Reviews featured at AVForums.com are written by a small team of professional enthusiasts who have been trained to high industry standards.
Our ethos is to provide independent and unbiased reviews which are as objective as possible. For display reviews (TVs & Projectors), this information is obtained from a series of measurable and repeatable tests based on industry standards to ensure consistency and accuracy of image quality.
For audio products, the standards are not as well defined within the industry. However, our reviewers have the decades of testing and listening experience needed to produce fair and frank reviews.
All reviews are written with an emphasis of what is important to the end user with honest, unbiased commentary which is detailed, reasoned and evidenced.
We ignore the marketing material and quoted specifications and we are not influenced by PR departments or advertising budgets.
We are here to inform our readers what they should be looking for when auditioning the products we cover. We will never tell readers what to buy, but rather guide people towards the products which may best serve their needs and suit their pockets.
What do the scores & badges mean?
Evaluating what scores to give and whether or not to award a badge is a job we take very seriously. We explain in the reviews why we give specific scores, and wherever we can, we give evidence to support our analysis. This is why we encourage readers to study our reviews carefully (rather than jump directly to the conclusion) so that they appreciate fully how we have evaluated the product.
If a product reaches a given standard, we may also award an AVForums badge.
This is a list of our awards and what they indicate.
|Reference Status – This is a rare badge given only to those products that offer performance in the core competencies of a reference standard. A Reference product is one that other products will be referenced against as it offers the highest standards in its given market sector. The product is an excellent all round performer in every way.|
|Highly Recommended – Where a product does not attain the reference status level but does offer excellent performance in the core competencies.|
|Best Buy – A product that offers a high performance level at core competencies as well as doing so at a price point that defies its market position, making it a product that should be auditioned even against more expensive rivals.|
|Recommended – A product that scores between good and excellent in most core competencies and offers a performance level in its market sector that makes it a 'must see' product when compiling your short list. It may not be perfect in every area of performance but offers excellent abilities in the core areas when compared to its rivals.|
|Unmissable – A movie, Blu-ray or game which is so good that it is not to be missed!|
|Group Test Winner – When compared to a select group of its peers, a product has been chosen as the best, by offering superior performance.|
No Badge awarded – This does not necessarily mean that the product is not highly rated in some performance areas, but rather it falls just short in some areas of its core competencies. The review content will explain this in full detail.