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What's best - a big HDR TV or a projector? Let us know what you think in our podcast discussion thread. Carry on reading for the latest news & reviews at AVForums.

We're answering a common question. What's best - a big HDR TV or a projector? We're discussing the topic in tomorrow's podcast (Wednesday 24th February 2021) live streaming at 7pm UTC. Visit YouTube to set a reminder to join us live and ask any questions you may have on the topic.

Soundbar or AV Receiver and speakers – which one should you choose?

Podcast: Large Screen HDR TV or Projector For Home Cinema + Best of the Month

This week we look at how our buying habits have changed for AV and Hi-FI equipment during lockdown, we ask if a large screen HDR TV or a projector is best for a home cinema system and Greg looks at a TPLink whole house mesh Wi-Fi system for the home. Plus it is the end of the month so we round-up the best music, films and TV shows to watch...

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What can help tame booming bass / resonance in a home cinema setup?

What can help tame booming bass / resonance in a home cinema setup?

Boomy or muddy sound? Rattling ornaments on the shelf? If you've got bass issues in your home cinema, before diving into room correction software, what are some of the easier remedial steps that can be taken to subdue it?

How many games consoles have you hoarded?

How many games consoles have you hoarded?

Do you find it impossible to get rid of old tech as you replace it? Now, as the PS5 and Xbox Series X become available, have you re-discovered several generations of older consoles you'd forgotten you still had kicking around your cupboards?

What to look for in a gaming chair

What to look for in a gaming chair

What are the important considerations when purchasing a decent gaming chair and which suppliers are recommended? Leave a comment in the discussion thread and let us know how you find your chosen throne.

 
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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.

 
 
TV News & Reviews
Samsung Q800T (QE65Q800T) 8K QLED TV Review

Samsung Q800T (QE65Q800T) 8K QLED TV Review

The Samsung Q800T is the third tier of the 2020 8K TV range and features the Quantum Processor 8K AI, Object Tracking Sound+, HDR10+ and the Samsung Tizen smart TV system with YouTube 8K. So is it time to move up in resolution? Let's find out...

Philips introduces new 9206 and 8506 LED Android TVs for 2021

Philips debuts fifth generation P5 Picture Processing Suite

Philips introduces new 9206 and 8506 LED Android TVs for 2021

Philips unveils 9636 and 9506 MiniLED TVs

Philips announces 806, 856 and 706 OLED TVs for 2021

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Home AV News & Reviews
What is Audyssey Room Correction?

What is Audyssey Room Correction?

The biggest influence on sound quality is the room itself, and while you can physically mitigate the negative aspects with acoustic treatments, a software solution is easier. Audyssey room correction was one of the first, and remains hugely popular in affordable receivers and processors.

NAD M28 7-Channel Power Amplifier Review

NAD M28 7-Channel Power Amplifier Review

NAD's latest Master Series power amplifier delivers seven channels of Class D grunt thanks to Purifi's new Eigentakt technology.

IFA promises return to normal format in 2021

IFA promises return to normal format in 2021

Following a mixed digital and physical format in 2020, the IFA tech show will return as a full, in person experience this coming September, say the organisers.

What is Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis)?

What is Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis)?

The biggest influence on sound quality is the room itself, and while you can physically mitigate the negative aspects with acoustic treatments, a software solution is easier. Anthem Room Correction (ARC Genesis) aims to do exactly what its name suggests.

Optoma launches UHD35 and UHD38 gaming projectors

Optoma launches UHD35 and UHD38 gaming projectors

Billed as home entertainment projectors but with a particular emphasis on gaming, Optoma has introduced two new low latency 4K UHD projectors.

Paradigm Defiance V12 Subwoofer Review

Paradigm Defiance V12 Subwoofer Review

The Paradigm Defiance V12 subwoofer not only offers a 12-inch driver and 250W of dynamic peak power, but also includes a remote app and Anthem Room Correction. The even better news is that all this cutting-edge subwoofery won't break the bank.

Find more like this at our Home AV Hub

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Hi-Fi News & Reviews
Spotify HiFi service to deliver CD quality music later in 2021

Spotify HiFi service to deliver CD quality music later in 2021

As one of the world’s leading music streaming services, Spotify has finally got on board the lossless music train with the announcement that a new subscription tier, Spotify HiFi, will be rolled out to ‘select markets’ later in the year.

PMC twenty5 23i Loudspeaker Review

PMC twenty5 23i Loudspeaker Review

The smallest floorstander in the 25i range is also the strongest selling model in the range. Is this slender two way, the great all-rounder?

McIntosh launches MCD85 SACD/CD player

McIntosh launches MCD85 SACD/CD player

Music fans who continue to cherish their CD libraries still have a range of hardware opportunities to indulge their format of choice and now another option becomes available in the form of the McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD player.

Sennheiser consumer audio potentially up for sale

Sennheiser consumer audio potentially up for sale

German premium audio specialist Sennheiser is courting offers for its Consumer Electronics division as it announces that it will focus on its Professional facing business going forward.

Focal introduces Clear Mg Professional headphone

Focal introduces Clear Mg Professional headphone

Fresh from the release of the premium Celestee headphone, Focal changes tack slightly with the newly announced Clear Mg Professional - a headset aimed at engineers and producers but of interest to audio fans who may wish to replicate the experience of listening to the best monitors.

Piega Premium Wireless 301 Active Speaker System Review

Piega Premium Wireless 301 Active Speaker System Review

Piega has turned its distinctive metal cabinet speakers into a compact active system. Is this yet another premium soundbar alternative?

Musical Fidelity M2si Integrated Amplifier Review

Musical Fidelity M2si Integrated Amplifier Review

In a world where integrated amplifiers are festooned with additional features, Musical Fidelity delivers an exercise in considered minimalism in the form of the M2si - does this focus pay off?

iFi Audio re-releases ZEN DAC and ZEN CAN as Signature editions

iFi Audio re-releases ZEN DAC and ZEN CAN as Signature editions

After accumulating plenty of accolades for its ZEN DAC USB headphone amp and ZEN CAN analogue headphone amp, iFi Audio set itself the challenge of improving them. The result is the Signature edition of both devices.

McIntosh MA7200 Integrated Amplifier Review

McIntosh MA7200 Integrated Amplifier Review

The MA7200 combines classic features associated with the McIntosh brand with some modern ones too. Is this an amp for all seasons?

Topping E30 Digital to Analogue Converter Review

Topping E30 Digital to Analogue Converter Review

The E30 promises a specification that would have been impressive at any price a few years ago for an absolutely bargain one today but can it convert potential into greatness?

Q Acoustics Q3030i Standmount Speaker Review

Q Acoustics Q3030i Standmount Speaker Review

The latest member of the 3000i Series of speakers joins a little after the rest of the range - has this latecomer been worth waiting for?

More at our Hi-Fi Hub

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What's on TV in March
What's new on Sky and NOW TV UK for March 2021

What's new on Sky and NOW TV UK for March 2021

UK genre fans will be asking but one question this month, with the Snyder Cut of The Justice League airing on HBO Max on 18th March, will it be coming to Sky in March too?

What's new on Disney+ UK and Amazon Prime Video UK for March 2021

What's new on Disney+ UK and Amazon Prime Video UK for March 2021

Updated 19-Feb-2021: Disney and Amazon are bringing a couple of big gun movie releases to their streaming services for March in the form of Raya and the Last Dragon and Coming 2 America.

What's new on Netflix UK for March 2021

What's new on Netflix UK for March 2021

Updated 19-Feb 2021: March is going to be quite a battleground for the established streaming services with high profile offerings from Disney and Amazon Prime. So what will the Streaming Daddy bring to the March party to put the pipsqueaks in their place?

 
Movie & TV Show News
Disney+ Star launches 23rd Feb: Everything you need to know

Disney+ Star launches 23rd Feb: Everything you need to know

The February 23rd launch of Disney’s Star channel on its Disney+ streaming service will bring a whole new choice of viewing and in some areas effectively double the amount of content available.

Sky price rises to affect millions of TV subscribers

Sky price rises to affect millions of TV subscribers

Sky customers could be facing a £72 per year price increase depending on the package of services they are signed up to.

Disney+ reaches 95 million global subscribers

Disney+ reaches 95 million global subscribers

Disney has reported 95 million subscribers worldwide to its Disney+ VOD streaming service, reaching the kinds of customer numbers it was only expecting after 4 years.

Movie & TV Show Reviews
I Care a Lot (Amazon) Movie Review

I Care a Lot (Amazon) Movie Review

Pike delivers a strikingly sociopathic solo performance in this ultimately tonally inept dark crime comedy drama mystery thingy that Amazon scooped up on the sly.

For All Mankind Season 2 Premiere (Apple TV+) TV Show Review

For All Mankind Season 2 Premiere (Apple TV+) TV Show Review

Apple TV+'s fantastic flagship sci-fi drama - from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore - returns for an 80s-infused second tour.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Amazon) Movie Review

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Amazon) Movie Review

We take a belated look at this surprisingly engaging young rom-com spin on Groundhog Day / Edge of Tomorrow that makes for a solid late Valentines' movie.

Willy's Wonderland Movie Review

Willy's Wonderland Movie Review

Like some mad love-child of The Guest, Mandy and Escape Room, this stylish alternative survival horror may just prove another welcome exception to the rule amidst Nic Cage's latest works.

News of the World (Netflix) Movie Review

News of the World (Netflix) Movie Review

Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies adapt the Paulette Jiles book for the screen in a near perfectly crafted Western.

Blu-ray Reviews
Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Lovecraft Country: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Following suit from their excellent Watchmen follow-up, HBO's Lovecraft Country effortlessly blends Lovecraftian horror-fantasy with arguably even more terrifying hate and race-crimes still shockingly as relevant as ever.

Demons 2 4K Blu-ray Review

Demons 2 4K Blu-ray Review

Continuing our look at the Demons 4K Box-set, things get even more 80s but the lavish Box-set from Arrow makes up for it.

Demons 4K Blu-ray Review

Demons 4K Blu-ray Review

Italian shock horror has never been so cheesy, we take a look at Lamberto Bava's Demons films, newly released as a 4K Box-set by Arrow.

Ender's Game 4K Blu-ray Review

Ender's Game 4K Blu-ray Review

We check out the UK release of Ender's Game - is it all new or just a US port?

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Tech News & Reviews
Advice on moving forward with home video editing

Advice on moving forward with home video editing

What's the best way of stepping up from editing video on your smart phone? What editing apps are recommended and what about the computing hardware to run it? Let others know what setup improvements you've found to be suitable for home video editing.

Find more like this at our Tech Hub

Gaming News & Reviews
Little Nightmares II Review (Xbox One)

Little Nightmares II Review (Xbox One)

A nightmare you won’t want to wake up from, this delightfully dark twist on the platform genre is as beautiful as it is haunting.

Gods Will Fall Review (Xbox One)

Gods Will Fall Review (Xbox One)

A challenging hack and slash adventure with a genuine Game Over dynamic that can captivate and infuriate in equal measure.

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Podcasts
AVForums Podcast: 17th February 2021

AVForums Podcast: 17th February 2021

This week we look at your TV settings and why the new Filmmaker mode will allow you to see the director's intent when watching your TV. We delve into what that means and how you can improve your TV image in a few easy steps. Plus, has lockdown changed your AV equipment purchase plans and why? Meanwhile Tom will round-up the latest film and tv show news and reviews...

AVForums Movies Podcast: 15th February 2021

AVForums Movies Podcast: 15th February 2021

Welcome to the first movies podcast from AVForums. The podcast will stream live on the third Monday of the month. This month we review News of the World starring Tom Hanks, plus we look at what is coming soon to premium rental and streaming services, as well as what the team has been watching this month.

AVForums Podcast: 10th February 2021

AVForums Podcast: 10th February 2021

This week we have a quick review of the Arcam AV40 AV Processor and PA720 Amp that Phil has been using for the past two months. Plus Ed tells us all about the Piega Premium Wireless 301 Active Speaker System and we discuss the subject of wireless speakers and if they are a solution for the future of audio and home cinema. Finally, Cas rounds up the latest movie and TV show news and reviews.

AVForums Podcast: 3rd February 2021

AVForums Podcast: 3rd February 2021

This week we look at the subject of having one system that can handle Hi-Fi and Home Cinema in one room. Is it possible to have both perform at a high level in just one system? Plus, we have a short review of the high-end McIntosh MA7200 Integrated Amplifier, answer your questions in our Q&A and cover the latest TV show and Movie, news and reviews.

AVForums Podcast: 27th January 2021

AVForums Podcast: 27th January 2021

This week we discuss the latest TV announcements from the Philips European launch event, look at whether a soundbar or AVR with speakers is the best option for home cinema and examine Samsung's EzCAL calibration software for their 2021 TV line-up. Plus, we have the latest Album of the week, TV show & Film reviews & news

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Coming Soon

Phil will be reviewing the Arcam AV40 Processor with PA720 Amplifier and the stand alone Arcam AVR20 AV Receiver. Plus, he will be looking at the LG BX OLED TV and finding out if it really is the bargain OLED to buy right now.

Steve will have reviews of the SVS PB-2000 Subwoofer and Storm Audio PA 16 MK2 16-Channel Power Amplifier as well as articles covering the major room correction systems. Plus, Ed has reviews lined up of the Marantz 30 Series Amp and SACD/Streamer, Audio Technica LP5x Turntable and more.

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 February newsletter.

Best regards, Stuart and Vicki Wright and the AVForums team.

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