AVForums

The No. 1 Home Entertainment Tech Community & Resource
August 2020 Newsletter

FORUMS  REVIEWS  NEWS  CLASSIFIEDS  COMPETITIONS

YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Patreon
Click here

Hello [Name,fallback=]

Hisense, LG, Panasonic & Philips TV reviews, new videos plus the latest news, reviews, competitions and podcasts from AVForums.

Hisense U8QF TV Review

Hisense U8QF TV Review

The Hisense U8QF is the company's latest range-topping 4K ULED TV. It features a 110 zone FALD backlight with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and a new JBL sound system. So can this latest Hisense TV push the boundaries of the mid-range TV market in the UK? Let's find out...

Panasonic HZ2000 OLED TV Review

Panasonic HZ2000 OLED TV Review

The Panasonic HZ2000 is the company's latest flagship 4K OLED TV with a custom pro panel, Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ. It is also expensive, so does it live up to the flagship hype? Let's find out.

Philips OLED805 OLED TV Review

Philips OLED805 OLED TV Review

Philips' latest mid-range OLED TV offers plenty of features and one of the brightest HDR performances this year from the technology. So has Philips' arrival back in the big leagues produced an outstanding OLED TV? Let's find out...

Panasonic HZ1500 OLED Review

Panasonic HZ1500 OLED Review

The HZ1500 is a high-end OLED from Panasonic that now features a full Dolby Atmos sound system with upward-firing and soundbar speakers for 2020. It also features the new Filmmaker mode with intelligent sensing, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ and HLG.

LG Nano90 LCD TV Review

LG Nano90 LCD TV Review

LG's top-end 4K LED LCD TV for 2020 uses NanoCell technology for improved colours and uses the Alpha7 Gen3 Processor. It offers Dolby Vision IQ, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG along with Filmmaker Mode for image accuracy. WebOS also offers the latest apps including Disney+ and Apple TV+, so what is not to like?

We've started producing previews of the movies and TV shows coming to the major streaming services

Toms Thumbs

Tom's Thumbs

In a new series of videos from AVForums, movie reviewer Tom Davies tells us about the notable movies and TV shows coming to the major streaming services each month. In the latest episode, it's Netflix in September.

See the complete playlist on YouTube.

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

Where should Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers be placed?

Where should Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers be placed?

Yes, yes... in the ceiling, we get it. But what's the best position for just a pair of speakers and would you have to then relocate them if you later expanded to four? And how wide can you make the main listening position so the whole family can enjoy the overhead effects?

What are the advantages of DLP versus LCD projectors?

What are the advantages of DLP versus LCD projectors?

What are home AV enthusiast's experiences of switching between projector technologies? Member jacobe is thinking of moving from a budget DLP to a similarly priced LCD projector. What should he expect?

Do new Hi-Fi amps need a run in period in the same way speakers do?

Do new Hi-Fi amps need a run in period in the same way speakers do?

If you get your brand new Hi-Fi amp back from listening to a demo version at the dealer and it doesn't sound quite the same, does it need some run-in time? If not, what else could account for the change in sound between the store and your home?

 
A message from our sponsor SVS
Click for more information

An Unprecedented Endorsement from 61 of the World's Top AV Magazines.

Once a year, 61 AV magazines from around the world, including Stereophile and Sound & Vision in the U.S. and Hi-Fi News in the UK; vote on the best products from a variety of different categories. The group is known as the Expert Imaging & Sound Association (EISA) and the awards given out are regarded as the most prestigious honor any AV product can receive. 

For the first time ever, a single brand won two of the world's premier audio awards in the same year, EISA's Best Loudspeaker and Best Subwoofer after the SVS Prime Pinnacle speaker and SB-2000 Pro subwoofer were proclaimed winners this week. On top of that, 2020 marks the fourth year in a row SVS was honored with the Best Subwoofer award, following the SB16-Ultra, PB-4000, and SB-3000, also a record.

 

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

TV News & Reviews
LG 2020 TVs regain access to BBC iPlayer

LG 2020 TVs regain access to BBC iPlayer

The BBC iPlayer service comes to LG’s 2020 range of OLED and NanoCell TVs.

Xiaomi OLED is world’s first mass produced transparent TV

Xiaomi OLED is world’s first mass produced transparent TV

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, Xiaomi has unveiled the 55-inch Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition.

Toshiba launches UK4B 4K Alexa enabled TV

Toshiba launches UK4B 4K Alexa enabled TV

The UK4B is Toshiba’s first 4K hands free Alexa-enabled TV and starts at £329.

LG Display next generation OLEDs showcased at SID 2020

LG Display next generation OLEDs showcased at SID 2020

As the world’s leading innovator, creator and manufacturer of OLED based display solutions LG Display will be showcasing its latest OLED technologies at the 2020 Society for Information Display (SID) conference which is being held online from August 3rd - 7th.

Sony XH90 and ZH8 TVs get 'Ready For PlayStation 5' badge

Sony XH90 and ZH8 TVs get 'Ready For PlayStation 5' badge

Sony has unveiled its ‘Ready For PlayStation 5’ badge which will adorn its TVs in the run up to the release of the next gen gaming console later in the year.

CES 2021 moves to all digital format

CES 2021 moves to all digital format

In a video announcement, the CEO of the Consumer Technology Association has confirmed that the upcoming CES due in January 2021 will be an entirely online affair.

Find more like this at our TV Hub

Home AV News & Reviews
Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play PVR Review

Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play PVR Review

The Manhattan T3-R is a well-designed, slick and effective Freeview Play PVR with 4K and HDR; offering a genuine alternative to subscription premium boxes.

Mission launches LX MkII speakers

Mission launches LX MkII speakers

British loudspeaker manufacturer Mission has upgraded its LX speaker range to a second iteration, the LX MkII.

NAD launches T 758 V3i surround sound receiver

NAD launches T 758 V3i surround sound receiver

NAD announces the launch of the T 758 V3i surround sound receiver, with Dolby Atmos, DTS Master Audio, BluOS Hi-Res multi-room audio, Dirac Live, 4K UHD Video and Apple AirPlay 2 all built-in as standard.

LG SN11RG Soundbar Review

LG SN11RG Soundbar Review

The LG SN11RG is the company's latest flagship soundbar, and goes head-to-head with Samsung by sporting fully immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X thanks to a 7.1.4-channel speaker layout.

Find more like this at our Home AV Hub

Hi-Fi News & Reviews
Marantz launches PM6007 integrated amplifier and CD6007 CD player

Marantz launches PM6007 integrated amplifier and CD6007 CD player

The new entry level PM6007 integrated amp and CD6007 compact disc player are aimed at audiophiles and everyday listeners alike and come in towards the more affordable end of the two channel audio spectrum.

iFi Audio Zen DAC Review

iFi Audio Zen DAC Review

iFi sets out to make its most affordable DAC yet - is the Zen DAC a true bargain or has it bitten off more than it can chew?

Pro-Ject announces new Debut Carbon EVO turntable

Pro-Ject announces new Debut Carbon EVO turntable

Since the original Debut was conceived by Pro-Ject as an affordable introduction to vinyl for a generation of music fans bought up on CD, the Debut has undergone a number of updates. The latest update for this hugely popular turntable is the Debut Carbon EVO.

Rotel announces Michi X3 and X5 integrated amplifiers

Rotel announces Michi X3 and X5 integrated amplifiers

After Rotel’s announcement of the relaunch of its Michi brand name last year, the Japanese audio specialist has now unveiled two new integrated amplifiers - the X3 and X5.

Rega io Integrated Amp Review

Rega io Integrated Amp Review

Rega reaffirms its commitment to affordable audio with the io, but is this tiny integrated amp able to cut it with the big boys?

Tribit XFree Go Wireless Headphones Review

Tribit XFree Go Wireless Headphones Review

The Tribit XFree Go are a set of wireless headphones with Bluetooth 5 for just £30. Can this budget product deliver the goods?

More at our Hi-Fi Hub

Streaming News
What's new on Disney+ UK for September 2020

What's new on Disney+ UK for September 2020

Disney continues to slowly let the content rope out, hand over hand in a controlled and measured fashion. Now, September will see the streaming service feature its biggest release yet in the shape of the live action Mulan.

Disney+ ready to add adult themed content?

Disney+ ready to add adult themed content?

While it’s highly unlikely that Disney would drop the family friendly badge that has served it so well for decades, recent reports indicate that the Disney+ streaming service may well start handling more mature themed content.

What's new on Netflix UK for September 2020

What's new on Netflix UK for September 2020

August was a quiet month for all the streaming services in terms of standout original content being released, so can Netflix shake September up a bit?

Sky unveils next tranche of HDR content

Sky unveils next tranche of HDR content

The next slate of HDR material available for Sky Q customers with a compatible set top box has been revealed and includes Britannia, Cobra and Bulletproof.

Movie Reviews
The One and Only Ivan (Disney+) Movie Review

The One and Only Ivan (Disney+) Movie Review

It's hard to see quite how this was ever supposed to be a successful theatrical release, with Disney Plus churning out another Netflix-standard all-star family flick which will at least please the kids.

Project Power (Netflix) Movie Review

Project Power (Netflix) Movie Review

Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt unsurprisingly elevate Netflix's latest superpowered product, a fun enough, rap-fuelled bit of typically baggy but pleasantly bombastic Friday night frivolity.

Sputnik Movie Review

Sputnik Movie Review

Conveniently sharing the name with Russia's recently announced Covid vaccine, Sputnik may actually be one of those rare movies which will benefit from a delayed release, and is an impressively atmospheric indie debut.

4K Blu-ray Reviews
Spartacus 4K Blu-ray Review

Spartacus 4K Blu-ray Review

Kirk Douglas heads up an all star cast in Spartacus, whose native 4K picture in this new release rivals the very best there is.

Pitch Black 4K Blu-ray Review

Pitch Black 4K Blu-ray Review

Back when Vin Diesel was a bit more of an unknown entity, hungry to impress, this impressive low budget indie sci-fi gem arrived, now making for Arrow's first foray into UHD with a stellar native 4K Dolby Vision presentation.

Lawrence of Arabia 4K Blu-ray Review

Lawrence of Arabia 4K Blu-ray Review

The final disc in the stunning Columbia Box Set, Lawrence of Arabia, does not disappoint, in fact it might be the best disc ever released.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 4K Blu-ray Review

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 4K Blu-ray Review

Definitely a product of its time, Bill & Ted hasn't exactly aged well, but it's harmless PG entertainment given unsurprisingly excellent 4K treatment by Studiocanal.

Gandhi 4K Blu-ray Review

Gandhi 4K Blu-ray Review

Continuing our look through the Columbia Classics Box Set we come to Richard Attenborough's epic Gandhi, whose lavish photography in native 4K and Dolby Atmos makeover, leave you breathless.

Dr Strangelove 4K Blu-ray Review

Dr Strangelove 4K Blu-ray Review

Continuing our look at the Columbia Classics set, we turn our attention to Dr Strangelove, in all its absurdity, which is stunning in 4K.

More at our Movie & TV Show Hub

Tech News & Reviews
Scenic Labs launches MediaLight Mk2 Bias Lighting range

Scenic Labs launches MediaLight Mk2 Bias Lighting range

Scenic Labs might be best known amongst TV enthusiasts for producing the Spears & Munsil UHD HDR Benchmark disc but the company also has a suite of bias lights and the latest MediaLight Mk2 range has some models which may prove useful for extended TV viewing sessions.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smart phone models launched

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smart phone models launched

Samsung’s latest Unpacked event saw the official unveiling of the latest Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra smart phones along with the Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable smart phone, the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ tablets, the Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Watch 3.

Find more like this at our Tech Hub

Gaming News & Reviews
Peaky Blinders: Mastermind Review (Xbox One)

Peaky Blinders: Mastermind Review (Xbox One)

An intriguing puzzle-adventure crossover for the hit TV show with some great ideas for embracing your inner Shelby, but it ultimately falls a little short.

Xbox Series X November launch confirmed

Xbox Series X November launch confirmed

Updated: Is a launch date of 5th November on the cards? Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox Series X next generation gaming console will launch in November with thousands of games available - unfortunately. that won’t include Halo Infinite, which has been rescheduled for 2021.

Relicta Review (Xbox One)

Relicta Review (Xbox One)

Building on the gravity-defying delights of Portal, Relicta offers up a very welcome budget-priced challenge for puzzle fans.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Review

Paper Mario: The Origami King Review

Paper Mario returns at last, with his first appearance on the Nintendo Switch being one of 2020’s biggest gaming releases.

Destroy All Humans Review (Xbox One)

Destroy All Humans Review (Xbox One)

Find out if nostalgia is as good it used to be as this cult classic riffing on 1950s B-movies gets a keenly anticipated makeover…

Find more like this at our Gaming Hub

Save Money

Amazon Deals

Don't miss our page of AV related deals from Amazon

Save money with our classifieds

Classified Adverts

Buy and sell used kit in our free classifieds

Save money with our classifieds

Bargain Threads

Find bargains posted by our members

Save money with our bargain threads
 
Competitions
Win a copy of The Woman in Black on Blu-ray

Win a copy of The Woman in Black on Blu-ray

Win copies of Criterion's August Titles on Blu-ray

Win copies of Criterion's August Titles on Blu-ray

Win a copy of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on 4K Steelbook

Win a copy of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on 4K Steelbook

Win a copy of Pitch Black on 4K UHD

Win a copy of Pitch Black on 4K UHD

Win a copy of Five Graves to Cairo on Blu-ray

Win a copy of Five Graves to Cairo on Blu-ray

Win a copy of Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons on Blu-ray

Win a copy of Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons on Blu-ray

Win a copy of Spartacus on 4K UHD

Win a copy of Spartacus on 4K UHD

Bookmark our Competitions Hub

Podcasts
AVForums Podcast: 9th August 2020

AVForums Podcast: 9th August 2020

With the podcast heading for a two week summer holiday, we review the Samsung HW-Q950T soundbar, find out that Filmmaker Mode is a must-have on all TVs, get the latest AV and Hi-Fi news and ask what are the best summer holiday based movies?

AVForums Podcast: 2nd August 2020

AVForums Podcast: 2nd August 2020

This week it's the best of the month with Ed's vinyl, album and playlist suggestions along with the best films, 4K discs and TV shows.

Find all our podcasts here

AVForums Podcast: 20th April 2020

Support AVForums

If you appreciate what we do and feel like supporting us, we can take direct donations through

If you feel inclined to support us, you will be contributing directly towards

  • growing AVForums
  • improving the site speed and features
  • producing more editorial content like news and reviews
  • and publishing more videos and podcasts
Thank you so much for your support!

Coming Soon

TV season continues with Phil inundated with LCD and OLED sets for review. Coming up we have reviews of the Panasonic HZ1000, Sony A8 OLED and a TCL C815 LED LCD. And it is not just TVs as Phil is busy reviewing the Lyngdorf MP40 AV Processor and NAD T778 AVR.

Steve is looking at the Samsung HW-S60T soundbar, Power Sound Audio S1512 Subwoofer, Denon Home 350 and Huawei Sound X Speaker.

Ed has reviews lined up of the Astell & Kern A&Futura SE200 Portable Audio Player, Quad Artera Solus Play All in One System and the Arcam SA30.

Our tech reviewer Greg Hook has reviews on the way for the Samsung Odyssey G7 Gaming Monitor and Audeze Mobius Immersive Gaming 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 August newsletter.

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

Click here


AVForums is owned and operated by M2N Limited.
Copyright © 2000-2020 M2N E. & O. E.

Please do not reply to this email. If you wish to contact us, please click here.
You have received this email because you are a member of AVForums.com.
We hope you will continue to receive these newsletters as they contain important news, notices and regular exclusive special offers.
However if you do not wish to continue receiving these emails, you can click here to unsubscribe .