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Dune, iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, LG OLED TV and Far Cry 6 reviews; win a £2,500 KEF system; news and more

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

Podcast: Deadly Decades - Which Era has the Best Horror Movies?

This week we go head to head as we argue for our favourite decade of horror movies and look at some of your choices too! PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.

 
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What's on TV in November
What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021

What's new on Netflix UK for November 2021

With Halloween tucked back up in bed, the end of year seasonal snowball gathers apace with festive offerings, flagship series and some of Netflix’s more high profile films.

What's your opinion on these questions from our members?

Should you purchase a new TV now or wait until 2022?

Should you purchase a new TV now or wait until 2022?

When do experienced TV buyers aim to get their latest purchases? Do you stay with the very latest releases to ensure the best tech or wait for a bargain in the sales throughout the year and stay behind the curve? Join in the discussion about when the best time to make the leap is.

Is your home cinema a better experience than your local multiplex?

Is your home cinema a better experience than your local multiplex?

Following Steve's rant on the podcast, how many AV enthusiasts reckon their personal home cinema also provides a more satisfying experience than the local fleapit? Lets us know how you rate your own sofaplex. And what about the snacks, can you rustle up cheesy nachos too?

What's the first video game you remember playing?

What's the first video game you remember playing?

What's the first gaming experience that you can recall? Something age-appropriate or did you 'borrow' an older sibling's wildly unsuitable titles? Recall your traumatic childhood (or adulthood if you were a late starter!) here.

What's the best video game ever made?

What's the best video game ever made?

A question to which there's unlikely to be a correct or agreed-upon answer. Still, member LiamBeran has come right out and asked it, so have at it in the comments.

 
TV News & Reviews
LG C1 (OLED55C1) 4K OLED TV Review

LG C1 (OLED55C1) 4K OLED TV Review

We take a quick look at the 55-inch version of the 2021 C1 OLED TV from LG. Is it the best all round premium OLED TV for this year? Let's find out...

Vestel launches Red Bull TV app on European smart TVs

Vestel launches Red Bull TV app on European smart TVs

OEM TV manufacturer Vestel has introduced the Red Bull TV app to its smart TVs across Europe.

Sony Bravia XR TVs to add Auto HDR Tone Mapping for PS5

Sony Bravia XR TVs to add Auto HDR Tone Mapping for PS5

UPDATED 08-Oct-2021: Sony has introduced its Perfect for PlayStation 5 campaign which will see Bravia XR TVs gain two new exclusive features for the Playstation 5; Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode.

Sky launches Sky Glass streaming TV

Sky launches Sky Glass streaming TV

Sky has announced the Sky Glass, a streaming TV designed to bring hardware, software and content all together for a simplified viewing experience.

Sharp launches 4K Android TVs with Quantum Dot technology

Sharp launches 4K Android TVs with Quantum Dot technology

Sharp’s new EQ series of 4K Android TVs features Quantum Dot displays and Harmon/Kardon audio technology in a sleek, frameless design.

Loewe launches bild i 4K OLED TV

Loewe launches bild i 4K OLED TV

Loewe’s return to the premium TV market sees the German company on the comeback trail with its latest OLED model, the bild i.

Panasonic JZ1500 (TX-65JZ1500) 4K OLED TV Review

Panasonic JZ1500 (TX-65JZ1500) 4K OLED TV Review

The 2021 Panasonic JZ1500 offers the custom professional panel normally found on the flagship model, but without the soundbar and upwards firing speakers, giving enthusiasts the monitor style panel they have been asking for. So, does it perform like a flagship? Let's find out!

Toshiba reveals 2021 UK TV range

Toshiba reveals 2021 UK TV range

Toshiba’s four model UK range for 2021 includes the UK31, UA2B, UL21 and WK3C series, featuring affordable smart 4K sets up to 65-inches.

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Home AV News & Reviews
Hisense HS214 Soundbar Review

Hisense HS214 Soundbar Review

Hisense enters the UK soundbar market with its new HS214 all-in-one soundbar. The pricing is attractive, but will it perform as well?

BenQ V7000i UST 4K Laser Projector Review

BenQ V7000i UST 4K Laser Projector Review

The new BenQ V7000i ultra-short-throw 4K HDR DLP projector not only delivers gorgeous big-screen laser images but adds Filmmaker Mode and Android TV.

Yamaha SR-C20A Soundbar Review

Yamaha SR-C20A Soundbar Review

The Yamaha SR-C20A is a compact 2.1-channel soundbar that delivers a surprisingly big sound thanks to a built-in subwoofer, making it a great choice for smaller lounges, bedrooms and desktop gaming.

Reavon UBR-X100 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review

Reavon UBR-X100 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review

Newcomer Reavon hopes its high-end UBR-X100 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player can fill the gap left by the departure of Oppo. Those are some big shoes to fill, let's see if it's up to the task.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A AV Receiver Review

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A AV Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-A2A is the entry-point into the manufacturer's new line-up of Aventage AV receivers, but aside from the cosmetics, does it do enough to differentiate itself from the range below?

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Hi-Fi News & Reviews
Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless In Ear Earphone Review

Bowers & Wilkins PI5 True Wireless In Ear Earphone Review

The more affordable true wireless earphone from Bowers & Wilkins saves a fair chunk over the flagship PI7 so what’s the catch?

iFi Audio ZEN Blue v2 Review

iFi Audio ZEN Blue v2 Review

The updated version of iFi’s standalone Bluetooth DAC pulls from the same parts bin as the DAC V2. Are the same improvements on offer?

Q Acoustics M20 Powered Speaker System Review

Q Acoustics M20 Powered Speaker System Review

After going all radical on us with the Active 200, Q Acoustics returns to more conventional engineering with their next self-contained offering but does normality help the M20 to shine?

iFi Audio ZEN Stream Review

iFi Audio ZEN Stream Review

The latest member of the Zen family is by far the most technically ambitious and specialised. Is this exactly the device you need in your system though?

Elipson Music Centre Connect HD All In One System Review

Elipson Music Centre Connect HD All In One System Review

Elipson revamps its all in one with a sprinkling of new features - do they keep it in the running in an intensely competitive market?

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Movie Reviews
Dune (2021) Movie Review

Dune (2021) Movie Review

Denis Villeneuve's science fiction epic finally comes to cinema screens and it's a beautifully crafted and truly unique piece of big-budget cinema.

Copshop Movie Review

Copshop Movie Review

Joe Carnahan follows up his fun Frank Grillo live-die-repeat sci-fi actioner Boss Level with something more like Assault on Precinct 13 by way of Smokin' Aces.

The Last Duel Movie Review

The Last Duel Movie Review

Hollywood powerhouse trio Scott, Damon & Affleck tackle a very modern tale from a very unmodern time.

Halloween Kills Movie Review

Halloween Kills Movie Review

Kills doubles down on the death count but is it just treading water until 2022's Ends?

Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review

Venom: Let There Be Carnage Movie Review

Venom: Let There Be Carnage delivers exactly what anyone could reasonably expect, which is to say more of the same. A messy, flabby, ironically toothless affair that provides a little light superhero entertainment.

In The Earth Movie Review

In The Earth Movie Review

Ben Wheatley’s latest descent into madness is a primary coloured, hallucinogenic nightmare which still manages to squeeze in a little humour and a good chunk of body horror.

No Sudden Move (Sky/NOW) Movie Review

No Sudden Move (Sky/NOW) Movie Review

Steven Soderbergh returns to his favourite genre for a disorienting and labyrinthine crime caper with an all-star cast. But this is definitely not Ocean’s 11.

Ultra HD Blu-ray Reviews
Don't Breathe 2 4K Blu-ray Review

Don't Breathe 2 4K Blu-ray Review

Who would have thought Don't Breathe needed a sequel? Well apparently it did so the poor blind Navy veteran is once again put through the ringer, with a Dolby Atmos track to die for.

Deep Red 4K Blu-ray Review

Deep Red 4K Blu-ray Review

Arrow returns with another 4K Dario Argento re-release, this time one of his most rightly celebrated giallo.

Unbreakable 4K Blu-ray Review

Unbreakable 4K Blu-ray Review

One of Willis' rare nuanced performances, and Shyamalan's now increasingly rare gems, Unbreakable is an impressively atypical superhero thriller gifted a 4K release which struggles to top Disney+'s 4K DV/DA streaming version.

Fast & Furious 9 4K Blu-ray Review

Fast & Furious 9 4K Blu-ray Review

Even a thunderously stiff John Cena can't abort the Moonraker-level escapist insanity in this unstoppable franchise, but can the longer 4K Director's Cut fix Charlize Theron's bowl cut?

A Clockwork Orange 4K Blu-ray Review

A Clockwork Orange 4K Blu-ray Review

Kubrick's dystopian nightmare comes to 4K Blu-ray looking great but sounding odd.

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Tech News & Reviews
Apple Watch Series 7 Review

Apple Watch Series 7 Review

Apple's seventh iteration of its Watch is only the second time it's undergone a design change and the bigger, brighter display hides some modest improvements under the hood such as faster charging and a new dust proof rating, as well as plenty of colour, face and strap options.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

Apple iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

Apple's iPhone range for 2021 includes the high-end iPhone 13 Pro and flagship iPhone 13 Pro Max which share most of the latest features, differing only in screen and battery size.

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Gaming News & Reviews
Far Cry 6 Review (Xbox Series X)

Far Cry 6 Review (Xbox Series X)

The only revolution on display is the uprising you’ll get to lead into battle, as Far Cry 6 focuses purely on delivering more of what made the series great in the first place.

FIFA 22 Review (Xbox Series X)

FIFA 22 Review (Xbox Series X)

The annual upgrade offers some nice touches and impressive visual polish for new-gen consoles but bereft of any big-name signings the series is beginning to lack real personality.

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Win a KEF LS50 Wireless II all-in-one speaker system worth £2,500

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Podcasts
AVForums Podcast: 13th October 2021

AVForums Podcast: 13th October 2021

This week we discuss the latest AV news including the new Sky Glass TVs and 4k laser projectors announced by Epson. Plus, we have a soundbar round-up from Steve looking at Hisense and Denon models, plus in our latest discussion on building a dedicated home cinema, we look at subwoofers and their placement in your room. Plus, we have the usual album and 4K discs of the week.

AVForums Movies Podcast: 6th October 2021

AVForums Movies Podcast: 6th October 2021

This week we discuss the release of the 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die. We also discuss the Bonds we grew up with and whether we think there's still a future for the character. PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.

AVForums Podcast: 29th September 2021

AVForums Podcast: 29th September 2021

This week we cover the subject of which speakers you should choose for your dedicated home cinema build and the best placement points for them. Plus, Ed looks at the iFi Zen Stream and Steve looks at the Paradigm Founder 70 LCR speakers, and we give you the album and 4K discs of the week.

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Coming Soon

The 2021 TV review season continues with Phil covering the Philips 65" OLED+936 & 48" OLED806 along with the 65-inch Samsung QE65QN95A NEO QLED, Sony 65A80J and 55-inch Panasonic JZ2000 OLED TVs. We will also have review and settings videos, including some comparisons also appearing on our YouTube channel soon.

Steve will have reviews of the BenQ V7000i UST 4K Laser Projector, Paradigm Founder Speaker System, Denon Home 550 Sound Bar and Anthem AVM 70 AV Processor. Plus, Ed has reviews lined up of the Mission QX2 MkII Standmount Speakers, JBL L52 Classic Standmount Speakers, Astell & Kern SE180 Portable Audio Player and the Arcam ST60 Network Audio Player.

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, plus join the team on the first and third Wednesday of the Month at 7.30pm for the Movies Podcast.

And that wraps up the October 2021 newsletter.

Best regards, the AVForums team.

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