid connection, and other must-have features? Read the review to find out.

    News stories

    Samsung had big news this week - its first 8K TV range got a UK starting price. Click the link to read the reason for Samsung's 8K push.

    Rega announced their Planar 8, a new, lighter turntable, which is available with two factory-fitted cartridges. Click the link to read all about this new ultra-light record player.

    NAD also announced a new turntable as well as an amplifier and a streaming DAC running BluOS. Read the full story to find out all prices and availability.

    RHA announced New True Wireless Earphones aiming to take on Apple’s AirPods. Boasting a 25-hour battery life and fast charging. Click the link to see the full price and availability.

    LG announced their new V40 phone featuring a Quad DAC and 5 Cameras. Take a look at the full story to judge for yourself if this multi-camera, 32bit DAC phone can help LG compete with Apple’s iPhone XS and Samsung’s Note9?
    Microsoft held their annual Surface event announcing the availability and prices for new portable Surface devices. Take a look to see if the new Surface Studio2 could replace your Apple Mac.

    Microsoft also announced all-new Noise-Cancelling Surface headphones. Click the link to see the new devices, potentially, fatal flaw.

    Guitar amp company Marshall announced new earphones and speakers. Check out the article for full prices and availability.

    Netflix secured the International Rights for DC's Titans TV series. Read the full story to find out why UK DC fans are furious.

    Thorens, the high-end Swiss audio company, announced two plug-and-play ready turntables aimed at vinyl newcomers. Click the link for price and availability.

    Jacks of all Trades explored the rise of multifunction high-end audio. Read the full article to see how ‘Multifuncion’ no longer means ‘compromised’.

    SoundMAGIC has announced all-new E11 earphones. Read the article to find out how the phone market could mean they are doomed to fail.

    Bluesound takes on Sonos with seven new devices. Read on to find out how Amazon, Apple and Google are the biggest threat to both Bluesound and Sonos.

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