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Last of Us Part II review, new forum features coming and the latest news and reviews from TV, home cinema, movies, tech and gaming.

The Last of Us Part II Review

The Last of Us Part II Review

The Last of Us Part II explores the next chapter in Ellie's struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic United States as she comes into conflict with a mysterious cult.

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Have a look at our selected threads from the forums. Do you have any thoughts on these topics?

Would you go back to a plasma TV?

Would you go back to a plasma TV?

Although plasma TV technology is long gone, it still has some very passionate advocates. See what TV fans thought of their plasma experiences in the discussion thread. Would you buy one today if the technology was still available?

What is the best and worst facial hair in movies?

What is the best and worst facial hair in movies?

From the Chin Curtain to the Soul Patch via the French Fork and the Coptash Standard, a dizzying array of character enhancing moustache, beard and sideburn combos have graced the screen and disgraced the wearers. What are some of the most memorable... and most egregious?

Large screen outdoor viewing - will a projector work?

Large screen outdoor viewing - will a projector work?

TVs seem more suited to viewing in outdoor conditions and some manufacturers have released models specifically for this situation - Samsung's Terrace springs to mind - but, what would it take for a projector to work outside and just how bright would it need to be?

 
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Here's the rest of this month's news and reviews.

TV News & Reviews

Philips TV and audio hardware to introduce DTS Play-Fi

Philips TV and audio hardware to introduce DTS Play-Fi

TP Vision has announced plans to introduce the DTS Play-Fi wireless audio protocol to its most recent Android TVs and upcoming soundbars and wireless audio speakers.

Panasonic adds HZ980 OLED TV to 2020 line-up

Panasonic adds HZ980 OLED TV to 2020 line-up

Back in February when Panasonic launched its 2020 OLED TV range, there was the feeling that something was being held back. Well, that 'something' was the HZ980 and it's now been officially announced.

CES 2021 to go ahead 'in person'

CES 2021 to go ahead 'in person'

While other large scale events have been cancelled or will go ahead under very different circumstances as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Consumer Technology Association has announced that CES 2021 will go ahead 'in person'.

Philips 800 Series OLED TVs come to UK in July

Philips 800 Series OLED TVs come to UK in July

On sale in the UK from July, the new Philips OLED 805 / 855 / 865 TV sets will come in both 55 and 65-inch versions.

Samsung 2020 TV app lineup upgraded

Samsung 2020 TV app lineup upgraded

Samsung's 2020 UK TV lineup now features an upgraded range of app offerings to cover all the live, catch up and streaming TV you might ever want to watch.

Bang & Olufsen 88-inch Beovision Harmony 8K OLED TV launched

Bang & Olufsen 88-inch Beovision Harmony 8K OLED TV launched

Reaching the absolute pinnacle of current TV technology, Bang & Olufsen's 88-inch Beovision Harmony features the world's largest OLED TV screen and 8K resolution.

Find more like this at our TV Hub

Home AV News & Reviews

Samsung Blu-ray players not working for many owners

Samsung Blu-ray players not working for many owners

Samsung has yet to give an official response to reports that many of its Blu-ray player models have started malfunctioning over the weekend.

REL S/510 Subwoofer Review

REL S/510 Subwoofer Review

The REL S/510 is the smaller entry in the company's Serie S range, and like the other models it boasts increased power and a redesigned driver for an improved performance.

Vizio SB36512-F6 Soundbar Review

Vizio SB36512-F6 Soundbar Review

The Vizio SB36512-F6 Dolby Atmos soundbar delivers a genuinely immersive audio experience without breaking the bank thanks to a simple setup that includes a separate subwoofer and rear speakers.

Denon introduces 8K ready AV Receivers as industry's first

Denon introduces 8K ready AV Receivers as industry's first

Denon has announced the upcoming prices and availability of the industry's first 8K-Ready AV Receivers - the AVC-X6700H, AVC-X4700H, AVC-X3700H, and AVR-X2700H.

Yamaha MX-A5200 11-Channel Power Amplifier Review

Yamaha MX-A5200 11-Channel Power Amplifier Review

Yamaha's latest 11-channel power amplifier offers serious amounts of power to drive your Atmos home cinema system, but it also adds in the ability to bridge the front channels to add even more grunt to your two-channel music. What's not to like?

Yamaha CX-A5200 11.2 AV Processor Review

Yamaha CX-A5200 11.2 AV Processor Review

The CX-A5200 is a replacement for the long-running CX-A5100 processor and adds some better audio components and also changes some of the inputs available. The big updates are new DACs and a new power transformer, as well as the addition of Surround:AI to the Cinema DSP HD3 processing for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio formats.

Find more like this at our Home AV Hub

Hi-Fi News & Reviews

50 Great Live Albums For Easing Yourself Back Into The World

50 Great Live Albums For Easing Yourself Back Into The World

Feeling a bit isolated? Groups of six not doing it for you? Revel in the thrill of the live event with these considered cuts.

Bang & Olufsen announces Beoplay E8 Sport earphones

Bang & Olufsen announces Beoplay E8 Sport earphones

Danish premium audio company Bang & Olufsen has announced its first true wireless luxury sports earphones - the Beoplay E8 Sport.

Qobuz launches Family Plan subscription option

Qobuz launches Family Plan subscription option

Qobuz has announced the launch of a long awaited addition to its subscription offerings - the Family Plan which grants access to the service for up to 6 members of the family under a single account.

Eclipse TD712z Mk2 Standmount Speaker Review

Eclipse TD712z Mk2 Standmount Speaker Review

The TD712z Mk2 is the flagship of the Eclipse range and the ultimate expression of their design philosophy. How does it stack up against more conventional rivals?

Magico M9 flagship speaker announced

Magico M9 flagship speaker announced

With an expected price of £840K, only billionaire audiophiles will be buying the new M9 speaker from ultra-high end speaker firm Magico.

Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation hardware gets native Qobuz Support

Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation hardware gets native Qobuz Support

Naim Audio has introduced an update which will enable native Qobuz support across its Mu-so 2nd Generation family of hardware products.

Bowers & Wilkins headphone discount for Father's Day

Father's Day Bowers & Wilkins headphone discount running until June 28th

Father's Day is the 21st June and it's only right and proper that it should be celebrated in an appropriate way and Bowers & Wilkins have come forward with a tempting alternative to socks - its PI3, PX5 and PX7 headphones at discounted prices. The offer runs until June 28th, so you only have a few days to make the most of it.

More at our Hi-Fi Hub

Movie & TV Show News & Reviews

Netflix's The Sinner Season 3 TV Show Review

Netflix's The Sinner Season 3 TV Show Review

Bill Pullman returns for another great crime mystery with the third season of Netflix's The Sinner.

Amazon's 7500 Movie Review

Amazon's 7500 Movie Review

Joseph Gordon Levitt attempts to prevent both a plane and a film from crashing and burning in Amazon's latest original movie.

BBC iPlayer movies leaving by end of June

BBC iPlayer movies leaving by end of June

The BBC iPlayer has the sort of library that befits the well-rounded tastes of film buffs who aren't necessarily just after the latest CGI heavy blockbuster. Here's a look at what's currently available to view before coming off the service by the end of June 2020.

Netflix's Wasp Network Movie Review

Netflix's Wasp Network Movie Review

Olivier Assayas reunites with Carlos star Edgar Ramirez for this solid Netflix political thriller.

Cineworld Cinemas to reopen by 10th July

Cineworld Cinemas to reopen by 10th July

After closing its doors on March 20th, UK based exhibitor Cineworld has announced its theatre chain in England will re-open on July 10th.

Birds of Prey 4K Blu-ray Review

Birds of Prey 4K Blu-ray Review

Harley Quinn goes it alone in Birds of Prey, which looks stunning and sounds awesome, but might be tough to get through.

Oscars and BAFTAs 2021 re-scheduled for April

Oscars and BAFTAs 2021 re-scheduled for April

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that the 93rd Academy Awards will move from the originally planned date of 28th February 2021 and will now take place on 25th April 2021.

More at our Movie & TV Show Hub

Tech Reviews

Ring Video Doorbell Plus 3 Review

Ring Video Doorbell Plus 3 Review

We take a look at Ring's newly updated Video Doorbell 3 Plus, featuring 1080P HD video, advanced motion detection, dual band Wi-Fi and a new Pre-roll feature.

LG launches Gram laptops for 2020

LG launches Gram laptops for 2020

LG Electronics' Gram range of laptops for 2020 is designed to be light, durable and have an impressive battery life. Plus, the company has revealed some interesting lockdown study results regarding the use of technology.

Find more like this at our Tech Hub

Gaming

Sony PS5 design and first games finally revealed

Sony PS5 design and first games finally revealed

Dubbed, "The Future of Gaming," Sony's pre-recorded online event has showcased a number of games that are in development for its hugely anticipated PS5 console. And it gave the world its first look at the final console hardware.

Beyond Blue Review (Xbox One)

Beyond Blue Review (Xbox One)

Made with the support of the BBC's Blue Planet II team, this deep dive into the ocean is a small game with a big heart...

Bang & Olufsen teams with Xbox for high-end gaming audio

Bang & Olufsen teams with Xbox for high-end gaming audio

Danish purveyor of high end audio hardware Bang & Olufsen has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to deliver a "high-end audio proposition" for Xbox gaming.

Maneater Review (Xbox One)

Maneater Review (Xbox One)

Live out your ultimate Jaws fantasy with an adventure you can really sink your teeth into...

Find more like this at our Gaming Hub

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Podcasts

AVForums Podcast: 21st June 2020

AVForums Podcast: 21st June 2020

This week we look forward to a review of the JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar and a video review of the LG CX, plus new kit arriving for review from Hisense, LG, Lyngdorf and Arcam along with new testing equipment for TV reviews. We also get the latest Hi-Fi and Movie news and ask what are the best Will Smith films?

AVForums Podcast: 14th June 2020

AVForums Podcast: 14th June 2020

This week Panasonic launch another OLED TV for its 2020 line-up, Bowers & Wilkins face take-over talk from Sound United, Ed gives us his 50 best live albums for leaving lockdown, plus, Steve and Phil discuss Dolby Atmos Music, we answer your AV questions, and what are the best and worst Tom Hanks movies.

AVForums Podcast: 7th June 2020

AVForums Podcast: 7th June 2020

This week we round-up the AV news including new OLED TVs from Philips and CES 2021, plus Ed's new car, BFI opinions, competitions, 8K AV Receivers from Denon as well as 4K disc news and the Best of Clint Eastwood...

AVForums Podcast: 31st May 2020

AVForums Podcast: 31st May 2020

This week we have two new OLED TVs in for review, we give our thoughts on Dolby Atmos Music and Sky HLG HDR content. Plus, there's competitions, movies and the best of the month!

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Coming Soon

As lockdown in the UK begins to ease, we now have a good selection of TVs, projectors, AV, Tech and Hi-Fi in for review.

Phil will be publishing a review (with video) of the 65-inch LG CX in a few days, followed by a Panasonic HZ1500, Hisense U7QF and an LG NanoCell LED LCD TV. Plus, he has the latest AV Processor from Lyngdorf, the MP40, in for assessment.

Steve is looking at the SVS PC-2000 Pro Subwoofer along with the Samsung HW-Q800T and JBL BAR 9.1 soundbars.

Ed has reviews lined up of the Rega Aethos Integrated Amp, T+A DAC 8 DAC and Digital Preamp and Krell K300i.

Our tech reviewer Greg Hook is also keeping busy with reviews of the Tribit XFree Go Wireless Headphones while Cas and the movie team will continue to bring you top 10 lists of what you should be watching on the various streaming services to ease your boredom. Plus, we will have all the major movie and disc reviews.

And that wraps up the June newsletter.

Stay safe, everyone. Best regards, Stuart and Vicki Wright and the AVForums team.

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