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Helping you to buy the best home entertainment system and get the most out of it. Plus the latest reviews, news and competitions at AVForums.

Down the page, we tell you what's coming to Sky, Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ in May.

In tomorrow's podcast (Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 7pm) we're discussing the best decor and fittings for your media room or home cinema.
Visit YouTube to set a reminder to join us live and ask any questions you may have on the topic.
And share your thoughts in our discussion thread.

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

Podcast: Samsung HW-Q800A Soundbar & Rotel Michi X3 Reviews + TV show and Movie News & Reviews

This week we review the new Samsung HW-Q800A soundbar and the Rotel Michi X3 integrated Amplifier. We discuss the best decor and fittings for your media room or home cinema and Cas rounds up the best TV show and movie news and reviews.

Can you help answer these questions from our members?

How best to soundproof a family TV room?

How best to soundproof a family TV room?

Want to benefit from your nice new surround system but are worried about impacting others at higher volumes? Or perhaps the neighbours are just a little too noisy themselves and you want a bit more audio isolation? If so, what's the best approach to soundproofing a TV room?

Is wall mounting a TV really that scary?

Is wall mounting a TV really that scary?

There are plenty of practical and aesthetic reasons to wall mount a TV but the installation process can appear daunting. What would your advice be for someone who is concerned about doing a neat and secure job?

 
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TV News & Reviews
Samsung's 110-inch Micro LED TV on pre-order at Harrods

Samsung's 110-inch Micro LED TV on pre-order at Harrods

Samsung’s long promised 110-inch Micro LED TV arrives on UK shores and takes up residency at London’s most appropriate corner shop, Harrods Department Store.

LG G1 (OLED65G1) OLED Evo TV Review

LG G1 (OLED65G1) OLED Evo TV Review

The LG G1 is a direct replacement for the outgoing GX and offers a near-identical performance and design. The main differences are a new WebOS and menu design as well as the OLED Evo panel. So, is it a revolutionary performer or a small evolution of the technology? Let's find out...

TCL reveals C82 Mini-LED and C72+ QLED TVs for Europe in 2021

TCL reveals C82 Mini-LED and C72+ QLED TVs for Europe in 2021

TCL’s recent European product launch saw the new C72+ and C82 mini LED TVs confirmed for the UK market as it looks to grow in the sector during 2021.

Samsung rumoured to be buying OLED TV panels from LG Display

Samsung rumoured to be buying OLED TV panels from LG Display

It’s being denied by Samsung but nonetheless there are several reports on AV websites that Samsung is negotiating a deal to purchase one million OLED panels from LG Display in 2021.

Sony BRAVIA XR X90J TVs available in UK from April 2021

Sony BRAVIA XR X90J TVs available in UK from April 2021

Sony’s XR X90J Full Array LED TV, based around the company’s brand new Cognitive Processor XR, will be available in the UK starting at £1,149 from April 2021.

LG rolls out Signature OLED R TV with UK preorders

LG rolls out Signature OLED R TV with UK preorders

LG is now taking global orders for its long awaited Signature OLED R rollable TV. Chances are, for most of us, that wait will continue.

LG BX 4K OLED TV Review

LG BX 4K OLED TV Review

The LG BX is the latest entry-level 4K OLED TV that boasts a host of new features including Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ. With the price now under £1000 is it an OLED bargain?

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Home AV News & Reviews
Sony launches native 4K VPL-VW290ES and VW890ES projectors

Sony launches native 4K VPL-VW290ES and VW890ES projectors

Sony’s latest native 4K SXRD home cinema projectors use the X1 for projector processor for an immersive viewing experience and HDR enhancement.

TCL launches TS8132 Dolby Atmos soundbar

TCL launches TS8132 Dolby Atmos soundbar

TCL’s recent online European product event saw the company add to its range of 2021 soundbars with the launch of the 3.1.2 channel TS8132.

SVS SB-1000 Pro Subwoofer Review

SVS SB-1000 Pro Subwoofer Review

The upgraded entry-level SVS SB-1000 Pro combines an enhanced driver, beefed-up amplifier and new features, with a Bluetooth remote app and competitive pricing.

LG introduces 2021 soundbar lineup

LG introduces 2021 soundbar lineup

LG’s 2021 lineup of soundbars begins its global rollout in April with the brand-new SP11RA, SP9YA, SP8YA, SP7Y and SPD7Y models.

Storm Audio PA 16 MK2 16-Channel Power Amplifier Review

Storm Audio PA 16 MK2 16-Channel Power Amplifier Review

The Storm Audio PA 16 MK2 power amplifier promises 16 channels of Pascal Audio Class D grunt in a single convenient box.

Panasonic reveals SC-HTB490 slim soundbar

Panasonic reveals SC-HTB490 slim soundbar

Panasonic’s new slim and compact SC-HTB490 soundbar delivers powerful sound and won't get in the way of your viewing.

Arcam AV40 AV Processor Review

Arcam AV40 AV Processor Review

The Arcam AV40 is the latest high-end AV Processor from the British audio manufacturer and boasts 16-channels of surround sound processing using the very latest codecs, as well as Dirac Live 16-channel room optimisation.

Polk launches Reserve Series speakers

Polk launches Reserve Series speakers

US speaker manufacturer Polk has announced its latest speaker range, the Reserve Series, designed for a wide range of applications using premium trickle down technologies at an accessible price point.

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Hi-Fi News & Reviews
Rotel Michi X3 Integrated Amplifier Review

Rotel Michi X3 Integrated Amplifier Review

The Michi X3 is the smallest member of the Michi range but it still makes for a big and impressively specified amp. Is it the one to beat?

Sennheiser IE300 In Ear Earphone Review

Sennheiser IE300 In Ear Earphone Review

The IE300 is a wired earphone that mixes some standard Sennheiser design practice with some new thinking, is this worth keeping the cord for?

Focal Celestee Over Ear Headphone Review

Focal Celestee Over Ear Headphone Review

The Celestee is the latest member of the Focal headphone family and it’s designed to deliver audiophile performance with closed back convenience - does it manage to pull it off?

MoFi Studiodeck Turntable Review

MoFi Studiodeck Turntable Review

Better known for their records rather than their record players, Mobile Fidelity brings some different ideas to vinyl replay but does it challenge the established order?

Cyrus i7 XR Integrated Amp Review

Cyrus i7 XR Integrated Amp Review

Cyrus has embarked on releasing a whole new line of products of which the i7 XR integrated amp is in the first wave. Is it any good?

Q Acoustics Q Active 200 Speaker System Review

Q Acoustics Q Active 200 Speaker System Review

Q Acoustics has launched its first ever active speaker and, as well as being technically fascinating, the spec is pure 2021. Is it any good though?

More at our Hi-Fi Hub

What's on TV in May
What's new on UK streaming services for May 2021

What's new on UK streaming services for May 2021

Both Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video impressed with their content for April, so is it unreasonable to expect more of the same for May? Probably not... we are paying their wages after all.

What's new on Netflix UK for May 2021

What's new on Netflix UK for May 2021

The weather’s warming up, Covid restrictions are relaxing and you’ve had your first jab, so what are you going to do? Stay inside and watch Netflix’s lineup for May, of course!

 
Movie & TV Show News
BAFTA 2021 awards sees Nomadland as big winner

BAFTA 2021 awards sees Nomadland as big winner

BAFTA’s 2021 slimmed down award ceremony largely split the craft and main awards over two nights at the Royal Albert Hall, with Nomadland emerging as the big winner on the second night.

Netflix signs with Sony for first streaming rights in U.S.

Netflix signs with Sony for first streaming rights in U.S.

There’s good news for U.S. Netflix subscribers who’ll be able to see upcoming Sony blockbuster movies from 2022 first after the theatrical window closes.

Sky Q expands voice search and navigation options

Sky Q expands voice search and navigation options

New features are coming to Sky Q, with an emphasis on enhancing the voice experience included in the latest updates due over the next month.

Movie & TV Show Reviews
Love and Monsters (Netflix) Movie Review

Love and Monsters (Netflix) Movie Review

Coming in at an appropriate time, Netflix’s giant bug-infested rom-com spreads its hopeful message about getting out there and starting to live life again. Which makes it a shame that it feels like an automatic painting-by-numbers machine.

Promising Young Woman (Sky Cinema/NOW) Movie Review

Promising Young Woman (Sky Cinema/NOW) Movie Review

Now a double BAFTA winner, Emerald Fennell’s fierce revenge comedy showcases Carey Mulligan in one of her best performances to date.

Sound of Metal (Amazon) Movie Review

Sound of Metal (Amazon) Movie Review

Amazon knocks another Exclusive out of the park with this absolutely unmissable drama; a heartbreakingly authentic look behind the curtain of hearing loss with a powerhouse performance from Riz Ahmed.

The Reckoning (Shudder) Movie Review

The Reckoning (Shudder) Movie Review

Neil "The Descent" Marshall's latest finally lands on UK shores soon as a Shudder exclusive and in the meantime as a general digital purchase and, either way, it suffers from feeling like a pretty cheap and amateurish effort.

Palm Springs (Amazon) Movie Review

Palm Springs (Amazon) Movie Review

Released on Hulu in the US in the middle of last year to all around acclaim, Palm Springs is the latest in a recent spate of “It’s Groundhog Day but…” movies. But Andy Samberg and company easily manage to keep the idea fresh enough to be fun.

Thunder Force (Netflix) Movie Review

Thunder Force (Netflix) Movie Review

Writer/Director Ben Falcone's latest vehicle for real-life partner Melissa McCarthy unfortunately only proves that even fifth time's not the charm for this pair.

The Mauritanian (Amazon) Movie Review

The Mauritanian (Amazon) Movie Review

The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald returns to what he does best, with this haunting and unmissable true life expose on one 'terror' suspect's seemingly eternal detention in Guantanamo Bay.

Run (Netflix) Movie Review

Run (Netflix) Movie Review

Aneesh "Searching" Chaganty's sophomore directorial effort is a Hulu Original hit which Netflix should be proud to have garnered the International rights for, affording a pleasantly original updating to themes from some familiar classics.

Ultra HD Blu-ray Reviews
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV 4K Blu-ray Review

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV 4K Blu-ray Review

Unlike its predecessor, Advent Children, this surprisingly exciting Final Fantasy entry is a great jumping-in point for newcomers and a fabulous 4K release.

Fanny Lye Deliver'd 4K Blu-ray Review

Fanny Lye Deliver'd 4K Blu-ray Review

Writer/director (and composer, sound designer and editor) Thomas Clay's labour of love, Fanny Lye, treads that fine line between accomplished and indulgent, taking the best part of 5 years to see the light of day, as possibly one of the least likely 4K Limited Edition releases.

The Ten Commandments 4K Blu-ray Review

The Ten Commandments 4K Blu-ray Review

As epics go they don't get any grander than The Ten Commandments, and it has been given some epic treatment on 4K Blu-ray.

More at our Movie & TV Show Hub

Tech News & Reviews
AKG Podcaster Essentials Kit Review

AKG Podcaster Essentials Kit Review

Fancy releasing your opinions on an unsuspecting public and sounding good while you do it? AKG’s Podcaster Essentials could be exactly what you need.

OnePlus launches Series 9 smartphones

OnePlus launches Series 9 smartphones

OnePlus has announced the successor to its 8 series smartphones with its new OnePlus 9 handsets making a big push on photography.

TP-Link Deco X20 Mesh Wi-Fi System Review

TP-Link Deco X20 Mesh Wi-Fi System Review

TP-Link's £295 triple unit Deco X20 mesh Wi-Fi system promises whole home Wi-Fi coverage including seamless roaming, greatly reduced lag, anti-virus and parental controls.

Find more like this at our Tech Hub

Gaming News & Reviews
Outriders Review (Xbox One)

Outriders Review (Xbox One)

It’s had its share of tech issues, but this RPG shooter-looter takes inspiration from the classics to deliver some of the best fun-and-gun action around. Outriders is great on your own, but even better with friends.

Cyberpower iCUE Infinity Gaming PC Review

Cyberpower iCUE Infinity Gaming PC Review

Custom PC builder Cyberpower showcases its iCUE Infinity Gaming PC featuring RTX3060 graphics, i7-10700KF CPU, 16GB RAM and some funky RGB lighting.

Bang & Olufsen launches Beoplay Portal wireless gaming headphones

Bang & Olufsen launches Beoplay Portal wireless gaming headphones

The Beoplay Portal, Bang & Olufsen’s first wireless gaming headphone, sees the hallmarks of premium finish, lightweight construction and high quality acoustic performance come to the world of immersive gaming.

It Takes Two Review (Xbox One)

It Takes Two Review (Xbox One)

A delightful two-player adventure that demands genuine co-op gameplay, this highly creative puzzle-platformer is a great way to embrace social distancing with your friends.

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Podcasts
AVForums Podcast: 14th April 2021

AVForums Podcast: 14th April 2021

This week we have a review of the LG G1 OLED Evo TV which boasts a gallery design and an evolution of the OLED panel to produce more brightness. There are rumours Samsung could be changing over to OLED TVs and we look at how to place a TV in your living room. Plus, we look at a best buy subwoofer from SVS, the SB-1000 Pro, while Cas rounds up the latest TV show and Film news and reviews.

AVForums Movies Podcast: 6th April 2021

AVForums Movies Podcast: 6th April 2021

This month we watch monster smash-em-up Godzilla vs. Kong and discuss how the quality of visual effects can impact our enjoyment of blockbuster movies. We also find out your opinions on the best and worst CGI in cinema history. PLUS a live giveaway!

AVForums Podcast: 31st March 2021

AVForums Podcast: 31st March 2021

This week we discuss the Panasonic OLED and LED TV announcements with the brighter Custom Professional OLED Panel now available in a lower model in the range, new OLED sets and new LCD LED TVs now with Filmmaker Mode. Plus, Ed reviews the Cyrus i7 XR Integrated Amplifier.

AVForums Podcast: 24th March 2021

AVForums Podcast: 24th March 2021

This week with new TV season approaching how do you demo before buying, especially in a pandemic? Ed reviews the Q Acoustics Active 200 speakers and we discuss episode one of The Falcon and the Winter Solider, while Cas rounds up the TV show and film reviews and news.

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Coming Soon

New TV season is here and Phil will be reviewing all the latest models as soon as they arrive, with Sony, Samsung and LG TVs due very soon. We will also have video reviews and settings videos coming soon to our YouTube channel.

Steve will have reviews of the Samsung HW-Q800A Soundbar, Polk React Soundbar + Subwoofer and BenQ V6050 UST 4K Laser Projector. Plus, Ed has reviews lined up of the dCS Bartok DAC and Headphone Amp, Elipson Heritage XLS 15 Speaker and the Helm Audio DB12 AAAmp Inline Headphone Amplifier. Meanwhile, our tech reviewer Greg will be looking at the Netgear RBK853 Tri-band Mesh WiFi 6 System.

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 April newsletter.

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

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