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Live Q&A with Denon and Marantz tonight at 7pm plus the latest news and reviews from TV, home cinema, movies, tech and gaming.

LG CX (OLED65CX) 4K OLED TV Review

Watch tonight with live Q&A

Podcast: New Denon AV Products, HDMI 2.1, 8K, DTS:X Pro Sound Q&A with Denon Product Specialists

We Interview Denon, Marantz and Sound United product specialists Philip Jones, Oliver Kriete and Roger Batchelor about the new Denon 2020 AV Amplifier and receiver models. We also cover HDMI 2.1 connectivity, 8K/60 and 4K/120 compatibility as well as the new DTS:X Pro sound support.

LG CX (OLED65CX) 4K OLED TV Review

LG CX (OLED65CX) 4K OLED TV Review

The LG CX is the latest midrange 4K OLED TV that boasts a host of new features including Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ.

Not One Wasted Second; The Pursuit of the Perfect Album

Not One Wasted Second; The Pursuit of the Perfect Album

We all have at least one perfect album so it's time for a free and frank exchange of ideas about what defines them, who has made one and whether they still matter in the age of the playlist.

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

Why don't more music fans use studio monitors?

Why don't more music fans use studio monitors?

After all, they're designed to give a flat response and represent the musician's work as recorded/produced/mixed. Is it because they're ugly black boxes or do folks like a little extra character? See what the forum audiophiles think here.

What's the consensus on speaker grilles: on or off?

What's the consensus on speaker grilles: on or off?

You've spent a significant amount on your new speakers and you want them sounding and looking their absolute best - so is it grilles on or off for you?

 

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

TV News & Reviews
Philips TV and Bowers & Wilkins extend partnership

Philips TV and Bowers & Wilkins extend partnership

Good news for TV fans who want OLED image quality and audiophile sound for their viewing, Philips and Bowers & Wilkins have extended their successful and exclusive partnership.

LG CX and GX OLED TVs gain AMD FreeSync Premium

LG CX and GX OLED TVs gain AMD FreeSync Premium

LG's latest firmware update grants FreeSync Premium compatibility for its CX and GX OLED TVs, expanding their gaming credentials.

Toshiba launches UL20 4K HDR TVs from £299

Toshiba launches UL20 4K HDR TVs from £299

Toshiba launches its affordable UL20 4K HDR TV range with the promise of a 65-inch model for £549.

Philips online events to replace IFA 2020 attendance

Philips online events to replace IFA 2020 attendance

Philips has released an official statement explaining it will not be attending IFA 2020 and will instead be presenting new product releases via a series of online events.

Samsung pulls out of IFA 2020?

Samsung pulls out of IFA 2020?

Although no official comment has been made by the world's biggest TV manufacturer, word is circulating in the Korean press that Samsung will not be attending this year's IFA.

Find more like this at our TV Hub

Home AV News & Reviews
Harman Kardon announces Citation Multibeam 700 soundbar

Harman Kardon announces Citation Multibeam 700 soundbar

Harman Kardon unveils the Citation Multibeam 700 soundbar, Sub S subwoofer, Citation 200 splashproof speaker and Oasis speaker with a built in charging pad - all now under the wing of the Harman Luxury Audio Group.

Sony launches SRS-LSR200 wireless TV speaker

Sony launches SRS-LSR200 wireless TV speaker

Sony has announced a new wireless speaker that delivers clearer dialogue and allows you to take your TV's audio anywhere with you in the home.

LG SN7CY Soundbar Review

LG SN7CY Soundbar Review

The LG SN7CY is a single-unit soundbar that produces a 3.0.2-channel system for delivering Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio. But is the lack of a separate subwoofer a mistake?

Samsung launches HW-Q950T and HW-Q900T Dolby Atmos soundbars

Samsung launches HW-Q950T and HW-Q900T Dolby Atmos soundbars

Picking up a CES 2020 Innovation nod, the HW-Q950T and HW-Q900T are launched to complete Samsung's 2020 Q-Series line-up of premium soundbars.

Find more like this at our Home AV Hub

Hi-Fi News & Reviews
T+A DAC 8 DAC and Digital Preamp Review

T+A DAC 8 DAC and Digital Preamp Review

The DAC8 is part of a range of T+A components that form an independent system but it has a number of virtues that mean you might want to look at it on its own - so we have.

LEAK returns with Stereo 130 amplifier and CDT CD transport

LEAK returns with Stereo 130 amplifier and CDT CD transport

Back from the mists of time, LEAK the renowned British Hi-Fi manufacturer returns with its first products since the mid seventies, the Stereo 130 integrated amplifier and CDT CD transport.

American Audio Company makes US Hi-Fi purchases easier

American Audio Company makes US Hi-Fi purchases easier

There are a wealth of excellent U.S. audio products that are not always easy to get hold of for Hi-Fi fans on this side of the pond. The American Audio Company wants to change that.

Denon unveils CEOL N11 DAB music system

Denon unveils CEOL N11 DAB music system

Denon introduces its newest lifestyle-oriented network music player, the CEOL N11 DAB which, as its Irish tinged name suggests, increases its musical versatility by adding DAB+/DAB radio.

Ruark announces R3 all-in-one music system

Ruark announces R3 all-in-one music system

The R3, Ruark's latest compact all-in-one music system, unsurprisingly slots in between the R2 and R4 and brings style and versatility to the company's 'human-first' design approach to its technology.

QDC Blue Dragon earphones on sale in UK

QDC Blue Dragon earphones on sale in UK

Heralded as the world's most expensive earphones, the Blue Dragon IEMs combine a flash finish with groundbreaking engineering.

More at our Hi-Fi Hub

TV Show Reviews
Doom Patrol (Starz) Season 2 TV Show Review

Doom Patrol (Starz) Season 2 TV Show Review

A jewel in the overstuffed superhero genre, the mad misfit drama Doom Patrol returns for another great season of weird and wacky adventures.

Cursed Season 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review

Cursed Season 1 (Netflix) TV Show Review

Based on Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller's gorgeously illustrated Young Adult fantasy novel, Cursed brings Arthurian fantasy to Netflix in a wholly unsatisfying way. At least it's better than Merlin, I guess.

Condor Season 1 (Sky) TV Show Review

Condor Season 1 (Sky) TV Show Review

As the second season drops, we look back at the first year on this excellent spy series, which is more Homeland than 24, successfully reimagining the classic Redford thriller whilst retaining the pervasively tense paranoia.

The Plot Against America (HBO) TV Show Review

The Plot Against America (HBO) TV Show Review

HBO's adaptation of Philip Roth's alternative history novel comes to Sky Atlantic. Although not as personal a subject to UK viewers, this is another deeply incisive drama from The Wire's David Simon and Ed Burns.

Get Shorty (Sky) Season 3 TV Show Review

Get Shorty (Sky) Season 3 TV Show Review

A long way away from its Elmore Leonard inspirations, and from Travolta's lovable-muscle-turned-producer, the Chris O'Dowd-led Get Shorty is unbelievably still going strong on its third convoluted season.

Movie Reviews
Finding the Way Back Movie Review

Finding the Way Back Movie Review

Gavin 'Warrior' O'Connor reunites with his The Accountant star Ben Affleck, who provides a career-high Wrestler-esque personal performance about destructive alcoholism.

Black Water: Abyss Movie Review

Black Water: Abyss Movie Review

Even without Tenet, the cinemas are open, but if Black Water: Abyss is the measure of what we can expect, there's little reason to venture out.

The Old Guard (Netflix) Movie Review

The Old Guard (Netflix) Movie Review

Not fat and good at martial arts Charlize Theron stars in The Old Guard, Netflix's newest try at producing a slice of comic-booky, sequel-generating genre fun. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood might have had some higher aspirations than that...

Greyhound (Apple TV+) Movie Review

Greyhound (Apple TV+) Movie Review

Apple TV+ lands its first major mainstream production - originally planned for a theatrical rollout - Sony's excellent Tom Hanks war film Greyhound, which Hanks wrote too.

More at our Movie & TV Show Hub

Tech News & Reviews
Ajax Smart Home Alarm System Review

Ajax Smart Home Alarm System Review

We take a look at the Ajax professional grade smart home security system featuring an impressive array of accessories and options.

Acer unveils 2020 notebook, desktop and monitor ranges

Acer unveils 2020 notebook, desktop and monitor ranges

Acer's online press conference revealed an array of new hardware for a range of activities, including the ConceptD series for creators, the thin and light Swift 5 laptop and the Chromebook Spin 713 convertible notebook, plus an expansion of the Predator gaming range and the introduction of the rugged Enduro laptops and tablets.

Find more like this at our Tech Hub

Gaming News & Reviews
Ghost of Tsushima Review

Ghost of Tsushima Review

Evoking the samurai movies from such well-renowned directors as Akira Kurosawa, Ghost of Tsushima is quite beautiful and offers your samurai character the chance to try new warrior tactics in the fight against invading forces.

Audeze announces Penrose wireless gaming headphones

Audeze announces Penrose wireless gaming headphones

Audeze announces the Penrose, its latest wireless gaming headphone which comes in two flavours and features planar magnetic drivers plus a detachable broadcast quality mic.

F1 2020 Review (Xbox One)

F1 2020 Review (Xbox One)

A little more polish gets applied to Codemasters' winning formula, with the added bonus of racing the full 2020 season that never will be...

Find more like this at our Gaming Hub

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Podcasts
AVForums Podcast: 19th July 2020

AVForums Podcast: 19th July 2020

This week we continue the physical media debate with forum members comments on 4K UHD Disc buying. Phil is reviewing and comparing the 55-inch LG CX vs. the Panasonic HZ2000 OLEDs, while Steve looks at a laser projector from LG, plus there's the latest AV, Hi-Fi and Movie news.

AVForums Podcast: 12th July 2020

AVForums Podcast: 12th July 2020

This week we pay tribute to Ennio Morricone, ask if LCD TVs are any good for serious movie viewing, are 4k UHD discs dying out and we discuss the best Matt Damon movies and more...

AVForums Podcast: 5th July 2020

AVForums Podcast: 5th July 2020

This week we review a Samsung soundbar, look at the latest AV news and TVs that are in for review and ask if Samsung is pulling out of IFA. Plus there's the best and worst of Brad Pitt. Listen or watch here.

AVForums Podcast: 28th June 2020

AVForums Podcast: 28th June 2020

This week we cover the best of the month for movies, music and discs, plus Steve is reviewing an LG Soundbar, Ed and Tom are drinking buddies and we discuss the best and worst of Sigourney Weaver.

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AVForums Podcast: 20th April 2020

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Coming Soon

TV season is now in full swing following the delay of lockdown, with Phil inundated with LCD and OLED sets for review. Coming up we have reviews of the Panasonic HZ1500, Hisense U7QF & LG NanoCell LED LCD TVs. Plus, there is a 55-inch comparison on the way with the LG CX and Panasonic HZ2000 flagship OLED TV. Accompanying video reviews are on the way, too.

And it is not just TVs that Phil is busy reviewing in the summer heat, we also have reviews on the way for the Lyngdorf MP40 AV Processor and NAD T778 AVR plus, he will be testing in-room EQ from all the major players.

Steve is looking at two LG home cinema projectors this month with the short-throw LG HU85LS CineBeam Laser 4K model and the HU70LS home theatre model. There are also Soundbar reviews featuring Samsung and LG as well as a new Subwoofer from Power Sound Audio.

Ed has reviews lined up of the Leema Acoustics Pulse IV Integrated Amp, Krell K-300i Integrated Amp and Triangle Borea BR03 Standmount Speakers.

Our tech reviewer Greg Hook has a review on the way for the Tribit XFree Go Wireless Headphones, while Cas and the movie team will have all the major movie and disc reviews, along with the latest TV shows streaming on every major platform.

And that wraps up the July newsletter.

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


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